Halogens and Halides

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What are Halogens and Halides?
Applied Technical Services performs testing for halogens and halides. Halogen is the name of a family of periodic elements: namely fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine. These are highly reactive elements that, when paired with a variety of metals, create salts called halides. This class of compounds includes potassium iodide, silver bromide, and sodium chloride — better known as table salt. Manufacturers use halogens and halides in products ranging from powerful disinfectants like bleaches to lighting like incandescent lamps.
Importance of Testing
These chemicals can be corrosive in small quantities and are harmful in large quantities; for this reason, their use is limited by regulatory bodies and industry standardization entities. Europe, North America, and China, each an important consumer market, maintain regulations on the concentration of halogens and halides that can be used in a product’s formulation. Manufacturers send samples of their design materials to third-party testing companies like ATS for insight into their product. Our materials testing and consumer product testing labs discover how much of a specimen’s composition consists of these chemicals, which helps to determine whether client product formulations comply with various limitations on halogen and halide content.
About Our Methods
ATS’ skilled chemists analyze halogens through a variety of techniques, including ion chromatography, oxygen bomb sample preparation, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), ion-selective electrode, and wet chemical titration. Using these methods, they can conduct halogen analysis on all types of specimens, including finished goods, corrosion products, and material surface by rinse or wipe.
Our most requested methods and specifications include:
  • ASTM D4327*
  • IPC-TM-650 Method 2.3.25
  • IPC-TM-650 Method 2.3.28
  • IPC-TM-650 Method 2.3.28.1
  • IPC-TM-650 Method 2.3.28.2
  • ASTM E1479*
  • EPA 9212
*denotes our lab maintains ISO 17025 accreditation through the A2LA to perform this standard
ATS: Trusted Testing Provider
Since our founding in 1967, Applied Technical Services has provided testing, inspection, and engineering consulting capabilities of unparalleled quality. During the 50+ years since our humble beginnings in our founder’s basement, we have grown to serve clients on a local, regional, national, and international scale. ATS serves a wide variety of industries, the following of which most benefit from our halogens and halides testing capabilities:
  • Chemical
  • Consumer Products
  • Manufacturing
  • Power Generation
Our Commitment to Quality
All of ATS’ chemical analysis testing services are performed in accordance with our stringent quality assurance program. This program is ISO 9001 registered, which both signals to clients that we place great value on continually improving their experience and holds us accountable for consistently following those procedures that maintain the quality of our services. We achieved registration by submitting our operations to assessment by a third-party auditor; they affirm that our quality management system abides by the internationally recognized standard outlining the principles of effective quality assurance. Regular recertification audits keep our quality standards in top form.
To ensure we deliver the most positive customer experience possible, ATS takes the following measures when dealing with clients:
  • Our chemists return clear, detailed, and accurate reporting within a short turnaround window
  • Customer service representatives receive questions from clients about the status or results of their testing and facilitate contact with relevant testing personnel
  • Chemists remain accessible to client outreach, responsive to their needs, and engaged when addressing their questions

If your company needs a product tested for halogens and halides, contact ATS today — We take a closer look!

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