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Electronic Failure Analysis - Fourier Transform InfraRed

Colorado Springs’ own Insight Analytical Labs (IAL), a world renown electronics failure analysis lab, is now offering a new material analysis service, FTIR (Fourier Transform InfraRed). This technique is used to determine the chemical composition of organic materials, such as oils, fluxes, (add more).

It is based on the exposure of the sample to the IR spectrum, effectively providing a “fingerprint” (see inset) of the material as the IR light is either absorbed or reflected. This fingerprint can then be run against a database of over 50,000 organic materials, much like facial recognition programs seen on many law enforcement television shows. Samples can be as small as 10x10 square microns (a micron is a millionth of a meter, about a tenth the diameter of a hair).

IAL started in Colorado Springs and just celebrated its 24th year in business. Located in northern Colorado Springs, just off of Interquest Parkway and I-25, IAL offers its extensive list of services to the electronic manufacturing, aerospace, biomedical, military, intellectual property (IP), and original equipment manufacturing market segments. IAL’s clients cover North America, Asia, and Europe.

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