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Materialography

MATERIALOGRAPHY

Whether weld seam analysis, hardness measurement or the analysis of corrosion or signs of wear: whenever quantitative and qualitative statements about the characteristics of material are required, materialography is the appropriate analysis method for material testing and damage analysis. Our microscopic and spectroscopic analyses help you to characterise materials, check production processes, find the causes if damage occurs or there are complaints, and to optimise processes in product development.

For materialography, the following analytical technologies are available to us with state-of-the-art systems:

  • Metallographic sample preparation
  • Microscopic analysis methods:
    • Light microscopy
    • Scanning electron microscopy
    • Laser scanning microscopy
    • FIB-SEM microscopy
  • Physical analysis methods:
    • Hardness testing
    • Spark emission microscopy
  • Chemical analysis methods:
    • RAMAN and FT-IR spectroscopy
    • Gas chromatography with mass spectrometry (MS) and flame ionization detector (FID)
    • Thermal analysis methods (TGA/DSC)

METALLOGRAPHY

Destructive materials testing for quantitative and qualitative analysis of material characteristics for metallic and non-metallic materials:

  • Metallographic sample preparation
  • Light and scanning electron microscopy
  • Testing of soldered joints and welded joints
  • Microstructure analysis
  • Corrosion inspection
  • Analysis of coatings
  • Hardness testing
  • Spark emission spectroscopy (OES)
  • Characterisation of surface topography

DAMAGE ANALYSIS

Systematic damage analysis on statically and dynamically loaded components:
  • Fracture surface analysis
  • Analysis of corrosion behaviour
  • Checks on welding defects
  • Wear analysis (tribology)
  • Forensic material testing

SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY

High-resolution depiction and analysis of surfaces and structures:

  • Imaging of the topography of various materials and components
  • Damage analysis
  • Determination of the chemical composition (EDX analysis) of surfaces and coatings
  • Fully automatic particle analysis using Smart PI

FIB-SEM MICROSCOPY

3D imaging with preparation on nano-scale using FIB-SEM microscopy

  • Depth analysis of delicate coatings and determination of the material composition
  • Analysis of microstructures
  • Soldered joint inspection
  • Analysis of flaws and inclusions

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT

In our accredited test laboratory, we have a large range of versatile light, laser and electron microscopes as well as a hardness measuring machine and a spark emission spectrometer for comprehensive material analyses. For the preparation of samples, we have all the necessary cutting equipment for the appropriate preparation of very small components, such as circuit boards, and also large components, such as crankcases.

Our experience covers a broad spectrum of widely varying components and materials: metallic components of all types and sizes, ceramics, magnetic components, additively manufactured components, polymers, printed circuit boards, silicon wafers and other components from semiconductor technology or highly precise components from medical technology.

ACCREDITED TEST LABORATORY FOR INDUSTRIAL QUALITY ASSURANCE

Our company is accredited by Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS) in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. All specialist areas are also accredited by DAkkS and therefore comply with national and international standards and requirements. Read here more about the advantages for you: accredited test laboratory.

Accredited test laboratory

AT A GLANCE: MATERIALOGRAPHY AT QUALITY ANALYSIS

LARGE RANGE OF ANALYSIS SYSTEMS
In our large metallographic laboratory, samples can be prepared for components up to 600 x 600 x 1200 mm; all common methods are available.

BEST SOLUTIONS AND EMPHASIS ON RESULTS
Often it is necessary to combine various systems and solutions to obtain the best result for a specific analysis. Here our customers profit from the sound experience and expertise of our experts and the many different analysis systems available to us.

DOCUMENTATION AND EVALUATION
Perfect data in conjunction with excellent analytics form the basis for our documentation. The results are documented so that you can draw the correct conclusions for your quality assurance. We advise and assist you, if necessary, via web meetings, remote support or personally on site. You can add the analysis reports directly to your own process documentation.

ACCREDITED TEST LABORATORY
Test laboratory accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025

QUALITY ANALYSIS, YOUR PARTNER FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE AND MATERIALOGRAPHY

Do you need detailed information and advice to comply with requirements? Then you are in the right place.
We would be pleased to advise you about the numerous possibilities and combined analysis methods.
The goal: the best, most cost-effective and most efficient analysis of your material.
Call us, we look forward to hearing from you!  

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