Need Internal Gas Analysis?
One of Atlantic Analytical Laboratory’s specialty analytical programs is Internal Gas Analysis (IGA) for electronic parts and components originating from various industries, including hermetically sealed device content identification, impurities determination, and out-gassing kinetics.
IGA (also known as residual gas analysis, or RGA) is the quantitative determination of the gas atmosphere inside a metal or ceramic hermetically sealed device. This includes internal water vapor content, trace ammonia, and any other gases which may be present.
All IGA analyses are performed on our customized mass spectrometer systems, with specialized sample chambers and calibration manifold systems which were designed and constructed at Atlantic Analytical Laboratory.
IGA for Military Devices
Laboratory suitability for IGA testing is controlled by DLA Land and Maritime, a field activity of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Atlantic Analytical Laboratory has maintained uninterrupted suitability (approval) since the company was founded in 1988.
AAL’s IGA test methods meet or exceed MIL-STD-883 and MIL-STD-750 Suitability requirements, as they apply to Method 1018, Procedure 1, with package volumes ranging from 0.01cm³ – 20.0cm³. Testing variations are not allowed, all testing is subject to inclusion in the DLA annual retention report, and all records are subject to compliance audits by the US Government.
IGA for Commercial Devices (non-military)
Commercial IGA testing procedures are applied to non-military (commercial) devices where sample size, sample preparation, and mass spec conditions are modified to simulate both a device’s environmental extremes and the typical conditions at the actual point of use. Package volumes range from 0.001cm³ – 200cm³. Even though this program is for non-military applications, all individual customer test protocols and results are kept confidential. Some examples of industries that can benefit from this IGA technique include the biomedical device industry, the pharmaceutical packaging industry, fine chemical manufacturers, and the lighting industry.
The most critical step in any analytical program is initial sample collection – great care must be taken to ensure the sample collected is truly representative of the source. AAL has a large selection of sampling cylinders and other sampling equipment available for all types of gas and liquefied gas sampling. If you are uncomfortable collecting samples or just want to make sure everything goes smoothly, we can send one of our experienced personnel directly to your facility to collect samples on site for you. We look forward to working with you soon!