cGMP/GLP COMPLIANT • ISO 9001 CERTIFIED • FDA REGISTERED • DEA LICENSED
S C I E N T I F I C S O L U T I O N S W I T H PA S S I O N A N D P U R P O S E
WHAT’S YOUR CHEMICAL CHALLENGE?
For over 50 years Chemir Analytical Services
has been defining problems, developing solutions
and producing reliable, meaningful results for
nearly 7000 clients worldwide.
Our independent non-routine analytical laboratory
solves challenging problems for such industries as food Analytical Services
and beverage, pharmaceutical, medical device, personal
care, polymers, plastics, packaging, coatings and more.
We strive to maintain the highest degree of scientific
excellence, state-of-the-art instrumentation, quality
standards and customer service. ANALYTICAL SERVICES ................................2
- Materials Identification
TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S
SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE - Contaminant Identification
Our team of scientists designs and implements - Failure Analysis
investigations that result in accurate, - Industrial and Consumer Product Testing
reliable data with meaningful interpretations.
- Polymer Analysis
- Emergency Services
Our instrumentation is maintained and calibrated SOLUTIONS FOR INDUSTRY ........................6
regularly to ensure reliable results.
- Food and Beverage
- Home, Health and Beauty
FOCUS ON QUALITY - Pharmaceutical
Our facility is ISO 9001 certified, FDA registered - Medical Device
and cGMP/GLP compliant. Our quality mission
- Plastics and Composites
is to achieve total customer satisfaction by
delivering on-time, accurate analyses that meet - Packaging
each customer’s needs. - Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants
- Working Together
Our scientists ask the right questions, listen to our
clients, and provide practical solutions. Results are AND CONSULTING ................................... 10
provided in a timeframe consistent with customer - Litigation Support
requirements, including rush turnaround if needed. - Consulting Services
Resources ........................................ 12
Customers ....................................... 14
Case Studies ................................... 16
Terms and Conditions ....................... 17
Chemir scientists take a customized approach to chemical
identification, deformulation and materials testing, utilizing
A N A L Y T I C A L a wide variety of techniques and instrumentation.
S E R V I C E S
DEFORMULATION Unlike other deformulation providers, Chemir’s
deliverable is a complete table of ingredients, including
Deformulating products and materials is our specialty.
quantities and percentages of components. After
Also known as reverse engineering, deformulation
contacting our clients to discuss the results, we provide
is the separation, identification and quantitation of
analysis and interpretations in a concise, bound final
ingredients in a formulation.
report containing a summary, conclusions and any
We have successfully deformulated a variety
of products such as:
- Drug products including oral, topical and liquid
dosages Deformulation analysis of commercial products is provided
- Personal care products including topical gels,
for informational purposes only. Chemir Analytical
lotions, creams and ointments
- Detergents and cleansers Services strongly recommends review of state and federal
- Adhesives (PSA, hot melt and water borne) and laws, trademarks, copyrights and patent situations by the
sealants (Epoxy, PU, silicone) customer prior to use of such information.
- Rubber products (natural rubber, EPDM, TPE,
Neoprene, SIS, SBS, NBR, EVA, PUR, silicone
- Plastics (PP, PE, PMMA, Nylon, PU, flexible and MATERIALS IDENTIFICATION
rigid PVC, copolymer and blends, degradable PP
Materials identification can be used to determine the
components of an unknown material, confirm the
- Specialty products (multiple layer films, high
identity of a suspect material, or to identify differences
temperature engineered products)
in similar materials.
- Composites (glass reinforced, carbon or graphite
filled, Kevlar fiber reinforced and more)
An unknown material is often the underlying cause
of many difficult problems. The goal of material
Our clients often come to us with a knowledge of the
identification is to understand the chemistry of the
types of ingredients in their target formula, such as
major components. Chemir has developed expertise
the wetting agent, co-solvent or surfactant. Using the
in identifying and characterizing unknowns through
client’s information along with our scientific expertise,
analytical techniques and accurate interpretations.
we can create a working “recipe” that meets a variety
of needs including:
We tackle organic material identification using FTIR
- Competitive product characterization
spectroscopy to determine the chemical family and
- Identification of batch to batch variations
functional groups through library matching and
- Comparative analysis of “good” and “bad” samples
fundamental spectral interpretation. We can also
- Patent infringement litigation
identify the inorganic components using an SEM
equipped with an EDXA elemental analysis technique.
