Impact Offers Flame Extension Testing

Impact Analytical announced today the addition of flame extension/flashback testing of aerosol cans to its suite of diagnostic capabilities. The flame testing is an important step for aerosol manufacturers seeking federal approval for their products.

"There aren't many analytical labs that can flame-test against both U.S. and Canadian standards," said Eric Hill, Business Marketing Manager for Impact Analytical. "We are now able to offer that service to customers, along with our standard guarantee of accurate, safe results."

Federal guidelines specify tests must involve the measurement of any flame produced when an aerosol product is sprayed into it, Hill said. Those measured results are used to classify the products as “non-flammable”, “flammable” or “very flammable”, a requirement for all aerosol products marketed in the US & Canada. 

"Our state-of-the-art, custom-built test stand allows for the accurate and safe testing of aerosol cans of all shapes and sizes," he added. "The testing is done inside a stainless steel-lined hood, through the use of air-operated actuator. This allows our analysts the ability to safely observe the test from outside the hood, while also producing repeatable discharges of each sample."

Hill said interested parties can contact Impact at 989.832.5555 or visit the company's website at


For more than 25 years, Impact Analytical, a division of Michigan Molecular Institute, has provided extensive problem-solving capabilities, detailed analysis and method development to customers in manufacturing and academia. The company’s experienced technical personnel also help customers implement quality control programs, certify suppliers and characterize unknown materials. With considerable resources in polymer science, Impact Analytical maintains resident expertise in process engineering, packaging and physical properties testing. The laboratory is registered under cGLP/GMP and ISO 9001:2000 standards.

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