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List of 15 Ceramic Laboratory by Digitalfire

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  • Alfred Analytical Laboratory (no website)
    Phone: 607-478-8074
    Location: Alfred Station, NY, USA
    Will do leach testing for extractable metals in fired glazes. Contact Dr. Roland Hale, Director, Alfred Analytical Laboratory, 4964 Kenyon Road, Alfred Station, NY 14803
  • ALS USA Inc.
    Location: Reno, NV, USA
    A leading full-service provider of analytical geochemistry services for the global mining industry. Over 60 laboratories located in key mining districts on six continents.
  • Brandywine Science Center, Inc.
    Phone: 610-444-9850
    Location: Kennett Square, PA, USA
    They will do leach testing for extractable metals in fired glazes. The url here explains how to prepare your fired glaze sample. The home page at their site has the address to which to send the package.
    Location: Stoke-on-Trent, UK
    Phone: +44 (0) 1782 764355/764356
    CERAM offers an independent testing service for all materials based industries including ceramics, glass, metals and raw materials.
  • Composite Technology Development, Inc.
    CTD utilizes an array of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for materials testing and evaluation. We have experience testing metallic, polymer, composite, and ceramic materials and are capable of evaluating the mechanical, physical, thermal, and electrical properties of materials at temperatures from –270°C (4K) to over 200°C (500 K).
  • Lambda Research
    A broad array of x-ray diffraction and fluorescence testing capabilities are maintained for materials applications primarily in the areas of qualitative and quantitative phase analysis and texture determination. A full machine shop with modern CNC tooling supports the surface integrity studies of manufacturing methods.
  • Pirates Pottery (no website)
    Phone: 610 346-7641
    Location: Coopersburg, PA USA
    Sr. Scientist Product Development and Raw Materials characterization consulting, laboratory instrumental analysis. Specialize in porous media, filtration liquid absorption. Instron tensile strength testing. Prototyping mold making, pattern making, and modeling.
  • Loring Laboratories Ltd.
    Phone: (403) 274-2777
    Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    A general testing lab, they can do mineralogical and chemical analysis. Price is around $100 per sample.
  • CanTest Ltd.
    Phone: (604) 734- 7276
    Location: Offices across Canada
    They can do a very detailed Glazed Ceramics and Glassware leachate test.
  • McMaster University
    Phone: 905-525-9140-x24977
    Location: Hamilton, Ont, Canada
    ASTM Testing and interpretation/advice for ceramics, materials, powders, glaze, refractories.
    Ceramics: bulk density; true density; apparent porosity; total porosity, pore size distribution; permeability; Modulus of Elasticity; Modulus of Rupture; Fracture Toughness; hardness; abrasion resistance; thermal expansion; optical mineralogy and electronoptical microstructure and elemental-distribution.
    Determination of source of glaze defects and defects that initiated failure in both ceramics and glass.
    Powder or powdered ceramic bodies: XRD; XRF; EDAX; particle-size-distribution; packing-density; grading; surface area; DTA; TGA; dispersion; pressing density; parameters for slip-casting; viscosity; thixotropy; parameters for EPD shaping; dilatometry for optimum sintering temperature/time.
    Glass: Postmortems on the fracture of bottles, panes, reactors etc., glass composition, softening points, residual stress state, pressure capability, thermal-shock, etc.
    Refractories: (ASTM C20) such as RUL, MOR, bend and crushing strength, and slag attack etc.
    Phone: 519 751 7771
  • Norwest Labs
    Phone: 800-661-7645
    Location: Alberta, Canada
    Locations in Western Canada, Thailand, Bangladesh and Turkey. They can do chemical analysis on clays and rock at about $120 Canadian per sample. They can handle boron. The test is called WRA1 (Whole Rock Analaysis 1).
  • NSL Analytical Services, Inc.
    An independent Commercial Testing Laboratory in business since 1945, NSL is a leader in the chemical analysis of all types of materials. Whether the product is metallic or non-metallic, powdered, solid, or liquid, NSL can perform most chemical analyses, from less than 1-ppm to 99.999% using ICP, ICPMS, ICP-MS, DCAR-C, Wet Chemistry and Spectrographic Analysis.
  • Professional Service Industries
    Phone: 412-922-4000 Chemist
    Distinguished as a leader in environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering, and construction testing services, PSI is nationally recognized in several disciplines, including: construction services, materials testing, roof consulting and asbestos management. We’re a leader among independent testing organizations and rank as one of North America's largest consulting engineering firms according to ENR.
  • SGS Canada inc.
    Location: Lakefield, Ontario, Canada
    Established in Canada since 1948. Provide auditing, monitoring, inspection, sampling and laboratory testing for raw materials, bulk, containerized and finished products.
  • The M&P Lab
    Phone: 518-382-0082
    The M&P Lab is a full-service materials testing laboratory, offering our clients a full range of analytical and consulting services such as acceptance testing, quality control, service evaluation, failure analysis and product development. We analyze materials such as metals, composites, organics and polymers for composition, structure and properties.
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