Outgassing Testing Services Prevents Critical Errors
Outgassing Testing Services Prevents Critical Errors—Evaluating outgassed compounds helps protect products from contamination and possible failure.
Outgassing is what happens when components, such as adhesives or polymers, emit volatile organics when exposed to heat. Outgassing can cause odors, environmental issues and product contamination. Outgassing testing is a means of material testing in which a product is evaluated for the potential of emitting volatile organics upon heating or over time.
For example, in a sealed and heated environment like a computer hard drive, an adhesive can release plasticizers or other low molecular weight materials. These materials can reform in another location of a hard drive where they may cause shorts, crashes and other malfunctions. Outgassing testing methods such as headspace analysis are required to prevent potential failure and to ensure product quality and effectiveness.