Northern Analytical Laboratory specializes in materials characterization and analysis
of trace elements as applied to metallurgical problems. We are a certified laboratory
with modern instrumentation and conscientious, experienced chemists. Our aim is
to supply reliable, highly accurate analyses through careful application of good
laboratory practices. We supply the right answer the first time.
Accurate analysis of trace elements is necessary in evaluating the suitability of
scrap for recycling, and analyzing waste streams for value metals, or in satisfying
discharge permit requirements.
If a limited yield or product reliability is an issue, we are equipped to answer your
most demanding questions. We start at the beginning, with inspection of raw materials,
and follow through all phases of production to search for any materials which could be
responsible for introducing the trace elements adversely affecting your product.
Quality information is the result of meticulous attention to details in all areas from
sample preparation through analysis and data interpretation. We are a comprehensive source offering superior equipment and testing. We maintain rigorous quality control by adhering to good laboratory practices, using the highest grade chemicals, and carefully following protocols. Only our scientists perform and interpret each test. We are a concerned and accurate source for answers to your questions.
The original organizers of Northern Analytical Laboratory saw a need for an analytical laboratory
specializing in trace element analysis of solid materials, and acted to fill that need. Their many years
of experience in the areas of emission, atomic absorption, inductively coupled plasma-optical emission
and spark source mass spectrometries provided the necessary foundation, and the Laboratory opened
providing these basic services.
Northern Analytical Laboratories was founded in 1980 and subsequently incorporated in New
Hampshire in January of 1981. The Laboratory, originally located in Amherst, NH is now in Merrimack,
In 1986 NAL acquired its first glow discharge mass spectrometer (GDMS), the most sensitive and
comprehensive technique for the analysis of trace elements in solid materials. (They now have 3).
Combustion equipment for the analysis of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur (in solids) was added in
1985, and in 1999 inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICPMS) was also added to their laboratory.