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ASTM D3389 standard offered at Micom laboratories

Micom laboratories is delighted to announce that it offers the ASTM D3389 standard as part of its coating testing services. This practice details a procedure which can assess the abrasion resistance of a fabric coated with rubber or plastics through the use of a rotary platform tester. Lastly, this method may serve as an indication of the end use performance of the material.

ASTM D3389 test

The purpose of ASTM D3389 is to determine the abrasion resistance of the sample by wearing down the coating present on the specimen through the use of a rotary platform tester. More specifically, the coating is chafed by the abrasive wheels of the apparatus until they reach the first yarn of the fabric or until the predetermined number of revolutions has been attained. At that time, it is possible to characterize the overall mass loss and the wear index of the material. In fact, the latter constitutes the mass that is lost for each rotation of the specimen. Moreover, those attributes provide the means to compare the relative performance of samples that have gone through the same conditions. Lastly, by measuring the abrasive properties of a fabric, it is possible to have a glimpse of the overall durability of the material in real-world applications.

Micom offers polymer testing services for a wide selection of material and products. For more information about the ASTM D3389 test, we invite you to contact our material testing laboratory today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions about either of those tests.

Micom Laboratories is a third party industrial material testing laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, CGSB, ISTA and many other organizations.


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Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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