LPD Lab Services Ltd
LPD Lab Services Limited is an industrially experienced problem solving laboratory providing analytical and technical consulting services to a diverse customer base from the private and public sectors. Collectively our technical staff have over 140 years industrial problem solving and laboratory analysis experience.
LPD Lab Services is an ISO17025 (UKAS) accredited analytical service laboratory specialising in materials investigation and chemicals analysis with a particular emphasis on industrial problem solving. We offer a broad range of analytical techniques and have a diverse array of product and processing experience. Work is provided to specialised customer requirements on a bespoke or routine basis. We proactively deliver clear timely context orientated interpretation, consultancy, practical advice and improvements beyond just a report.
LPD Lab Services has a diverse range of analytical techniques. Our analytical capabilities are as follows:-
- Surface Analysis:- X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), Auger Electron Spectroscopy and Scanning Auger Microscopy (AES / SAM), Contact Angle and Surface Wetting Techniques (OCA /DCAT).
- Chemical Analysis:- X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR), Gas Chromatography (GC), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), UV and Visible Spectroscopy (UV-Vis), Wet Chemical techniques.
- Scanning Electron Microscopy SEM/EDX
- Optical Microscopy and Image Analysis
- Mechanical Properties:- Tensile Testing, Hardness Testing, Particle and Grain Size Analysis.
LPD Lab Services has experience in product and process focused research and development support. A significant proportion of this experience has involved industrial support turning ideas into a developed volume manufactured product. The transition from a one-off product to an industrialised product frequently unearths many unexpected problems which, if not solved, can be financially expensive for production yield or product quality and reproducibility.
LPD Lab Services’ mix of technical expertise, chemical analysis and materials analysis techniques coupled with an innovative but realistic approach with the application of modern problem solving techniques means issues are rapidly and cost effectively solved. Components and assemblies can be reverse engineered to unearth defects and offer practical solutions. Benchmarking of competitor’s products can also provide direction for product and process strategic development.
The laboratory offers materials and chemical product and process development. Advice can be made on improvements and alternative designs. LPD Lab Services can offer close co-operation as an extension of the customer’s own Research and Development departments giving access to a comprehensive range of laboratory techniques and additional widely experienced staff.
Product and component materials analysis and process characterisation are key to generation of improved performance, quality, and yield or cost reduction. LPD Lab Services has both the materials industrial process experience and materials analysis instrumentation to characterise and solve product and process problems in a cost and time efficient manner.
LPD Lab Services experience in reverse engineering also means products can be skillfully dismantled to reveal the production methods used to make products either to solve failure analysis problems, determine material and product shortcomings or benchmark competitors. This work provides strategic focus for product and process improvement as well as Research and Development activities.
There can be a range of reasons why a laboratory customer wants chemicals deformulated or material products reverse engineered. This will determine how a product is physically and chemically designed and manufactured.
Why a laboratory customer might want to deformulate a product:-
• A competitor’s product exhibits a performance benefit over a customer’s product.
• A customer wants to benchmark all the competitors’ products and processes against his own for sales and marketing reasons.
• A competitor product may infringe a patent that a customer has lodged on their own product.
• A customer wants to find out what materials or manufacturing processes a competitor is using as part of development or yield improvement activity to shortcut customers product development time and costs.
• To explore the subtleties of a customer’s own manufacturing process to better understand how it operates as part of product and process development. Alternatively it might be to reduce the risk of process down time or rejects in a recognised higher risk activity perhaps highlighted by FMEA.
• As part of manufacturing ramp up and industrialisation activities.
Manufacturing often requires two or more dissimilar materials to be robustly joined. The interface where the materials meet is as important as the bulk materials. Understanding how and why interfaces fail is critical for ongoing business.
Poor adhesion between dissimilar materials can be by design rather than misfortune. Low friction surfaces or mould release of polymers and composite materials are typically either aided by materials formulation additions, die lubrication or intermediate release films.
Materials are attacked by the environment shortening their functional life without the correct protection or by inappropriate design.
Measurement of types, sizes, shapes of particles on various substrates with particular emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry’s need for product validation or contamination elimination.
Determination of physical faults (e.g. Short Circuits, Open Circuits); Reverse engineering of product and manufacturing process, identification of unknown contamination and recommendations of containment actions and problem solutions.
Diagnosing and eliminating product and process contamination including those following cleaning, degreasing and subsequent rinse processes is often vital. Contaminants can be layers, stains or particulate in nature and the laboratory can highlight the root cause as well as recommend remedial actions and process change solutions.
Surface Preparation, Flame or Heat Treatment. Chemical Etching, Electrochemical and Pickling Processes:-
Chemical and electrochemical treatments are used for a variety of reasons so their performance and stability during application and as the resultant surface can be critical for function, operational life and even in terms of downstream process interactions.
Plastics and rubbers normally contain inorganic filler materials. Their particle physical, size, shape, chemistry and volume fractions provide excellent fingerprint for the material for traceability.
Chemical analysis of the nicotine solutions used in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to determine concentrations and purity.
Industrial based Health and Safety advice on either an ongoing routine basis or in reaction to a specific event.
We offer advice on issues such as waste disposal, use of environmentally friendly equivalents and emergency measures and plans to minimise environmental damage in the event of an accident.