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Friday, April 18, 2014

American Coatings SHOW 2014 - A Thank You

The 2014 American Coatings SHOW in Atlanta, GA was a spectacular show. Avomeen participated in the SHOWs emphasis on development and discovery in the paints and coatings industry by offering our unique services to the industry's top professionals. During the show we enjoyed networking with others in the field of coatings formulation and conducted onsite consultations for vexing coatings problems. Our scientists had the chance to discuss projects requiring a vast number of our unique services including:

  • VOC Testing
  • Contaminant Identification
  • Failure/Defect Analysis
  • Formulation Development
  • Deformulation/Reverse Engineering
  • Product Reformulation
  • Certification & Verification
  • Competitor Product Analysis
To those we had the privilege of speaking with, we look forward to continuing to discuss how we can meet your development and testing needs. To those who missed us or were unable to attend this year's show we invite you to join us next year, but urge you to not wait until then to discover how our customized testing and formulations services can meet your needs. Visit us today at www.avomeen.com/coatings or call 800.930.5450 to speak directly with one of our Ph.D. chemists.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at this year's American Coatings SHOW to discover the best ways to innovate and provide premium products to the marketplace.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Avomeen at Booth #1064 at Interphex International Pharmaceutical Expo

March 18-20th Avomeen is attending the Interphex International Pharmaceutical Expo in New York to present our extensive pharmaceutical services to industry leaders and pharmaceutical researchers and manufacturers of all sizes.

Stop by to speak with our representative and see how our pharmaceutical services can solve your toughest problems from formulation to release studies and so much more.

Find our more about Interphex by visiting their website at www.interphex.com and read more about what services Avomeen will be exhibiting by viewing the recent press release here.

Don't forget to stop by Booth #1064 and see how we can meet your pharmaceutical needs throughout the entire drug development process.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Chemistry of Hot Sauce - Addicted to Flavor or Endorphins?

The American Chemical Society's Reactions group just released a new Everyday Chemistry video about the addictive hot sauce Sriracha. While consumers and retailers alike know that the hot sauce is flying off of store shelves, how many know that its chemical properties are as much to credit as the sauce's recipe?

Capsaicin is the chemical cause of the body and brain's reaction to this spicy condiment and does more than just ignite your taste buds.

Watch the video and read NPR's blog on the chemistry behind the sauce that is deemed "good on everything".

To learn about flavor analysis and food testing visit our food and beverage testing page.

Monday, February 17, 2014

FDA Releases Cosmetic Quiz App to Test Your Knowledge about Retail Cosmetics

Whether you are preparing to create a new cosmetic product or researching what risks and regulations are involved in the development and formulation of cosmetics, the FDA has recently released a Cosmetic Quiz Widget to test your knowledge and provide insight into the cosmetic marketplace.

The ten question quiz sheds light on cosmetic definitions such as hypo-allergenic, as well as FDA procedures surrounding new products. 

Take the quiz to see how much you know about cosmetics and read more about cosmetic formulation on our Cosmetic Formulation Page.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Top 5 Attributes Consumers Look for When Choosing Products

Business to consumer (B2C) companies and their contract manufacturing organizations (CMO) are always looking to create products that can beat the competition and capture the public’s attention. Here are the top 5 attributes consumers are looking for when choosing products and the methods to produce products which meet them all.

1. Quality – One of the primary reasons consumers choose to buy a product is that they know it works. Whether they have come to know the product through household use or demonstration advertising they have seen the results and purchase that brand for the known quality. In order to produce a product of quality a company must utilize state of the art formulation services to devise the product’s formula. Method Development and Validation are also necessary to ensure that the manufacturing processes are consistent and continually producing a top-notch product.

2. Claims – Consumers also place high value on a product’s marketing claims. Everything from “fragrance free” and “all-natural” to “cleans in less than 3 minutes” all are valuable information that can trigger a purchase from someone searching for a product that meets their specific priorities and needs. False claims, however can quickly diminish brand loyalty. In order to make the best claims on the market companies should pursue an independent laboratory to certify product claims and confirm product efficacy.

3. Innovation – Sometimes the product that their grandmother used will be perfectly fine for generations of consumers, but more often everyone is looking for the next best thing. Innovation is paramount in keep an audience’s attention and generating new customers. Innovation is also one of the hardest aspects for companies to personally implement as it requires product knowledge on a fundamental level. Companies looking to keep their products fresh use custom analytical laboratories to revise and improve current formulas through reformulation, as well as create next-gen products. Such laboratories use analytical chemistry to create products that have an increased efficacy, improved look, longer shelf-life and other desired improvements.

4. Safety – Whether a product is “all-natural” or “highly-flammable” safety testing and labeling is vital in ensuring consumer safety and brand trust. Specialized analytical laboratories provide verification studies to confirm claims as well as stability testing to push products to their breaking point and pinpoint any potential hazards. They also provide reformulation services for products needing formulation revision and failure analysis services to discover manufacturing defects as in the case of product recalls.