Our experienced chemists are kept up-to-date with
the latest methods and have developed techniques for
Once the data is collected, our experienced scientists
unraveling complicated formulations.
interpret the information. They are skilled at effectively
communicating information to our clients and
providing useful results regarding the unknown material.
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Materials Identification -
Contaminant Identification -
When an unknown material is found in a product,
manufacturers need to know the source of
contamination. Contaminant identification projects
involve the determination of components at low
concentrations such as ppm or even ppb levels.
A strategic technical approach is required to identify the
unknown contaminant by using a comparison study
between a control and suspect sample. The technical
approach is dependent on the sample matrix and the
suspected level of contamination. Often, we start with
a general screen of the control and suspect samples
using GC/MS and LC/MS. Depending on the results,
we may need to isolate the contaminant from a large
amount of sample to allow for analysis using FTIR
and NMR spectroscopy. Once identification is
complete, we can further quantify the contaminant
in the sample matrix.
Typical contaminant identification projects have
involved off-odor/flavor investigations, off-color
problems, or foreign particles in a product. Some
sources of contaminants have been from the
environment, improper storage of the product, or poor
quality raw materials. We work closely with our clients
to trace the source of contamination and develop a
corrective action program.
Our independent laboratory and expert scientists design
A N A L Y T I C A L experiments that provide answers to industrial challenges.
S E R V I C E S
FAILURE ANALYSIS INDUSTRIAL AND CONSUMER
From consumer goods to industrial machinery, the
scientists at Chemir Analytical Services can meet your We provide customized product testing for individual
failure analysis testing needs. We will help you define components as well as finished manufactured products.
the problem and recommend solutions. A product We can investigate advertised product claims as well
failure may include premature breakage, discoloration as conduct performance comparisons. Other product
or even an unexpected odor. testing includes durability and resistance testing, as well
as corrosion, chemical solvent resistance, stain and burn
We can help with new or ongoing failures. A sample of resistance, flammability, and fire properties.
the “good” vs. “bad” product is often sent to our lab for
comparison, but onsite investigations of processes may The effects of the environment can have significant
also be necessary. impact on the lifetime and functionality of your
product. Chemir can simulate environmental
Products tested include packaging, plastics, adhesives, conditions in order to understand the effect on
metals, coatings, composites, laminates and more. your product’s performance.
Chemir’s final report includes conclusions, results Testing services include:
and all the original technical data acquired during the - Degradation
analysis including photographs, chromatograms and - Product lifetime
spectra. Our years of experience investigating material - Product resistance
and product failures allow us to recognize the indicators - Weathering controlled accelerated exposure
of failure and follow these leads to their root cause.
Chemir has developed, validated and transferred
methods for the analysis of inorganic materials. These
include metals, sulfates, phosphates, chlorides, fluorides
and other anions.
When unforeseen quality Materials tested include automotive parts, engines,
fabrics, plastic components, toys, sporting goods
issues occur, Chemir can help. and appliances.
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Failure Analysis -
Industrial and Consumer Product Testing -
Polymer Analysis -
Emergency Services -
POLYMER ANALYSIS EMERGENCY SERVICES
When problems arise with the development, production When unforeseen quality issues occur, Chemir can help.
or function of polymer based products, Chemir has the Our scientists are available 24/7 to solve complex, non-
tools and experience to help. We have investigated a routine problems using a customized approach.
wide range of polymeric materials including:
- Thermoplastics Whether it is identifying the source of an off-odor
- Thermosets or resolving a product failure, Chemir has a
- Elastomers solid reputation for delivering results during
- High-performance polymers emergency situations.
- Specialty polymers
- Composites Our analytical investigations provide quick and reliable
- Polyurethanes answers needed to manage a crisis.
- Adhesives and sealants
Depending on our clients’ needs, we can offer a
strategic combination of physical and chemical testing
to answer specific questions. Physical properties
analyzed have included:
- Tensile properties
- Adhesive strength
- Cross-sectional multiple layer film thickness
- Melt Flow Index
- Thermal properties (including glass transition,
melting point, thermal expansion and crystallinity)
Our chemical testing capabilities range from obtaining
basic information to more detailed and structurally
specific results such as:
- Chemical family, including base polymer
- Molecular weight distribution
- End group analysis
- Co-polymer backbone chemistry, comonomer
contents/ratios, polymer blends
- Additive analysis
Our scientists investigate challenges with products
S O L U T I O N S that impact health and well-being.
