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Why Outsource Your Sample Testing

August 25, 2020

Anyone working in research and development knows the immense amount of preparation, expertise, time and labor that is put into formulation and development of products. Material characterization is complex and we know it! So complex in fact, there is an entire group of people dedicated to material characterization (Rheologists!). As companies are adapting to a more open lab style, we find that while there are benefits to having science accessible to everyone at their fingertips. However, with the open labs, there are also negative impacts, such as a lack of expertise. 


This lack of expertise is why many companies have started outsourcing their sample testing and research to third parties, such as RheoSense, or Contract Research Organizations. We know that having the right materials and equipment to test  is only half of the equation. The expertise of your laboratory team can be what takes your research to the next level - or what holds you back. 

Why outsource your sample testing?

  • Access to world-class expertise Rheologists who are trained and specialized in understanding how materials behave
  • Access to world-class equipment without purchase cost 
  • Reduce overhead and operating costs 
  • Still get accurate viscosity data with a small team!

RheoSense does more than provide world-class, small sample viscometers, we take time to listen to our customers and find out what they really need. Oftentimes in our discussions with customers looking to upgrade their equipment, we learn key parameters - such as that viscosity - isn't being measured, is measured but incorrectly, or aren’t being used to their full potential even with accurate viscosity data. 

Absolute viscosity is one of the most important parameters in the development and modeling of applications that involve fluid flow. Therefore, proper characterization of viscosity must be carried out at a shear rate that is relevant to the specific process. We know it takes not only the right equipment to measure absolute viscosity, but also the right expertise to apply these measurements for your material characterizations

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While we focus on viscosity as the key parameter we measure, you can use such data for additional in-depth benefits such as: 

  • Viscosity as a function of shear rate (characterization of Newtonian or non-Newtonian) 
  • Viscosity as a function of temperature 
  • Storage behavior 
  • Sample stability (over time, temperature, shear, etc) 
  • Intrinsic viscosity 
  • Injectability with proteins
  • And much more!

We understand clients cannot always move forward with the purchase of the equipment they may need for their research due to potential limitations of budget, manpower, and also time. With this in mind, we have expanded our product line to also include sample testing as a service! 

What is included in RheoSense sample testing? 

We focus on viscosity measurements, meaning we provide precise and accurate viscosity measurements using minimal sample volume. You not only get true or absolute viscosity, but also intrinsic viscosity and extensional viscosity measurements! With our automated viscometer, VROC initium one plus, you can even expand your testing to unlimited sample retrieval and also ultimate sample recovery.

Intrinsic viscosity measurementsextensional viscosity measurements

Why work with RheoSense

  • We require the smallest sample volume when it comes to working with our VROC initium one plus
  • Recover your sample - we know your sample is precious, why not get it back for additional use or testing? 
  • Our accredited rheology team doesn’t beat around the bush, they get straight into material characterization and will take it a step further and help you understand the specific characteristics of your sample and how to expand with it 

Interested in learning more? Check out our sample testing page.

Interested in working with us? Contact us


Written by: Grace Baek, RheoSense Operations Manager

Contract Research Organization

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