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ASTM F2096 standard now offered at Micom Laboratories

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.

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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