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Petroleum Wax Testing

We perform quality and conformance testing on petroleum waxes, including paraffin, petrolatum (petroleum jelly) and microcrystalline wax.

Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, coal or oil shale, and is solid at room temperature. Paraffin wax is commonly used in lubrication and electrical insulation. Paraffin wax has a higher electrical resistivity than almost all other materials that can be used for electrical insulation, with the exception of some plastics.

Petrolatum (also known as petroleum jelly or Vaseline) is a product derived from mineral oil and petroleum wax. Petrolatum is used in hundreds of different products, including dielectric lubricants, drugs, and cosmetics. Because of the wide number of applications that petrolatum is used for, the physical properties of petrolatum vary widely depending on the level of refining and processing. The purity, consistency, and melting point are among the most important qualities to test in petrolatum.

Microcrystalline waxes are a by-product of the petroleum refining process. Microcrystalline wax is more viscous than paraffin wax, with greater adhesive and elastic properties. A type of microcrystalline wax has been used extensively by museums to protect and preserve antique woods, ivory, metal, and other artifacts. Microcrystalline waxes are produced by wax refiners to meet different grade requirements as specified by ASTM.

We perform petroleum wax testing for refineries, manufacturers, and industrial end users. The purity and chemical properties of wax are important to ensure that a petroleum wax is suitable for certain applications.