Product Deformulation & Reverse Engineering

With years of experience testing many different kinds of products for chemical composition, Alliance Technologies is capable of assisting with product deformulation or reverse engineering.  Finding and applying the right analytical method to your particular product is challenging and only a few laboratories are equipped to handle these kinds of requests.

Case studies:

A Fortune 100 computer and electronics company uses proprietary inks for their inkjet products.  Not surprisingly, counterfeit products flood the US market and make patent enforcement a challenge.   To ensure compliance against infringement, generic inkjet cartridge manufacturers approached Alliance Technologies to assay their inks and compare them to OEM ink.  Using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) for elemental composition analysis and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) for certain trace ingredients that distinguish OEM ink from counterfeits, Alliance Technologies was able to certify that the generic manufacturer was not infringing on the OEM patent.

Detergents and cleaners typically contain several ingredients for cleaning, metal sequestration, brightness control, and pH adjustment.  While many detergents have similar components, proprietary or ingenious additives can affect performance significantly.  Working with a specialty detergent manufacturer, Alliance Technologies received a cleaning product for deformulation services.  Using an extensive array of tests—including x-ray diffraction (XRD), wavelength-dispersive x-ray fluorescence (WDX), infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), ion chromatography (IC), total inorganic carbon (TIC), KF, and several wet chemical methods—the key components in the formulations were determined and quantified.

Alliance Technologies is one of the few laboratories that can help characterize your most challenging formulations. Contact us for your free quote today.