To Push Product & Materials Performance

Materials Analysis

Microbac’s capabilities include a full-service chemistry-testing laboratory with liquid and gas chromatography, FTIR, elemental analysis and thermal analysis. Our physical property characterization includes all common material properties, plus impact resistance, hardness, flammability, and environmental exposure.

We use Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy in the identification of various unknown organic materials such as plastics, adhesives, lubricants, and bearing grease. The method can be performed as either a macro- or micro-analytical technique, and thus extremely small samples can be analyzed. If a test specimen can be seen and interacted with using approximately 10X magnification, micro-FTIR can be performed.  Additionally, liquids, dried residues, viscous materials, films, and other sample matrices can be accommodated. The testing is generally performed in accordance with ASTM E334. 

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) is also used to help solve a wide range of problems. With SEM, we characterize fractures in ceramics, metals, plastics, and composites, which is an important part of many failure analysis investigations. We can determine the type and amount of surface contamination on printed circuit boards, connectors, fractures, food products, and medical components using the EDS in conjunction with the SEM.

Failure Analysis

Failure analysis of products and materials requires careful observation of the general circumstances that impact product performance, including external causes or environmental effects. Our team is experienced in researching all possible factors impacting performance, failure and product composition, including: material mechanical properties; tests for composition and uniformity; fractography; tests for contamination, identification and quantification of residual solvents; microstructural examination, and many more.

Environmental Exposure

The effects of environmental conditions on the performance of materials and equipment can be evaluated using Microbac’s diverse environmental lab. We control humidity, temperature, pressure, shock, acceleration, UV light radiation, and salinity (salt spray corrosion) to simulate any outdoor environment, and determine the environmental effects on materials and equipment.

Product Performance

Microbac is experienced in performing product safety testing to ASTM, ANSI, BS, CA, CFR, FTMS, NFPA, UBC and UL standards. We can help you determine how a product measures up to its competition, allowing your company to produce more competitive products and utilize effective marketing strategies. When a consumer product doesn’t perform as expected, we can help answer the why and how through improper use to inadequate design.

Flammability

We offer a variety of materials testing and product development services to assist in your product development and performance testing. Flammability measurements are crucial to evaluating new product designs, prototypes, or existing product lines. We follow the tests and requirements of ASTM, CFR, FTMS, ISO and UL.

Biomass

In the past, biomass was not utilized for its alternative fuel potential. But with growing funding and strong emphasis on replacing fossil fuels with renewable and clean energy, biomass characterization is rapidly becoming a staple in alternative/renewable fuels research. Your Microbac team has over 15 years of specialized biomass testing experience, and can assist in all aspects of biomass characterization, from feedstock to digestion analysis (including saccharification, cellulose activity and bench scale fermentation), and even final product testing.

Fungal & Bacterial Resistance

Microbac Laboratories, Inc. is prepared to analyze your antifungal performance standards and assist you in developing products with superior fungal resistance. Microbac maintains pure fungal cultures and performs several of the accelerated ASTM (ASTM C1338, ASTM G21, ASTM G22, ASTM D2020), MIL-STD (MIL-STD 810G), TAPPI, AATCC and ISO Standard Tests for fungal growth in humidity and temperature-controlled environmental chambers. Antifungal performance validations are valuable to customers who develop, sell, and use products that may be subject to attack by fungi.