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  CLEANLINESS TESTING & GRAVIMETRY

You make a great product and your clients rely on you to maintain a high level of quality.  IMR Test Labs can assist you in ensuring manufacturing processes don't leave oils, particulates and other contaminants behind that can compromise your product's performance reliability and reputation.  Verifying cleanliness after manufacturing processes can prevent failures in the field. 

We can assist you with your cleanliness testing needs from total organic carbon analysis on medical devices, to particulate analysis inside sealed automotive systems.

We perform cleanliness testing for many major manufacturers in a variety of industries.

  • Nuclear Power (CGD)
  • Medical/Dental
  • Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
  • Aerospace 
  • Automotive
  • Electronics

We will work with you to develop a method for testing your specific product(s), whether you need internal or external cleanliness testing.  IMR's cleanliness testing experts have developed methods to ensure we get a complete and accurate picture of the contaminants involved.  We can work with a variety of solvents, from reagent grade, to common cleaners or your proprietary blends.

We also offer a clean wipe service for those who need to monitor cleanliness during production.  IMR Test Labs provides sealed clean wipe kits that can be used at the production line, resealed and sent to us for analysis.  This allows you to improve your production process on a much faster timeline.

Our chemists understand the how to extract contaminants and particulates to allow for thorough and insightful analysis. Let us help you with:

  • chloride analysis
  • fluoride analysis
  • bromide analysis
  • nitrate analysis
  • nitrite analysis
  • sulfate analysis
  • phosphate analysis
  • weak organic acid analysis
  • total organic carbon
  • particulate analysis
  • oils
  • and more

Image: Ion Chromatography Testing

 

We also have the support of our metallurgical, corrosion and failure analysis departments to assist with any additional analysis needed, including SEM analysis.

For more information on cleanliness testing services, please view our cleanliness testing tri-fold, or to get a quote, please contact:

Pete Damian (Director of Chemistry in NY) or
Andy Waldron (Chemistry Manager in KY)

 
   
   

   
 
   
 
   
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 Chemical Analysis - Sample Prep Lab  total organic carbon analysis  sem-edx analysis of particulates

Sample Prep Lab

Total Organic Carbon Analysis

SEM Analysis

Cleanliness testing - Formicary corrosion

Formicary (ant nest) corrosion caused by oils left from manufacturing

Filter paper after cleanliness testing

Particulates on a filter paper from a cooling system

Oils removed during external cleanliness testing

Oils cleaned off the exterior of a cooling system

Nuclear

Cleanliness of parts used in nuclear power facilities is critical to preventing failures.  Oils left from manufacturing processes can oxidize and compromise the integrity of metal parts, causing pinholes, weak spots and leaks.

 

Medical & Dental

In no other industry is the external cleanliness of a product more crucial.  Contaminants can cause slow healing, infection or other complications for patients. With methods including total organic carbon and anion analysis, we are experienced and ready to assist you.
 
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
Particulates caught inside, and oils left outside, can compromise the efficiency and life span of these systems.  We have developed proprietary methods, side by side with various manufacturers, to ensure that we get a complete view of what's inside and outside of your cooling systems.  Formicary (ant's nest) corrosion is just one of our areas of expertise.
 
 
Automotive & Transportation
Closed systems such as power steering are critical to the safe operation of automobiles, trucks and transportation systems everywhere.  Failures can endanger human lives and incur costly recalls and repairs, as well as lasting damage to you and your client's reputation.
 
 
Aerospace
Failures of fluid handling systems in aircraft can wreak havoc on a large scale.  Ensuring the safety of your clients, passengers and cargo is critical.
 
 
Electronics 
Electronics can short out if contaminants are left on sensitive boards and wiring.  Contamination levels can be measured at ppm or ppb levels by ion chromatography.