Innovatech Labs Blog Post Archive

The Future of Food: How Analytical Techniques Are Changing Our Food

Burgers & BeerFrom veggie burgers that taste, smell, cook and look like real beef to transforming water into wine, the way we “grow” and make food and drink is changing—and analytical chemistry techniques are playing a major role.

“The future of food is synthetic,” Alec Lee, co-founder of Ava Winery, said in a recent interview with the Napa Valley Register. “Producing synthetic food is basically the next technology boom. Food tech is going crazy right now.”

For Leading Adhesives Manufacturer, Routine Cleanliness Testing Ensures Quality & Drives Innovation

JDC Interview PostAfter nearly 50 years in business, JDC Coatings, Inc. (JDC) in Mount Juliet, TN has become known as an innovative and leading manufacturer of pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA), and industrial coatings and laminates, as well as a pioneer in “ultra clean” adhesives.

“JDC started out making decorative plates and identification labels for Murray Bicycles and Lawn Mowers,” Jim Koch, JDC’s director of Process/Product Development, said. “But by the 80s, and through the 90s, we made the commitment to focus on continually expanding our technical capabilities.”

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.

5 Examples of GC/MS Analysis Being Used to Identify Product Quality Issues

Examples of GC/MS Being Used to Identify Product Quality Issues

GC/MS Applications: Manufacturing

Product quality is of paramount importance for all manufacturers. And GC/MS analysis from a materials testing lab can be an incredibly useful tool to ensure that quality.

GC/MS analysis, or gas chromatography mass spectrometry, is a materials analysis technique that’s used to identify the precise composition of a sample and to quantify its components. For manufacturers, this technique can be used to identify unknown substances or contaminants that can or have affected product quality, function or safety.

Learn more about GC/MS lab services and find out if GC/MS is right for your manufacturing application by contacting us.

What is Outgassing Testing?

What is Outgassing Testing? That new car smell. The taste a food takes on after being stored in a plastic container. The smell of a freshly painted room. These recognizable smells are all due to outgassing.

Outgassing, also known as offgassing, is a normal process for many manufactured products. However, ensuring that emissions are safe for humans and don’t contaminate the product are critical for manufacturers. And outgassing testing can do just that.

What is Outgassing?

Outgassing is the release of a gas that was dissolved, trapped, frozen or absorbed into a material. Outgassing usually happens when components, such as adhesives or other polymers, are exposed to heat.

10 Situations that Require Analytical Testing

Three scientists in a lab conducting analytical testingYou may have heard the term used before, but what exactly is analytical testing? Analytical testing is a branch of chemistry that is used to identify materials and analyze the interactions of chemicals.

Analytical testing has many applications in the business world, especially for product manufacturers. Analytical testing can be used to answer questions like “what is that?” and “why did my product do that?” Analytical chemistry can be used to identify unknown materials and chemicals, or explain why a product is malfunctioning. Continue reading to learn about ten manufacturing situations that require analytical testing.

Beach Party in The Lab??

Two of our recent FTIR testing projects:

FTIR Testing: Beach Balls & Bottles                     FTIR Testing: Beach Balls and Bottles

Scientists Detect Viper Clotting With Ion Chromatography & IC Analysis

Viper Clotting With Ion ChromatographyIon chromatography has been playing with snakes.

Ion chromatography is the separation and quantification of negative and positive ions (anions and cations) using high performance liquid chromatography. Researchers from the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in Iran, led by Hossein Zolfagharian, have been utilizing this materials analysis technique to study the effects of snake venom from the saw-scaled viper.

The Planet’s Most Dangerous Snake

The saw-scaled viper family, Echis, is considered to be the world’s most dangerous snake because of its abundance near cultivated areas, its aggressive, easily excitable temperament and its highly toxic venom.

FTIR Analysis of Molds and Bacteria in Factories

FTIR analysis is often used to detect the presence of contaminants on material surfaces, such as occur in this pharmaceutical lab.Last October, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a shocking report that detailed the hideous conditions inside a Massachusetts pharmaceutical lab, as reported in the New York Times. The lab was the source of a nationwide outbreak of meningitis that killed 25 people, made 313 ill, with as many as 14,000 people having been exposed.

The federal inspectors discovered greenish-yellow residue on sterilization equipment and surfaces coated with mold and bacteria. FTIR analysis is commonly used to detect the presence of contaminants on material surfaces.

Gain a better understanding of How FTIR Spectroscopy Works and learn more with an Overview of FTIR Spectroscopy.