Advanced Analytical Techniques

Our advanced analytical techniques aid us in completing in-depth analyses such as contamination analysis, material characterization and properties, counterfeit detection, failure analysis and more.

Trace is a world-renowned failure analysis lab with expertise in chemical, electrical, mechanical and physical failure modes across numerous industries.

Advanced Analytical Techniques – Most Common Requests Example Test Methods
Acoustical Testing  
Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) ASTM E1613
Decapsulation Component Verification Testing
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Glass Transition Temperature IPC-TM-650, Method 2.4.25, ASTM E1356
Dynamic X-Ray (2D X-Ray) Component Verification Testing, Opens and Shorts, Product Failure Analysis, Internal Inspection, Non-Destructive Analysis (NDA), IPC-TM-650 Method 2.6.10
Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS)
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) IPC-TM-650, Method 2.3.38, 2.3.39, IPC-CC-830
Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS) CPSC-CH-C1001-09.3
Illumination Testing  
Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy/ Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP/OES) ASTM E1613
Ion Chromatography (IC) IPC-TM-650, Method 2.3.28,, Delphi-Q-1000-119, Delphi-Q-1000-127
Microwave Digestion CPSC
Scanning Acoustic Microscopy (CSAM) PCB Delamination Analysis
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) IPC-TM-650 Method 2.6.22
Thermal Conductivity ASTM C518, ASTM E1530
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) ASTM D3850
Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA) Glass Transition Temperature, Time to Delamination, Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, IPC-TM-650, Method 2.4.24,,,, ASTM E831
X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) ASTM B0568