Armed with cutting-edge technology and equipment, as well as a highly experienced team of scientists, the Cascades Research and Development Centre offers its customers a variety of tests conducted and validated by specialists. These tests encompass a multitude of sectors and can be adapted to all types of industries. For clear and unequivocal results, let our experts demonstrate their skills and rigour!

Bleaching

  • Analysis of hydrosulphites
  • Audit of bleaching processes
  • Bleaching at mid and high consistency
  • Catalase detection and measurement
  • Hydrogen peroxide residual
  • Hydrosulphite bleaching
  • Peroxyde bleaching
  • Sodium hypochlorite residual

Box and corrugated board properties

  • 4pt. Bending stiffness
  • Box compression
  • Box quality evaluation
  • Component identification
  • ECT
  • Flute profile
  • Glue lap strength
  • MBR Wet Shear
  • Pin adhesion
  • Score bending
  • Score cracking
  • Stacking height
  • Starch pattern
  • WRA (Water Resistant Adhesive)

Chemical analysis (quantitative & semi quantitative)

  • AKD (bounded and not-bounded)
  • ASA (bounded and not-bounded)
  • Benzalkonium chloride
  • Identification of odourous components (GCMS-O)
  • Metal (Ca, Mg, Mn, Na, Zn, Cu by A.A.)
  • Mineral oils (MOSH/MOAH)
  • Optical brighteners
  • Petroleum based solvents (DPFLH)
  • Reductible sulfurs
  • Starch (enzymatic)
  • Thiosulphates, sulphates, sulphites, chlorides anions 
  • VOC and SVOC (GC-MS)
  • Wax (GC-MS)

Coatings and extrusion

  • Additives content in PE
  • Brookfield viscosity
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • EMA and LDPE presence in PE
  • Flow Melt Index
  • Gravimetric Water Retention (AA-GWR)
  • Heat sealing
  • Hercule viscosity
  • Lab coating
  • Melting Point
  • Moisture content of resins
  • Oil & Grease resistance (3M kit)
  • PE grammage
  • Quality of heatseal
  • Repulpability / Recyclability
  • Scoring resistance
  • Semi-pilot coating
  • WVTR (standard and tropical conditions)

Contaminants measurement and characterisation

  • Dirt Count
  • Heavy contaminants (sand, glass)
  • Identification of contaminants by microscopy
  • Infrared analysis (FTIR)
  • Stickies (Fluorimetry)
  • Stickies (Pulmac)
  • Styrofoam (count in the pulp)
  • Waxes & hotmelts (pads)

Microbiology

  • ATP measurement
  • Bacteria Gram Coloration
  • Biocides optimisation
  • Biodegradability
  • Biofilms analysis
  • Compostability
  • Microorganisms isolation
  • Odors identification (panel)
  • Respirometry
  • Total count of Actinomycetes
  • Total count of Bacteria, Yeast or Mold

Optical and electronical microscopy

  • Analysis of the causes for holes or defects
  • Brown fibers (count)
  • Characterisation of pigments uniformity
  • Cross-section
  • Fibers identification
  • Fibrillation index
  • Identification & percentage of synthetic fibers
  • Ray cells and parenchymas
  • Softwood/hardwood ratio
  • Starch distribution at surface / mass
  • Stickies morphology
  • Surface properties and "two-sidedness"
  • Treatment and pulp types
  • Wood species
  • X-ray analysis

Physical properties of paper and containerboard

  • Basis weight
  • Breaking length / strength
  • Bulk & density
  • Burst
  • Concora
  • Elasticity modulus
  • Elongation or stretch
  • Flat crush test
  • Float Curl
  • Fluted Edge Crush (H&D stiffness)
  • Moisture content
  • Paper and board conditionning
  • Ply Bond Peel
  • Ring crush
  • Scott Plybond
  • STFI
  • Stiffness
  • TEA
  • Tear strength
  • Thickness
  • Z-directional tensile

Process engineering

  • Flow measurement (portable flowmeter)
  • Flowsheet
  • Mass balance
  • Process design
  • Process optimisation
  • Process simulation (dynamic)
  • Water management (reduction, optimisation, …)

Pulp properties

  • Alpha, beta & gamma cellulose
  • Ashes 
  • Consistency
  • Extractibles (acetone)
  • Fibers length and fines pourcentage
  • Freeness
  • Handsheets preparation
  • Pentosanes
  • PFI refining
  • pH
  • Solids (total, suspended and dissolved)
  • Water retention value

Recycling, deinking

  • Basket inspection
  • Free and total fibers in plastic rejects
  • Good fibers content
  • Lab flotation
  • Lab pulping
  • Pulmac rejects
  • Pulp desintegration for properties evaluation
  • Recyclability (fiber content)
  • Somerville rejects
  • Stickies removal efficiency

Surface properties of paper and containerboard

  • Coefficient of friction
  • Contact angle (surface energy)
  • Microroughness (Emveco)
  • Penetration dynamics analyzer (PDA)
  • Porosity
  • Roughness (Sheffield & PPS)
  • Slide angle
  • Surface energy (Accudyne)
  • Water absorption (Cobb, water drop, boat test)
  • Wax pick test
  • Scuff test

Tissue papers and other materials properties

  • Absorption (meat pads)
  • Combustion & flame propagation
  • Core compression
  • Creep count
  • Crimp marks
  • Deflection (4-cups carrier)
  • Heat value
  • Nail pull
  • PS plate deflection
  • Softness
  • Stiffness (4-cups carrier)
  • Tissu rolls compression
  • Water absorption (composite material, tissue)

Wet end chemistry / Process waters

  • Alkalinity
  • Calculs cinétiques
  • Coagulation & dispersion with PDA
  • COD (chemical oxygen demand)
  • Conductivity
  • Evaluation of dry and wet stregth agents
  • Evaluation of retention aids
  • Evaluation of sizing agents
  • Flotation with CUNO cell (clarification simulation)
  • Free drainage and retention (DFR-04)
  • Hardness
  • Ionic charge (Mutek PCD-03)
  • Particles dimension & distribution
  • Retention per classes (fibers, fines)
  • Turbidity
  • Vaccum drainage
  • Zeta potential (SZP-04)