Foreign Particulate & Contamination Analysis

Foreign particulate analysis can identify contaminants hiding in your product materials that impact performance, quality, and safety.

Coatings that fail to live up their specifications. Machines that witness a drop-off in performance over time. Foreign particulate matter that goes unchecked can build up in your most important products and systems, resulting in suboptimal performance and even failure for you and your end users. Thorough analysis requires a combination of analytical testing methodologies to correctly characterize contaminants and product defects in any material or industrial application.

Gateway Analytical utilizes state-of-the-art instrumentation and specialized testing protocols to provide a multi-tiered forensic approach testing methodology that provides fast and accurate analysis of the most difficult sample types in order to answer the what, when, why, and how of the investigation process. Our expert team can weigh in on product returns with an all-of-the-above approach that includes source determination, root cause analysis, and particle sizing and counting. We can also conduct on-site process evaluation for contamination sourcing and root cause analysis.

We use a multi-tiered analytical approach to identify foreign materials and contaminants. Our experts identify the appropriate techniques for sample preparation and analysis so that we can provide a comprehensive and informative identification. In general, microscopy is used to understand properties and appearance, FTIR and/or Raman spectroscopy is used to obtain a molecular fingerprint of the material for identification, and SEM-EDS is used to obtain elemental information.

Reach out today to discover how Gateway Analytical can help your team reach its goals.