Our solutions for material characterization
aug 28 2019
Recently, the legalization of cannabis-infused edibles has been passed by several states in the U.S. Later this year, cannabis-infused edibles will be for sale in Canada, though Quebec has announced it will ban most edibles. This may be news to some as the legalization and sale of cannabis leaf and extracts are handled differently than that of a formulated edible. Whether for recreational or medicinal-use edibles impose new kinds of problems as the processed consumables possess different bioavailability and uptake routes in the body, leading to longer onset times and overdose potential when compared to standard inhalation methods. Label claims need to be met and verified in terms of potency testing and overall safety to the consuming public. Up to this point, testing has not generally been universally regulated due to the absence of a universal governing body to implement standards of what needs to be tested and what levels of accuracy are valid, leading to a wide range of quality within products. Many say that global legalization will actually allow for the expanded research of these drugs and their safety to the public, something that has obviously been difficult to do.Read more
aug 19 2019
Metalworking fluids (MWFs) are a family of industrial liquids used to reduce the temperature of and/or lubricate metal workpieces while they are being machined. Cutting and grinding processes can generate significant amounts of heat and friction, which can cause undesirable thermomechanical side-effects: burning, deformation, smoking, surface roughness, thermal warping, etc. If a workpiece burns it may be rendered unfit for downstream application, while off-gases and smoke represent a respiratory health risk for personnel. The thermomechanical drawbacks of conventional metalworking can represent logistical and health and safety issues if not addressed.Read more
aug 08 2019
Cosmetic emulsions and suspension formulations are carefully researched and rigorously tested so that the advertised beneficial properties of the product are effectively passed along to the consumer. The image of a company and the notoriety of a brand are reflected by the quality of the formulation and by the consumer response to and review of the product that they purchased. However, with all the testing that can be done in an R&D or QC setting, in laboratories or factories, it is still difficult to project the efficacy and performance of a product once it is in consumer’s hands. This poses a problem as there is a certain amount of time that elapses from the time of packaging to consumption. This can range from weeks to months over a period of shipping, warehouse, and shelf storage.Read more
jun 14 2019
Chemical and physical destabilization of food and beverages is unavoidable, with numerous interrelated factors combining to alter the long-term thermodynamic behavior of food emulsions, suspensions and foams. This can have dramatic implications for product shelf-life, texture and mouthfeel, even flavor.
Therefore, enhancing the stability of colloidal systems used in food goods and beverages is a high priority for conserving product quality over time and ensuring the best customer perception.
may 31 2019
Viscoelasticity refers to the unique deformation characteristics of a material that exhibits both viscosity and elasticity, displaying time-dependent strain to applied forces. Scientific analysis of viscosity is typically concerned with the flow behavior of materials when subjected to mechanical agitation such as torque or pressure over a defined period. This rheological method presents complications for the accurate scientific analysis of complex viscoelastic formulations, as it provides insufficient information about the physiochemical structure of the product.Read more
may 08 2019
There are different instruments that can be used to measure the physical stability of liquid dispersions, but which one to choose? Among all advertised solutions it is hard to make a good decision. A good way is to lead with the most popular choice among scientific community. This can be done by visiting numerous websites and joining scientific communities but also simply by comparing the number of publications that mention the different instruments. A higher number of publications indicates that more scientists use and thus rely on the technology.Read more
jun 13 2019
Centrifugation is a separative technique used in phase separation of dispersions, emulsions, and other formulations across many industry sectors. In some cases, it can be used for accelerated stability analysis because it enables to apply strong gravitational stress on the sample, which results in faster separation.Read more
nov 29 2018
The viscous properties of a liquid or amorphous solid are primarily determined by inter-particle forces within the solution, including friction and attraction between molecules in the macrostructure. These Van der Waals forces are critical facets of a sample’s resistance to deformation, or flow, which defines the material’s viscosity.Read more
nov 26 2018
Drug stability testing is a critical stage of R&D, quality control (QC), and quality assurance (QA) for pharmaceutical products. It typically comprises accelerated ageing of a product under simulated use conditions to determine the shelf life of solid phase or colloidal pharmaceuticals.Read more
nov 07 2018
Approaching deadline for Sulfur Cap at 0,5% requires fast compliance
Recent restrictions on Sulfur Oxides emissions in ships are to be enforced by 2020. The IMO - International Marine Organization - has decided on limiting the maximum amount allowed to 0,5%, a cap that has already been established in Europe and the Americas but still needs to be applied worldwide. Tens of thousands of ships are affected and time to comply is short.