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Optical Microscopy Facility


Identification and optical characterization of particles and fibers of mineral, biological, or synthetic origin in dust, soil, sand, and all types of raw materials and manufactured products.

Particle size analysis and counting of particulate contamination in hydraulic and lubricating fluids, fuels, air, water.

Measurement of coating thickness, grain, size, small parts, etc.

Asbestos detection in insulation and fireproofing materials, plasters, acoustical ceilings, etc.  EPA required technique for building materials in schools.

Refractive index determination of glass and other small particles using oil immersion techniques.

Asbestos fiber counting of air samples using membrane filters.  NIOSH required technique for workplace exposure monitoring.
































































































































  EMS LABORATORIES / 117 W. Bellevue Dr. / Pasadena, CA  91105-2503 / (626) 568-4065 / (800) 675-5777 / Fax (626) 796-5282