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  • Plastics

Hanatek Film Shrink Tester (FST)

  • Determines quality of cast and blown films
  • Measures unrestrained film shrinkage
  • Simple laboratory test
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What does the FST measure?

The Hanatek Film Shrink Tester (FST) has been designed to quickly and easily measure the
effect of temperature on plastic film.

The application of heat causes certain plastic films to rapidly contract; this effect can be used to seal and pack many items from food to consumer goods.

The shrink effect is due to internal forces locked into the film during manufacture being released by heating, it is also known as linear thermal shrink or free shrink. The amount of shrinkage is dependent on the film type, thickness and sealing temperature.

Testing the percentage shrink of a film ensures that it is suitable for a particular packaging application and establishes the correct temperature for that application.

Why is film shrinkage important?

Film shrinkage is important to industry as blown films are often heat treated to form protective packaging for perishable food or manufactured products.

Blown plastic films contract when heated, this effect is used to seal or protect food or industrial products. In contrast a film that exhibits too much shrinkage may distort a product or form a weak functional barrier.

The Hanatek film shrink tester is used to measure the effect of temperature on blown films.

Benefits of using The Hanatek FST

Hanatek Film Shrink Tester (FST) - Product Image
test platen
Backlit graticule
to easily read
percentage shrink
test timer
Temperature set
point and actual
instrument platen



Instrument Specifications
StandardsResults equivalent to ASTM D2732 (hot oil bath test method). This is a
safer and more cost effective laboratory measure of percentage shrink
DisplayLCD with set point and actual temperature reading
TemperatureRange: 40-200°C
AccuracyAccuracy: ±0.3°C
TimerLapse timer with alarm registers overshoot
Dimensions120mm (H) x 300mm (W) x 270mm (D)
Packed Weight6.1kg
Packed Dimensions350mm (H) x 450mm (W) x 290mm (D)
Commodity Code9027 8017

Accessories included:

  • High temperature oil
  • Template
  • Pipette
  • Tweezers
  • Cutting knife
  • Carrier discs
Free extended warranty

Free extended 2 year warranty: Requires registration at www.rhopointinstruments.com/help-services/forms-feedback/instrument-registration/ within 28 days of purchase. Without registration, 1 year standard warranty applies.

Calibration and service

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