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Our Technology Labs: Secure and Convenient Product Testing

Parkinson Technologies hosts two state-of-the-art technology labs at our corporate headquarters in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Here, with guidance from our technical experts, customers gain valuable hands-on experience using our equipment to conduct product/process development trials, and to manufacture samples for testing, analysis, and marketing purposes.

Key Filters Polymer Filtration Lab

The advanced melt filtration lab provides the opportunity to test different polymers with a variety of screen changers. It features a complete 2-1/2” single-screw pelletizing extrusion line for testing materials and filter combinations with continuous screen filtration capabilities.

Marshall and Williams Plastics Extrusion & Orientation Pilot Lab (BIAX Lab)

The extrusion and orientation pilot lab is the most versatile semi-production line of its kind commercially available for customer use. Its capabilities include the following:

  • Dies: 12"-24" up to seven layer co-extrusion
  • Four single-screw extruders
  • Optional Leistritz twin-screw extruder for in-line
  • compounding
  • Casting machine - two or three roll horizontal design with air knife, electrostatic wire, or polishing nip pinning devices
  • MDO - single stage, two-stage, patented Compression Roll Drawing (CRD), and temperatures up to 550°F
  • TDO - 90” maximum width, three heated zones plus one cooling zone, temperatures up to 650°F, draw ratio up to 12:1
  • Corona treating
  • Precision winding
  • Scantech x-ray thickness measurement
  • Desiccant-style resin dryers
  • Gravimetric blending, on primary extruder
  • Manual weighing, mixing and blending stations


Parkinson Technologies has recently added capabilities for running high temperature narrow web applications.

  • Six IR heated temperature zones, up to 1,300°F
  • 3-1/2” - 36” material width with up to a 10:1 TD stretch ratio


Typical Lab Trial Goals

  • Development of Equipment Specifications
  • Formulation/Product/Process Development
  • Customer Demonstrations
  • Marketing Samples
  • Semi-production Runs


Typical Applications

  • Packaging Films
  • Barrier Films
  • Shrink Labels & Sleeves
  • Filtration Media
  • Battery Separators
  • Capacitor Dielectric Films
  • Optical Films

A Special Thanks To All Our Lab Partners

Parkinson Technologies Inc recognizes the many partners listed here, whose generous contributions complement our own technological capabilities and help to make the Marshall and Williams Plastics Extrusion and Orientation Pilot Lab an industry-leading research facility that attracts technology-driven organizations world-wide. Our partners’ products have proven to be especially important in helping our customers consistently achieve success when conducting trials, leading to truly innovative solutions.

Download our Technology Labs Datasheet. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact us. If you are planning a visit, download our Visitors Guide to the area.