Manufacturers often find themselves in need of deformulation, reverse engineering, and other services during their production process. Many new materials, such as carbon fiber composites, nanomaterials, and additive manufactured materials assume properties and characteristics resulting from their interactions during these processes. The material’s variabilities may make ensuring consistency difficult if the supply chain is disrupted, the specified material is no longer available, or if there is a change in the specified material.
What You Need to Do When Your Material Changes
Ensure the change in the material does not offset any of the original materials’ characteristics.
Every manufacturer must verify that the a material’s properties will not be affected by minor changes to their material or processes. RJ Lee Group performs materials comparison testing to evaluate the raw material and how it is manufactured, then review data from the supplier to determine how it will react during your process to ensure product safety and/or regulatory compliance. New or substitute materials must compare to the original material in mechanical, physical, chemical and toxicological properties.
Our materials experts will:
- Help minimize the risk of any negative event or material failure
- Identify and evaluate any known or suspected material changes
- Ensure that the material will not change product quality or jeopardize safety
In some cases, we perform simulation testing to determine material changes that occur during the process. This often precludes the necessity of retesting the product with the substitute material, and significantly lowers costs.
Who Needs Materials Comparison Services
Whether your product is subject to regulatory requirements, such as pharmaceuticals or medical devices, you are choosing aggregate for asphalt pavement, or your company is picking an alloy for an aircraft, materials comparison analyses are needed when:
- The materials procurement and supply chain is disrupted
- The material is no longer available
- The supplier has changed the material formula
- You have a new supplier
- You have more than one manufacturing location and need to ensure consistency across the board
- The opening a new manufacturing facility
- The manufacturing process is changed
- A new material must be compared to the characteristics of the original
For more information, please call us at 1.800.860.1775, option 2.