Our Labs in Action

State-of-the-Art Analytical Labs.

Geared up to assess the suitability of your material for processing into a valuable product.

We guide you through deciding what tests to run, where to perform the tests at competitive prices, and how to make the right business decision based on the results you obtain.

Our experienced engineers and ceramics specialists will work to understand your needs and recommend relevant tests based on your materials and processes.  We will manage sample handling, testing, and results analysis – ranging from a basic presentation to a more comprehensive interpretation report.

The bottom line will be an assessment of your material’s suitability for commercial development and a recommended way forward, based on our 70+ years of ceramic engineering experience.

In partnership with the National Brick Research Center – a nationally recognized testing facility specializing in ceramics and minerals – we provide the following analytical services:

X-Ray Diffraction (XRD, for mineralogy) | X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF, for elemental composition and oxide content) | Loss on Ignition (LOI, for chemical analysis) | Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA, for VOCs and thermal stability) | Differential Thermal Analysis with Evolved Gases | Carbon and Sulfur Content | TCLP Leaching (for waste disposal) | Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy | Mass Balance | Specific Gravity | Density | Porosity | Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry (for pore size distribution) | Particle Size Distribution | BET Gas Adsorption (for specific surface area) | ... and more!

Our Labs in Action

Raw Material Evaluation.

Our ceramics laboratory offers analytical and physical testing and pilot-scale processing and sintering to help determine the commercial viability of your raw material.

The mineral raw materials that form the basis of all ceramics might be mined on your property, purchased from another producer, or be found in a partially processed form at an unrelated manufacturing site.

Our team has extensive experience finding, analyzing, and processing raw materials to achieve improved performance, enhance commercial value, and replace obsolete or soon-to-be exhausted sources.

Contact us today if you are unsure whether your material has the potential to be a valuable raw material or if you are seeking new, lower-cost raw material for your ceramic manufacturing process.

Our Labs in Action

Waste Stream Analysis.

If there’s a pathway for turning your waste stream into valuable ceramic material, we will help you find it.  

If there isn't, we will tell you so in a timely manner, so that you can avoid wasting time and money on something that isn’t destined to succeed.

Our lab deals exclusively with minerals, raw materials, and ceramics, so we’re ideally suited to evaluating your waste stream.  We’ve worked with and for mineral processing and ceramic operators all over the world, affording us a wealth of expertise that we can tap into when assessing your material.

Many of the materials we test come from secondary sources, such as mineral-rich waste streams originating from mining and mineral processing operations.

Whether a particular waste stream can be repurposed into a valuable ceramic product depends on several factors, including its composition, chemical and physical properties, how it behaves when formulated, sintered, and formed, and whether there’s a logistically viable commercial outlet for the resulting product.

Our Labs in Action

Producing and Testing Aggregates.

We can help you determine whether your mineral stream can be used as aggregate or if there is a process by which it can be made viable.

Aggregates produced from sand, rock, and manmade materials are indispensable to our everyday life.  They are among the most widely applied materials on earth, finding applications in construction, concrete, asphalt, horticulture, and more.

As a result, aggregate quality and performance is crucial to virtually all phases of private, civil, commercial, and infrastructure construction.

The extremely high demand for aggregates coupled with depletion of traditional sand and rock deposits has led the industry to look for alternatives, including recycled concrete and the use of screened fines from crushing operations to replace marine quality sand.

Let us take a look at your waste stream to determine if and how you can take advantage of the growing need for manmade aggregate.

Our Labs in Action

Materials for the Oil and Gas Industry.

Together with our parent company, OPF Enterprises, we have the equipment and experience to test natural and man-made materials for their suitability as oilfield proppants.

Hydraulic fracturing is used extensively across the US oil and gas industry to unlock commercially viable flowrates from historically unproducible rock.

The process involves cracking the targeted formation using hydraulic pressure then propping open the fractures to create flow paths that remain active after pumping is stopped and the pressure declines.

The materials used to maintain this artificial permeability, known as proppants, are typically selected from naturally occurring sand, resin-coated sand, and various types of ceramic.  The size, shape, and strength of the chosen proppant will greatly influence the integrity and effectiveness of the propped fractures.

If you have a material that you think might be suitable for use in the oilfield, give us a call. We will give you a straightforward answer so you can make timely decisions on what to do next.

Our Staged Approach to Projects

We Support You from Start to Finish.

Laboratory Analysis

Analyze and evaluate your bulk material to determine potentially exploitable minerals for extraction and processing.

Formulation & Testing

Process and blend minerals derived from your source material and test their effectiveness as raw materials for ceramics.

Pilot Scale Validation

Test the process developed for your source material, producing pilot scale batches for evaluation by potential end users.

Process Design & Construction

Design manufacturing processes, specify equipment, and represent you during all phases of construction and start-up.

Plant Operation & Optimization

Apply six sigma lean manufacturing, build teams, and develop plant culture to optimize operations and performance.

Commercial Viability

Leverage network of industry decision makers to introduce your product to the market and find commercial outlets.