Failure Analysis & Product Defect Investigation

Product failures and defects can cost companies millions of dollars in lost revenue and severely tarnish reputations. Avomeen’s failure analysis laboratory can quickly identify the cause of these failures and help develop a solution. We can also help to prevent future product failures as well. If product defects go unresolved they can be extremely costly for your business in terms of product recalls, lost customers, major litigation & PR issues.

Our scientists have the advanced instrumentation and technical experience needed to solve a variety of failure analysis problems including:

  • Identifying the Source of Unknown Impurities/Contaminates
  • Product Recall Investigations
  • Premature Product Breakage
  • Corrosion/Contamination in Manufacturing Systems
  • Brittle Parts, Lack of Adhesion, Strange Odor, Off Colors, Reduced Shelf Life, Etc.
  • “Good Vs. Bad” Sample Comparison Analysis

Our experienced scientists use a wide range of instrumentation for failure analysis testing, including SEM/EDXA, FT-IR, GC/MS, LC/MS, DSC, TGA, and more for unknown material identification and analysis. We also provide physical failure analysis testing such as tension, compression, permeability, surface analysis, and metallography. Whether the root cause is in the raw materials, a flaw in the design of the product, or an unknown contamination/problem in the production and processing of your product, our skilled chemists can determine a reliable solution. Avomeen’s failure analysis laboratory can quickly and accurately determine the cause of your product’s failure.

We have experienced problem solvers and can identify issues to determine a solution for unknown foreign contamination, corrosion, discoloration, strange odors, reduced shelf life, and more. Avomeen’s failure analysis laboratory can get your company’s production back on track. We are flexible to your needs and can work within your tight deadlines.

Avomeen’s failure analysis laboratory provides testing for unknown materials by comparing ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ samples and can also provide onsite investigations if needed. Avomeen’s final reports include recommendations to prevent product failure in future production in addition to the conclusions. Along with our final results and reports, you will be provided with all the original technical data. Avomeen’s experienced chemists are there for you both before and after testing and can help solve your product’s unknown failure problems and other complex analytical needs.

If you are experiencing legal issues due to a product failure, we also have experienced expert witnesses on staff to further assist your company.

Some materials that Avomeen can test in its failure analysis lab:

  • Adhesives & Sealants
  • Epoxies, Paints, & Coatings
  • Composites
  • Laminates
  • Medical Devices
  • Painted materials
  • Metallurgical
  • Fuel Quality
  • Packaging
  • Plastics & Polymers
  • Rubbers
  • Pharmaceuticals & Supplements

Case Study– Manufacturing Problem Solving – Failure Analysis Testing Lab

Industry: Automotive
Problem: Breakage and peeling on an auto bumper
Solution: An automobile manufacturer noticed peeling and premature breakage on a polymer-based automobile bumper. The bumper was made using a blend of polymers. We examined the separation of layers with high-resolution microscopy and found adhesion failure at the separation. In order for the polymers to blend fully, a compatibilizer was necessary. Furthermore, FT-IR analysis revealed no compatibilizer in the failed product.  Our chemists helped the manufacturer to reformulate his product adding a proper compatibilizer – solving the product issue.

For More Information or a Quote, Please Request a Failure Analysis Testing Quote or Call (800) 930-5450 Today.