What causes printed circuit boards to fail? Ionic contamination ranks high on the list, accounting for an estimated 25% of failures. Contaminants can be introduced in virtually any step of the manufacturing process. Some examples include inorganic or organic acids from product components such as flux, sodium and chloride from poor handling, and potassium and […]
The right surface can make all the difference. This is especially true when affixing a polymer to another material during manufacturing. Using corona or plasma treatment modifies the surface of materials such as polymers, metalized surfaces, foils, and paperboard stocks, allowing better adhesion between materials. Determining the ideal settings for the plasma treatment can take […]
Product failure isn’t the only reason to use a quality control test for plastic. Learn about 5 uses for plastics analysis.
If you’re involved in quality control or product development, you’re a detective. You spend your days solving mysteries such as: what’s that smell, why is the product failing, and how can we improve product performance?
Sometimes, you can uncover the answers with good old fashioned legwork. But other times, you might need a little assist from technology. Read on to learn how Innovatech cracked open three confounding cases using materials analysis testing.
X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), also referred to as Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA) is a surface analysis technique that provides quantitative and chemical state information about a sample material’s surfaces and interfaces. XPS is an incredibly flexible, sensitive, and efficient analysis technique with applications across a broad range of organic and inorganic materials. Because […]
In searching for surface testing for your conductive or semi-conductive product or device, you, no doubt, have come across the terms: AES Analysis, Auger Analysis, and Auger Microscopy. Each of these terms refers to Auger Electron spectroscopy, one of the most popular surface analysis techniques. Read on to learn why AES is a popular tool […]
Flexibility can be an asset — but not for a substrate used in the manufacture of an extremely sensitive electromechanical (EM) device. Typically used in industrial machinery, medical devices, and consumer products, EM devices include mechanical and electrical components. Due to the critical nature of these devices, they usually require a high degree of structural […]
The Basics Our Cleanliness Testing Experience Innovatech Labs, an independent contract materials testing laboratory, has been actively involved in addressing microcontamination issues for decades. We have been an approved testing laboratory for Seagate and other hard drive manufacturers since the early 1990s. Our lab not only performs microcontamination testing per IDEMA industry standards, we participated […]
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is a powerful materials analysis technique. It’s uniquely designed to capture compelling, high-resolution images of a sample’s surfaces. In fact, depending on the sample, we dare say the resulting photos often verge on art. Of course, these images aren’t just eye candy. From microelectronics to food processing, SEM images provide invaluable […]
If you’ve ever sent a sample in for surface analysis, there’s a good chance that you’re already familiar with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS analysis is a widely used surface analysis technique, with applications across numerous industries. Also referred to as electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA), XPS is suitable for a broad range of […]