In addition to fundamental and strategic basic research, imo-imomec also offers scientific services in collaboration with the industry. For these scientific services imo-imomec focusses on four pillars:analytical chemistry, analytical microscopy, device physics & engineering, and physical characterisation.
The Materials and Packaging Research & Services (MPR&S) research group, formerly VerpakkingsCentrum (VC), has over 30 years of expertise in the field of mechanical materials characterisation and performance. This with a focus on innovative packaging research in which MPR&S is active within the complete chain (material, concept, process). MPR&S is a research group whose service activities are aimed at supporting the packaging problems of various industrial sectors.
With modern characterisation and testing techniques and a correct scientific interpretation of the measurement results, MPR&S supports each customer in making a responsible choice or adapting its packaging concepts. MPR&S's services to industry include applied research and evaluation of materials, packaging & accessories, technical advice, packaging innovation & eco-design, training, etc.
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Within the spearhead of gas permeability, imo-imomec has an extensive range of equipment for testing oxygen permeability (O2), carbon dioxide permeability (CO2) and water vapour permeability (H2O). In addition, there is also extensive expertise for testing non-explosive and non-corrosive gases (e.g. helium, argon, nitrogen, etc.).
Imo-imomec has significant expertise in studying the structure and properties of materials and their effect on gas permeability. The tests can be performed under different environmental conditions (for example: variable temperature and variable relative humidity). This enables us to perform subsequent analyses according to the standard for a wide range of application fields:
Within gas permeability testing, different packaging and barrier materials can be investigated. Typical examples of specimens for this research are:
For the gas permeability study, imo-imomec can call on specialised test equipment to solve the problem. An overview is given below.
Imo-imomec is equipped to investigate the influence of climatic factors on (packaging) materials and material systems. This includes the imposition of temperature and humidity profiles to simulate different weather conditions, as well as exposure to UV and daylight.
In addition, specialised equipment is available to measure the material properties during these accelerated ageing processes. This includes colour intensity and opacity changes.
Imo-imomec has significant expertise in the conditioning and accelerated ageing of (packaging) materials. This enables us to perform the following analyses according to the standard for various application domains:
Within the framework of conditioning and accelerated ageing, different (packaging) materials and material systems can be investigated. Typical examples of specimens for this research are:
For conditioning and climatic ageing, imo-imomec can call on various specialised test equipment to solve the problem. An overview is given below.
Do you have problems with collapsed boxes? Undesirable product quality at your customer? Damage due to transport? Your product is created with the greatest care, but what about afterwards? You can come to us to check whether your transport packaging is suitable to withstand the risks en route.
After all, transport simulation and performance is an important and growing pillar. Using common standards (e.g. ASTM and ISTA), a trajectory and risk definition can be made that concretely leads to the execution of transport tests (e.g. drop, compression and vibration). This research focuses on the transport of goods in all its forms: rail transport, road transport, air transport, etc.
Imo-imomec has significant expertise in studying goods transport and its effect on packaging. This includes optimisation of individual transport packaging to pallet packaging using simulation software. This enables us to carry out standardised analyses within various sectors (e.g. automotive, pharmaceutical and food).
Within the framework of the transport simulation tests, various packages can be investigated with regard to the performance of their application. Examples of samples for this research are:
For the transport research, imo-imomec can rely on various specialised test equipment to solve the problem or to check the performance. Below an overview.
Under the broad heading of mechanical materials characterisation, imo-imomec can offer a wide range of test options for characterising the mechanical, physical and optical properties of materials and/or packaging.
Besides testing paper, cardboard, plastics and other (packaging) materials, imo-imomec has extensive expertise in both seal research and the standardised testing of bags for household waste.
Imo-imomec has significant expertise in the mechanical characterisation of (packaging) materials and research into seal performance. The analyses in our labs can be performed according to the standard.
Within the framework of mechanical characterisation and sealing research, various (packaging) materials can be investigated. Typical examples of samples for this research are:
For mechanical material characterisation and sealing research, imo-imomec can rely on various specialised test equipment to solve the problem. Below an overview.
Throughout the years, imo-imomec has built up significant core expertise in the design of optimal packaging. Our experts are always up to date with the rapid changes that are occurring in the field of packaging.
Imo-imomec offers you and your company innovative and optimised packaging solutions with a focus on packaging diagnostics, life cycle analysis and eco-design. Our research expertise and research methodologies are indispensable tools in this matter.
Packaging still receives a lot of criticism today. However, it is evolving rapidly, thanks in part to the efforts of companies to optimise the function and format of packaging. Small companies, too, can achieve many ecological and financial benefits through packaging optimisation. However, they do not always have the time or the resources to deal with this matter, which is more complex than it appears at first sight.
That is why imo-imomec, in cooperation with Fost Plus and Valipac, offers a quick and free diagnosis of their members' packaging systems. This diagnosis should help companies to prevent packaging waste and to reduce the environmental impact of the product/packaging combination. Both ecological and financial aspects are taken into account, allowing companies to quickly realise quick-wins.
Why apply for a packaging diagnosis for your company?
Our packaging diagnoses:
To map the environmental impact of your packaging, imo-imomec uses a number of tools including our software Simapro. This allows us to make an LCA (life cycle analysis) to determine the environmental impact of a product or packaging throughout its life cycle. This means from the extraction of raw materials, production, transport, use up to and including waste processing.
Why can an LCA be useful for your company?
You can use the information from an LCA:
Depending on the direction you want to take with the LCA, we can help you with a more or less detailed LCA.
With eco-design or environmentally oriented product development, not only economic, technical and human criteria are taken into account during the design process, but also environmental criteria. The aim is to achieve an optimum between sufficient protection of the packaged product and minimum environmental impact of product and packaging. Environmentally oriented packaging development, ranging from the adjustment of the current packaging concept to a completely new concept, is one of the options offered by imo-imomec. With tools such as the ecolizer, various software packages and an extensive network, we can fully support and guide you until the final phase.
How can we help you?
Transporting products with a minimum of damage or loss and at the lowest possible cost to both the environment and the company is the objective when loading pallets, trucks or containers. It is therefore very important to already think about the transport phase during the development phase of products and packaging. Optimal arrangement of products or packaging during transport with a minimum of air transport can be calculated with our available software, using optimal stacking patterns that take into account surface and volume efficiency.
How can imo-imomec assist you in optimising your (transport) packaging?