failure analysis

drawing on over 120 years of combined experience, impact are a leading provider of failure analysis services to the plastic industry.

failure analysis service

impact can help you to determine the cause of a failure or to understand how to stop a product failing. Our expertise is across the entire plastic supply chain from material selection to moulding to the actual design of the products themselves and covers a huge array of plastic products including packaging, construction, consumer products and even specialist products for the oil & gas sector.

impact can carry out a range of analysis services determined to look at the failure or to provide data for Finite Model Analysis (FMA) calculation. Our failure analysis service includes a wide range of optical, analytical and physical techniques to look at the material, its design, the production and it’s in service use including physical, chemical and environmental attacks. impact as an accredited laboratory can use standard ISO, DIN or ASTM standards or produce bespoke testing methods or equipment to replicate in service performance and failures.

failure analysis service: why impact?

Some members of impact’s team have over 30 years of polymer experience, with over 120 years combined, and are internationally regarded as product experts including sitting on various CEN committees and being a notified body for construction products (Note because of our notified body status we cannot undertake consultancy on oil storage tanks), we can often identify potential sources of weakness in products without even undertaken testing using our experience.

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how impact approach failure analysis


Not one failure analysis exercise is the same and in many cases it can be like searching for a needle in a haystack.  This is where our experience sets us apart as we are able to quickly identify where problems are and thus save you money.

We always start a failure analysis by clearly understanding what you would like to get out of it.  It may be you just want to understand the basic cause of the failure so you can adjust your manufacturing process, or alternatively, you may want a full in detail understanding of what has happened in order to support possible legal action.  We also present our findings in plain, understandable language so that your commercial teams can understand the way ahead, while also providing an indepth technical analysis.

We are also happy to talk directly to your suppliers/customers to present the data under your instructions in order to help you solve problems as quickly and cheaply as possible.