Mocon and Inspection Systems, based in Melbourne, will establish the lab for permeation, seal strength and leak detection testing for food and pharmaceutical packaging.
Inspection Systems, which also has a presence in New Zealand, has created a IS Laboratories to support the partnership.
IS Laboratories becomes the first Mocon-certified test facility in Australia and the eighth Mocon-certified lab in the world.
It will give firms the chance to demo instrumentation in a geographically-convenient location before committing to a purchase, said IS Laboratories.
Capabilities include: oxygen, water vapour and carbon dioxide permeation testing; burst and pressure strength testing, and pressure decay.
The Mocon-certified laboratory network targets a range of companies ranging from multinational corporations, which benefit from a local facility capable of duplicating testing protocols, to smaller firms which may only have need for a few validation tests per year, explained the firm.
“Up until now, companies in this part of the world who did not have access to Mocon instrumentation in their own facilities would either have to send their products to other countries for testing or attempt to find a small laboratory which typically has limited capability,” said Brad Grubb, director, Inspection Systems.
Mocon said it has been pursuing strategic laboratory partnerships in key manufacturing regions around the world to offer permeation testing services at laboratories which have been certified by the company.
Certification means that the instrumentation has been installed, inspected and is maintained by a Mocon-factory authorized service technician and that the laboratory staff have been trained on Mocon corporate test lab methods/protocols and record keeping.
“MOCON certification assures that companies using any one of these facilities will get the same level of service and quality they would find at any other MOCON-certified location anywhere in the world,” said Alan Shema, product manager for consulting and testing services, MOCON.
“This is ideal for multinational companies which can now be assured that their materials or packages are tested using identical standards and protocols on four different continents.”