Testing Services

Our experience comes from almost three decades as an independent gas analysis laboratory to the petroleum and petrochemical, semiconductor, electronics, and specialty gas industries. In addition to routine analyses, we offer individually tailored solutions to many analyses that other labs turn away or charge exorbitant fees to do. Some of our best work is done when everyone else has said it can't be done.

In-house Sample Analysis

Consolidated Sciences's in-house sample testing services can be broken down into four categories: Specialty Gas Analyses when the gas matrix is a known element, compound or product; Complex Mixtures when the matrix is a complex or unknown combination of elements and compounds; Moisture Analyses for detection and quantification of water vapor; and Qualitative Analyses when only identification of the composition (not quantification) is desired. When you're ready to send your sample, visit Getting Started for important information.

We regularly analyze many different client products and materials. Our scientists, engineers, chemists, and technologists are highly qualified professionals with years of industry experience. They use expertise and state-of-the-art instrumentation to provide a full range of quality, materials and research analysis and testing services.

Our 16,000 ft2 controlled access lab houses everything from the fast and versatile FTIR to the ultra trace capabilities of the GC-ICP-MS.

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On-Site Services

Consolidated Sciences offers both sample collection and on-site analyses for the demanding circumstance where the customer is either short handed or it is not practical to gather 'grab samples'. We serve the states of Texas and Louisiana from the Greater Houston area to North Texas and Odessa. Recently we have accommodated customers in remote locations as far away as Seattle, Tennessee, Michigan's upper peninsula, and even Montreal, Canada. Typical analytical instrumentation for these projects include continuous wave cavity ring down spectroscopy (CW-CRDS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and gas chromatography (GC) . Whether your needs are simple or complex, Consolidated Sciences approaches each project as unique, so you get exactly the results you need.

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Sampling

In difficult sampling situations, we can provide a trained technician and all necessary sampling tools, safety equipment, paperwork, and supplies to most locations in the Greater Houston area including Beaumont and Freeport for the collection of a sample or samples to be analyzed at our Pasadena lab. This service is typically available same day.

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Analysis & Qualification

Some projects require a different approach. When 'grab' sampling is not practical, we bring our instrumentation, tools, and technicians to you. While not all the tests available to us in the lab are available on-site, tests for moisture and tests utilizing FTIR and GC techniques are very easily made in the field. A complete statistical performance report for all on-line instrumentation is part of this service. In many cases we are also able to troubleshoot and make repairs.

In the past, our validation of process instrumentation in bulk pipeline gas supplies has proven to be a valuable management tool. Another example where this service is particularly useful is during air separation unit (ASU) deriming where trace analysis of atmospheric contamination at low pressure must be monitored continuously over a 12 to 24 hour period. Other examples of critical on-site analyses include the monitoring of water vapor in anhydrous hydrogen chloride supplies to semiconductor fabrication plants, and measurement of hydrocarbon, oxygen, and water vapor in helium refrigeration systems.

 

Speaking of refrigeration systems, when the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratories had problems with their helium refrigeration system in 2010, they contacted Consolidated Sciences for help. Consolidated Sciences sent technicians armed with chromatographic and moisture analysis equipment to evaluate the system which presented both sampling and analytical challenges. The problems were determined to be the result of higher than acceptable amounts of moisture in the helium condenser and this information was a key element in the resolution of the problem.

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