Materialography for material testing and damage analysis


Material testing and damage analysis

Solutions for material testing and damage analysis

Our analyses help you to characterise materials, check production processes, find the causes if damage occurs and to optimise processes. Quality Analysis is available both at short notice and as a long-term partner in materialography.

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Failure analysis for components

Materialography - fast, cost-effective and high-resolution

Our microscopic and spectroscopic analyses provide valuable information about surfaces, structures and the material composition of your components. Damage analysis indicates possible sources of defects. Even at short notice, we can provide you with a perfect result that answers open questions and helps you to rectify problems. For this purpose, we combine, as required, various inspection methods for metallic as well as non-metallic materials in a cost-effective manner.

Fast, reliable
measurement results

  • Knoop, Vickers and Brinell hardness testing
  • Weld seam and solder seam analysis
  • Microstructure analysis
  • Analysis of coatings and coating systems
  • Porosity analysis
  • Damage analysis in accordance with VDI3822
  • Fracture surface analysis
  • Corrosion inspection
  • Analysis of contamination
  • Characterisation of surface topography
  • Tensile, compressive and bending testing
  • Analysis of electronic assemblies in accordance with IPC-A-600 / IPC-A-610
  • Analysis von lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells

Applications for materialography

Highly precise inspection methods
by application



Even at short notice, we offer you quick, precise materialographic analysis and assessment of your components and materials.


Excellent know-how, extensive experience and a high-end range of equipment guarantee you high-quality measurement results always.

Range of equipment

The right equipment is available for every materialographic analysis. Here we rely on products of German quality from ZEISS.


The Accreditation of our inspection methods and laboratories signifies for you certainty, dependability and objectivity.

With extensive experience, high-quality analytical equipment and sound expertise, our experts obtain the best from every analytical method so that you can rely on excellent results.

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Technical equipment for materialography

The right inspection method
for every task

Light microscopy for material testing

Light microscopy

Scanning electron microscopy for material testing

Scanning electron
microscopy (SEM)

FIB-SEM microscopy for 3D imaging of specimens

Focused ion beam microscopy (FIB-SEM)

Laser scanning microscopy for analyzing materials

Laser scanning microscopy

Hardness test according to Vickers, Brinell or Knoop

Hardness testing

Spark emission spectroscopy

Spark emission
spectroscopy (OES)

Tensile, compression and bending test for material analysis

Tensile/compressive/bending testing

Testing of welded and soldered seams

Weld seam inspection

Microsectioning for sample preparation

Specimen preparation

DAkkS accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025

Accredited test laboratory
for materialography

Our analytical methods for the destructive inspection of non-metallic and metallic materials, weld seam and solder seam analysis on metallic materials, layer thickness measurement, measurement of edge oxidation and determination of particle size, porosity analysis in metallic materials and coatings, particle analysis of non-metallic, carbon-based, organic and mineral particles, hardness testing, hardness curves and direct hardness measurement on metallic materials are accredited by Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS) in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. We are one of the few test laboratories in Europe in which all specialist areas have been successfully accredited

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Applications for materialography

Materialography is used in manufacturing industry for optimising processes or identifying sources of defects. At Quality Analysis we combine excellent expertise and the latest technology with an interdisciplinary approach that makes possible a holistic analysis of your components and materials. From the preparation of samples, to the production of informative, comprehensible documentation, you can rely on our competence.

Analysis area - Automotive industry
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Automotive components must withstand enormous loads for hundreds of thousands of kilometres. For this reason, the highest requirements are placed on their manufacture and assembly. They combine metallic materials, ceramics, electronic components and much more in one product. At Quality Analysis we are able to analyse all these components competently. Along with the microscopic inspection of component surfaces, hardness testing and weld seam inspection are particularly important. During damage analysis, we analyse the causes of corrosion as well as the causes of fractures and other physical damage to the material. In addition, we use various methods for the characterisation of signs of wear and surface anomalies.


Analyses for electronics production
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Electronics manufacturing

During the manufacture of semiconductors and other high-performance electronics, the delicate coatings on wafers, chips and other components can be analysed in depth and the material composition as well as the condition of solder joints or microstructures can be assessed. For this purpose, we use high-resolution scanning electron microscopy and FIB-SEM microscopy to generate cross-sections that are almost completely free of mechanical and thermal effects.


Analysis for medical technology
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Medical technology

Quality assurance is particularly important in medical technology. If instruments fail during use or an implant has a material defect, the consequences can be devastating, for both the patient and the manufacturer's reputation. For this reason we inspect your medical products in accordance with the strictest standards so that irregularities are detected immediately.


Areas of analysis - battery components
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Battery technology

Batterien gewinnen immer mehr an Bedeutung, insbesondere im Bereich der Stromspeicherung und der Mobilität. Dabei kommt es auf höchste Zuverlässigkeit an. Die materialographischen Untersuchungen von Quality Analysis geben Ihnen diese Sicherheit. Wir unterstützen Unternehmen sowohl bei der Forschung und dem Prototyping als auch in der Serienproduktion moderner Hochleistungsbatterien.

Frequently asked questions

Which metallographic methods for material inspection are possible at Quality Analysis?

During destructive metallographic material inspection, numerous analytical methods are available to us. As such, the inspection of soldered and welded joints is possible as is corrosion inspection, the analysis of coatings, Vickers, Knoop and Brinell hardness testing, or we can analyse the microstructure of your component. A large number of light and scanning electron microscopic methods are also available.

What is the maximum size of the components to be analysed?

In our laboratory, a very wide range of preparation methods is available such that we can analyse and assess for you both very small components and also larger components up to 600 x 600 x 1200 mm without problems. Should you have questions about the analysis of a specific component, simply call us. We would be pleased to advise you about your specific component, without obligation of course.

Materialography is combined meaningfully with which other analytical methods?

2D X-ray inspection and  3D computed tomography play an important role during the pre-inspection of components, as they quickly provide an insight into the interior of the component analysed and permit the exact specification of regions of interest (ROIs). In addition, chemical analytics can also be used here for the identification and quantification of organic samples, e.g. contamination.

What is the difference between materialography and metallography?

Metallography is a branch of materialography. It includes the extraction, preparation (sample preparation), analysis and evaluation of metallic samples. The development of new materials (ceramics, plastics, etc.) and their increasing importance in industry has expanded this field of activity – metallography has become materialography.


The right Partner

for the materialography

What can we measure and analyse for you?
We would be pleased to advise you about the numerous possibilities and combined analytical methods. The goal: the best, most cost-effective and most efficient analysis of your sample.

Call us, we look forward to hearing from you!