Metallurgical, Environmental, Petrochemical, Food and Microbiology Laboratories

Important News Regarding Online Service Availability
By: admin on September 10, 2013

As you know, Sherry is in the process of integrating with our parent company, Element. Beginning Friday, September 13 at 6 P.M. EST, we will be making improvements to our IT infrastructure, which will result in a temporary outage of our LIMS, web portals and email. We expect to be fully back online Monday, September 16 at 8 A.M. EST. It is still "business as usual" at Sherry, as all divisions of Sherry continue to operate as usual, with the same employees, point of contact, instruments and accreditations. As we continue to move forward with the integration process, it is our g...
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Sherry Passes EPA Testing Studies
By: Susan Conyers on September 6, 2013

Sherry Laboratories is pleased to announce that our Indiana environmental laboratories have successfully passed its EPA Discharge Monitoring Report – Quality Assurance (DMR-QA) proficiency testing studies. Major and selected minor permittees of wastewater discharges under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program are required to participate in the annual EPA DMR-QA study program. This study evaluates the analytical ability of the labs to produce reliable data.  When permittees subcontract routine NPDES testing to an external laboratory, the externa...
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Warsaw Food and Microbiology Laboratory Integrates Roka AtlasĀ® System
By: Lizzy Grubbs on August 26, 2013

Warsaw, Ind. –Sherry Laboratories’ Food and Microbiology laboratory proves a commitment to development and adaption of cutting-edge technology through the integration of the Atlas® System, an instrument used in testing food safety. Atlas is a fully automated system used for detecting pathogens in food and environmental samples that increases speed, accuracy and efficiency. The innovative system boasts a 24-hour reduction in turn-around time through a three-step procedure of; Enrich, Transfer and Automate. This system will allow our labs to quickly and more accurately detect ...
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Metals Chemistry Lab Adds Specialized Capabilities
By: Admin on July 23, 2013

Sherry Laboratories’ metals chemistry department in Daleville, Ind. has added specialized testing capabilities for chemical analysis including the ability to analyze smaller sample sizes of low and high Iron alloys as well as testing yttrium in titanium-base alloys via Ark-Spark OES method. “Our team of experts is continuously evaluating the services we offer and working to improve our ability to deliver accurate results as efficiently and quickly as possible,” said Jennifer Tret, Vice President of Materials Testing. “As with all of the highly technical services we ...
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Materials Laboratory Adds Significant Capabilities to Nadcap Materials Testing Scope
By: admin on July 9, 2013

Sherry Laboratories’ materials testing laboratory in Daleville, Ind. has added High Cycle Fatigue Testing, Low Cycle Fatigue Testing, Fracture Toughness and Low Stress Grinding/Polishing to its Nadcap Materials Testing Scope of Accreditation. Nadcap accreditation is critical to many of Sherry Laboratories’ aerospace customers throughout the supply chain. “We’re working diligently to create a portfolio of services that is in perfect harmony with the needs of our diverse portfolio of clients,” said Jennifer Tret, Vice President of Materials Testing. “As wi...
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Flow Down Impact on Nadcap Testing of Forged Parts
By: Admin on April 4, 2013

Flow down is the term applied to the process by which product specifications agreed to by a supplier are communicated to any and all additional subcontractors used in manufacturing, treating or testing a product or component. More than just a phrase or concept, flow down is a tool that helps forge shops ensure they receive maximum value from their testing partner. What is the cost of a late laboratory report? If you depend on a laboratory to deliver test reports in order for you to ship product to your customer, here’s some helpful news. Aerospace forging manufacturers can gr...
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Indiana Materials Testing Laboratory Earns Nadcap Merit Status
By: Admin on April 2, 2013

Sherry Laboratories’ materials testing laboratory in Daleville, Ind. has earned renewal of Nadcap accreditation with Merit status. Nadcap accreditation is critical to many of Sherry Laboratories’ aerospace customers throughout the supply chain. This renewal extends accreditation through April 30, 2015, and approves the Indiana laboratory to perform tests on metallic specimens including chemistry, mechanical testing, metallography, microhardness, hardness, corrosion, and weld testing. As a result of the materials laboratory’s most recent Nadcap audit, the lab added accre...
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Sherry Laboratories to join Element Materials Technology
By: Admin on March 28, 2013

Sherry Laboratories has today joined forces with Element Materials Technology to form the largest independent materials testing business operating in the USA today. Since our formation 66 years ago, Sherry Laboratories has grown to become one of the leading companies in third-party metallurgical, non-metallic, environmental, air/emissions, food/microbiological and hydrocarbon and specialty gases testing across an incredibly diverse range of industry sectors. During that time we have made many changes within our business to enable us grow with our customers and to enhance the services we...
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Nonmetallic Case: Rubber O-Ring Failure
By: admin on February 25, 2013

