Offering a wide-ranging menu of materials testing services and analyses
Understanding the characteristics of materials used for product and component fabrication can be a key differentiator when bringing goods to market. An assortment of materials testing and analytical services is available to determine the various resistances, tolerances, and other properties of such materials. IMR Test Labs specializes in "destructive" materials testing services- in other words, we frequently expose testing samples to conditions, soolutions and stresses that are intended to break down their structure to make analyses more accurate.
As an accredited, independent materials testing lab, IMR has established itself as the "go-to" resource for tensile testing, hardness testing and root-cause failure analysis for many major OEM's in the Aerospace, Transportation, Medical Device, Energy and Oil & Gas industries. We've also developed an exceptional reputation for insightful analysis of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing powders, prototypes and products, from chemical analysis to mechanical testing.
IMR Test Labs offers a global network of materials testing labs equipped to conduct material testing services such as:
- Chemical analysis
- Cleanliness testing
- Corrosion testing
- Mechanical testing
- Metallurgical analysis
- Failure analysis
- Fatigue testing
Backed by ISO/IUEC 17025 accreditation, NADCAP certification, and GE S-400 certification across all of our testing locations, our teams around the world utilize state-of-the-art equipment to perform tests on virtually any material type.
Our dedicated team of highly experienced chemists, engineers, metallurgists and laboratory technicians have consistently delivered for our customers time and time again, helping them make data-based decisions on the utilization of a wide variety of materials.
Our team conducts the following analytical testing services to serve a variety of industries:
Using XRF, OES, and ICP chemical analysis, we perform alloy determination and/or verification on nearly any alloyed material. In addition, our strictly controlled quality management system incorporates chemical analysis testing to provide end-to-end material composition verification, from raw material through final finishing processes. Our chemical testing processes can also identify any contaminants discovered on testing materials or finished products. Learn more about Chemical Testing.
Because many industries – such as aerospace, medical devices, oil and gas, energy, and automotive – adhere to stringent standards driven by high performance requirements, engineers and designers in those fields employ unique coatings to increase part resistance. We offer a complete line of testing services for all coatings, including platings, thermal sprays, medical-grade coatings, and more. Learn more about Coating Evaluations.
Many applications require that processes such as coating, anodizing, or electroplating be performed to strict specifications for optimal corrosion resistance. Our corrosion testing lab screens all sample materials to ensure they will perform as anticipated in their intended applications, guaranteeing maximum service life and optimal resistance to potential weathering or eroding factors. Learn More about Corrosion Testing.
Metals, polymers and composites, welds, coatings, other materials, and finished products are all subject to potentially catastrophic failure when exposed to particular chemicals, environmental factors, or other stresses. IMR’s knowledgeable staff has extensive experience in determining failure modes across an incredibly diverse range of materials. Learn more about Failure Analysis.
- Tensile testing
- Multi-stage fatigue testing
- Hardness and Charpy impact testing
- Hydrogen embrittlement
- Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA)
- Weld testing
Conducted as efficiently as possible, many of these services can be completed in as little as three days. Learn more about Mechanical Testing.
Using SEM, macro, and micro examinations, IMR can determine the precise condition and composition of any material. This type of testing reveals which manufacturing processes may or may not have been performed on a test material; It can also distinguish whether the material offers the correct properties and durability required for the intended application. Learn more about Metallurgical Analysis.
As manufacturers continue to explore alternative material options, engineered non-metallic materials are becoming an increasingly popular choice. IMR Test Labs’ staff tests polymers, composites, and ceramics for heat resistance, flame resistance, durability, ductility, and chemical resistance to illustrate how these materials compare to more traditional metal options. Learn more about Nonmetallics Testing.
Outstanding analytical testing goes beyond just gathering information. Test results must be interpreted by well-trained professionals who understand the real world implications of the data.
At IMR, we exemplify our motto of “not just data, knowledge” by staffing all of our facilities with highly educated engineers, chemists, and lab technicians who have extensive experience interpreting test results and what they mean for a particular application.