Analytical Services: Blog Posts and Resources

Why Does Particle Size Distribution Matter to Manufacturers?

Particle Size DistributionParticle size distribution is important for understanding the physical and chemical properties of a material, making it a great cleanliness and quality assurance tool for manufacturers across a variety of industries.

If you’re not familiar with particle size distribution, have no fear. Below we define what particle size distribution is and why it matters to manufacturers, as well as highlight a common analytical technique that’s used to determine distribution and size.

What is particle size distribution?

Simply put, particle size distribution (PSD) indicates the size and the portion of particles present in a specific sample.

Analytical Testing in Action: Watch and Learn How Different Techniques Are Used

Analytical Testing Techniques in ActionAnalytical testing techniques are used by a variety of different industries to uncover contamination or quality issues, as well as reveal a sample material’s composition to further the development of their products.

Below we’ve compiled a handful of analytical testing videos that show analytical testing techniques in action, so you can learn more about the basics of how they’re conducted and interesting ways in which they’re used.

The Basics of Analytical Testing Techniques

Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

What is analytical chemistry? What are some of the techniques in chemical analysis? When and where are these techniques used? The video below answers all these questions and more in under three minutes.

The Beginners Guide to Analytical Testing: Definitions, Pronunciation & Applications

Analytical Testing 101For us in the analytical testing field, we’re often asked about the work that we do. We love talking about all the high-tech techniques and pieces of machinery we use.

“We recently used headspace GC/MS to outgas an epoxy sample to determine whether there were any qualitative differences between that sample and another known sample.”

After reading that, you’re probably thinking: I have no idea what you just said.

Don’t worry. You’re not alone.

What’s That Stain? Materials Testing Can Give You Answers

What's That Stain?“What’s that stain?”

This is a question that many quality assurance specialists in the manufacturing industry will need to answer at some point in their careers. Stains on products often signal a quality issue that can compromise the safety or function of the product. Fortunately, materials testing can help QA specialists answer that question.

Materials testing is a broad term that refers to the use of analytical testing techniques to identify the chemical composition or characteristics of a sample. Below are some of the techniques that can be used to not only identify surface stains, but also help manufacturers trace the source of the contamination.

Why Materials Testing Needs to Be Part of Your Quality Control Process

Quality Control ChecklistProduct quality is of the utmost importance to every manufacturing company. Quality products equal satisfied customers, a smooth manufacturing process and a healthy company bottom line. It all starts with good design, quality ingredients or materials, and using proper procedures to put it all together. However, before that product can hit the shelves, rigorous quality control testing is a must.

Materials testing services from a lab like Innovatech Labs can enhance a company’s quality control process by providing valuable insights into the safety and composition of a product.

Using Chemical Analysis to Identify the Perfect Packaging

A woman shopping in a grocery storeThey say not to judge a book by its cover, but do you judge products based on their packaging? Consumers tend to be primarily concerned with aesthetics when it comes to a product’s packaging. Marketing teams design packaging to be eye-catching and easy to read. However, there is more to product packaging than appearance. Good packaging should help preserve your product and make it easier to store, ship, and display.

5 Reasons to Outsource Your Quality Control Testing

A male and a female scientist conducting quality control testingWhen a product fails a standard quality assurance check, finding the source of the product or quality defect becomes imperative. An explanation for the quality defect must be found before the manufacturing process can proceed. Unexpected product defects may even stall production, so your job is to troubleshoot the problem as quickly as possible.

When a product fails QA, and you’re unsure of how the problem occurred, what do you do next, and who do you turn to for help?

Use Reverse Engineering to Find the Perfect Components for your Product

Reverse engineering can help engineers create better food packagingA product is only as good as the sum of its components. Whether you’re a chef hunting for the freshest ingredients, or an electrical engineer looking for the highest quality parts, you take care in selecting components because you don’t want the quality of your product to suffer from one bad ingredient or part.

When choosing components, price is an important consideration, but quality and functionality will ultimately determine how well the component integrates into your product. But how do you know which component is superior when every vendor claims to have the best product? That’s where reverse engineering comes in.

Using Material Testing to Troubleshoot Quality Problems

Analyst conducting material testingProduct quality is paramount to the success of a business. Competing on price, promotion, or placement can only happen once the product’s objective and subjective quality reaches a sufficient level. Material testing can be used to identify product flaws, and reveal opportunities to improve overall product quality, increasing the potential returns for the business.

The material testing process will be unique for every product and industry. From load and integrity testing, to cleanliness and environmental testing, there are numerous material testing methods that can help you achieve optimal product quality. While quality testing steps may take time and resources, the end outcome will improve the product and ensure quality issues are not encountered by the end user.

Scanning Electron Microscopy: a Tool for Science and Business

scanning electron microscopy equipmentFor decades, scanning electron microscopy has helped stretch the boundaries of understanding of the world around us for scientists and non-scientists of all ages. Showing magnified images of materials and objects helps bring context to the world we all live in.

Scanning electron microscopy is an analytical testing method that captures high resolution images of objects as small as 15 nanometers. Scanning electron microscopy produces images by scanning samples with a focused beam of electrons. The electrons interact with the atoms on the surface of the sample, and collect information about the sample’s topography and composition.