analytics

Being equipped with an array of analytical measuring technology, TIGER has the capability to perform both qualitative (identification) and quantitative analyses of a large number of chemical substances.

TIGER can detect individual substances in complex chemical formulations/mixtures, even in the case of low substance dosages or trace impurities, using physical-chemical measuring principles such as FTIR spectroscopy, AAS and GS-MS. TIGER also has wet-chemical processes such as various versions of chromatography at our disposal.

It is always recommended to call on the analytics service when a damage investigation is needed in order to establish responsibility for damage that has already occurred, and/or where a higher reject rate is occurring in production. In this way, sources of error can be identified and permanently solved, and latent hazard sources can be discovered and eliminated.

Equipment: AAS (atomic absorption spectroscopy)
Used for detecting inorganic pigments and fillers in powder coatings; e.g. Ba, Ca, Fe, Ti, Al, Si, Cr, V, Bi, Pb and Cd.

Equipment: FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy)
Used for identifying binding agents and hardeners in powder coatings; polyester; bisphenol A epoxides, dicyandiamide, glycidyl methacrylates; isocyanates (Vestagon 1530/1540).

Equipment: HPLC (high-pressure liquid chromatography)
Used for detecting hydroxyalkylamide hardeners in powder coatings; e.g. primid XL-552; QM-1260.

Equipment: TFC (thin-film chromatography)
Used for detecting epoxy functional hardeners; e.g. PT 910; TGIC.

Equipment: GCMS (gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy)
Used for detecting monomeric constituents of polyester; neopentyl glycol, isophthalic acid, terephthalic acid, adipic acid, trimethylolpropane.

Equipment: UV-VIS (ultraviolet and visible light spectroscopy)
Used for UV spectra, absorption in the UV-Vis range.

Equipment: Headspace GC-FID (gas-chromatography and flame ionisation detector)
Used for headspace; detecting solvents and volatile components.

Equipment: DSC (differential scanning calorimetry)
Used for determining the degree of curing and the reactivity of thermally and UV-cure systems.

Transverse microsections
Filigree preparation techniques are used to make microsections which serve as the basis for qualitative and quantitative structural examination using optical microscopy, electron microscopy and image processing. Will be charged on internal/external cost basis.

Failure analysis
We can draw up a non-binding initial expert opinion to narrow down the range of possible causes of the damage symptoms. Will be charged on cost basis.