For both raw materials and finished goods, we offer a secure and independent government-to-government materials testing lab, including both consulting and research & development (R&D) services.

Scientific Testing

GPO materials testing extends to scientific product quality testing of raw and formulated materials of composition beyond paper. These include durability testing, materials of composition testing, and testing for conformance to product manufacturing specifications.

Scientific tests include:

  • Infra-red spectroscopy
  • Gas chromatography
  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy
  • Flash point
  • Microscopy
  • Liquid chromatography
  • and others by request

Paper Testing

We offer extensive paper testing capabilities to ensure papers meet Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) paper specifications, provide objective test results confirming printed stocks match procurement specifications, and match paper characteristics intended for end use applications.

Paper tests include:

  • Smoothness
  • Thickness (caliper)
  • Basis weight
  • Brightness
  • Color
  • Opacity
  • Gloss
  • Burst
  • Tear
  • Tensile strength
  • Folding characteristics

Consulting and Research & Development (R&D) Services

Consulting work is focused on providing guidance in the development of measurable contract specifications designed to meet your desired end result using scientifically testable materials specifications. R&D includes devising innovative testing methods for materials authentication and exploring alternative materials options.

To learn more, contact a GPO National Account Manager at 202.512.1904 or nam@gpo.gov.

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