F O R I N D U S T R Y
FOOD AND BEVERAGE HOME, HEALTH AND BEAUTY
Chemir Analytical Services has helped hundreds of Chemir has helped companies with challenging issues
food and beverage manufacturers with challenging food in the personal care, cosmetic, fragrance, soap and
testing issues including: detergent industries. We provide custom formulation,
- Contaminant identification including ingredient stability studies and pilot-scale, semi-commercial
- Off-colors, off-flavors, or off-odors analysis
- Packaging trouble-shooting From concept to finished product, our formulation
- Extractables and leachables testing scientists help manufacturers create new products or
- Foreign object identification improve existing ones. Our staff has years of experience
- Emergency response working with a diversity of matrices. Unlike other
- Hazard analysis contract facilities, our clients retain the option to full
- Toxicity risk assessment rights of their final product formulation.
In addition, our experts provide litigation support for We also partner with personal care product
food product liability issues and other legal challenges. entrepreneurs, developers and marketing firms to take
their ideas from concept to commercialization.
Examples of ways we have helped food manufacturers:
- Identified diet soda product contamination Chemir Analytical Services has assisted companies in
- Determined the cause of bursting potato chip bags the health and beauty industry by providing:
- Analyzed levels of benzene in a beverage - Deformulation and reformulation of a
- Off-odor source identification in produce discontinued product
- Performed contaminant identification in an - Formulation development and pilot batch
imported food product production of a mouthwash
- Assisted poultry and meat processors with toxicity - Investigation into an off-color nail polish
risk assessment - Characterization of an unknown substance in a
- Quantification of ingredients in a soap formulation
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Food and Beverage -
Home, Health and Beauty -
Medical Device -
PHARMACEUTICAL When medical device issues involve litigation support,
Chemir’s scientists are available to review data, provide
Our services to the pharmaceutical industry are focused
independent testing and offer expert witness services.
on solving difficult problems. Chemir scientists are
experienced at designing and performing investigative
Examples of problems solved for the medical
projects involving contamination or product failure
issues. Our expertise in deformulation and polymer
- Analysis of polymeric materials to evaluate
analysis has provided many companies with solutions
products for resin composition
to troubling product challenges.
- Investigation of product failure of a
Chemir also offers analysis and expert witness services
- Deformulation of a detector strip in support
for cases involving pharmaceutical patent infringement.
of an intellectual property case
Our chemists are experienced in the courtroom and are
- Polymer analysis to investigate biodegradation
skilled in explaining technical methods and results in
of an implanted device
clear and understandable terms.
Examples of pharmaceutical challenges Chemir
scientists have resolved include: Our facility is cGMP compliant, FDA registered
- Determination of the cause of black speck
contaminants in aspirin and DEA licensed, and is centrally located in
- Deformulation of an OTC product for a St. Louis, Missouri.
generic drug manufacturer
- Investigation into an off-color of a liquid
- Litigation support for a patent infringement case
involving active pharmaceutical ingredients
Chemir Analytical Services investigates medical
device materials and performance issues
involving polymers, plastics, metals,
organics, inorganics and more. Our
scientists have solved difficult problems
with a wide variety of device products
including implantables, flexible tubing,
containers, protective devices, and more.
S O L U T I O N S Chemir has been solving tough problems for manufacturers for over 50 years.
F O R I N D U S T R Y
PLASTICS & COMPOSITES PACKAGING
Chemir offers a complete range of analyses for plastics Packaging systems can pose challenging problems
and composites. These materials can be found in a wide for manufacturers. We solve complex problems with
variety of industries including automotive, sporting cartons, cans, bottles, pouches, vials, bags and more.
goods, toys, industrial products, construction materials, We have helped manufacturers in the research and
consumer goods and more. Our scientists have development phases as well as trouble-shooting
addressed issues such as: finished products.
- Premature breakage of a plastic tubing
- Failure analysis of a cracking door Our comprehensive instrumentation, wide range
- Deformulation of a competitor’s multi-layered of capabilities and extensive experience enable us
film product to test a package and also analyze its contents, labels,
- Identification of the source of odor in a adhesives, closures, resins, pigments, additives,
children’s toy shrink film and more.
