Shelf Life and Date of Manufacture of Magnaflux EMEAR Chemical Products

MAGNAFLUX® EMEAR Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) chemical products are guaranteed to perform correctly if stored under suitable conditions and used according to the instructions.  In particular, the products must be stored upright in closed containers at temperatures between +10°C and +30°C. They must also be kept dry and protected from sunlight.

Bulk materials (non-aerosol)

Shelf life (unopened) is 5 years from the date of manufacture. The only exceptions to this are as follows:

Products Shelf life
BYCOTEST D30A and D30plus 3 years
BYCOTEST 104A and 104plus 3 years

The batch number consists of seven digits. The first two digits represent the year of manufacture and the third and fourth digits give the month of manufacture. For more information, see Batch Inspection Certificates.

Aerosol products

Shelf life (unopened) is 3 years from the date of manufacture.

The batch number together, with the ‘Best Before Date’ and ‘Date of Manufacture’, is printed on the underside of the aerosol can. See the Batch Inspection Certificates page for more information.

Aqueous ink concentrates

Shelf life (unopened) is 3 years from the date of manufacture.

The batch number consists of seven digits. The first two digits represent the year of manufacture and the third and fourth digits give the month of manufacture. For more information, see Batch Inspection Certificates.

Note:

  • The shelf life is the period of storage time during which the material is determined to be fully functional. The shelf life is a guideline for the time for which Magnaflux has determined product quality during storage.
  • Aerosols, due to slight propellant loss, may not spray as well after two years.
  • The expiry date is also included on the Batch Inspection Certificates and can be found on both our aerosol can  and bulk chemical labels.  With these items the shelf life is referred to as ‘Best Before End’ date or BBE.
  • The information quoted above is quoted for Magnaflux products manufactured within Europe.
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FAQs

What is the BBE date of an aerosol product when its manufacture spanned two consecutive months?

It takes several days to manufacture and fill our aerosol products; occasionally, those days span two consecutive months. In this instance:

  • On the aerosol can, you will find the precise date of manufacture – for example, 01 APR 2016 – and  its BBE date – for example, APR 2019.
  • On the Batch Inspection Certificate, you will find the period of manufacture – for example, 30/03-04/04/2016. You will also find a BBE date range – for example, MAR/APR 2019.

For the purpose of any audit on internal procedure requirements, use the BBE date that matches up with the date of manufacture of your specific product.

What is the situation regarding ‘Best Before End’ dates in relation to an audit?

Clearly it is best practise to ensure that all in-use materials are within their BBE date. However, if in-house or PeneCert testing verifies that a product is OK for use, then this should meet the needs of an external auditor. If there is any doubt around the performance of a product, it should be withdrawn from use.

Will I see any degradation of the product’s performance beyond its BBE date?

The BBE date is derived from the date where the product is manufactured. In general, we give a 5-year shelf life to bulk materials, and a 3-year shelf life to aerosol and aqueous ink concentrates. These time frames are derived from understanding the range of normal conditions that our products will be stored in. In reality:

Bulk products
We would not expect to see any deviation from the manufacturing specifications (AMS and ISO) on unopened products, so the shelf life should be regarded with a degree of common sense. We recommend carrying out basic quality control tests in-house to ensure acceptable appearance and performance BEFORE adding to in-use material. After that, your routine procedures should ensure no problems are experienced. Once a product enters use, then you can use a process check/comparison product (for example, test pieces/panels) or, alternatively, use the PeneCert Service for external laboratory assessment on penetrants.

Dry powder developers
These can be inspected yourself when they are first opened. If there are no visible signs of contamination, clumping, etc, a small off-line test using a test piece should give an indication as to whether or not the product is OK to use.

Aerosol products
By their very nature, aerosol cans are sealed containers that do not allow contamination to enter. However, it is important to note that the limiting factor which necessitates a BBE date is propellant loss – normally on account of poor storage or handling conditions which allow decompression of the can. If an aerosol works well after its BBE, then it is probably OK to use, but should be used as soon as possible. Experience also shows that developers are more likely to fail on account of the particulate content, which settles on standing. Failure to shake a can properly can lead to the nozzles blocking.

What is meant by the term ‘Best Before End’ (BBE) date?

The ‘Best Before End’ (BBE) date is an indication of the recommended shelf life of our products. It is a guide to what Magnaflux EMEAR recommends, provided that the customer has followed our storage guidelines.

In brief, products should be stored:

  • in their original containers, which should be kept upright and closed.
  • within the temperature range 10ºC to 30ºC and away from sources of ignition.
  • where they can be checked regularly for any signs of damage.