Underlining its commitment to provide the most sensitive possible testing and analysis service to its clients, Materials Analysis expert CSMA has invested half a million pounds in a new Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometers (TOF SIMS). This new technology will be used by CSMA's team of specialist surface scientists in surface characterisation and trouble shooting for a wide range of industries, including; pharmaceuticals, packaging, food, housewares. It will also help ensure that CSMA, which is part of CERAM, retains its world leading position in this area of technology.
CSMA already has many of the world's blue chip pharmaceutical, medical device, semiconductor and automotive and aerospace companies as its clients, and is now enjoying a period of development and expansion. This is being driven by the demands of its clients to perform ever more technologically demanding applications, looking at new product developments as well as technological support for patent claims.
The company has been involved in assisting developments in a broad range of applications from innovative drug encapsulations, cardiovascular stents, orthopaedic implants, laser surface cleaning studies for aerospace, proteins on surgical instruments etc.
CSMA now has North America in its sights as the next target for expansion, and it has a plan to set up a characterisation service in the USA during 2005. This will supplement the work that is already being secured through partner laboratories in the Far East.
The technology is not confined to large high tech companies however, as, through its parent company CERAM, CSMA is able to offer its services to many smaller companies with support from local agencies such as Advantage West Midlands.
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