- Characterization of an unknown contaminant
in a polyurethane product Some examples of our problem solving capabilities
- Determination of the cause of “ballooning”
of a sealed pouch packaging system
- Identification of the source of delamination
of a multi-layered product package
- Identification of the composition of a film that
developed on a bottle after hot product filling
- Deformulation of ink on a package label
- Finding the cause of pinhole formation in bags
- Comparison of two adhesive products to
demonstrate a difference in the applied glues
- Isolation of an unusual odor from a package
- Testing of competing package sealing systems
in a patent infringement case
- Determination of the cause of adhesive failure
occurring under high temperatures
We have helped manufacturers
in the research and development
phases as well as trouble-
shooting finished products.
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Plastics and Composites -
Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants -
Working Together -
COATINGS, ADHESIVES AND SEALANTS CEOs/Presidents: Company leaders are most
concerned with risk, both financial and legal. Chemir
Our scientists investigate a wide variety of issues for
has worked with corporate executives faced with patent
the coating industry. We have helped manufacturers,
disputes, customer complaints, product liability cases,
distributors, importers and retailers with customized
safety concerns and more.
chemical analysis for:
- Paints and coatings
Production Managers: When production lines are
- Adhesives and sealants
shut down or mechanical equipment malfunctions,
- Inks and dyes
managers need reliable answers. Chemir Analytical
- Other industrial chemicals
Services can perform investigations to determine
the root cause of failures, avoiding costly delays and
Chemir has helped companies with deformulation
and reformulation of coatings products, as well as
trouble-shooting difficult challenges. We can also assist
Entrepreneurs/Research & Development: Chemir
with formulation projects, from bench scale up to
helps entrepreneurs accomplish their dreams. Our staff
can develop an idea for a new product from bench-
top to semi-commercial production. We have assisted
R&D departments research ingredients, determine
Our goal is to become an extension of your research, procedures and make necessary adjustments to match
product development or quality control team. Clients the customer’s idea.
come to Chemir from a broad spectrum of industries
and job functions. A PARTNERSHIP
When you call our facility you are connected with a
Quality Assurance/Quality Control: Questions from
Director of Technical Services, an experienced scientist
QA/QC professionals often stem from unforeseen
who will ask the right questions, listen and develop
quality issues such as contamination, poor product
investigations to solve your problem. We are proud
performance or premature failure. Our scientists can
of our warm and personal service. Our scientific staff
help QA/QC develop and evaluate methods for
provides regular updates to our clients throughout the
a proactive quality program, as well as investigate
course of the project. Working as a partnership, we
unusual hard-to-solve problems.
can recommend changes in materials, reformulation or
Complex problems may require outside experts. Chemir can provide testing
L I T I G A T I O N
S U P P O R T A N D and testimony in legal cases, as well as consulting on challenging issues.
C O N S U L T I N G
LITIGATION SUPPORT SERVICES Our chemists have helped resolve issues in intellectual
property disputes. As patent expert witnesses, our
When challenges involve litigation, our scientists can
scientists have offered testimony in patent infringement
help. With experts in many disciplines and industries,
disputes and trade secret litigation.
we provide the technical and professional expertise
necessary to support legal challenges. Ph.D. chemists
Chemir’s materials scientists have also offered
will design independent investigations, supervise
forensic chemical and litigation support in product
laboratory analyses and write comprehensive reports.
liability defense cases, insurance claims and product
They are skilled in explaining technical methods and
results in clear and understandable terms.