5. Competitor Comparison – While the other attributes on this list focus on consumers wanting their purchased products to be effective and trustworthy, none of that will matter if a competitor’s product is best in every way. Competitor product analysis provides valuable insight into marketing claims and determines why the competing product is more effective, brighter, stronger, longer-lasting and many other aspects so that it can be reformulated to achieve the desired results.

While marketing, packaging design, and price all contribute to consumer choices; these 5 attributes relate to the product itself and can either make or break long-term sales and brand loyalty. To pursue customized analysis for your product or to create a new product formulation contact Avomeen Analytical Services.

Call 800.930.5450 or email scientist@avomeen.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Faulty Packaging Requires Complete Recall of Liptruzet - Analytical Chemistry Can Provide the Answers to Get the Drug Back on the Market

On Jan 14th, 2014, Merck & Co. issued a voluntary recall of the cholesterol drug Liptruzet. What made this specific recall unique is that it was not focused on a single lot, or even several that had been distributed, but on all of the lots of the drug that were produced since the product’s launch in May of 2013.

The reason for this recall was a packaging defect. The product’s packing has outer pouches made of laminate foil which were found to potentially let moisture seep into the sealed packages and affect the tablets. Merck claimed that the defect is unlikely to decrease the drug’s effectiveness, nevertheless the drug is planned to be completely removed from market for the foreseeable future until the packaging defect can be corrected.

Recalls due to manufacturing defects are not uncommon. When a defect occurs after the product is already on the market, companies must act quickly to discover the cause of the defect and correct the manufacturing process. Chemical analysis of both the pharmaceutical product and its packaging can reveal the source of the defect, and any associated contamination or health risks. Since, in the case of Liptruzet, the packaging is thought to be defective and not the tablets themselves, much of the analysis will progress as a typical manufacturing failure analysis. Since it is a pharmaceutical product, however, documentation of manufacturing changes must be submitted to the FDA for review before the product can be cleared again to enter the market.

Avomeen’s scientists suggest that companies who experience similar pharmaceutical product defects should consider employing the following corrective measures:

• Initiate a product recall and inform the FDA
• Perform contamination testing on the drug product to determine safety and potency of the product still on the market
• Conduct a failure analysis on the product’s packaging to determine the cause of the defect
• Correct manufacturing issues and revise methodology
• Submit any post approval product changes to the FDA for consideration to restart manufacturing

Manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies use Avomeen Analytical Services to perform preventative testing before a defect occurs and to conduct failure analysis services when defects are found during production. These analytical services identify the source of product defects and correct the issue so production can continue.

Learn more about Pharmaceutical Analysis, and Failure Analysis.

Contact Avomeen Analytical Services at 800.930.5450 for a free consultation with one of our Ph.D. Chemists.

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Composition of Ice Melting Products and the Active Ingredients That Make Them Effective

Commercial ice melting products have become very popular with consumers looking to transfer the blunt of the labor involved in clearing snow and ice during the winter months to an easy to use product. New advancements allow these innovative products to remove thick ice buildups, even during the tough conditions present during ‘Hercules’, which is the ‘polar vortex’ currently affecting those in a large portion of the country.

These products generally contain various combinations of Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride and Calcium Chloride which work by mixing with the water that is already present in the environment to create a brine solution. This solution then spreads under the ice and breaks the surface bond which allows the remaining ice or snow to be easily removed manually. The brine also prevents new layers of ice or snow from adhering to the surface.

Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Ammonium Sulfate, Ammonium Nitrate and Urea work by absorbing heat from their environment; while Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride release heat upon contact with water. These chemicals allow the ice melting products to function primarily by depressing the freezing point of water.

These compounds however are only effective for use within certain temperature ranges. Their lowest temperature limits are as follows:

• Potassium Chloride (12° F)
• Urea (15° F)
• Sodium Acetate (5° F)
• Sodium Chloride (20-22° F)
• Calcium Chloride (-25° F)
• Magnesium Chloride (5° F)
• Calcium Magnesium Acetate (5° F)

The effectiveness of a de-icing product is determined by a number of factors, primarily which combination of active ingredients is included in the product’s formulation and at what quantities. Other common issues to consider during the R&D of an ice melting product are the environmental implications and surface corrosion that these products can produce.

Avomeen’s chemical laboratory specializes in the testing and development of consumer products. Our skilled chemists can perform a competitor product analysis to determine the true differences between current products on the market. This data can then be used to develop a new formulation that is customized towards meeting your customer’s specific needs and is superior to the existing products currently on the market. One common critique of ice melting products is their lack of product labeling clarity and the performance claims made versus its actual effectiveness. Our laboratory can also perform the testing necessary to ensure that your product’s marketing claims are accurate.

A complete list of our analytical testing services is available here.

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