Analytical Equipment

Analytical Equipment

High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

  • Routine analysis (quantification and/or comparative identification) of components in mixture
  • Cleaning Validation Studies and Trace Analysis
  • Purity analysis.

Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS)

  • Routine analysis of components in mixture
  • Cleaning Validation Studies and Trace Analysis
  • Purity analysis Identification of unknown compounds (e.g. – contaminant materials)
  • Volatile materials identification in solid and liquid samples by Headspace GC-MS.

Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) Spectroscopy

  • Identification of materials
  • Detection of intermolecular bonding.

Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)

  • Molecular weight determination of polymers
  • Molecular Weight Distribution of polymers
  • Comparative Analysis of loss of molecular weight of polymers through degradation.

Karl Fischer Coulometer

  • % Moisture content of liquid and solid samples by Karl Fischer Coulometer.

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

  • Identification of glass transition temperature, crystalline melting temperature and crystallisation temperature of polymers
  • Thermal Stability of materials (e.g. – oxidative induction time (OiT) of materials)
  • DSC Identification of materials by their Crystalline Melting Temperature (according to IS EN ISO 3146:2000).

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

  • % Inorganic Content (including % Carbon Black and % CaCO3) by TGA (based on ISO 11358)
  • Material Thermal Stability
  • Moisture and Volatiles Content
  • Composition of Multi-Component Systems
  • Shelf-Life Studies and Decomposition Kinetics.

Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis (DMTA)

  • Mechanical-Thermal Properties of materials.

Scanning Electron Microscope System with EDX Detector

  • SEM can be utilised to take highly detailed images of areas of interest on a sample (e.g. – fracture surfaces, contamination, etc)
  • The EDX detector can be utilised to determine the elemental profile of the area under investigation (e.g. – elements present in material to defined steel type).

Mechanical Properties – Tensile, Compression, Flexural and Friction Analysis

  • ISO testing on standard specimens or custom made samples
  • Tensile testing to measure material strength and elongation (flexibility)
  • Compression testing 3-point bend flexural testing to measure flexural strength and modulus (stiffness)
  • Weld strength, tear strength and bond strength
  • Friction testing of materials.

Impact Resistance

  • Pendulum Impact testing to Charpy and Izod notched and un-notched tests
  • Falling dart impact testing using instrumented impact tester
  • Film impact testing using the ‘staircase method’
  • Testing on ISO standard specimens or custom made samples
  • Customised impact tests to simulate end product exposure.

Product Shelf Life Testing and Lifespan Estimation

  • Oven ageing to determine lifespan of product
  • Oven ageing to verify Product Shelf Life stability of Medical Products
  • Humidity chamber also available for more specific environments
  • UV aging
  • Melt Flow Rate Analysis (MFR)
  • MFR is the primary polymer property used to determine batch consistency and specification conformity. Directly correlates to the average molecular weight of the polymer
  • Verification of incoming raw material MFR.

Imaging Microscope Systems

  • Bright light and fluorescence microscope Imaging Systems
  • Confocal microscope
  • Application of digital sizing software to determine the dimensions of samples.


  • Measurement of contact angle for assessment of hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity.

Drug Dissolution

  • In-line Pharmacopeia standard method for the detection of the release rate of active pharmaceutical ingredients through UV detection
  • Manual sample collection and analysis through HPLC also possible.


  • Determination of the storage (elastic) modulus, loss modulus, viscosity and shear strength of swollen or molten polymers.

X-Ray Diffraction

  • Non-destructive technique that reveals detailed information about the chemical composition and crystallographic structure of natural and manufactured matter.

Other tests

  • Shore A and Shore D hardness
  • Vicat Softening Point and Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT) Optical testing; Colour, light transmission and haze
  • Abrasion testing
  • Measurement of Chemical Resistance and absorption tests.

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