When a product in the marketplace does not function as intended, the consequences can be wide-ranging and at times devastating. Certain defects or imperfections cause failures and may result in a product retiring prematurely. Other defects can result in dangers to the consumer ranging from fire causation to toxin exposure. Our expertise in manufacturing and evaluation of expected properties is particularly valuable in these instances.
Caulfield Engineering staff are voting members on a wide variety of ASTM committees and, therefore, are well versed in identifying and carrying out appropriate testing. It is quite common for the defects observed to be related to the chemical composition of the starting materials.
In these instances targeted chemical analyses of samples exhibiting proper behavior can be compared to results obtained for samples exhibiting improper behavior. The ability to examine materials at this level can provide important insight into the cause of a given defect.