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consumer product safety Applications

  • Consumer Product Safety

    By Innov-X Canada based in Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

  • XRF analysis for product testing & toy safety

    Each week brings a new report of problems with toy safety and consumer product safety. Ultimately, contract manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and brand owners all face potential liability when they fail to comply with laws which restrict the levels of toxic materials in their products. Handheld Niton analysers provide quick and easy screening of toys and other consumer goods for lead, cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals. Importers, brand owners and retailers can implement a standardised inspection protocol for incoming shipments to verify compliance, while simultaneously requiring supply chain documentation based on empirical testing.

    By Niton UK Limited based in Woodmancott, Winchester, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Ultraviolet disinfection systems for the liquid sugar areas

    With an increasing emphasis on safety, product quality and regulation, the requirement for efficient and effective disinfection of liquid sugar applications has seen many manufactures turn to UV disinfection systems for an effective, non chemical solution. Concentrated sugar syrups have a high osmotic pressure, which prevents micro-organisms from reproducing. However, many micro-organisms still survive in spore form and have the ability to grow and reproduce upon dilution of the sugar syrup solution thus causing discolouration, changes to flavour and, critically, a reduced product shelf-life and increased risk of infection and ill-health. The threat of micro-biological contamination is further increased as manufacturers respond to consumer demands for reductions in chemical additives and preservatives.

    By atg UV Technology based in Wigan, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Environmental testing & compliance screening for energy/environmental sector

    Compliance screening and testing is often carried out during the manufacturing phase of a product, and all the way through its disposal or recycling process. It ensures that products and materials meet specific standards or comply with international and local directives or regulations. These standards and regulations are introduced to ensure the quality and safety of a product, and to minimise or eliminate its negative impact on the environment and people. Examples of products or materials tested are: electrical and electronic equipment (for compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive), waste oils, soil (soil remediation depending on contents of toxic metals), children’s products (for compliance with Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008), etc.

    By Oxford Instruments plc based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Hydroxyl Number in Polyols (OH#) #3013

    The use of polymeric polyols is commonplace in the manufacturing of polyurethanes and other specialty polymers. The hydroxyl number (OH#) is a measure of the concentration of the hydroxyl groups on the polyol. This is an important parameter to monitor and control during polyol production. The laboratory method that is commonplace for hydroxyl number determination is both time consuming and involves the use of hazardous materials. This note will discuss the use of Guided Wave hardware and software tools for the measurement of hydroxyl number in polyols using fiber optic-based, Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. NIR can be applied in real time directly in process or as a laboratory procedure. In either case NIR is a time and money saving alternative to traditional methods. NIR also offers the benefit of increased safety over traditional methods. For well established process measurements, a Guided Wave ClearView® db multi-wavelength photometer can be used to achieve similar results.

    By Guided Wave, Inc. based in Rancho Cordova, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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