Some examples of litigation support projects:
Litigation support services include:
- Resolved a coatings patent infringement issue by
- Evaluation of cases
- Method development and testing
- Resolved insurance claims for fire damages through
- Interpretation of technical data
analysis of explosives and fuels
- Critical review of data
- Expert consulting for chemical spill at a large
- Literature searches
- Trial preparation
- Performed failure analysis in a case involving
- Depositions and trial testimony
premature plastic pipe breakage
- Reviewed opposing data in a personal injury lawsuit
- Determined the root cause of failure for a window
manufacturer in a product liability case
- Conducted flame testing on a consumer product
to support a client’s personal injury claim
With experts in many disciplines
and industries, we provide the
technical and professional
expertise necessary to support
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Litigation Support Services -
Consulting Services -
Whether it is at your facility, here in our
laboratories, part of a conference call, or by
written report, Chemir’s staff is available for
consultation on a variety of projects. Our
independent consultants bring new perspectives and
experiences valuable for problem solving and product
improvement such as:
- Defining a manufacturing problem
- Working with your staff in problem solving
- Recommending different testing procedures
- Defining research or quality protocols
- Providing expertise in product or process
- Investigating a cause of product failure
Our consultants regularly participate in conferences
and panels in order to keep up with the latest
technical developments in their field and are regarded
as leaders in their respective industries. Our consulting
- Chemical analysis and techniques
- Polymers including deformulations, synthesis,
additives, alloys, blends and formulations
- Consumer products
- Fine organic chemicals
- Polyolefins, nylons, multilayer films
- Advanced composites, carbon fibers
- Manufacturing processes
Our experienced staff of high level scientists, rigorous quality systems
and extensive instrumentation enables us to provide industry leading
O U R quality and service.
R E S O U R C E S
PEOPLE - Quality assurance coordinators to work closely
with management and technical staff in reviewing
Our staff of Ph.D-level chemists, along with advanced
analyses for compliance with standards
degreed scientists, collaborate to offer creative solutions
- Quality team meetings to provide a forum for
to non-routine problems. They bring practical industrial
addressing questions and concerns on quality issues
knowledge, as well as advanced academic
credentials to each project.
Ensuring Reliable Results: Our quality system is
focused on obtaining accurate results.
FACILITY - The use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
to ensure uniformity in routine operations
Our centrally located facility in Maryland Heights,
- Installation, Operation and Performance
MO, a suburb of St. Louis, has more than 20,000 sq.
Qualification (IQ/OQ/PQ) of analytical
ft. of laboratory space equipped with state-of-the-art
instrumentation for applicable regulatory work
- The use of standard or validated methods for
analyses when available
QUALITY - Continuing surveillance of published guidance
documents to ensure adherence to current regulatory
Chemir Analytical Services maintains a Quality
policies that impact our clients
Management System based on ISO 9001:2000 as well
as other certifications.
Error Free Reporting: The quality of our reported data
Our quality system, documented procedures and
- Documenting all facets of analysis
analytical methods reflect our quality policy statement:
- Communicating any questionable or non-
To achieve total customer satisfaction by delivering on-
conformance results to the customer within 24 hours
time, accurate analyses that meet each customer’s needs.
- Following procedures and complying with standards
- Auditing data internally when regulatory compliance
The primary goals of our quality program are
continuous improvement, reliable results and on-time,
error free reporting.
Our facility is:
Continual Improvement: We strive to improve - ISO 9001:2000 Certified
our processes, methods and procedures by the - FDA Registered
following means: - cGMP/GLP Compliant
- Ongoing training programs to help us keep abreast
- DEA Licensed
of new technologies, regulations and industry trends
and to improve our processes
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EQUIPMENT ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY
Inductively Coupled Plasma/Optical Emission
Our clients can be assured their samples will be Spectroscopy (ICP/OES)
investigated using state-of-the-art instrumentation in Flame Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (Flame AES)
the areas of chromatography, spectroscopy, microscopy Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption (CVAA)
and polymer testing. New equipment and regular
upgrades reflect Chemir’s commitment to customized MICROSCOPY AND SURFACE ANALYSIS
solutions and scientific excellence. Optical Microscopy
Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy
SEPARATIONS Dispersive X-ray Analysis (SEM/EDXA)
Gas Chromatography (GC) Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR)
Sample Introduction Techniques - Microscopy
- Direct Liquid Injection - Horizontal Attenuated Total Reflectance
- Static Headspace (HATR)
- Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) Raman Microscopy
- Purge and Trap
- Pyrolysis PHYSICAL AND THERMAL TESTING
Detection Systems Instron 1122/1125
- Flame Ionization Detection (FID) Melt Flow Index
- Thermal Conductivity Detection (TCD) Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
- Mass Spectrometry (MS) Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
Liquid Chromatography (LC) Modulated DSC (MDSC)
Detection Systems Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
- Spectrophotometric (UV-Vis)
- Refractive Index (RI) WET CHEMICAL TECHNIQUES AND
- Evaporative Light Scattering (ELSD) OTHER EQUIPMENT
- Electrospray Ionization-Ion Trap Mass Karl Fischer Volumetric Titration
Spectrometry (ESI-IT-MS) pH
- Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization- Ion Selective Electrodes (ISE)
Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry (APCI-IT-MS) Soxhlet Extraction
Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) Accelerated Solvent Extraction
Ion Chromatography (IC) Glass Capillary Viscometers
MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY Weathering Chambers
Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometry (UV-Vis) Zeta Potential
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) Stability Chambers
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) Additionally, we have access to unique
- Proton 400 MHz instrumentation at local universities and affiliate
- Carbon 400 MHz facilities. When needed, we partner with outside
- Multi Nuclear, 19F, 29Si, 31P, 15N, etc. laboratories that have successfully passed our rigorous
- Variable Temperature Capabilities quality approval process.
