Introduction to Industrial Forensics

Authors & ContributorsDavid ExlineAntonio ScatenaFebruary 20, 2013

Industrial Forensics is a specialized field of examination that leverages the expertise of forensic analysis and problem solving and applies these principles to difficult manufacturing and product investigations. Often times, particulate contamination occurs in products, processes and customer related investigations. In other instances, the need of detailed problem solving methodologies are required to determine the source of failures, discolorations, product defects and possibly to understand the nature of similar products through reverse engineering and deformulation.

This webinar was designed for manufacturing managers, quality control managers and analytical lab personnel. During this webinar, our presenters discussed the various areas of an industrial forensic investigation, including contamination testing to control contamination of raw materials, processes and products; different types of quality control systems; and took the audience into the lab to discuss how to prepare samples for testing using various analytical techniques including microscopy, SEM/EDS, FTIR and Raman. They will discussed how to interpret the data collected and what type of conclusions can be made from your findings. Finally, our presenters provided example case scenarios to demonstrate the methodology of industrial forensic analysis.

Highlighted Topics Covered:

  • Sourcing and controlling contamination in raw materials, processes and products
  • How industrial forensics can address issues such as contamination, discolorations, product defects and more
  • Sample preparation for various analytical testing techniques, including microscopy, SEM/EDS, FTIR and Raman
  • Interpretation of the data collected and what conclusions can be made
  • Example case scenarios utilizing industrial forensic analysis

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