Ocean Optics, Inc. Announces Product Safety Testing Program

Photonics manufacturer helps others screen consumer products for suspected lead and heavy metals
Dunedin, Florida (August 29, 2007) – Ocean Optics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of spectroscopy and photonic instruments, has announced a new program intended to provide manufacturers, importers and distributors of consumer products with a simple, low-cost, screening tool for testing of lead and heavy metals using Ocean Optics’ state-of-the-art laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) system. With recent news reports of lead and heavy metal presence in consumer products, Ocean Optics is offering the low-cost-per-item test as a public service. 


Rob Randelman, President of Ocean Optics, said: “Ocean Optics takes product safety very seriously. We want to not only assist our customers in determining the safety of their products, but we also want to encourage companies to be proactive towards these issues, without the concern of significant up-front investment. We have technology that can give a fast, clear result; this could be one step to help keep dangerous products from being used by consumers, like our families and friends.”

Unlike traditional ‘rub tests’, Ocean Optics unique LIBS system is not susceptible to being fooled by an overcoat of non-lead paint.  A laser is used to ‘burn’ away a small area of the object under test, causing a plasma to form which is then analyzed for the key elements of interest, primarily lead or other metals, but virtually any element can be detected.  The entire test takes less than 30 seconds. 

Ocean Optics LIBS systems are used in a wide variety of other applications, such as RoHS screening, gem origin determination, and elemental determinations in mixed powders.  The results of this test are intended to be used as a screening tool, guide or advisory of the safety of the paint or construction of an individual product.  Ocean Optics is offering the screening for $100 USD per test to help those companies or agencies who are unable to invest upwards of $50,000 USD for their own dedicated system.

More information can be obtained at the company’s website at http://www.oceanoptics.com/products/libstest.asp or by contacting an application scientist at the company’s worldwide headquarters in Dunedin, Florida on 727-733-2447.

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