- 2D NMR (COSY, NOESY, HMQC,
HMBC, TOCSY, HSQC)
O U R Chemir has helped over 7,000 customers worldwide since 1959.
C U S T O M E R S
PARTIAL CLIENT LIST - Dowell Schlumberger, Inc.
- 3M Corporation
- Duracell, Inc.
- ACH Food Companies
- Eaton Corporation
- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
- Emerson Electric
- AKZO Nobel-Fortafil Fibers, Inc.
- Exxon Chemical Company
- Alpha Plastics, Inc.
- Anheuser-Busch Companies
- FMC Corporation
- Archbald & Spray LLP
- GE Plastics
- Ashland Chemical
- GenCorp Polymer Products
- BASF Corporation
- General Polymers
- BF Goodrich Company
- Georgia-Pacific Corporation
- Borg-Warner Automotive
- Gillette Company
- Bostik, Inc.
- Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
- BP Chemicals, Inc.
- Gulf States Asphalt Co., Inc.
- Calgon Vestal Laboratories
- HB Fuller Company
- Cargill, Inc.
- Holland & Knight LLP
- Chevron Chemical
- Jones & Granger
- Colorite Plastics Company
- Jones Day
- Cozen O’Connor
- Latham & Watkins LLP
- Da/Pro Rubber Inc.
- MacDermid, Inc.
- Dow Chemical Company
- Mattel Toys, Inc.
- MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.
- Morton International
- Pillsbury Company
- PQ Corporation
- Pratt & Whitney
- Ralston Purina Company
- Rubbermaid Commercial Products
- Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
- Therm-O-Disc, Inc.
- Ultradent Products, Incorporated
- United States Army Research Lab
- Valspar Corporation
- W.R. Grace & Company
- Zoltek Corporation
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Partial Client List -
What Customers Say About Chemir -
WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT CHEMIR “Excellent follow-up. After analysis was complete, they
called me to discuss findings. Good personal touch.”
“Responsive, timely and good service.” Mark Magnussen, International Paper, Shelbyville, IL
Kaj Johnson, Method, San Francisco, CA
“Everything was professionally handled. The analysis
“Great customer and technical service staff. Very was impressive”
knowledgeable and friendly. Enjoyed collaborating with Robert C. Naylor, Jr., Pierre Foods, Cincinnati, OH
all Chemir staff.”
Marco Hobi, Devro Inc., Columbia, SC “Communication was excellent. It was never a problem
to get an update or an explanation. The testing was
“Answers! Several techniques used to get them. Good done in a timely manner, as well as the final report.”
reports. Thoroughness in analysis.” Beth Gramza, Beiersdorf, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Dr. Carolyn M. Primus, Primus Consulting,
Bradenton, FL “Timely, professional, satisfying and informative”
Randy Allen, Temple Inland,
“Exceptional service. Results delivered promptly Humboldt Industrial Park, PA
and always on or before the promised date...very
professional and a pleasure to work with.”
Dr. Vikram Mehrotra, Monsanto, St. Louis, MO
“The staff was very helpful and the communication
Burk Lattimore, Meadow Gold Dairies, “Exceptional service.
Las Vegas, NV
Results delivered promptly
“Friendly service, well-organized reports, quality results,
overall great experience.” and always on or before
the promised date.”
Robert Sorenson, Ultradent Products, South Jordan, UT
“Customer service. The quality of work was
Timothy Jackson, Jr., FedEx, Memphis, TN
C A S E Recent success stories illustrate Chemir’s experience and capabilities.
