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Jennifer Breetz, IMR Louisville Quality Manager, Named as Top Young Metal Finishing Industry Professional by National Publication

Jennifer BreetzIf you haven’t seen the latest issue of Products Finishing magazine, you missed seeing Jennifer Breetz, IMR-Louisville’s Quality Manager/Metallurgy and Corrosion Manager.  As a result of her work in metallurgical properties and anti-corrosion processes, she has been recognized as one of the top “40 Under 40” young professionals in the finishing industry by the magazine’s editorial board. 

This award recognizes the today’s top young talent who are making great strides in shaping the future of the finishing industry.  We’re proud of Jennifer, and she’s been an important part of the team since 2011, rising quickly through the lab to positions of greater responsibility.  With her extensive experience in the automotive industry, she’s the face of IMR to many of our OEM and Tier 1 customers.

Here's a link to the online version of the story:

https://www.pfonline.com/articles/2018-products-finishing-40-under-40

IMR-Suzhou Earns Nadcap Certification for Fatigue Testing

IMR Suzhou has earned nadcap certification for fatigue testing capabilities

In February 2018, Nadcap audited our fatigue testing equipment, and we earned our certification in June 2018.  Our Fatigue Engineer has extensive fatigue testing experience, as well as laboratory professional training, expert ability in fatigue specimen processing.  Having proved that IMR-Suzhou has improved our fatigue testing facilities, including the high-level vertical polishing equipment, we are proud to announce we have met the requirements of Nadcap and GE for surface residual stress requirements!

The IMR Test Labs-Suzhou laboratory completed the third phase of our expansion project in January 2018, with the introduction of high and low cycle fatigue testing machine. In April, we installed 6 fatigue frames to complete our planned expansion.

IMR Test Labs-Suzhou has fatigue engineers with a rich depth of knowledge and experience, providing material fatigue testing services for you and your products quickly and accuratelyUnder the long-term effect of variable stress and strain, the fracture phenomenon caused by cumulative damage is called fatigueIMR Suzhou laboratory can now provide you with a full set of fatigue testing methods, including high cycle fatigue, low cycle fatigue, room temperature and high temperature fatigue performance, K1C, fracture toughness, Da/Dn and more. 

If you need further analysis of the materials tested to failure, our metallographic team has been trained professionally in the areas of fault and destruction modulesWith the support of our complete Microscope Laboratory (Optics, Scanning Electron Microscope) and chemical, mechanical and other groups, we can provide a wide variety of testing services for customers.

 

IMR Louisville Awarded Class A Lab Status by Daimler Corp

IMR Test Labs- Louisville recently earned the "Class A Laboratory" designation from Daimler Corporation. For any automotive manufacturers or Tier 1 suppliers, this designation represents a high standard of excellence in testing and analytical processes of automotive materials. In addition to our ISO 17025 and A2LA accreditations, the Daimler Corporation certification continues to prove that IMR is a world-class testing facility.

(Photo: A Daimler Corp. joint U.S./ Germany Quality Control Team tour our Louisville lab.  From left to right: Jeff Martin (ZF, US), Peter Aschauer (Daimler, Germany),  Frank Vails (Daimler, US), Jennifer Breetz (IMR), Sandy Mitchell (IMR)

 

IMR EXPANDS LEADERSHIP IN AEROSPACE MATERIALS TESTING WITH HIRING OF ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL PARK

IMR’s Ithaca lab facility has added to its roster of talented and experienced lab personnel with the hiring of Jaewan Park, M.S. Aeronautical Engineering.

Mr. Park has over 15 years of experience in materials testing, with an emphasis on high temperature cyclic and static fatigue testing of Ceramic Matrix Composites Materials (CMC) and other aerospace materials.

George Wildridge, Director of Engineering at IMR Test Labs said  In his role as Sr. Engineer for our Nadcap accredited Fatigue Testing Laboratory, Jaewan’s advanced education and hands-on experience in the aerospace industry enables us to leverage his expertise into becoming a sustaining resource for manufacturers and suppliers in that sector.”

While working out of the IMR Ithaca facility, Mr. Park will provide support and expertise to all 5 of IMR’s worldwide test labs.

 

 

 

IMR Test Labs Receives Recognition for Outstanding Performance from Bechtel Corporation

Curtiss-Wright’s Surface Technologies (CWST) division announced today that its IMR Test Labs-Ithaca facility was recognized for outstanding work on projects by Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit at the Bechtel Supply Chain Recognition awards. The awards recognize subcontractors and suppliers who supported Bechtel‘s work in nuclear power, environmental clean-up, defense, and nuclear security and operations projects during 2016.IMR Test Labs wins supplier award from Bechtel Corp. for work in nuclear power, environmental clean-up and nuclear security projects.

“We could not accomplish what we do without our subcontractors and suppliers,” said Barbara Rusinko, president of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit. “The work is challenging, highly technical, and is often first-of-a-kind.”

“Our large and diverse team of engineers, scientists, lab techs, and support personnel worked very hard over several years on this complex and technically challenging program,” said IMR’s Joseph Springer. “We were honored to receive this supplier award, which was earned in large part by the collaboration of over 20 very talented material testing professionals.  It is great to see their efforts receive such a high level of recognition”.

IMR is providing formulation, testing, and analysis services to determine the corrosion susceptibility of plant components such as piping, valves, and vessels. The test scope includes over 2000 test coupons spanning the entire range of expected environmental conditions throughout the plant.

