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DPA (Destructive Physical Analysis) 
Contact: Jeff Jacques
(603) 898-7074

Each step that a manufactured device or product goes through is designed to increase its value and function, but also has the potential to introduce challenges. These could include improper assembly and inadequate, or contaminated, materials or processing.

With the growing trend of contract manufacturing arrangements, foreign outsourcing of parts and shrinking tolerances in final products, the number of ways in which a minor variation in assembling methodology or quality can impact the final part or product has increased significantly in recent years.

In a perfect world, real-time monitoring during manufacturing would be able to catch these issues, but it’s often extremely fine details that lie on the interior of the finished product that can make the greatest impact.

In many situations, product features can only be revealed by disassembling or dissecting a final product. A common way to perform this type of analysis is with cross-sections, which involves supporting the sample with a high hardness epoxy and then cutting through the sample with a diamond saw. Then, using precision abrasives and polishing materials, a flat section through a given area of interest can be revealed. This provides for the microscopic analysis of the interaction between different components within the sample. In the case of even more sensitive or smaller samples, focused ion beam (FIB) sections can be prepared. This allows for the examination of sections on the order of several microns. For the ultimate resolution, thin sections of a sample can be prepared for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis on the order of a single nm or smaller.

While it is often desirable to learn as much as possible before altering what might be a unique or hard to obtain sample, EMSL Analytical understands the process and workflow associated with both non-destructive and destructive physical analysis. Our experienced staff of scientists and engineers work with clients through the various stages and options to perform both non-destructive and iterative destructive analysis. This allows us to develop as much information as possible to find any problems that might be lurking just below the surface.

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Laboratories providing DPA ( click for details )
Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Edmonton, AB (LAB 50) - NVLAP Lab Code 600321-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Long Island City, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Meriden, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0Ontario, California (San Bernadino County / Inland Empire) (LAB 71) - NVLAP Lab Code 600239-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Santa Clara, CA (LAB 47) - NVLAP Lab Code 600318-0Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0
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