Chemical Analysis

Material composition is critical to a material's machinability, durability and stability in its intended use.  As products have diversified, we've seen a surge of new alloys, coatings, polymers and emerging materials including fiber-reinforced composites and ceramics. Manufacturers are constantly developing lighter, stronger and more heat, chemical and exposure resistant alloys/materials designed to meet a variety of specific end uses. These may include renewable or recycled materials, making composition and material properties more challenging to control.  

A strict quality system involves chemical analysis to verify chemical composition from raw material to finished product.  This ensures a safe, high-quality product that will meet your customer's needs.

IMR’s chemical analysis group offers a wide range of analytical services on metals, polymers, ceramics, process solutions and coatings. Our chemists and technicians are knowledgeable and have years of experience providing high-quality chemical analyses from routine to specialty.  

Learn more about our chemical analysis services below or request a quote today.

How Can We Help?

Need material checks? All of our labs have chemical analysis (alloy determination/verification) capabilities via XRF, OES and/or ICP chemical analysis. From cast iron to exotic alloys, IMR can analyze it. We offer quick turnarounds, with a three day standard turnaround on metallic materials. We also offer mechanical, metallurgical and corrosion testing services as a part of qualification packages.

We also offer material checks on polymers, glass and ceramics utilizing FTIR, GC/MS, XRF and ICP chemical analysis.

Are you importing materials from overseas?  IMR has labs in Singapore, and China to provide chemical analysis services wherever your suppliers are.  All of IMR's labs operate under the same quality system and utilize Matware for job flow and sample tracking.

Have unknown materials? Metals or polymers, we offer material identification via ICP, OES, GC/MS, SEM-EDX or FTIR.

Have a strange smudge, unknown debris or unknown oils on your parts/equipment? Our nonmetallics group has numerous tools at their disposal to help you determine the source of the contamination.

Need to check your processes? We offer cleanliness testing, gravimetry, contaminant identification and process solution analysis.

Have failures, or material that’s performing differently that past suppliers or lots? We offer failure analysis services on metals and nonmetallics, including chemical analysis, mechanical performance and materiolography/metallurgical evaluation. We can also compare old and new lots to help you get the answers you need.

Is your internal lab at capacity?  Qualify one of IMR's labs as your backup when the internal lab can't meet your deadline.  Our routine chemical analysis of metals jobs are handled in three days or less, and polymers in 5 days, getting you results, when you need them.  Expedited services are also available.

Chemical Analysis Services

Alloy Chemistry
Antimony Analysis (ICP)
Ash Content
Cadmium Analysis (ICP)
Carbon, Sulfur, Hydrogen, Oxygen  & Nitrogen
Cleanliness Testing
Coating Weights
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
Conductivity (ASTM D1125)
Contamination ID
CPSIA Lead Testing
Degree of Crystallinity
Degree of Cure
Density of Powdered Metals
DSC/TGA/TMA Analysis
Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
Filler/Additive Analysis
FTIR

GC/MS (Thermal Desorption, Pyrolysis)
Halogen Analysis (IC)
Heavy Metals Analysis
Hex Chrome (UV-VIS)
ICP-AES Analysis
ICP-MS Analysis
Impurities Analysis
Ion Chromatography
Material Certification
Melt Flow Rate & Viscosity
Melting Point & Glass Transition
Mercury Analysis (DMA)
Metal Purity
OES Analysis
On-site PMI
PMI Testing (Positive Material ID)
Particle Size Analysis
Percent Crystallinity
pH 

Phase Identification
Polymer Testing
Powder Diffraction
Powdered Metal Analysis
Precious Metal Assay
Prop 65
Quantitative Analysis
Resistivity (ASTM D1125)
RoHS Testing
Sefa-8 Testing
SEM-EDS
Semi-Quantitative Analysis
Sieve Analysis
TD/GC/MS (Thermal Desorption)
Trace Element Analysis
Unknown Alloy Identification
Unknown Material Identification
XRD Analysis
XRF Analysis

Materials Analyzed

Adhesives
Aluminum Alloys
Beta TriCalcium Phosphate
Carbon Steels
Cast Iron
Ceramics
Coatings
Cobalt Alloys
Composites
Contaminants
Copper Alloys
Debris
Dental Alloys
Glass

Hazardous Substances
Hydroxyapatite
Industrial Water & Process Solutions
Jewelry Alloys
Lead Free Solder
Low Alloy Steels
Lubricants
Magnesium Alloys
Nickel Alloys
Oils
Oxides
Plastics

Platings
Plating Solutions
Polymers
Powdered Metal
Powders
Precious Metals
Solder Alloys
Stainless Steel
Superalloys
Titanium Alloys
Tool Steels
Weld Metals
Zinc Alloys