18 Feb 2016

Test paint using the Quest ATR accessory

The spectral value of paint can be quickly and accurately measured with the Quest ATR spectrometer accessory.

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Paint production requires stringent quality control. From viscosity to dispersion and even fire-resistance, paint is tested thoroughly to ensure it meets the trademark quality of its producer.

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Spectral analysis is used in some of the most important steps of this quality control.

With ATR-IR spectroscopy, the spectral blueprint of a paint’s colour can be found and compared to that of the benchmark standard.

What if your paint is too harmful for the market? Some paints contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) as a bi-product of pigment production. Even in small concentrations PCBs can be harmful after prolonged exposure.

Using the Quest ATR-IR method of sample measurement, a microgram-scale quantity of sample can be enough to establish a quality measurement of safety for a tub of paint, or for many thousands of gallons. The process of measurement is quick, easy and very accurate. No more grinding samples and no need to make pellets.

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And with Quest, the paint sample can be tested when dried, in a semi-solid state or in a completely liquid form, giving you ultimate sampling flexibility.

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