FAQ's

What kind of forensics is this?
We like to call what we do Industrial Forensics. Our Failure Analysis page can describe our investigation capabilities in detail.

What kind of materials can be tested?
Aggregate, ANY kind of metal, Plastics, Polymers, Coatings, Carbon Fiber, and more! Other items we are capable of testing include unidentified material (FOD), corrosion scale and other miscellaneous contamination. See Services for more information.

What kind of results should I expect?
Your results will be emailed to you in PDF format. There are two ways to receive your information: Raw data or a Report. Raw data may be spectra direct from the instrument such as images or numbers. Or you may request your data be compiled into a report, which may include images, spectra, and a written explanation of what you are looking at.

What size should my sample be?
This is entirely variable based on your testing needs. Please call or email Omar, contact info at the bottom of this page or at Contact Us.

Can I witness the testing?
Yes! Make an appointment with Omar, bring in your sample and observe. This can be helpful if you have questions that will change as the testing progresses.

How do I get started?
If you know what size or part of sample to send in, ship your sample to us. If you don't know, contact Omar first to find out. If you want to witness your testing, make an appointment and bring your sample in with you.

How long until I see results?
Usually about one to two weeks. This is entirely variable based on your material and the kind of testing required. Complicated investigations may take a month or more. If you are in a hurry, most work can be expedited for a fee. It is best to include your timeline when communicating with Omar, so that we can meet your needs.

What are the limitations of the results?
We are limited by how much information we get about your sample and by the sample itself. It is essential that you provide as much information as possible. If your sample requires a forensic investigation, be sure to identify all areas in question. It adds many hours when we aren't sure which part of your sample needs work. If our lab capabilities are insufficient for your needs, we have a network of labs we work with, and a long list of referrals available to you.

Thank you for your interest in our laboratory!  We look forward to working with new and returning clients. Bring us your defects, your unknown materials and your problems that need solving!

Don't see your question? Email Molly to have it added to the page: molly@simonforensic.com