Industrial chemicals are specialized products precisely formulated for various commercial and household applications such as lubrication, coating, bonding, or cleaning. These products range in complexity and may contain a dozen or more distinct chemical components that each serve an important function. Interactions between components determine the performance of the final product. Understanding the chemical composition of an industrial chemical product can yield invaluable insight into benchmarking performance, root cause analysis or field failure, or a competitor formulation.

The Smithers team has broad expertise and provides comprehensive testing for industrial chemicals such as:
  • Coatings
  • Paints
  • Adhesives
  • Sealants
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Greases
Our global laboratories offer numerous testing and analytical services for industrial chemicals depending on what you are looking to achieve. Some of our services for paints, sealants, coatings, and adhesives include:
  • Competitor analysis and benchmarking: Chemical analysis helps you identify each component in a product’s formulation. Our team of analytical chemists have mastered a full portfolio of techniques and methods for breaking down a material formulation to its elemental ingredients. With the data gathered from reverse engineering and de-formulation, you can study competitor products, benchmark them against your own products, and make strategic decisions about improving performance and other attributes.
  • Impurity analysis: Our team develops custom analytical plans to find and identify impurities within product formulations. We also assist with failure analysis investigations and consult on product improvement strategies.
  • Weathering and environmental testing: We recreate and isolate climatic elements in a laboratory setting so you can predict how your material will perform when exposed to real-world conditions. Our team will design a custom testing plan tailored to your product’s unique service environment and conduct pre- and post-weathering testing to objectively measure performance.
  • Food contact testing: For coatings and adhesives used in food packaging, our team conducts extractables and leachables analyses among other testing to assess material integrity.

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