Plastics and Polymers

Unrivaled measurement speed for your manufacturing process

Understanding the properties of plastics and polymers is a critical step in optimizing their performance. Raman spectroscopy is widely used in the characterization of polymers and plastics and helps in determining their composition, which can include copolymers and blends, additives, antioxidants, and crystallinity.

The non-destructive nature of Raman measurements along with the molecular specificity of the spectra make it an optimal technique to monitor plastics and polymers manufacturing processes in real-time.

Tornado’s Raman systems provide you with the speed and sensitivity to investigate all plastics and polymer types.

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Applications & Advantages of Raman Analysis

  • Polymerization reactions
  • Kinetics
  • Process optimization
  • Side products
  • Additives
  • Degradation
  • Residual monomer
  • End point determination
  • Recognize excursions quickly

Polymer Curing

  • Assure adequate curing has occurred
  • Ensure product performance
  • Online or at-line or lab
  • Non-contact measurements
  • Fast curing processes


  • Monitor melt in-line
  • Melt constitution
  • Additives
  • Recycling
  • Degradation
  • Recognize excursions quickly

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Process Monitoring for Recycled Polymer Extrusion

Raman spectroscopy is a highly-selective and non-destructive optical spectroscopy technique which relies on the inelastic scattering of laser light to probe molecular structure. We present new insights into a recycled polymer extrusion process.