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Category Press Release
Publish Date 10/11/2018
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Material Testing and Destructive Physical Analysis Provides Industry with Answers
Introduction Advanced MicroAnalytical offers solutions to complex material challenges involving everything from destructive physical analysis to the identification of unknown materials, product viability and quality control testing.

Salem, NH,  October 11th , 2018

During manufacturing, each step or process that a device or product goes through typically increases its value and function, but there is also the potential to introduce issues from improper assembly, inadequate or contaminated materials, or processing challenges.

With the increasing number of contract manufacturing arrangements, foreign outsourcing of parts, and shrinking tolerances in final products, the number of ways in which a small variation in assembling methodology or quality can impact the final part has increased significantly in recent years. In an ideal world, real time monitoring during manufacturing should be able to limit issues, but it’s often extremely fine details that lie on the interior of a finished product that can make the largest impact on the final results.

There are a number of features that may only be revealed by disassembling or dissecting a product or part. One of the most common means to perform this type of analysis is with cross-sections, supporting the sample with high hardness epoxy and cutting through the sample with a diamond saw. Using precision abrasives and polishing materials, a flat section through a given area of interest is then revealed. This allows for microscopic analysis of the interaction between different components in the sample. In the case of even more sensitive or smaller samples, FIB sections can be prepared, allowing examination of sections on the order of several microns. For the ultimate resolution, thin sections can be prepared for TEM analysis on the order of a single nanometer (nm) or smaller.

The materials science experts at Advanced MicroAnalytical are pleased to offer a wide range of material testing services that include destructive physical analysis (DPA) and other techniques. These DPA services include those in accordance with Mil-STD 883, Mil-STD 1580, Mil-STD 750, Mil-STD 202 as well as customized methods and testing to fit the requirements of specialized projects.

To learn more about this or other material, product viability or quality control testing and support services provided by Advanced MicroAnalytical, please visit, call (877) 605-6662 or email

About Advanced MicroAnalytical
At Advanced MicroAnalytical we are dedicated to providing you and your business with critical insight and knowledge that is essential in the modern era. We provide the testing services and analytical tools for comprehensive understanding of your materials and projects. Our services range from advanced microanalysis of nanotechnology to compositional and functional analysis of large manufactured systems.  Our laboratory services span a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, micro-electronics, nanofabrication, aerospace and defense, environmental engineering – as well as many others. Advanced MicroAnalytical is committed is to serving as a valued analytical partner to our clients. We offer unmatched analysis, testing, and services to assist you in your business, environmental, and research challenges. Visit our website at
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