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Competitor Product Testing Results in Client Winning Major OEM Contract

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We wanted a quick route to market to introduce a new component product that would provide us with opportunities to extend existing OEM agreements and win new ones. We had the manufacturing capability to extend our range but didn’t have the research facilities to determine the exact composition of a product we knew our client needed within the timescales they required. Through our involvement in IOM3 activities and events we know that ARTIS has significant capability to reverse engineer products 

Our client is a major supplier to the international chemical laboratory ware used in schools, hospitals and industry. With an enviable client list of top chemical reagent suppliers they constantly seek to add value to retain and extend their OEM status.

 

Executive Summary

Compound developed closely matched competitor's composition, properties and dynamic behaviour

Results were achieved within 3 weeks

Successful field trials took place over a 3 week period resulting in compound approval

Outcome for client was award of substantial new contract

Client is now engaged bidding for new contracts using this formulation

 
 

The Challenge

Only 1g sample available to analyse

Initial results appeared to work well but failed when tested in final product assembly

Exact assembly environment with temperature range between -60oC  and +40oC had to be created in the ARTIS lab to refine the formula


Our brief was to analyse a material sample and develop a compound that would match its properties for use in existing manufacturing capabilities. To do this we used a range of analytical technique to determine exact composition of the competitor sample.

A range of formulations were developed that closely matched the compositional analysis followed by physical testing at room temperature in line with the client's brief.

Sample compounds were supplied to the client for evaluation however the results identified problems during final product assembly. Further investigation identified that their assembly environment resulted in significant temperature variation.

Each compound was then tested to measure the dynamic mechanical properties using a temperature sweep from -60oC to +40oC. The results, shown above reflect that all of the development compounds behaved differently from the original (shown in black) around the transition point of the material.

Conclusion

Following the dynamic mechanical analysis simple changes were made to the formulation producing a compound closely matching the competitor's in composition, properties and dynamic behaviour resulting in successful field trials.

 

 

 "We needed a solution quickly as we knew the tender was coming out and needed to be confident about our pricing and capability to deliver. ARTIS returned their compound analysis within 3 weeks and helped us understand very quickly the reasons why it failed, producing revised compounds with a week of what the problem was. We couldn't have bid for this work without their help."

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  • Summary:

    “We needed a solution quickly as we knew the tender was coming out and needed to be confident about our pricing and capability to deliver. ARTIS returned their compound analysis within 3 weeks and helped us understand very quickly the reasons why it failed, producing revised compounds within 1 week of understanding what the problem was. We couldn’t have bid for this work without them.”

     

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    • Case Studies
    • Compound Development

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