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Abrasion Testing Services

Abrasion and Wear Testing

Abrasion testing is used to test the abrasive resistance of solid materials such as metals, ceramics, welds, composites, and sprays. This is an important component of quality assurance in the research and development stage for many operations. Products may look perfect when they’re freshly manufactured, but how long will that last? And how well will the materials or glosses stand up to abrasive conditions? These are questions answered by abrasion resistance testing procedures.

Identifying weak areas in a product can provide invaluable information about how to best manufacture your product and help it achieve a longer shelf life. This is achieved through analyzing how a product, component, or coating stands up to rubbing, scraping, or grinding while in the field. It is useful for many different types of components, such as plastics, polymers, metals, and even paper/textiles.

At Cross Company Testing, we have the experience and equipment to perform expert abrasion testing procedures for your product. With our ISO 17025 accreditation and knowledge of known industry standards, we can provide you with actionable data about the abrasion resistance of your product, component, or subassembly.

Meeting Abrasion Testing Standards

Abrasion tests are used to determine the resistance of a material and assign a ranking per accredited certification (for example ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 or EN 388:2016). In these abrasion resistance certifications, the greater the abrasion resistance rating, the higher the ability of the material to withstand abrasive environments and stressors.

For instance, abrasion testing may be performed on personal protective equipment to ensure that a small scuff doesn’t compromise the integrity of the equipment. Or it can be used in commercial applications, such as testing the coat of paint on a vehicle to ensure it doesn’t easily scratch or fracture.

Different industries and different products require different testing approaches. But many have similar standards that must be met to assure quality. At Cross, our accredited network of testing facilities in the US and Mexico can perform the abrasion testing services your product needs. Contact one of our experts to learn more or schedule a test.

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Abrasion Resistance Test Procedure

If friction is a leading consideration in the longevity of your product, abrasion and wear testing should be steps in your research and development process. The intention of abrasion testing is to provide you with data that ranks your materials in terms of their resistance to abrasives under specified set conditions.

Abrasion testing equipment can be configured to accurately simulate real-world conditions that your product or component will be exposed to in the field. This can include temperature changes, fluid exposure, wind, vibrations, scratching, and many other conditions.

We’re also able to perform Taber abrasion testing. This method is used to evaluate the resistance and durability of materials like coatings, paints, textiles, plastics, and other surfaces. The Taber abrasion test involves subjecting a specimen to controlled rubbing or abrasion under specified conditions using a rotating disc or wheel with abrasive material attached to its surface. As the wheel rotates, the abrasive material rubs against the specimen, causing wear and abrasion.

Testing procedures that may be performed include

  • Coefficient of friction measurements
  • Taber abrasion testing
  • Dry sand and rubber wheel
  • Pin-on-Disk wear testing
  • Blade-on-Block wear testing
  • And custom abrasion testing


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Plastics and Polymers


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Abrasion Testing With Climate

At Cross Testing, we’re also able to combine abrasion testing with climate and environmental testing procedures. These tests are performed in conjunction with abrasion testing services and allow for a full picture of how your product performs when exposed to both differing environmental conditions and abrasive stimulus.

Having a complete understanding of product behavior is necessary to be able to accurately forecast product performance and lifecycle. That’s why we usually recommend additional testing for climate.

We can work with you to devise the right climate tests for your product based on the environments it will be exposed to. Then we’ll provide you with our findings so you can make the best decisions possible based on comprehensive data.

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Combining Abrasion Testing With Other Procedures

Abrasion testing can also be combined with numerous other testing procedures at our testing facilities. Whether it’s other mechanical tests (such as impact testing, compressive force testing, torque testing), physical tests (such as flammability testing, materials testing, vibration testing), or even analytical tests (chemical composition, color analysis, CT/X-Ray), we can devise customized testing procedures that fit the needs of your product.

Get a full picture of your product through accurate and repeatable testing.

Contact Cross Testing to work with one of our experts to devise a customized testing procedure designed to fit the needs of your product.

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Why Cross Abrasion Testing?

At Cross, the most important thing to us is the success of our customers. That’s why we go out of our way to design custom testing solutions that ensure future production success for every single one of them. All while also offering world-class customer service. And when you combine those two factors with industry-leading expertise and a cutting-edge testing lab, you get a winning combination.

Our ISO 17025 accredited testing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico can provide you with product testing, materials testing, environmental testing, lifecycle testing, and many other testing services. Whether it’s for automotive, aerospace, consumer products, pharmaceutical, or a wide range of other industries, we can help.

There’s a reason so many companies and manufacturers across so many industries choose to work with Cross Testing again and again. Contact us today and we’ll give you a reason to keep coming back, too.

Find Abrasion Testing Services Near Me

Offering a range of testing services from our testing laboratories in the U.S. and Mexico. Learn more about the expert testing procedures performed in our state-of-the-art facilities. We can provide you with actionable data about your parts or materials so that you can make the best decisions for your product, your production process, and your end users. We can also provide calibration services, inspection services, and metrology products through our network of ISO 17025 accredited precision measurement labs.



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Did you know… Cross Company is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). Our ESOP started in 1979 and as of 2006, we are 100% employee-owned! Learn more about our ESOP and how that benefits both team members and our customers.
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Did you know… Cross Company has grown significantly since our start in 1954. Over the years we've acquired 26 companies! Today, our five groups have expertise in everything from industrial automation to precision measurement, and industry knowledge going all the way back to 1939.