S T U D I E S
LEACHING FOOD PACKAGING LITIGATION SUPPORT FOR A MANUFACTURER
A frozen food manufacturer came to Chemir to In a lawsuit against a glass-laminate manufacturer,
determine if their “in-the-bag-cooking” packaging was an installation contractor claimed that an incorrect
contaminating the food during microwave cooking. product formulation was the cause of product failure.
Our expert scientists first analyzed the packaging and The glass-polyester laminates had experienced serious
then the microwaved food samples. Two components discoloration, degradation, delamination and
from the packaging were found to migrate into the food hydrolysis. Our expert chemists performed a
tested. One served as a flame retardant and the second comparative analysis of a failed sample alongside a
as a plasticizer. We then helped the client find a new control sample. From the data, our scientists concluded
packaging source that did not exhibit leaching, allowing that the manufacturer used an incompatible UV
them to resume production. stabilizer along with an unstable polymer formulation.
Chemir scientists presented this data and interpretations
HEAT SEAL ADHESIVE FAILURE ANALYSIS as expert witness testimony for the installation
contractor, resulting in a positive outcome for our client.
Our client’s new heat seal adhesive was not providing a
hermetic seal and released after only a few days. Faced
EMERGENCY CONTAMINANT ANALYSIS
with production line shut-down and delayed shipments,
the customer called Chemir. They suspected that the Chemir’s 24 hour emergency phone number was called
new adhesive’s formula, a polyurethane-acrylic hot melt on a Sunday afternoon. The door to a meat processing
adhesive, was the reason for the failure. Our expert plant was left open while a pesticide was being sprayed,
chemists deformulated both the old formula and the and they needed to determine if the product was
new formula. The results showed significant differences contaminated. Results were needed by the following
in the molecular weight and molecular weight morning, as 2000 butchers were holding operations.
distribution, as well as the urethane-acrylic ratio. After extracting the meat using a proprietary solvent,
After concluding that these variations were the reason Chemir used GC/MS to screen the extracts, looking
for the adhesion failure, we recommended a formula for the 3 main components of the pesticide. None were
adjustment. The revised formula performed well, and observed. We also intentionally spiked samples of meat
the customer was able to resume operations. with pesticide, confirming the effectiveness of the test
methods. The processor was able to resume operations
on Monday morning.
MEDICAL PLASTIC STABILITY
A manufacturer of an implantable medical device
needed to characterize several different polymers in
order to identify the materials’ chemical changes over
time. The manufacturer needed to know that the device
would remain stable and effective inside patient’s bodies.
Chemir’s scientists performed GPC analysis comparing
the molecular weight of the polymers under various
conditions, and were able to recommend an appropriate
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9. Chemir reserves the right to subcontract Services to COSTS AND PAYMENT
other laboratories. If subcontracting is necessary,
samples will be sent only to laboratories meeting 1. Client agrees to pay all invoices within 15 days of
T E R M S A N D Chemir’s qualification requirements. invoice date.
2. In the event that payment is not received within 15
C O N D I T I O N S LIABILITY
days of invoice date, Client agrees to pay a late
payment charge on the unpaid balance equal to
1. Chemir is not an insurer or a guarantor. Chemir 1-1/2% per month.
represents that the Services shall be performed 3. All costs associated with compliance with any
SERVICES within the limits mutually agreed to, in writing, and subpoena(s) for documents, testimony in court of law,
in a manner consistent with the level of care and skill or for any other purpose relating to Services performed
1. Client acknowledges that Chemir Analytical Services, ordinarily exercised by providers of similar services by Chemir for Client, shall be paid by Client. Client
Inc. and/or its affiliates (together, “Chemir”) performs under similar circumstances. No other representations shall also pay Chemir’s then existing standard fees
analysis and testing services (the “Services”) only as or warranties, express or implied, are included or for consulting, deposition and trial testimony and all
specified in writing by Client. Chemir does not design, intended in this agreement, or in any report, opinion or expenses related thereto.