This blog post is part of our Nonmetallic Laboratory Cases collection, which examines unique challenges our nonmetallic experts helped clients overcome. A manufacturer utilizing rubber o-rings in a hydraulic application was finding leaking fittings in returned product. O-rings were removed from the fittings and submitted to Sherry Laboratories for testing. New o-rings from the same batch were also submitted.  The samples were visually inspected and tested for Chemistry, Durometer Hardness, Tensile Strength, and Elongation. Results indicated the correct rubber polymer type was bei...
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Failure Analysis: Excessive Tensile Loading Can Result in Necking, Thread Spreading and Ductile Overload Failure
By: Admin on January 31, 2013

Fastener Failure Analysis, Case Study: Excessive Tensile Loading Can Result in Necking, Thread Spreading and Ductile Overload Failure was published in the October/November 2012 publication of Fastener Technology International. Today we will look at a case in which bolts were submitted for failure analysis by a Middle Eastern oilfield equipment manufacturer. The bolts were manufactured in the United States. Two fractured hex-head, 5/16” x 24; UNF-2 Bolts were submitted for metallurgical failure analysis along with one “New” bolt for comparison. The fractured bolt...
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LDEQ Certified BTEX in Natural Gas - GPA Method 2286 Now Available
By: Admin on January 29, 2013

BTEX in Natural Gas Testing in Louisiana Sherry Laboratories in Scott, La. is pleased to announce that we have received LDEQ certification for the BTEX method in natural gas, or GPA Method 2286. LDEQ accreditation enables us to meet more of our Louisiana customers' testing requirements, eliminating the need to send this emission test out of Louisiana. BTEX method in natural gas, or GPA Method 2286, is used to report emissions results for BTEX parameters in a natural gas matrix for emissions calculations and regulatory reporting purposes. Contact us at 337.232.3568 or complete this inform...
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Plastics Industry: Laboratory Services Important for Quality, R&D, and Safety
By: Chad Jones, Manager of Nonmetallic Testing on January 9, 2013

A quick glance around and one can find a widening variety of plastic products in both consumer and industrial applications. This increase in the use of plastic materials is partly enabled by advances in material science and technology, and partly enabled by the continuing need for cost and weight reduction. New applications, and in some cases new materials, can benefit from the evaluations and analysis offered through commercial laboratories. Innovations in plastic materials and additives are allowing for new and exciting applications. Take for instance the work being done to introduce n...
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Maximizing Value from your Testing Laboratory
By: Admin on December 28, 2012

Now that you have selected a lab partner, it is important to learn how to make the most of what you receive from them on an ongoing basis. Here we will examine the process to prove how simple it is to increase that value by building a collaborative relationship. Partnering is a fundamental shift in the way value is created. The shift is from value that resides in the product or service to value that is created for both parties through the experience of the buyer interacting with the seller. The idea is to move from the traditional buyer-seller relationship to one of mutual co...
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Indiana Metallurgical Lab Earns GE S-400 Approval for Creep Testing
By: Susan Conyers on December 19, 2012

Sherry Laboratories’ Nadcap-accredited metallurgical testing laboratory in Daleville, Ind., has earned General Electric Aviation GE S-400 accreditation for creep testing. The addition of creep testing to Sherry Laboratories’ current GE S-400 approval improves Sherry Laboratories’ ability to serve aerospace customers throughout the supply chain. “We are pleased to announce our approval of GE S-400 creep testing to the extensive list of approved testing we perform for aerospace end users,” said Jennifer Tret, Vice President of Materials Testing. “This achi...
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FSIS Poultry Product HACCP Plan Updates
By: Admin on December 11, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on December 5, 2012 new requirements for producers of raw ground chicken and turkey as well as similar poultry products. These producers will be required to reassess their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans in the next 90 days. The companies’ HACCP reassessments must evaluate whether their HACCP plans adequately address biological hazards, particularly Salmonella. After the 90 day period, the FSIS will begin conducting a checklist survey in chicken and turkey slaughte...
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Nonmetallic Case: Food Manufacturing Contamination
By: Admin on December 10, 2012

This blog post is part of our Nonmetallic Laboratory Cases collection, which examines unique challenges our nonmetallic experts helped clients overcome. Inspectors at a food manufacturer were periodically finding small green particles in a food product. The appearance of the particles was random, and raised significant quality and safety concerns. The customer requested Sherry Laboratories analyze the particles on an expedited basis. The contamination was analyzed using FTIR spectroscopy and determined to be polyurethane. After discussing this with the customer it was learned t...
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Nonmetallic Case: Discolored Area in Plastic Pump Housing
By: Admin on November 8, 2012

