Introducing Materials Insights: Concise, Focused Resource Articles from RJLG

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We are pleased to announce a new initiative by the experts at RJ Lee Group that conveys important material information to our readers in concise, focused resource articles. Every three weeks, our scientists will publish a new topic relating to their field of expertise as a Materials Insights article. Matthew J. Perricone, Ph.D., Principal Investigator and […]

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Laboratory Testing Guide 2018 Published

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RJ Lee Group is pleased to announce the release of our Laboratory Testing Guide 2018, which features many of the services, methods, and analyses techniques offered by the company. In addition to the categories included in the past, such as environmental and industrial hygiene services, materials characterization services, criminal forensics services, pharmaceutical services, and others, […]

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RJ Lee Group Partners with Penn State University, Establishes Analytical Services Laboratory in State College Innovation Park

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RJ Lee Group, a leading industrial forensics analytical laboratory headquartered in Pittsburgh, announced the signing of a long-term lease to establish an analytical services laboratory in State College at Innovation Park, along with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Penn State University. The laboratory will be located in the new 310 Building in […]

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RJ Lee Group Attains ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation for Materials Characterization

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RJ Lee Group has obtained the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation for its headquarters in Monroeville, Pa. This ISO specifies the competence requirements to perform tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. Specifications include calibration and testing performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and lab-developed methods. All organizations that perform testing and/or calibrations may apply for the ISO, including […]

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Test Chamber Simulation Studies Confirm Respirator Effectiveness for Airborne Coal Dust

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A number of personal injury claims asserted that NIOSH-approved respirators worn by coal miners were tested using silica dust and therefore were not effective for miners exposed to airborne coal dust. The NIOSH method evaluated the performance of air-purifying respirators according to Title 30, Part 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations. A law firm […]

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PVC Pipe Failure Results from Improper Installation

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Polyvinylchloride (PVC) is one of the most widely produced plastics in the world and accounts for approximately 70% of new buried water distribution and sanitary sewer pipes being installed in the U.S. and Canada today. With so much more PVC in use today, there are more situations in which pipes can fail. Whether caused by […]

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Failure Analysis Determines Faulty Workmanship, Not Defective Building Materials, Caused Damage

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Defining the Challenge Upon completion of a high-rise residential structure, cracks and delamination appeared on exterior surfaces of the tower compelling building owners to initiate a lawsuit against the general contractor. The contractor, in turn, blamed faulty materials used by subcontractors. With so many subcontractors involved in this large construction project, it seemed an almost […]

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Capacitor Testing Provides Data for Possible Patent Infringement

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RJ Lee Group received several de-mounted multi-layer ceramic SMT capacitors for examination. The devices were involved in a possible patent infringement case dealing with device design and the electrical properties of the insulator material. Three of the devices were selected for a survey by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analysis. The […]

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Did a Cracked Pipe Cause a Landslide?

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A landslide that released fly ash materials into a drainage stream causing environmental concern was attributed to a failed municipal water pipe. The section of pipe that was removed had been examined by others and specimens had been cut from it during the previous examinations. Once we were afforded access to these specimens, we performed […]

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