MOCON, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOCO) and Inspection Systems, Melbourne, Australia have partnered to establish a certified lab for permeation, seal strength and leak detection testing for food and pharmaceutical packaging structures.
Inspection Systems, a respected supplier of inspection and testing instruments and services, with locations in Australia and New Zealand, has created a separate entity, IS Laboratories, Melbourne, to support the partnership. Its mission is to provide food and pharmaceutical companies with fast and affordable testing services using MOCON’s gold-standard instrumentation.
IS Laboratories becomes the first MOCON-certified test facility in Australia and the eighth MOCON-certified lab in the world.
“Up until now, companies in this part of the world who did not have access to MOCON instrumentation in their own facilities would either have to send their products to other countries for testing or attempt to find a small laboratory which typically has limited capability. We are pleased to announce the establishment of this new laboratory with its wide range of testing options,” said Brad Grubb, director, Inspection Systems.
IS Laboratory capabilities include: oxygen, water vapor and carbon dioxide permeation testing; burst and pressure strength testing, as well as pressure decay.
Over the past several years, MOCON has been actively pursuing strategic laboratory partnerships in key manufacturing regions around the world. Its objective is to offer affordable permeation testing services globally at laboratories which have been certified by the company.
The MOCON-certified laboratory network targets a broad range of companies ranging from multinational corporations, which would benefit from a local facility capable of duplicating gold-standard testing protocols, to smaller firms which may only have need for a few validation tests per year.
Certification means that the state-of-the-art instrumentation has been installed, inspected and is maintained by a MOCON-factory authorized service technician and that the laboratory staff has been trained on MOCON corporate test lab methods/protocols and record keeping to ensure quality and equivalency.
“MOCON certification assures that companies using any one of these facilities will get the same level of service and quality they would find at any other MOCON-certified location anywhere in the world,” said Alan Shema, product manager for consulting and testing services, MOCON. “This is ideal for multinational companies which can now be assured that their materials or packages are tested using identical standards and protocols on four different continents.”
Additionally, for Australia/New Zealand companies interested in purchasing MOCON instrumentation for their own facility, IS Laboratories gives them a chance to demo instrumentation in a geographically-convenient location before committing to a purchase.
MOCON certified laboratories can now be found in the United States, Germany, China, India, Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Australia.