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Envista Forensics Launches In-House Materials Science Lab Capabilities

Chicago, IL – 28 February 2022

Envista Forensics, a global forensic consulting firm, has announced the first of a series of in-house materials science lab capabilities launching today.

Envista has been investing heavily in lab services technology and can now offer Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy analysis in-house, a specialized technology that can help identify defects in materials that may have resulted in a failure. This service is the first of four sets to launch throughout the year.

“Although we have already provided FTIR for clients for the last 10 years, our ability to centralize this process, without the need of a third-party, will allow for a simpler, more streamlined approach to provide reports,” explains Wes Grandlienard, Technical Director - Electrical/Mechanical, Envista Forensics. “The goal is to eventually provide this service not only to clients but also to any other companies in need of this type of materials testing.” 

FTIR is a well-known testing technique typically used to identify materials such as plastics, paints, petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, and organic acids.

“This type of analysis is used to identify materials and help determine a material’s chemical characteristics,” said Kristin Striber, Forensic Laboratory Technician, Envista Forensics. “We can then use the identity of the material to determine if that material was correct for the application and identify contaminates in the material or degradation."

Over the course of this year, Envista will be releasing more in-house materials lab services including:

  • Ionic Contamination Testing - Used to detect potential contamination of electrical/mechanical equipment often caused by water or smoke damage via ion chromatography 
  • Shingle Desaturation - Used to determine potential cause of roofing damage, via vapor degreasing 
  • Fire Debris Analysis - Used for fire investigations to analyze fire debris for potential ignitable liquid residues, via gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) 

For more information on Envista’s Materials Lab capabilities, visit our website and check out our FTIR case studies.

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