Laboratory Testing

Will it Hold?  For how long?  Under what conditions?  The answers to all of your adhesive testing questions can be found at Chemsultants!

More people choose Chemsultants as their adhesive consultant because we provide results based on time-tested, proven processes and procedures. They know from experience that our comprehensive and cost effective adhesive testing services help speed product ideas to market and reduce development costs. Chemsultants International’s renowned adhesive testing laboratories offer an extensive range of capabilities to test and measure adhesive properties including:

  • Peel adhesion
  • Adhesive tack
  • Static and Dynamic shear
  • Release
  • Viscosity
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Coefficient of friction
  • Porosity
  • Smoothness
  • Surface energy
  • Tensile and elongation
  • Analytical tests including FTIR, HPLC, GC, DSC

Tap into the resources of our expert adhesive consultants to benchmark and test pressure sensitive tapes, labels, and other adhesive products. We can even help you troubleshoot and solve product issues through our full range of physical and analytical procedures that characterize and test:

  • Adhesives
  • Sealants
  • Coatings
  • Release systems
  • Paper and film liners and face stocks
  • Converted products

Chemsultants can help you solve adhesive quality issues quickly and cost-effectively. Test your products with the industry’s broadest, most cost-effective resource for specialized adhesion testing. Our adhesive testing labs provide you with exceptional precision and versatility to test everything from adhesives and sealants to specialty materials and packaging.

  • Accelerated aging and weathering via QUV / Xenon arc
  • Low and high temperature environmental tests from -60°C freezer to 35°F cold to 100°F hot (90% RH) as well as SAFT up to 400°F.


Test Method Number
Adhesive Testing
pH ASTM E 70
Total Solids ASTM D 1489
Viscosity (room temp.) ASTM D 2556
Viscosity (hot melt) ASTM D 3236
Liner / Face stock Testing
Abrasion, Sutherland rub ASTM D 5264
Abrasion, Taber TAPPI T-476
Coefficient of Friction ASTM D 1894, 4917
Hunter Color (L,a,b) TAPPI T-524
Opacity TAPPI T-425
pH, Surface TAPPI T-529
Porosity, Gurley TAPPI T-460
Release ASTM D 3330, D 5375, PSTC-101, PSTC 4, FTM 3
Smoothness, Bekk TAPPI T-479
Smoothness, Sheffield TAPPI T-538
Stain Testing PSTC-21
Stiffness, Gurley TAPPI T-543
Surface Energy, Dyne Test ASTM D 2578
Tear Resistance ASTM D 1004, PSTC-38,39
Tensile & Elongation ASTM D 882, D 3759, PSTC-131
Product Testing
Coat Weight / Caliper ASTM D 3652, PSTC-133, TLMI Label Thickness
Coat Weight / Solvent ASTM F 2217, TLMI Coat Weight Test
Peel Adhesion ASTM D 903, D 3330, 6252, PSTC-101, FTM 1, 2
Shear, Dynamic ASTM D 1002, D 3163, D 3164
Shear, Static ASTM D 3654, D 6364, PSTC-107
T-Peel ASTM D 1876


Analytical testing methods are used to identify an adhesive or its components, confirm the content of adhesives, and analyze key properties of the adhesive. They can also be used to identify contaminants, and to develop raw material substitutes for adhesives, coatings and sealants. Chemsultants offers a number of specific analytical test methods including:

  1. FTIR – Continuous wave Michelson or Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy
  2. GC – Gas Chromatography
  3. DSC – Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  4. HPLC – High Pressure Liquid Chromatography

For one-stop, full-service coating, sealant and adhesive consulting and testing, contact Chemsultants today.