PDA 120.1 Foreign Particulate Examination, Isolation and Analysis

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This live eLearning training course will cover the analytical approach and methods used in foreign particulate examination, isolation and analysis. The training course will consist of both lecture and demonstrations with an emphasis on the practical laboratory exercises. Participants will understand what foreign particulate is and why it is important to identify its composition and potential sources. Three analytical techniques will be covered - polarized light microscopy, infrared spectroscopy/confocal Raman microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The advantages and disadvantages of each technique for particulate analysis will be demonstrated to understand why using multiple complementary techniques is often the best approach.

Attendees will observe sample preparation, sample analysis and sample interpretation. At the completion of the training course, participants will have observed particle isolation and handling, and be able to explain the analytical methods used in identifying particulate matter.

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PDA Visual Inspection Training Courses

  1. Describe the handling and manipulation of small particles
  2. Describe preparation of samples for PLM, FTIR/CRM and SEM
  3. Describe operation of different analytical tools for particle analysis
  4. Evaluate different analytical methods for particle analysis
  5. List the tools and equipment needed to set up a particle analysis lab

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Day 1

Welcome (15 min)

Introduction to Foreign Particulates - Lecture (30 min)

Inspection, Documentation, and Particle Isolation - Lecture and Demo (45 min)

Break (10 min)

PLM, SEM and FTIR/CRM Analysis - Lecture and Demo (60 min)

Case Studies - Lecture and Activity (20 min)

Day 2

Recap Day 1 (10 min)

Unknown Sample: Inspection - Demo and Activity (30 min)

Unknown Sample: Filtration and Isolation - Demo and Activity (30 min)

Break (10 min)

Unknown Sample: Particle Preparation and Analysis - Demo and Activity (80 min)

Summary of Analyses and Particle Identification - Lecture (20 min)

Agenda is subject to change.

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