Product Failure and Analysis

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In an effort to support insurance, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to these types of losses, our team of qualified, licensed professionals perform thorough, scientific failure analysis on a wide variety of products and equipment. We routinely examine appliances, plumbing components, tools, mechanical equipment, electrical parts and other system elements to determine if they failed, the cause of the failure and whether their failure could have led to significant property damage.

For smaller components, we have developed portable “Evidence Kits” designed to assist the client in collecting, recording, packaging, labeling and shipping the pieces to the nearest EFI Global office for analysis. For larger parts or equipment, we can arrange for pick-up and delivery of the item and can also securely store them as evidence following the examination and reporting.

Feel free to request an EFI Global Evidence Kit.

Laboratory Services

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EFI offers a wide range of chemical, microbial, materials and metallurgical laboratory analyses utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. Our technical laboratories are strategically located across the United States to service the needs of our clients.

Staffed with degreed and experienced professionals who are chemists, microbiologists, metallurgist and mechanical/materials engineers, our laboratories provide a variety of tests to support fire investigations, indoor air quality (IAQ) assessments, mold evaluations, failure analysis, and material composition. We provide the highest quality analysis, rapid turnaround times and consulting expertise to assist our clients with their project needs.

Our chemical laboratories specialize in fire debris analysis to include ignitable liquid residue, spontaneous heating, fuel contamination, and combustion by-product testing. Our microbiological services focus on testing of fungal and bacterial growth in indoor environments and water.

For mechanical, electrical, metallurgical/materials engineering needs, EFI utilizes special laboratory equipment to include a scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and a digital x-ray machine. Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is used to obtain an infrared spectrum of absorption or emission of a solid, liquid or gas to determine its composition.

Our laboratory analytical tools assist with failure analysis to identify whether failures are caused by design deficiencies, material defects, manufacturing defects or anomalies in the service life. Specific examples of our services and applications provide the analysis of corrosion, castings, forgings, coatings and surface treatments, fractures, hardness tests, metallography and microstructural aspects, polymers, organic solids and welds.

Results obtained from our laboratories support scientific analysis of cause and origin, environmental compliance, subrogation and litigation assistance. Contact us today to learn how EFI can meet your laboratory testing and analysis needs.

Transportation Forensic Services

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Our experts are able to conduct field investigations, consult and provide expert testimony in biomechanical analysis, collision reconstruction and vehicle failure analysis.

Our collision investigation and reconstruction experts possess unmatched experience, education and training in the field of transportation collision analysis.

Our transportation forensic services include:

  • Accident Investigation
  • Collision Reconstruction
  • Vehicle and Component Failure Analysis
  • Electronic Data Retrieval
  • Biomechanical Analysis