ACL believes the keys to high-quality lab work are knowledge/experience, rigorous procedure, and proper equipment.
ACL co-founder and Lab Director, Andrew Moroz, MSChE, has extensive theoretical and working experience in analytical, environmental and industrial hygiene fields. He earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic of Warsaw in 1973, followed by his MSChE (Masters in Chemistry) from Lodz University of Technology in 1975. His professional experience includes serving as Lab Manager/Supervisor with the FIAT Corporation research center, Lab Supervisor with the Burzynski Institute, Lab Manager with CSA in Houston, Chief Chemist and Lab Manager for Appropriate Technology in Chula Vista, and Lab Director for San Diego's Southland Labs.
Mr. Moroz and his wife founded ACL in 1994. The firm initially specialized in working with San Diego’s/Hawaii’s waterfront shipbuilding firms.
Analytical Chemical Labs is ELAP certified (No.: 2505) and maintains proficiency in ELAP FoT 101, 102, 103, 107, 108, 109, 114, 115, 117 and 120.
Our EPA registration is No. CA01419.
Metals testing is performed according to EPA methods (6010b,c or 200.7) or NIOSH methods.
We review and update our QA/QC manual at least annually, but typically more often in sync with any change in equipment or certification requirements, including EPA and NIOSH methods. (This is addressed in detail on our Quality Assurance page.)
The lab regularly performs:
ACL prides itself on maintaining the proper analytical equipment to perform testing. All of our computer-interfaced equipment is controlled by Dell computers running the latest manufacturer-recommended software.
Our primary testing instrument is the a Teledyne Leeman Labs Simultaneous ICP-AES “Prodigy” equipped with a fully-automatic auto-sampler.
For mercury analysis, we use a CETEC fully-automated M6000A Mercury Analyzer with a fully-automatic automated sampler.
Sample preparation is conducted using a CEM Microwave Sample Preparation System MARS 6.
PCB and other organic components are tested via the Shimadzu GC-2010 Plus with automatic sampler.
For oil, hydraulic fluids, and fuel analysis of particles and impurities, we use a SpectroLMF Q200 Particle Analyzer.
For detecting presence/concentration of water in oil or fuel, we use a Karl-Fisher Water Titrator.
Liquid/solid separation is done by centrifuge, pressure, vacuum or ambient filtration, depending on the required method.
The lab is equipped with semi-micro analytical balances for weighting and sample preparation.