Material testing is important for all industries as it ensures the quality and safety of the end product.  Usually it is done at the end of the manufacturing process.  It is better to test individual parts of a product rather than the whole product at  one time.  Here are a few ways by which you can determine the quality of a  material  





There are many types of material testing that can be done on products.  If your company doesn’t have the facilities for testing, you can outsource it to material testing laboratoriesHere are a few types of material testing 






  • TENSILE TESTING: Tensile testing is done to check how a material behaves when axial loads are applied to it.  This type of testing is mostly done on plastic, metal, rubber and fabric materials.  For checking the tensile strength, the material is exposed to both high and low temperatures. 






  • STRESS TESTING: Stress testing is done to determine a material’s ability to resist compressive  force applied to break it.  The time period force which the force is resisted is also  recorded.   






  • BEND TESTING: For testing the flexibility of a product, a bend test is done.  There are two  types of bend testing that can be done in a material testing lab  namely 3 point and 4 point.  In this type of testing, either the load measurement or the breaking point of a material is determined.   






  • BOND STRENGTH TESTING: Bond strength testing involves determining the amount of stress require to break the adhesive bond between two materials.  This type of test is mostly done on orthodontics and medical adhesives.   





Here are some other useful tips that you can take to determine the quality of a material.   





PRE-INSPECTION  





Material testing is also known as inbound or receiving  inspect here are some steps that can be followed before the actual inspection.   





The receiving department in your organization will already have its own processes in place  which might include verifying and recording the quantity of material received, checking the order purchase number and verifying whether the order is complete 






  • PHYSICAL INSPECTION  





It is always a good idea to take photos and videos of the material after you receive it.  There are many workflow management tools  that enable you to tag the photos you take for easy storage in inspection forms.   






  • CHECK  PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS  





This is a critical step that needs to be taken.  Check the specifications of the project to confirm whether the material you received from material testing labs in India meets the required specifications.  Any part or component whether liquid or metal that does not meet the standards should never pass inspection 





Once you know the specifications of the project, you can confirm whether the materials meet the contract requirements and purchase order 





There are other different types of testing that can be done in a material testing lab   like shear test, peel test, tear strength testing, creep resistance and elastic limit testing.   





SMSLA Global is an accredited material testing laboratory.  Our material testing services include food packaging material testing for seafood and other sectors.  We have our laboratories are in Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Cochin, Mumbai, Hyderabad,  Chennai, Coimbatore, and  Visakhapatnam.   



A water testing laboratory should have skilled expertise proper government accreditation and the most advanced set of instruments.  Why is it important to choose a good drinking water testing lab is the laboratory you choose should be reliable,  accurate with nationally and internationally validated methods choosing an ordinary lab will be only waste your time and money?  If you are still unsure about what to look for in a water testing lab, here are a few pointers to look for when choosing a lab





1. Is the lab certified? 





When choosing a lab for a drink water test, make sure it is accredited by   National Accreditation Board For Testing and Calibration(NABL).  You can know if it is certified by visiting the website of the drinking water testing lab, speaking with the lab on the phone, visiting the premises of the lab, or going through online reviews.  





2. Do they provide testing services that match your need?





A water testing lab should test for the parameters you are looking for.  If you want to test the water for a certain pollutant, then ask the lab if they test for it.  If they do it, then you can decide if you want to utilize their services.  If not, then it is better that you continue your search for another lab that offers water testing services that you are looking for.





Due to size constraints, some labs may decide not to provide all water testing services.  Testing for some parameters may require large expensive machines and specialized staff that a lab might not have so choosing a lab that provides testing services that you need will save you a considerable amount of time since you will then not need to visit multiple labs.  





All the required parameters need to be there in the laboratory accredited scope





3. Do they provide any additional services? 





While selecting a testing lab, it is important to consider whether they provide any additional services that would make your sampling job easier.  Do they pick up samples and do the testing for you? Or do they provide sample bottles and equipment? How is their customer service? Do they do on-time pick for samples? What is their turnaround time? 





You will get to know this all after working with them for some time.  Knowing how they run their business will give you a fair bit of an idea of whether you want to utilize their services again for drinking water testing.





4. Location of the lab





The location of the testing lab is another important factor to consider when choosing a testing lab.  You don’t want a lab that is hard to reach as it will increase the turnaround time.  Unless your lab is in a remote location, there are high chances that you might find many labs closer to your company if you search on google.  





5. Quality of testing equipment





While finding a lab, make sure it has the latest and updated testing equipment.  You do not want a lab that uses outdated and old equipment





SMSLA Labs is an ISO 9001:2008 and OHSAS accredited company with provides water testing services like construction water testing, groundwater testing, wastewater testing, pool water testing, surface water testing, industrial water testing, water from purifiers testing, and irrigation water testing.  





To test your products, we use the latest modern and high-tech instruments.  Our Collection centers are located in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, and Chennai.



Water testing services seem significant in figuring out the quality of water as life is directly & completely dependent on it. The necessity of a drinking water test multiplies when the particular source of water is directed towards using it for drinking purposes. The quality checks done under drinking water testing state the hazard carried by water and can potentially harm health in any aspect. Used for many activities, in varied forms, a slight change in the composition of water can make it hazardous for health, thus making water testing services crucial. 





