When Teflon pans came out in 1961, they were a big improvement over iron skillets. They were much easier to cook with, as food virtually slipped out of the pan with very little lost because of sticking the skillet. And cleanup was so much faster and easier. Now, researchers at the University of Arkansas have [...]
The financial and safety implications of using plastics in consumer products are significant. PSI is frequently contacted because of concerns related to banned plasticizers, heavy metals, foreign materials, and contaminants in consumer plastics. Examples of consumer product testing include:
- Testing children's products
- Testing agricultural product bags
- Testing molded rubber parts
- Testing sporting goods
- Testing shoe components
- Testing microwaveable food packaging
- Testing pet food containers
- Proposition 65 Compliance Testing
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Check out our recent blog posts on consumer product testing below.
It takes a lot of effort to earn, but those who have it believe that it’s worth it to them and to their clients. We’re talking about the ISO 17025 certification. The International Organization for Standardization certificate ensures that laboratories that prepare testing and calibration reports have the procedures in place to consistently produce valid [...]
A material that could keep food fresher and make food packaging more environmentally friendly might come from a food itself. A European project is leveraging the qualities of chitin and chitosan from shrimp shells to conserve food wrapped in plastic. Then, after its use, the packaging biodegrades, reports a news release from Nofima, a food [...]
We might be able to build tougher airplanes, stronger bridges, and harder body armor, thanks to the research conducted by materials engineers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Yuris Dzenis, professor of mechanical and materials engineering, and his team at the university developed an unusually thin polyacrilonitrile nanofiber — a kind of a synthetic polymer similar [...]
Thank you, spiny-headed parasitic worms. We are improving the ability of bandages to stay on wet, living tissue because of you. “There’s a huge unmet medical need for better adhesives, to patch leaks in places where they can be catastrophic,” says bioengineer Jeffrey Karp, co-director of the Center for Regenerative Therapeutics at Brigham and Women’s [...]
About those unpronounceable and polysyllabic names of chemicals on consumer product labels. Are they safe? The answer? We don’t know. Laws, for the most part, do not require that industrial chemicals have to be tested before they are put on the market. Instead, regulators and enforcement agencies view industrial chemicals as “safe until proven otherwise,” [...]
When Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise ordered a beverage, he would sometimes say to a computer, “Earl Grey. Hot.” Then a machine would make a whirly, science-fiction-y sound and — voila! — he got his tea. The crew members on the “Star Trek” shows called the device that almost instantly created the drink [...]
Imagine a world in which a sudden impact from an explosion or collision would do no damage to a person’s body or a building. That’s the kind of protection that scientists from the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) are developing. The material? Nanofoams. “We are developing nanofoams that help disperse the force of an [...]
In most universes and dimensions, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. This statement is true in the electronic realm as well. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have aligned molecules of semiconducting polymers so that electricity can flow more easily. The innovation could create a breakthrough for computer processors, LED [...]