Micom Laboratories is proud to announce that it now offers the ASTM F2096 standard as part of its package testing and of its medical package testing services. This method uses a bubble test as a means to detect gross leaks from porous and non-permeable packaging materials. Moreover, this test protocol may be employed to ascertain the integrity of sterile package materials.
ASTM F2096 test
The aim of ASTM F2096 is to utilize internal pressurization as a means to identify gross leaks from permeable and non-porous packaging materials. More specifically, this test consists on pinpointing a steady bubble stream present at an area of failure after the sample had been inflated to a predetermined pressure under water. Moreover, this standard details two methods for the evaluation of this property and their respective uses is restricted to a particular kind of material. Indeed, method A is employed for non-permeable compounds while method B is used for pervious materials and the difference between these two reside in the water saturation time that is present in method B. In other words, this time frame allows sufficient time for water to impregnate the porous side of the material in order to reduce the permeation of air through it. Lastly, this test protocol may be used as a means to evaluate the integrity of packages that are designed to provide an uncontaminated environment and it may also be associated with an accelerated aging test such as ASTM F1980 in order to characterize the evolution of this attribute.
Micom offers polymer testing services for a wide selection of material and products. For more information about the ASTM F2096 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.
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My career has been focused on simulating real life in the lab under controlled yet accelerated conditions. My passion for lab testing lead me to start Micom Laboratories Inc. 16 years ago. Through time I made sure Micom has the necessary equipment to simulate various environmental parameters such as the sun, vibrations, heat, cold, thermal shocks and humidity. I wanted to be able to move things back and forth, apply stresses to the products and materials we test and see how they react to the various stimuli. To do so we test products and materials against known standards and specifications (certification) and in many cases by creating my own test protocols and specifications (this is the cherry on top of the sundae…). This is what led me to participate in many standards writing committees and to become chairman of some of these committees.