This blog post is part of our Nonmetallic Laboratory Cases collection, which examines unique challenges our nonmetallic experts helped clients overcome. A manufacturer of specialty water pumps was finding dark discolored areas in areas of their polyacetal housings. Chemists at Sherry Laboratories tested both the good and bad areas of a part using FTIR spectroscopy and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). The spectrum and thermal analysis result revealed that the discolored area was polyacetal but yet differed slightly in chemistry and thermal behavior. It was suspected that...
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Do you have challenges with reliability, warranty returns, R&D, quality issues or failures?
By: admin on November 1, 2012

If so, we're here to help. As independent, third-party materials laboratories accredited to ISO 17025 by A2LA, Sherry Laboratories' metallurgical labs and nonmetallic lab provides legally defensible technical support to your engineering and quality programs. In addition to your production testing needs, our laboratories also serve as a trusted source for manufacturers and technical centers in their problems-solving and investigative projects. Learn more about services we provide to clients in the automotive industry.

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Vapor Intrusion Updates: Are You Prepared?
By: Admin on October 10, 2012

Vapor Intrusion is a potential pathway for human exposure to subsurface contamination.  Vapor intrusion occurs when volatile compounds migrate from contaminated groundwater or soil into the indoor air of an overlying or nearby building.  Vapor intrusion can result in human exposure to VOC compounds and other compounds which can pose a risk to human health.  In November of 2002 the EPA released a guidance document which gives options on how to mitigate risk to vapor intrusion. Since that guidance document was written, a better understanding of VOC migration and improvements t...
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Nonmetallic Case: Adhesive Bonding Failure on Metal Part
By: Admin on October 9, 2012

An assembly plant processing parts for the petrochemical industry was having difficulty getting any epoxy glue to bond two metal pieces. The problem seemed isolated to a specific batch of parts which had been received from a supplier. A random selection of 5 unglued parts was submitted to Sherry Laboratories for testing. Our chemist used a solvent to rinse the parts in order to collect any surface residue. The collected residue, after evaporation of the solvent, was tested by FTIR spectroscopy. The resulting spectrum was consistent with a mixture of aliphatic hydrocarbon oil and silicone. F...
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GLP Compliant Bioassay and Biodegredation Testing Services Now Available
By: Admin on October 4, 2012

Sherry Laboratories’ bioassay testing laboratory, is pleased to announce the expansion of capabilities to include GLP compliant testing services. Many companies involved in the manufacture and/or research and development of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and insecticides require GLP compliant testing to assist with research and EPA product registration. “Our bioassay laboratory is pleased to offer an assortment of GLP compliant aquatic toxicity and biodegradation testing services, which will cover most disciplines, including salt and fresh water applications. We recog...
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Fastener Failure Analysis: Preventable Fatigue Failure
By: Admin on October 2, 2012

Fastener Failure Analysis, Case Study: Fully Preventable Fatigue Failure was published in the August/September 2012 publication of Fastener Technology International. One of the most frequently seen fastener failures we are asked to analyze involved in fully preventable fatigue failure. Today we will review just such a case. Six fractured, 1/2 inch diameter x 5 inch long bolts were received for metallurgical failure analysis. The bolts were used in a clamping device to clamp the ends of a flexible vertical conveyor belt. The fractured bolts had been in service for less than three mont...
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Materials Lab Launches A2LA-Accredited Fatigue Testing
By: Susan Conyers on September 6, 2012

Sherry Laboratories’ metallurgical testing laboratory in Daleville, Ind., is pleased to announce the launch of a fatigue testing lab, which expands the company’s service offering to customers in the aerospace, defense, automotive, fastener, metal manufacturing and oil and gas industries. Companies perform fatigue testing, also called cyclic or dynamic testing, for a multitude of reasons, including product reliability, product liability, process change, material change, performance, research and development. “We’re working extremely hard to create a portfolio of serv...
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Testing for Aerospace Composites Industry
By: Susan Conyers on September 5, 2012

Our A2LA-accredited, Boeing, and Hawker Beechcraft-approved nonmetallic laboratory is highly experienced in receiving inspection and materials recertification testing of adhesives, resins, and prepreg for the composite industry. Our selection of analytical and mechanical testing services for composites is designed to get you the results you need fast for moving forward on production activities. Included among the testing services our nonmetallic lab offers for the aerospace composites industry are gel time, resin flow, resin content, and a variety of strength tests. Read more details about...
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Weld Testing per ASME Code
By: Admin on August 13, 2012

In addition to being one of the few labs in the U.S. to accept oversized test blocks, plates and large diameter weld tubes, our Tulsa metropolitan area metallurgical laboratory is an A2LA-accredited laboratory experienced in weld testing, PED/CWB testing and root cause failure analysis. Our materials laboratories are well-known for industry-leading turn-time and on-time delivery commitments, as well as unmatched customer service. Read more detailed information about how we can help the pressure vessel industry. We welcome the opportunity to provide you a quote for our services or discuss h...
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