The applications for particle characterization results are as endless as the types of industries we serve.

Using a variety of particle characterization techniques, PTL works with many types of industries. We can assist a pharmaceutical company with an FDA approval, help a cosmetic company improve product performance, troubleshoot a material behavior issue in the ceramics industry, or help engineers select the correct filters for industrial water filtration systems.

Our mission is to continuously provide a high level of quality service to our customers. Our knowledge of particle characterization allows us to address unique problems and provide the insight our clients need to succeed. We strive to establish long-lasting relationships built upon mutual collaboration and trust. We work closely with every client to ensure delivery of accurate, reliable, and insightful results.

No matter your industry, PTL is the comprehensive solution for all your unique particle characterization needs.

Following are some of the ways that our clients in different industries use analytical results from Particle Technology Labs.

 

Aerospace & Automotive

Particle testing, aerospace industry

Aerospace and automotive components work under extreme conditions. Temperature, strain and other factors create technical challenges that require reliable testing of particles in structural materials to ensure that safe, quality components are being manufactured for use in aircraft and vehicles. 

Filters, fuels, lubricants and other fluids along with ceramic coatings, glass, and metals are just some aerospace and automotive components that utilize particle characterization analysis in the development and troubleshooting process. These industries also rely on physical characterization results to verify the quality of raw materials in manufacturing to ensure the safety of the final product.

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Agricultural

Particle testing, Agricultural Industry

Particle size and characterization analyses provide the agricultural industry with results that ensure regulations are met. Valuable analytical information can help improve the quality of pharmaceuticals for veterinary use, feed, soil drainage, fertilizer potency, dust control, and much more.

Particle characterization analyses are conducted on medicines used by veterinarians and food products for agricultural livestock in the same way as for human use. From the development of active ingredients to problem-solving in the manufacturing process, particle size distribution has a significant effect on the performance of a drug.

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Beauty and Cosmetic

Particle testing, Cosmetic Industry

PTL analyzes many different products in the beauty and cosmetic industry including make-up, moisturizers, powders, sunscreens, lotions and creams just to name a few. Cosmetic products contain particulate and emulsions that require specific distributions for coverage and other desired performance. Particulate also affects the appearance, stability and protection value of different products including sunscreen. 

Particle size and characterization analysis allows manufacturers in the beauty and cosmetic industry to develop products that meet regulated specifications and reach their standards to achieve a quality product. Knowing the particle size and shape of ingredients determines the quality, properties and performance of their final products. 

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Ceramics

Particle testing, Ceramics Industry

Ceramic materials are lightweight, durable, chemical and heat-resistant, leading to extensive use in aerospace, construction, medicine, sports equipment and many other industries. 

When ceramic components are produced, powdered ceramic material is dispersed in a liquid and then formed into a component shape or green body. This green body is heated to just below the melting point of the ceramic material, the temperature where sintering occurs. It is then that the particles become bonded together, forming an interlocking network which creates a strong mechanical component, and typically a porous substrate.

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Chemical

Particle testing, Chemical Industry

The particles in a material's composition affect the performance of all manufactured goods. The particle size and characterization of raw materials in coatings, polymers, metals, ceramics and others determine the safety, quality, and properties of a material such as durability, machinability and sustainability.

For example, plastics can be evaluated for thermal properties such as melting point, glass transition temperature, and decomposition temperature. Understanding when a plastic will melt can aid in the design of a production process or predict failure of a critical part. Determining the particle size of feed material in extrusion equipment ensures a uniform melt during the extrusion process.

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Environmental

Particle testing, Environmental Industry

Particle size analyses offer precision results which are essential to evaluating air, water, and other materials for environmental applications. From our indoor air quality to the environment of our planet, particle size and characterization results can verify quality, compliance with regulated safety standards, or offer solutions to air, water or filter manufacturing issues.

Regulatory agencies use particle size and concentration analysis values to determine compliance with air and water quality standards. For example, emission engineers can use the particle size distribution results to design air handling equipment such as scrubbers, cyclones, and baghouses to remove fugitive dust prior to release into the air.

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Food & Beverage

Particle testing, food and beverage industry

The size and shape of particles in our food not only affect the taste and texture, but also the nutritional characteristics and digestive properties. Additionally, the quality, processing and packaging of food during production is dependent on the size and shape of particles, bulk and tap density, and flow properties of ingredients.

Bioprocessing in the development or manufacturing of foods affects the micro-structure as well as the chemical and nutritional values of food. Particle size and characterization is essential in this process to obtain desired purity, quality and nutritional properties. 

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Medical Device

Particle testing, Medical Device Industry

Powdered materials used in manufacturing, and particulate produced during normal wear of medical devices are analyzed for particle size and shape characteristics to ensure that products meet strict quality and safety standards. Meeting these specifications and standards is crucial in the medical industry for patient safety.

Foreign particulate matter on implants such as knee, hip, or breast implants can cause infections and other health risks. Determining the size of these particles can allow improvements in cleaning processes and quality control measures to ensure devices are safe and suitable for use.

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Petrochemical, Oil and Gas

Particle testing, Petrochemical Oil and Gas Industry

PTL provides particle size and characterization analyses on many materials in the petrochemical industry including gasoline, oil, lubricants, distillates, alternative fuels and other products. 

Some examples include catalysts which are used in the oil and gas industry to either remove harmful emissions or capture different desirable components from petroleum through refining. By determining the surface area, pore size distribution, and particle size of the catalyst, researchers can determine its effectiveness and whether or not the catalyst needs to be replenished.

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Pharmaceutical

Particle testing, Pharmaceutical Industry

PTL is recognized by the U.S. pharma industry as an expert in the field of particle characterization. Not only do we perform thousands of individual analyses, many particle characterization methods and techniques are developed and validated for our pharma clients each year.

Pharmaceutical companies use particle characterization testing for a wide variety of applications. From the development of active ingredients to problem-solving in the manufacturing process, pharma makes up the largest group of clientele in our laboratory.

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Research Universities

Particle testing, Research Industry

Particle Technology Labs is an independent laboratory. Test instrumentation is selected on the basis of merit, never due to business relationships with vendors. Laboratory staff design tests and select from our wide range of instruments with one goal in mind: accurate, independent, particle characterization test results.  

It is for these reasons and more that research universities from around the world turn to PTL for controlled and unbiased results. From cutting edge drug development to environmental applications, the best research universities in the world turn to PTL for all types of particle characterization needs. 

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