Headspace Analysis Blog Posts

Why Cleanliness Testing is Essential for Medical Devices


young woman wearing protective clothes conducting cleanliness testingWhen medical devices are created for implantation into someone’s body, quality is of the utmost importance. While the actual construction and materials used in the medical device are essential to product quality, cleanliness is equally—if not more—important.

Cleanliness testing can ensure that your medical devices are free from contaminants that could lead to product failure, or pose safety risks to patients. In addition, the FDA requires that medical device manufacturers follow specific cleanliness validation procedures. Cleanliness testing can ensure that your products are meeting those FDA guidelines.

What is Cleanliness Testing?

Cleanliness testing aims to reveal any contaminants in, on, or outgassing from a product. Analytical tests such as liquid particle counting, outgassing testing, and ion chromatography are some of the most common types of cleanliness testing.

Does Your Product Smell As Good As The Holidays?


Common smells of the holiday season.The fresh and soothing smell of pine. The tantalizing smell of a holiday ham baking in the oven. The mouth-watering flavor of egg nog. The holidays are a time full of wonderful smells that immediately flood your mind with memories of happy holidays past. These smells evoke fond sentiments and bring a smile to your face.

According to Psychology Today, incoming smells are first processed by the olfactory bulb, which has direct connections to areas of the brain that are strongly associated with emotion and memory.  Does the smell of your product evoke happy memories for customers?

Why Residual Solvent Testing is a Must


Residual solvent testing being performed at Innovatech LabsSolvents are widely used in the manufacturing industry. From cleaning assembly line equipment to engineering pharmaceutical products, solvents play a role at many different stages in the manufacturing process. However, if they are not properly removed, residual solvents can compromise the quality or safety of a product. Taking advantage of residual solvent testing is a way to combat potential quality issues and ensure a safe product.

What is a solvent?

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.

Evolving Microcontamination Testing Methods


Hard drives affected by microcontaminationHard drive manufacturers have been pushing the limits of technology since the medium of data storage was invented. It’s amazing that while storage capacity has increased exponentially, the size of the storage vessel has decreased significantly.  State of the art devices now store as much as 6 and 8 Terabytes (TB), and hard drives in the next decade could store as much as 60 TB. Technologically advanced hard drives like these require state of the art microcontamination and hard drive testing.

What’s that smell? Headspace Analysis May Clear the Air


headspace analysisIn sodas and other soft-drinks, environmental factors and internal reactions may cause chemical changes resulting in foul odors and tastes. Smell has a huge impact on taste, so finding the cause of an unusual smell is an important to food and drink manufacturers. If you notice that your product is giving off unusual or unattractive smells, Innovatech Labs offers headspace analysis services to help you find the offending ingredients or process conditions.

Odd odors can result from process errors involving material ingredients or mechanical faults. Tests such as GC/MS analysis are helpful in finding a root cause of the problem because it evaluates the gaseous emissions in contained environments.

What is New Car Smell?


woman enjoying new car smellAs you’re pulling your brand new car out of the lot, it’s likely that you notice the familiar “new car smell”. The new car smell is something we’ve come to expect so much that if that smell were absent, you might feel like your new car is missing something important. In fact, when selling used cars, dealers often use aerosol air fresheners to imitate the popular aroma of new car smell and enhance their customers’ feelings about a car.

Where Does New Car Smell Come From?

What Type of Materials Testing Do You Need?


Materials testing for quality control

As a quality assurance specialist you are trained to spot quality issues and product defects. You know that if the fit isn’t right or the specified color mixture is slightly off, you can find the solution. However, quality control is difficult when there’s an unknown contaminant on your products or a mysterious product failure. In these cases, you might need to send a sample in for materials testing.

What is Headspace GC?


A scientist using headspace GCWhen packaging a product, some materials will give off gas and fill the remaining volume of the container to a certain degree. This space above the material in the container is known as headspace. Depending on the material or conditions applied to the container, the headspace may become filled with gasses at a concentration not previously predicted. Often these volatile organic compounds will cause undesired consequences to the product and/or unpleasant odors.

Scientists use headspace analysis to learn more about the volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds being released from sample materials. A method for analyzing the composition of the headspace is known as Headspace GC/MS.

How Headspace Analysis Saved the Hockey Rink


Headspace gas chromatography used to analyze an ice rinkAt this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics, the design of the magnificent Bolshoi Ice Dome was inspired by the Fabergé egg. But did you ever consider what lies beneath that ice? It’s either sand or cement.

Innovatech Labs used headspace gas chromatography to study the chemical structure of the materials under one particular ice rink.

According to ice rink experts, many smaller ice rinks utilize sand since it lowers the initial outlay for an ice surface. A cement floor for an NHL ice rink will cost between $50,000 and $125,000 more than a sand floor, depending on the floor strength, proximity of material, and contractor costs.