Powerful Thermal Analysis Solutions

Powerful Thermal Analysis Solutions And Flexible Software Options Aid Optimized Quality Control

Quality control (QC) laboratories are increasingly having to do more with fewer resources, rising to the challenge of maximizing efficiency while achieving high quality standards. Thermal analysis techniques offer fast, accurate and reproducible results to help ensure that the end products are free from defects, and meet quality and safety requirements.

Manufacturers and retailers of consumer goods are governed by a range of regulations to ensure the end products are safe, compliant and high quality. Achieving and maintaining regulatory compliance requires the implementation of robust and reliable QC processes. Effective QC programs comprise many components. Staff must understand and adhere to well-documented QC workflows that include standard operating procedures (SOPs), method validation, and proper data handling and storage. There must also be an understanding of measurement uncertainty and analytical error, and there should be predefined limits for the results, along with details of the actions to take if specifications are not met. These procedures are supported by high performance instrumentation and automation, to increase productivity, streamline processes and drive down costs.

Thermal analysis (TA) techniques are frequently used to monitor the quality of both materials and manufacturing processes – from incoming raw materials to final product inspection – providing fast, accurate and reproducible results. Typically, TA is used in quality control to measure the purity, glass transition, melting point, thermal stability and composition of materials, and is particularly important for the evaluation of polymorphism, moisture content and oxidation induction.

State-of-the-art thermal analysis systems help allow you to achieve your QC goals, and preserve the integrity of your data, by leveraging intuitive software, powerful automation and LIMS connectivity. This booklet covers everything you need to know about the use of thermal analysis in quality control, including:

  • A description of the main thermal analysis techniques; differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), thermomechanical analysis (TMA) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA)
  • Software and hardware solutions for seamless TA workflows, including automatic result evaluation
  • Real application examples, with tips and hints for correct result interpretation
  • How to develop and validate methods
  • How to detect errors or measurement uncertainty
  • How to properly calibrate and adjust your instrument