According to statistical data of 2019, around 387 districts in India were contaminated by Nitated and it was also found that India ranked 120 out of 122 in terms of water quality. Hence, to ensure the quality of water used, Water testing services become inevitable. 





Water quality is being evaluated under different purposes and different guidelines such as construction water, drinking water, groundwater, industrial water, irrigation water, packaged drinking water, surface water, swimming pool water, etc. Out of this drinking water quality is of the highest significance. 





Water carries a lot of things with it, some benefitting whereas some highly hazardous for health. While relocating to a new place, or probably to ensure the quality of drinking water supplied at the place you live; drinking water testing becomes the only assurance to evaluate the drinking water microbiologically and chemically. 





There can be various micro organisms that find their way into the water. Some Elements like fluorides arsenic that appear in water can contaminate it extensively. To eliminate the complete problem and finding a feasible solution, fetching professional help for drinking water testing sounds vital. 





Professional laboratories like SMSLA.Global, with years of experience and industry knowledge in the field, make the process of water testing accurate and reliable. As a perfect quality check partner, SMSLA.Global thrives to solve the challenges faced and provide a smart quality solution. With top-notch technical assistance, SMSLA.Global aims to provide the best technical solution and quality check. 



Materials testing is a technique used to check the physical and mechanical properties of raw materials and various components. It is done for many reasons and provides vital information about tested materials, prototypes, and product samples. The data gathered from testing can be useful for engineers, product designers, and product managers. Material testing is usually done in a material testing lab. 





Testing is done for meeting regulatory requirements, selecting the right materials for an application, assessing product design, and confirming product specifications. 





DIFFERENT TYPES OF MATERIALS TESTING  





There are many types of testing that can be done in material testing laboratories. It can help to understand what material would best suit a certain purpose. Testing methods can include: 





WE CONDUCT DIFFERENT TYPES OF MATERIALS TESTING  WHICH ARE AS FOLLOWS  





1.PLASTIC INDUSTRY: As Per IS 9845 Laboratory to assure the quality of plastic product By Overall Migration & Color Migration Test, For Specific Migration ICPMS can be used to identify Trace Metals  and GC/MS can be used to identify harmful chemicals and toxins Test as to be done by Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate. 





2. FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY: Food manufacturers use plastics for packaging purposes. Overall Migration & Color Migration Test can be done for 10 days in Oven (40°C) to  Identify the taste and Odor in Plastics, So we can find solvent residue in plastics. GC/MS headspace analysis can help identify contaminants in the food. Other than migration test can we check bursting strength. 





Other regular tests being done for these industry are  






  • ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY TRAINING: This type of testing is mostly done on food products. The different components of a food product are chemically separated and tested for PH, additives, preservatives, contaminants, and color. 






  • MICROBIOLOGY TESTING: Microbiology testing is done to identify harmful microorganisms and bacteria in food products that are harmful to health. 






  • CONTAMINANT ANALYSIS: Contaminant analysis is done to determine the level of pesticides and heavy metals in food.   





WHICH INDUSTRIES CAN BENEFIT FROM USING MATERIAL TESTING IN QUALITY CONTROL PROCESSES?  





Material testing can be used in a number of industries to improve quality control processes: 





1. PLASTIC INDUSTRY: Many manufacturers use plastics during the product design and packaging stage. During the last few years, many companies and consumers have grown apprehensive about the significant amount of toxins in manufactured plastic products. Material testing processes like FTIR and GC/MS can be used to identify harmful chemicals and toxins. 





2. PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY: Many pharmaceutical labs use solvents like ethanol while producing their products but if these solvents are not properly eliminated, they can affect the quality of the end product. Medicines are ingested by people so these solvents have to be removed so that they don’t pose any significant health hazards.   





3. FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY: Food manufacturers use plastics for packaging purposes. Harmful toxins and solvent residue in plastics can completely alter the taste or odor of the food. GC/MS headspace analysis can help identify contaminants in the food.   





SMSLA is one of the top material testing labs in India offering services like product testing, environment testing, and inspection services. 



In order to meet the existing regulatory requirements of BIS , WHO , ICAR, EU & other regulatory bodies and also to be in  coherence with the in-place water safety procedures, drinking water testing is crucial. The whole purpose of water testing services is to analyze pollutant-free characteristics of the water and evaluate the true quality of drinking water with the help of standard drinking water testing procedures and rigorous testing at scale. 





The water industry directly affects everyone's lives from homeowners to businesses to government organizations. Water testing services can help government organizations to test and regulate the quality of water to protect their civilian populations from potential health dangers and deadly water-borne diseases. Drinking water test is crucial for homeowners and families who are facing water quality issues and want to ensure that the water is suitable and reliable for daily consumption.  





Today major threat being industrial waste leaching into drinking water systems, all-time high pollution rate, and depletion of natural resources, keeping a regular track of drink water tests conducted at the source of water to ensure its safety for business purposes, agriculture purposes, domestic purposes, or for public municipalities and private homeowners consumption purposes.  





