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IPS Testing Becomes First Independent Lab to Offer ISO Accredited Full Flushability Testing Services
Friday, March 28, 2014

Serving multiple industries across the United States and internationally as an independent testing laboratory, IPS Testing announced today its achievement of ISO 17025 Accreditation for its flushability testing services. 

The coveted accreditation comes on the heels of IPS Testing’s notable status as the first independent lab in the U.S. and North America to offer all seven industry-initiated testing standards as outlined under the recently streamlined and updated Flushability Guidelines. These guidelines have been set forth by the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) and its European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) affiliate.

 “The industry gold standard is ISO certification and IPS Testing is proud to be recognized as an industry leader for providing full flushability testing services to wipes product manufacturers,” said Chris Reitmeyer, IPS vice president. “While some companies complete their own internal product testing, no other lab in the world besides IPS has been certified by an independent third party and granted this ISO accreditation.”

With the end goal of determining which wipes are truly flushable, IPS Testing runs products through a series of custom-designed testing stations on behalf of manufacturers. The stations are part of the company’s new state-of-the-art laboratory addition, which simulates the real-life flushing scenario from toilet bowl to drain-line through disintegration.  The seven flushability tests include assessments related to drain-line clearance, disintegration, settling and household/municipal sewage pumps.  IPS is the only independent laboratory in North America that does all seven tests, including the municipal sewage pump test, Reitmeyer noted.

IPS’ ISO accreditation comes as the nonwovens industry works together proactively to educate the public through new protocols. These protocols highlight which wipes are intended to be flushed and which are not in the hopes of eliminating future clogging problems, according to Reitmeyer. “With these new protocols in place, the intent is to determine which wipes will properly pass through the waste and sewer systems and better educate consumers through a universal labeling system,” he said.

Based on a Code of Practice directive within INDA’s Flushability Guidelines, if a product fails any test within the seven-step series, it will immediately be deemed un-flushable and require standard “Do Not Flush” labeling.

IPS Testing is unique in that it will open its flushability lab and equipment to clients for product development purposes. “If a wipe doesn’t meet the guidelines during testing, our scientists will meet with the client to provide thorough explanation and work through the problem areas discovered,” Reitmeyer said.

Because wipes products have often been misrepresented as the source of the problem for waste and sewer system clogging, full flushability testing is essential in eliminating any question marks, according to Reitmeyer. 

 “As the flushable wipes market continues its rapid growth, our goal is to offer manufacturers accurate test results at the most economical cost,” Reitmeyer said.

Reitmeyer also noted that wipe products that meet the protocol outlined by INDA and EDANA are able to adequately break down through the flushing process. Usually products such as diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, hand towels, feminine care items and other materials are not.  It’s these non-flushable items that have proven to be the bulk of what is discovered when evaluating clog masses, he said.

Kyra Dorsey, chair of the INDA Flushability Task Force, agreed, adding, “A study of municipal waste water systems shows that over 90% of the material found in clogs consists of articles that were never intended to be flushed. This issue can only be addressed by educating the consumer.  The nonwovens industry is taking a hands-on approach in doing so by testing and appropriately labeling products.”

“At this point, testing is voluntary,” Reitmeyer said.  “Manufacturers are on board with it and want to do the right and responsible thing by ensuring their wipe products meet all flushability standards.”

IPS Testing serves as an independent testing laboratory for many industries including paper, pulp and print materials; nonwovens; medical supplies; personal care and absorbent products; food packaging; and allied industries. IPS Testing combines physical and analytical testing along with interpretive data analysis to offer clients testing services that help improve and ensure the quality of their products. For more information, contact Chris Reitmeyer at 920-609-1024, or visit www.ipstesting.com.

 

IPS Testing Issues New Price List
Thursday, January 16, 2014

IPS Testing has issued its expanded 2014 Price List.  You can get a copy by clicking the "Request Price List" tab at the top of your screen and completing the form.

 

IPS Testing Becomes the First Lab in North America to Perform New Flushability Protocol
Monday, November 18, 2013

Recently expanding to add a new, state-of-the art simulation lab, Wisconsin-based IPS Testing is currently the only independent testing laboratory in the United States and North America set up to perform the full series of flushability testing. 

The Midwest company serves multiple industries internationally with a full array of paper and pulp, personal care and non-woven testing, and is now equipped to test wipe products according to industry standards. 

IPS Testing will administer all seven of the tests outlined within the Flushability Guidelines on behalf of manufacturers and suppliers. These standards were first established – and recently revised – by the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) and its European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) affiliate. 

