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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Will Your Car Tires One Day Be Made From a Desert Plant?

Researchers are working constantly to find more sustainable means of producing materials that the average person relies on every day. The projects that get the most press are the ones that have to do with green energy. Recently, reports have come out that the temperature of the Earth is increasing even faster than scientists had initially predicted. This has led to renewed interest in topics like solar power and wind power. But the way that people harness energy isn't the only concern, though it has the highest profile. Take for example the tires on a car.

Most tires that are widely available are composed mostly of synthetic rubber. The problem with that is the fact that synthetic rubbers are petroleum based, just like plastics. Take into consideration how much rubber and plastic is used on an annual basis and it's easy to see why the dependency on petroleum makes people so uneasy. It is costly and pumps millions of tons of pollution into the atmosphere constantly. But researchers in the southwest United States may be onto something that could potentially change the way we source our rubber. Though they are still in the polymer testing stages, there is hope that the desert plant guayule may produce suitable biopolymers that will create natural rubber to replace synthetic rubbers and current natural rubbers that are tropical based.

Guayule, which grows in Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, has a curious history. Between the 1920s and the 1940s, the plant drew intense interest as a rubber alternative when blight decimated Brazilian sources. Similarly, it was used to create latex during a brief period in World War II when America was cut off from Malaysia, where it got much of its latex. Now, with the focus on finding sustainable means of production, researchers have turned their attention back to the plant as a source of useful polymers.

Researchers believe that after successful polymer testing, guayule will be considered a serious source for natural rubber polymers. It's greener and it doesn't compete for resources with local food crops. The hope is that once research proves that the plant has major potential, that then steps can be taken to turn a strain of guayule into an industrial crop that is grown and harvested specifically for its natural rubber polymers. This crop of guayule would be developed in such a way that it would constantly produce tire-grade materials.

Is this relatively unknown desert plant one of the keys to sustainable development? It could very well be.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Why Do Your Products Need Chemical Analysis?

Bringing new products to the market is an expensive proposition and our professional chemical analysis services are the proactive way to limit any financial liabilities before they occur. Thoroughly testing goods before they are introduced to the general public is imperative because many consumer goods are produced from chemicals that could potentially pose a serious threat to the planet and life in general. Our team of experts regularly works with leading industries, and our clients always know the best ways to protect consumers and eliminate the introduction of contaminants to the environment.

Our suite of services include expert analysis by a state-of-the-art lab that is staffed with experienced professionals, so clients always get accurate results from our chemical analysis of any products. We routinely test for contaminants and take pride in helping clients ensure the safety of their own customers. Reverse engineering is another essential way to ensure consumer protection, and our services provide further insight into the chemical makeup of a particular product. This ensures that if the component parts break down over time, manufacturers know the different chemicals that may be released.

Ensuring the purity of a particular product is another option that we offer our clients, and our chemical analysis services are the proactive option for clients in the pharmaceutical and food industries. We also offer expert problem-solving that relies on our chemical analysis services to make the minor adjustments that some products require during the manufacturing process. During the research and development phase, we work directly with many of the leading industries and assist our clients with professional service, timely results and a positive feedback loop.

With professional chemists on staff and the latest laboratory equipment at our team's disposal, our services are the proactive way for manufacturers to address the issues of purity, contamination and consumer safety. We also provide problem-solving services and routinely provide detailed information about deformulation and quality control.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Business Value of Avomeen's Deformulation Services

Deformulation is the technical term for reverse engineering a products formulation.  This process separates the components that comprise a sample so the ingredients can be identified and quantified.  Deformulation services such as those provided by Avomeen is used by companies within a variety of industries to better understand both their own and their competitors’ products.


Within both commercial and industrial industries a deformulation analysis is used from products ranging from polymers to pharmaceuticals.  This complex chemical analysis can be performed for a variety of reasons to solve many touch problems that manufactures and other companies face during their product development process.


One common reason is to better stand their own products formulation in comparison to their competitors.  This could be done to provide solid evidence to back up a new marketing campaign, determine how a competing manufacture is able to produce their product at a lower cost, and show if another company is violating another’s patents.  This allows for in-depth product research and comparison. It also allows identification of alternative ingredients that would allow for greater performance or durability.  For smaller companies that produce off-brand products deformulation can help prove that their product is just as good as there competitions that it is based off of.


Sometimes this type of analysis is done in order to verify that multiple batches of a product are being produced based on the same formulation.  This is often done when a company uses multiple blenders for their products to insure that the proper amounts of active ingredients are being used in each batch made.  This is also used internally to insure the accuracy of the machinery that is producing the product.


To insure that a product is safe and meets its markets governmental and industrial regulations deformulation can also be used to verify components like volatile organic components are not present within a product.  This can also be used to check that batches of a product have not been contaminated.  Sometimes a company knows that a product has failed and used deformulation services to determine the reason behind the products failure.


For pharmaceutical products a deformulation analysis is especially common.  Generic drug manufactures use deformulation and reformulation services in order to study a product so it can be reproduced.  Once a product has been successfully deformulated a trained chemist can use the data gained to determine how the ingredients are combined in order to make the pharmaceutical product.  This leaves the generic drug manufacture with both the ingredients list and the recipe to the existing product.


A deformulation analysis can also help increase the shelf life of a product or be used to reformulate a product into a more environmentally friendly version of itself.  After the analysis is complete ingredients can be swapped out with more desirable ingredients.  This modification can help with both these and many other reasons including using components that provide the same benefit but cost less as raw materials.


Avomeen’s deformulation services are not limited to just those listed here. In fact, Avomeen customizes each service to the needs of the client and can develop services from the ground up. Contact us today to learn more; we look forward to working with you!



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