warrant, supervise or monitor compliance of products or document related to the Services provided hereunder. 4. Project specific supplies including, but not limited to,
services except as specifically agreed to in writing prior 2. For the safety of Chemir’s personnel, Client must advise standards, raw materials, shipping, columns and/or
to the performance of the Services. Client acknowledges Chemir if samples are known or suspected to contain specialty chemicals and supplies required for execution
that, by their very nature, the Services are limited in hazardous substances. Material Safety Data Sheets of a Client’s project will be purchased by Chemir and
scope and subject to expected measurement variability. must be provided if available. billed to Client as pass-through costs. If necessary,
2. Samples and portions thereof not destroyed in the 3. Client understands and agrees that Chemir, in entering Chemir may bill a waste disposal fee of up to 5% of
performance of the Services remain the property of the into this Contract and by performing Services, does not total project cost or $500.00, whichever is lower, to
Client, are retained a maximum of 30 days after project assume, abridge, abrogate or undertake to discharge cover proper sample and chemical disposal.
completion, unless instructed otherwise in writing by any duty or responsibility of Client to any other party or 5. Chemir reserves the right to request a prepayment from
Client, and thereafter will be disposed of or returned parties. No one other than Client shall have any right Client prior to initiating project work.
to Client, at Client’s expense. A sample storage fee of to rely on any report issued by Chemir. Client agrees, 6. Should Client cancel all or a portion of the project after
$200.00 per month will be applied on requests for in consideration of Chemir undertaking to perform the project has been initiated, Client will be liable to
storage past 30 days after project completion. the Services hereunder, to protect, defend, indemnify, Chemir for all hours expended on the project up to the
3. Unless otherwise specified therein in writing, nothing save harmless and exonerate Chemir from any and time of cancellation, at a rate of $385.00 per hour, plus
contained in any report issued by Chemir shall be all claims, damages, including lost profits, expenses, all project specific supplies at cost, or a minimum of
deemed to imply or mean that Chemir conducts any including attorney’s fees, either direct or consequential, 25% of the estimated project cost as a fee for Chemir’s
quality control program for the Client to whom the for any and all injuries to persons, including the mobilization on the project, whichever is greater. This
report is issued. personnel of Chemir, or property arising out of or in cancellation charge is a fee for work performed and is
4. Reports issued by Chemir are for the exclusive use of consequence of the performance of the Services and/or not regarded as liquidated damages.
the Client to whom they are addressed. Reports and the performance of the samples tested hereunder.
the name Chemir, or its seals or insignias, are not to be 4. Client agrees that if Chemir should be found liable for MISCELLANEOUS
used by or on behalf of Client under any circumstances any losses or damages attributable to the Services in
for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited 1. This agreement and any and all claims and disputes
any respect, Chemir’s liability shall in no event exceed
to use in advertising, publicity material or in any other hereunder or related thereto shall be governed by the
the amount of the fee paid by Client for such Services
manner without Chemir’s prior written approval. internal laws of the State of Missouri. Chemir and Client
and Client’s sole remedy at law or in equity shall be the
5. Reports issued by Chemir apply only to the standards agree that exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any
right to recover up to such amount. Client acknowledges
or procedures identified therein and to the sample(s) and all such claims and disputes shall be in St. Louis
and agrees that in no event will Chemir be liable for
tested. County, Missouri.
consequential or incidental damages or expenses,
6. Chemir shall retain copies of reports for a period of five 2. In the event that Chemir prevails in any dispute
including, but not limited to lost profits.
years, after which such reports will be destroyed. or claim, including the collection of monies from
5. Whenever performance by either party is delayed or
7. Unless specified in a report in writing, the analysis and Client, Client agrees that Client will pay any and all
prevented by war, insurrection, fire or other casualty,
testing results are not indicative or representative of the expenses, including collection costs and attorney’s fees,
strikes or embargoes, shortage of transportation
qualities of the lot from which the sample was taken or reasonably incurred in the prosecution or defense of
facilities or any other similar or dissimilar causes,
of apparently identical or similar products. such claim, dispute or collection.
beyond the control of such party, such delay
8. Deformulation analysis of commercial products is 3. The terms and conditions contained herein, together
or prevention shall be excused and the time of
provided for informational purposes only. Chemir with Chemir’s quotation and offer of Services to Client,
performance hereunder extended for the duration
strongly recommends review of state and federal laws, and Client’s acceptance of such offer, shall constitute
of the causative factor.
trademarks, copyrights and patent situations by the the entire agreement between Chemir and Client. Any
Client prior to use of such information. conflicting terms contained in any order or acceptance
submitted by Client shall be null and void.
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