With the end goal of determining which wipes are truly flushable, products will go through custom-designed testing stations that simulate the real-life flushing scenario from toilet bowl to drain-line and through disintegration. Some of the assessments include drain-line clearance, settling and household/municipal sewage pumps. 

Chris Reitmeyer, IPS vice president, explained that the nonwovens industry is working together proactively to educate the public about which wipes are meant to be flushed and which are not in hopes of eliminating future clogging issues. “With these new protocols in place, the intent is to determine which wipes will properly pass through the waste and sewer systems and better educate consumers through a universal labeling system,” he said. 

If a product fails any test within the seven-step series, it is deemed un-flushable based on a Code of Practice directive within INDA’s Flushability Guidelines and will require standard “Do Not Flush” labeling

The flushable wipes industry has experienced significant growth in recent years and Reitmeyer said its products have often been misrepresented as the source of the problem for waste and sewer system clogging. 

He also noted that wipe products that meet the protocol outlined by INDA and EDANA are able to adequately break down through the flushing process, while things like diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, hand towels, feminine care items and other materials are not. These non-flushable items are the bulk of what is discovered when evaluating clog masses. 

Kyra Dorsey, chair of the INDA Flushability Task Force, agreed, adding, "A study of municipal waste water systems shows that over 90% of the material found in clogs consists of articles that were never intended to be flushed.  This issue can only be addressed by educating the consumer.  The nonwovens industry is taking a hands-on approach in doing so by testing and appropriately labeling products." 

Reitmeyer added, "At this point, testing is voluntary. Manufacturers are on board with it and want to do the right and responsible thing by ensuring their wipe products meet all flushability standards."

A unique feature, IPS will open its flushability lab and equipment to clients for product development purposes.  "If a wipe doesn't meet the guidelines during testing, our lab technicians will meet with the client to provide explanation and work through the problem areas discovered," Reitmeyer said.

The company has completed equipment installations and validations and is now accepting work requests for flushability testing.

 

IPS Insights E-Newsletter Published
Friday, October 04, 2013

The latest IPS E-Newsletter (August 2013)  has been published. Learn about Odor Analysis and our new Flushability Analysis capabilities.

View the IPS E-Newsletter Archive to subscribe to our E-Newsletter and access information from past Newsletters.

 

Chris Reitmeyer, Vice President at IPS Testing, to present at Focal Point 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Chris Reitmeyer, Vice President at IPS Testing, is scheduled to present at Focal Point 2013: Frontiers in Packaging, Oct. 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Reitmeyer will team up with Paul Fowler, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST), to present “Evidencing marketing claims and differentiating product through recyclability, repulpability & compostability testing.”

Focal Point 2013 will target opportunities and challenges for the packaging and converting industries in the Midwest. The event will address manufacturing, converting, end-use, and regulatory concerns in flexible and rigid plastics, paper board and specialty paper. The conference should be of interest to any company that uses packaging in its operations.

IPS and WIST are certified by the Fibre Box Association to perform the Voluntary Standard for Repulping and Recycling Corrugated Fiberboard. In addition, WIST has developed a compostability testing protocol to evaluate materials to ASTM D6400 and D6868 standards. WIST and IPS partner to provide a range of services to the pulp and paper industry.

Focal Point 2013 will also feature presentations on latest developments in compostable packaging; an overview of recent regulations on packaging for food contact; extended producer responsibility; current developments in plastic packaging; and alternative end-of-life management options such as anaerobic digestion.

See all the conference details and register online early to save money at http://www.uwsp.edu/wist/Pages/FocalPoint/Index.aspx

 

 

IPS 2013 Fiber Analysis Course Announced
Monday, February 11, 2013

The 2013 Fiber Analysis Course has been announced for June 17-21st.

Click here to view course information and download a registration form.

 

IPS Insights E-Newsletter Published
Friday, January 04, 2013

The latest IPS E-Newsletter (January 2013)  has been published. Read about our food packaging and heavy metals analysis capabilities.

View the IPS E-Newsletter Archive to subscribe to our E-Newsletter and access information from past Newsletters.

 

IPS Expands Capabilities in Personal Care Products Testing
Thursday, December 27, 2012

IPS Testing Experts has added to its extensive list of test services for personal care and feminine care products with the addition of a syngyna test device used to evaluate tampons. The syngyna device is used to evaluate tampons for absorbency and compliance with CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 Section 801.430 Labeling for Menstrual Tampons.

 

IPS Testing Now a Member of INDA
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

 IPS Testing is proud to announce its membership with INDA.

As the leading global association of the nonwoven fabrics industry, INDA is the premier source for education, market leading data, global forecasts, testing standards, and trend reports which provides members the information to better plan and execute their business.

