Analytical Labs

Microban® fuels product innovation through our globally leading analytical labs. Conducting more than 40,000 tests annually, our experienced team of microbiologists, chemists and engineers are adept in product development and can assist you in your quest for a cleaner, fresher and more durable product range.

Microbiology Lab Services

Microban's microbiology lab provides you with rapid turn-around times on testing, shortened development periods and increased speed to market timelines. Our team of microbiologists utilize industry standard test methods designed for a wide range of product substrates and antimicrobial technologies.

Bacteria Testing

Microban® performs a wide range of qualitative and quantitative testing to validate antibacterial efficacy. Samples are evaluated utilizing both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria to ensure broad spectrum performance. Common test methods include ISO 22196, JIS Z2801 and AATCC TM100.

Mold Testing

Microban® conducts industry standard mold testing to validate antifungal efficacy. Samples are evaluated utilizing nutrient challenge protocols or in the fungal chamber, which simulates environmental conditions. Common test methods include AATCC TM 30 Pt III and ASTM G-21.

Engineering Lab Services

Microban's materials engineering lab has widespread experience of integrating organic and inorganic antimicrobial technologies into a wide breadth of thermoplastic and thermoset systems. Our engineers have a strong working knowledge of diverse manufacturing techniques, including injection molding, plastic injection molding, rotational molding, and film and profile extrusion. Using this expertise and knowledge, our engineers develop antimicrobial product solutions that ensure compatibility with your materials, manufacturing processes and available equipment.

Our engineering lab utilizes developmental tools such as a 22-Ton injection molding machine and multiple twin screw extruders. These machines are equipped with strand and underwater pelletization capabilities that provide our engineers with the ability to create developmental masterbatches and plaques.

The extensive knowledge our engineers possess combined with the versatility of our engineering lab allows us to minimize disruption to your current production process and improve your speed to market.

Analytical Chemistry Lab Services

Microban's analytical chemistry lab is one of the industry’s leading analytical antimicrobial test labs, utilizing state-of-the art analytical equipment to assist our polymer, ceramic and formulation chemists during the development process. Our chemists administer thorough testing and additive level comparisons in order to guarantee ideal antimicrobial integration.

When performing an analytical antimicrobial test, our chemists begin by extracting antimicrobial additives from your product samples in our analytical labs. We utilize high temperatures and pressures during a process called microwave extraction. Various analytical lab tools then analyze your product sample in order to quantify levels of present antimicrobial additives. Machines such as the High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC), Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (LCMS), Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GCMS) and Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AA) are valuable pieces to every product’s quantifiable additive puzzle.

After determining your sample’s antimicrobial loading level, our chemists compare the results to the target loading level, benchmarking it against the microbiology efficacy results. Evaluating these types of analytical and antimicrobial test results verify the optimized loading levels for any given application.

No matter the material type, Microban's analytical chemistry lab will help you develop a high performing antimicrobial product that addresses the needs of your customers.

Textiles & Formulations Lab Services

Microban's textiles & formulations lab ensures satisfactory, compatible solutions for your fabrics, application methods and other textile auxiliaries. Testing processes evaluate textile materials such as polyester, nylon, cotton, rayon, cotton/polyester blends, acrylic and natural fibers for a stronger approach to inhibiting product deterioration. Our textile chemists have a comprehensive knowledge of fiber production, textile dyeing and finishing, formulation of spin finishes and textile auxiliaries.

Our on-site development tools enable us to simulate the application of antimicrobials to textiles via pad exhaust and spray methods. And our lab-scale drying equipment allows fabric treatments to be cured under precisely controlled conditions, measuring both on-fabric temperatures and dwell times during the process. Our textile chemists’ in-depth knowledge and our on-site analytical and development tools allow us to improve your speed to market timeline, creating minimal disruption to your current production process.

Whether your customers are searching for odor-resistant clothing and footwear or mildew resistant towels, our textiles & formulations lab can help you create cleaner and fresher products that meet your production goals.