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ASTM F1140 standard now offered at Micom Laboratories

Micom laboratories is delighted to announce that it now offers the ASTM F1140 standard as part of its package testing and of its medical package testing services. This method details two tests procedures which rely on the use of a pressurization equipment to evaluate the ability of packages to withstand inner pressurization. However, this test protocol does not convey any correlation regarding the package seal strength. Hence, another standard must be used to characterize this property. Lastly, by associating this method with an accelerated aging test, it is possible to define the evolution of this attribute.

ASTM F1140 test

The goal of ASTM F1140 is to characterize the ability of a package to endure internal pressurization through the use of a burst test or of a creep test. More specifically, those two tests depict the response of the specimen towards a pressure differential. On the one hand, a burst test consists of steadily increasing the inner pressure of the sample until it fails. This test procedure allows to ascertain the peak pressure that the specimen can withstand before a breakdown occurs. On the other hand, a creep test consists of maintaining a specific internal pressure inside the specimen for a given time frame or until the latter fails. This test procedure assesses the ability of the specimen to retain its integrity for a particular time length at a given pressure. Lastly, if the package seal strength is a point a concern, the use of the ASTM F88 method is prescribed.

Micom offers polymer testing services for a wide selection of material and products. For more information about the ASTM F1140 test, we invite you to contact our material testing laboratory today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions about either of those tests.

Micom Laboratories is a third party industrial material testing laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, CGSB, ISTA and many other organizations.


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Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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