Learn more about INDA

 

IPS Testing to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for Building Expansion Friday, Nov. 2
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

IPS Testing, the Fox Cities-based independent physical and analytical testing laboratory, announced today its Nov. 2 groundbreaking plans for a 4,000 square-foot addition to its headquarters facility at 3211 E. Capitol Dr. in Appleton.

The project will get into full swing following Groundbreaking Ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, as key IPS principals cast the first shovels into the ground along with representatives of building owner and developer, Romenesko Developments, Inc.

According to Bruce Shafer, president of IPS Testing, the expansion comes in answer to the 60 percent increase in business that IPS has experienced over the last three years among its existing clients and a new customer base, along with company plans to expand into more testing areas, including product flushability and toy safety tests. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year, giving IPS 20 percent more physical testing and warehouse space.

Additional plans for the new space include a larger paper and pulp testing laboratory, a service that IPS has grown significantly in terms of multi-purpose testing, which includes tests for absorption, aging, brightness, color and repulpability.

The company will also enlarge its parking lot to better accommodate customers visiting the Appleton facility and its growing staff.

 

IPS Testing Experts Displaying at PackExpo 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012

The IPS Test Experts are displaying at booth N5755 at PackExpo.  This is the largest processing and packaging show in the world. It is being held in McCormick Place in Chicago.

IPS PackExpo Booth 2012

 

IPS Insights E-Newsletter Published
Thursday, October 25, 2012

The latest IPS E-Newsletter (October 2012)  has been published. Read about recent FTC Green Guidelines, and a Case Study involving a paper defect.

View the IPS E-Newsletter Archive to access information from past Newsletters.

 

IPS Testing Now ISO 17025 Accredited
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

IPS Testing is now ISO 17025 accredited for ICP analysis of heavy metals and GC-MS analysis of phthlates and adds toy testing to their list of services.

Bruce Shafer, the President of IPS gave the following background on why IPS sought ISO 17055 Accreditation.  “For years IPS has been providing analytical services to the paper, nonwovens, consumer products, and packaging industries.  Much of this work revolved around Research and Development and defect analysis.  We decided to pursue ISO accreditation when we saw a significant increase in requests pertaining to regulatory testing.  Industry is facing a number of regulatory requirements ranging from CONEG to Toy Safety as well as a significant amount of regulation pertaining to food packaging.  At first we were going to pursue ISO 9001 accreditation which is a general accreditation pertaining good quality management practices.  We then decided to pursue ISO 17025 accreditation which holds the additional responsibility to show proficiency with specific methods and equipment, which in our case includes heavy metals and organics analysis.” 

“As regulation continually increases, it has touched the paper industry in unforeseen ways.  Our traditional client base does not make toys, but they may make the stickers which are put on plastic toys.  These stickers need to be tested to assure that they are safe if a child were to remove and ingest them.”

“Aside from regulatory compliance testing, the addition of heavy metals and organics analytical services has allowed IPS to work with clients to monitor their process from raw materials to finished goods.  The testing of vendors or raw materials has become a significant part of our business as we have watched our clients move to global sourcing.”

 

 

New Price List Issued
Monday, April 30, 2012

Integrated Paper Services, Inc. (IPS), the Appleton based independent testing laboratory, has released a new price list for 2012. IPS has added a number of new service offerings including: Heavy Metals analysis by ICP; Semi-volatiles and volatiles analysis by GCMS.  Additionally, a wider range of nonwovens testing is now being offered including Flushability Testing.  Other regulatory and product stewardship services are also listed.

 

 

IPS Testing Approved to Certify Recyclable Wax Alternatives in the Corrugated Paper Industy
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

IPS Testing has received approval from the Corrugated Packaging Alliance to perform testing protocol within the Voluntary Standard for Repulping and Recycling Corrugated Fiberboard. This authorization comes after successful audits of the IPS testing lab facilities and the pulping and papermaking plant of its subcontractor partner, the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point’s Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST).

The Voluntary Standard testing protocol will be followed by IPS when certifying the repulpability and recyclability of wax alternatives for corrugated products that have been treated to improve performance when water and water vapor are present.

A recent study shows the use of recyclable wax alternatives for packaging is on the rise with a 30 percent increase in 2010. As of July 2011, 38 wax alternatives have been registered with the Fibre Box Association (FBA) after passing certification testing.

IPS and WIST join three other testing laboratories in the North American paper industry that have received approval to perform the Voluntary Standard protocol. These labs include NC State University, Department of Wood & Paper Science, in Raleigh, North Carolina; Western Michigan University Pilot Plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Centre Specialise en Pates et Papiers (CSPP) in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada.

