Material & product testing services can offer valuable insights into the nature and levels of odour released from a variety of consumer and material goods.
Bespoke testing programmes using a standardised set of techniques enable the sensory experience associated with a product to be assessed in both a subjective and objective manner.
Subjective testing methods utilise panels of certified human assessors to measure the perceived level and character of odour emitted in a set of controlled test conditions. Recognised techniques include ISO 16000 – part 30 “sensory testing of indoor air“.
Objective testing methods utilise molecular analysis techniques to identify and quantify the specific compounds present. This approach assists research and development teams to understand the reasons behind any potential odour issues.
Both approaches can be used to help organisations trial a variety of potential solutions which can lead to product optimisation, product certification and an improved consumer experience.
Typical applications of product testing programmes include:
- Evaluation of the odours released from the interior trim of road vehicles in accordance with ISO 12219-7
- Molecular profiling of the VOC compounds released from various building material products in accordance with ISO 16000 – PART 6.
- Odour emissions testing and molecular profiling of plastic products
- Odour reduction assessments of odour abatement and purifying products & detergent products
Bespoke assessments of consumer goods can be separated into two distinct areas:
- Part 1: The assessment of adverse or pleasant odours released from various products such as paints or fragrances
- Part 2: Determination of how effectively a product contains or neutralises potentially adverse odours such nappy bins, Incontinence products or anti-perspirants.