Importance of drink water test 





All over the world, a major proportion of the world population solely replies on the private water supply which is mostly independent water bodies such as ponds, dugouts, and wells. If a larger proportion of the population is exposed to poor quality water then it may lead to severe economic, social, and health disasters. Hence, in order to prevent such disasters beforehand, frequent drinking water testing should be conducted and the quality of drinking water must be checked at the source to eliminate the potential hazards and to avoid consumption of contaminated water.  





Water testing services with the help of testing procedures and testing facilities can offer in-depth knowledge on the existing quality of water which will help address the problem. Such examination also protects from every potential cause of water contamination and helps verify that the appropriate approach is involved by the respective treatment facilities for treating water.  





A complete Water testing services report helps in making a well-informed decision regarding the possible use of the water ranging from irrigation to livestock watering to drinking water to spraying water.  





Frequency of Drinking water testing 





You can be assured about the quality of water only if a set of standard drinking water tests are performed at least once every year irrespective of the source of water. When it comes to your home-based tap water, testing for chlorine levels of the water, pH levels of the water, and bacteria become extremely important for preventing hazards. On the other hand, it is highly recommended by experts to test well water supplies for the presence of bacteria, pesticides, pharmacologically active substances and standard chemical sets. 





If you find that the water you use has changed - the water has turned cloudy, or there is some sort of strong odor in the water, then you should immediately schedule a drink water test which is conducted by the Water testing services. 





SMSLA global tenders a diverse range of services which consists of testing services, inspection services, training services, advisory services, and also seafood packaging material testing services as well as it also conducts environmental analysis, carries our social compliance initiatives, research and development, method development, nutritional profile, and shelf-life studies with the help of the incredible infrastructure and highly equipped facilities. 



When you move into a new house, your relatives or friends may suggest you get the quality of the water supply checked. Though municipalities treat the water before supplying it to you, it is advisable to purify it before consumption. Water may collect a lot of soluble contaminants  as it travels through storage tanks and pipes to your home. While these contaminants are not visible to the naked eye, they can impact your health as they tend to accumulate  in your body. Unclean water is associated with a lot of severe health hazards making it a necessity to perform drinking water testing.  





Water testing is carried out to ensure that the quality of water supplied to your household is safe to drink and free from environmental risks and potential health disorders. Laboratory tests are considered to be the most effective way to detect a wide range of contaminants present in the water. They cover a wide range of pollutants and give 100% accurate results.  





However, when getting the water samples tested in a laboratory seems infeasible, you can make use of the home water testing kits. These kits provide water testing services that serve as a preliminary check for the water quality and can give you an idea of its purity in a matter of minutes.  





If you are noticing signs of hard water at home, it is important to determine the next steps to fix the problem. Some of the common signs of hard water at home include- spotty dishes, soap that doesn’t lather easily, tubs and showers are hard to clean, faucets, drains and showerheads have accumulated white crust around them. The first step towards fixing these problems is to perform a quick at-home drinking water test and check the level of purity of the water. Understanding the severity of the problem will help you find the right solution.  





How does Drinking water testing at home work? 





With the modernization and advancements in chemistry, we can now detect the presence of hundreds of harmful chemicals and bacteria in the water at home. You can purchase a test kit that performs drinking water testing. After a laboratory, this is the most sophisticated way of determining the water purity levels. This kit comes with a few test strips and a color chart.  





Follow the following steps to get accurate results from your test.  





Step 1: Fill a glass with tap water. Do not filter or boil the water before performing the test. 





Step 2: Insert the test strip in the glass and wait for a few seconds. 





Note: Do not stick the strip under running tap water instead of dipping it in the glass, as this can lead to inaccurate results.  





Step 3: Remove the strip from the water after a few seconds and compare its colour with the colour chart that came with the drink water test kit. Every colour on the chart refers to the number of pollutants in the water, generally measured in grains per gallon (gpg).  





However, before you sign up for water testing services for your home, it is important to understand the acceptable purity levels of water. Every country has their own standards of water quality. In India, we have the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Ministry of water services that determine the quality of water. These standards define the acceptable amount of every element present in drinking water. Understanding these acceptable values if necessary while performing drinking water testing at home. 





Here are the general parameters containing the acceptable and permissible standards of elements in drinking water as defined by BIS.  





Testing Parameters (in mg/L) Acceptable Limits Permissible Limits 
Aluminium 0.03 0.2 
Arsenic 0.01 0.05 
Ammonia 0.5 No Relaxation 
Anionic Detergents 0.2 1.0 
Barium 0.7 No Relaxation 
Boron 0.5 1.0 
Calcium 75 200 
Chloramines No Relaxation 
Chloride 250 1000 
Copper 0.05 1.5 




NOTE: These standards are as defined by the Bureau of Indian Standards and are subject to change. To check for the latest updates, visit their website. 





The Bottom Line: At-home water testing services are easy to perform and give you a realistic picture of how pure your drinking water truly is. It checks the presence of heavy metals, dissolved contaminants and other impurities in drinking water. Knowing your water profile is the first step towards finding the appropriate solution for any water-related problem. 


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