Dwight Schmidt, executive director of the Corrugated Packaging Alliance and president of the FBA explains, “The addition of a fourth testing lab will help move certifications forward at a time when the use of recyclable wax alternatives is growing dramatically.”

Based in Appleton, Wis., IPS Testing serves as an independent testing laboratory for many industries, including: paper, pulp, corrugated and print materials; nonwovens and consumer products; medical supplies; personal care and absorbent products; and allied industries. The IPS Testing laboratory combines physical and analytical testing and interpretive data analysis to offer testing services to  help improve and ensure the quality of products. For more information, contact Chris Reitmeyer at 920-749-3040, ext. 119, or visit www.ipstesting.com

 

IPS Testing and the Lacey Act
Friday, June 03, 2011

 IPS Testing’s lab can provide companies with the knowledge of what is in their products. This ensures that products are meeting specifications that are not in violation of the Lacey Act. By simply submitting samples to IPS Testing, companies can pre-screen materials before they hit the market. IPS is able to identify what fiber species are present and report the results to the company.  To read the full press release Click here.

There also has been a lot of media attention in paper products that have been found to have Mixed Tropical Hardwoods (MTH) in them.  To learn more about MTH FAQs click here.

 

Microscopy and Staining Online Presentation Available
Monday, January 03, 2011

Tom Kremer, a Technical Advisor in our Microscopy Group, gave a presentation about the methods and benefits of staining for microscopy in the consumer products industry. View the presentation >>

 

IPS Hires Seasoned Sales Engineer
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

IPS is proud to announce the recent hiring of Chris Reitmeyer to its newly established sales engineer position... More

 

Nonwovens October E-newsletter Released
Friday, October 01, 2010

The October edition of our Nonwovens E-newsletter is now available. Have an questions or suggestions? E-mail customerservice@ipstesting.com.

 

August E-newsletters Now Available
Thursday, September 02, 2010

Issues of our August E-newsletter are now available. View our the August 2010 Nonwovens or the August 2010 Paper and Pulp issues today!

 

IPS Microscopists Present at Inter/Micro 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Two of our microscopists, Walter Rantanen and Tom Kremer, presented at Inter/Micro's 50th anniversary conference in Chicago about paper and consumer product microscopy... More

 

Inside Access: Test Method Videos Now Available
Monday, August 09, 2010

Each month we will be adding one or two new test method videos to give you inside-access to behind-the-scenes footage at the IPS Testing Experts laboratory. Each video shows a test method we offer and includes a write-up for the related videos to help you understand "what this means" in terms of physical testing for the paper, pulp, health care, and allied industries.

Videos are available on our Website in the Video and Image Gallary section, in our E-newsletters, and on our YouTube channel.

 

July E-newsletters
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

We've released our July E-newsletters! Preview our Paper/Pulp or Nonwovens issue today.

 

Online News Room Available
Monday, July 05, 2010

IPS now has an Online News Room available on its Web site. All news releases, company updates, fact sheets, and industry news will be shared in this new feature.

 

IPS Releases 'Insights' - Free E-newsletter
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

IPS released its first ever E-newsletter that available to anyone who wishes to receive IPS and industry news and information updates.

Preview June 2010's E-newsletter or subscribe below.

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IPS E-newsletter Announcement
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

IPS will release a free monthly e-newsletter within the next few months that available to anyone who wishes to receive IPS and industry news and information updates. To subscribe, click on button below.

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IPS Recommends A. D. Jezzi & Associates as a Nonwovens Consulting Expert
Friday, March 20, 2009

We are pleased to recommend A.D. Jezzi & Associates, LLC as a consulting firm with expertise in the Nonwovens and Absorbent Product field.  The company is a management and technical consulting company in the area of New Product Development specializing in: Baby Diapers, Personal Care Absorbent Products such as Adult Incontinence, Feminine Hygiene, Baby Wipes; Non-Woven Technology and their End-Products; and Consumer Tissue and Towel.

 

Nonwovens Testing Services Added
Thursday, March 05, 2009

For many years IPS has been providing Nonwoven materials testing for several clients.  We are now pleased to be able to offer a wide range of nonwovens testing to all of our clients.  We have experience in consumer products containing nonwoven materials such as diapers, training pants, surgical gowns and drapes, wiping products and filters.  Combining our knowledge of cellulose based fibers as well as polymer based fibers.  Additionally, IPS can help support patent claims with capabilities like Image Analysis.

 
Serving clients in Wisconsin and the Midwest to the United States and internationally, Integrated Paper Services, Inc. (IPS) is an independent physical and analytical testing laboratory specializing in personal care product, medical supplies, nonwovens, fiber analysis and the pulp, paper and allied industries.

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