Companies were evaluated on multiple factors. They include: overall performance; the ability to deliver quality services/supplies on time; the ability to work collaboratively to meet milestones; and meeting or exceeding project expectations in aspects of safety, construction performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. Nominations were reviewed and approved by Bechtel procurement and project managers.   Final recommendations were approved by senior leadership.

Pictured (from left to right): Jim Willman – Bechtel NS&E Manager of Procurement & Contracts, Aaron Kueck- IMR Test Labs Manager of Failure Analysis & Metallurgical Engineering, Don Shuman, IMR Test Labs VP of Sales & Marketing, Barbara Rusinko – President, Bechtel NS&E.

 

 

IMR Test Labs Ithaca, NY Facility Expands Fatigue Testing Capabilities, Adds High Temperature Testing Equipment

IMR Test Labs has installed a suite of Instron fatigue test equipment to expand it's capabilities in high temperature testing and failure analysis for materials, components and production processes.

Paramus, N.J. March 28, 2017 -- Curtiss-Wright’s Surface Technologies (CWST) division announced today that its IMR Test Labs Ithaca, NY facility has completed an expansion in their Nadcap accredited Fatigue Testing Laboratory which doubles their prior capacity, and enables high temperature fatigue testing up to 1800° F. 

"Our team has worked hard on this installation of the new Servo-Hydraulic frames, doubling our capacity and increasing our elevated temperature and LCF capabilities”, said George Wildridge, Director of Engineering at IMR Test Labs.  “These new fixtures can be used on standard specimens, but more importantly, can be modified to allow for more unique product testing, such as we find in the automotive and aerospace markets. These frames are calibrated to less than 1% of the maximum load cell, giving us maximum load range, and the capability to test a wide range of materials and sizes- from standard specimens to small springs.” 

The Instron units feature high-temperature testing capabilities, replicating the service conditions experienced by turbine blades in gas turbines and jet engines.  This equipment has advanced fatigue-rated load cell technologies, and is ideally suited to low cycle fatigue, high cycle fatigue, fracture mechanics, high temperature testing and ceramics testing.  

For more information about IMR Test Labs, visit: www.imrtest.com

About Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies

The CWST worldwide network of 72 facilities provides highly engineered surface treatments and technical services for components in Aerospace, Defense, Power Generation, and other demanding Industrial markets. These services include thermal spray, solid film lubricant, corrosion resistant and parylene coatings, shot and laser peening, and analytical testing services.  For more information about Curtiss-Wright’s Surface Technologies division, visit: www.cwst.com 
 
About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets.  Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,000 people worldwide.  For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com 

IMR Test Labs – Lansing Laboratory Achieves A2LA Accreditation for Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) Testing on Non-metallics

Paramus, N.J. February 28, 2017 -- Curtiss-Wright’s Surface Technologies (CWST) division announced today that its IMR Ithaca facility has added Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) accreditation to their A2LA certification.  IMR purchased the Q800 Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer in 2016, allowing IMR to measure the mechanical properties of non-metallic materials as a function of time, temperature, and frequency.

 

"We are excited to add DMA accreditation to our A2LA scope, increasing the range of testing services we offer to the non-metallic testing marketplace,” said Don Shuman, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, IMR Test Labs, a Surface Technologies division.  “Our Ithaca location is the center of our non-metallic materials testing growth, driven by the many new and exciting developments occurring with polymer, ceramic and composite materials used in high performance Aerospace and Medical applications.”

 

For more information about IMR Test Labs, visit: www.imrtest.com

 

About Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies

The CWST worldwide network of 72 facilities provides highly engineered surface treatments and technical services for components in Aerospace, Defense, Power Generation, and other demanding Industrial markets. These services include thermal spray, solid film lubricant, corrosion resistant and parylene coatings, shot and laser peening, and analytical testing services.  For more information about Curtiss-Wright’s Surface Technologies division, visit: www.cwst.com 
 
About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets.  Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,400 people worldwide.  For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com 

IMR Test Labs – Lansing Approved by AVIC Commercial Aero Engine

IMR Test Labs has been approved by AVIC Commercial Aero Engine (ACAE) for numerous tests at our Lansing location. ACAE is involved in the design, development, and manufacturing of commercial aircraft engines and related products. Below are some analyses ACAE has endorsed IMR to perform for you. For a full list of accepted tests and accreditations, please visit us at www.imrtest.com.

  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) (Test code: F2)
  • Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) (Test Code: F3)
  • Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen and Sulfur Analysis (Test Code: G1, G2, G3, G4, G5)
  • X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) (Test Code: S)
  • Room and Elevated Temperature Tensile (Test Code: A and B)
  • High and Low Cycle Fatigue (Test Code: O and Y)
  • Bend Testing (Test Code: XN)
  • Metallography (Test Code: L and XL)
  • Alpha Case Testing (Test Code: L8 and L9)
  • Interior and Surface Microhardness (Test Code: L1 and L5)
  • IGA/ IGO Analysis (Test Code: L7)
  • Rockwell and Brinell Hardness (Test Code: M1 and M2)
  • General and Stress Corrosion (Test Code: Q and Q1)
  • Sample Preparation (Test Code: Z, Z3, and Z4)
  • Heat Treating (Test Code: XG)
  • And many more!
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IMR Test Labs – Lansing Acquires KEYENCE VHX-5000 Microscope

IMR Test Labs now offers metallurgical services using a KEYENCE VHX-5000 microscope at our Lansing, NY location. The VHX-5000 allows IMR to provide enhanced, 3D, free-angle imaging at magnifications previously not available, providing you with more accurate measurements and photomicrographs of your test samples.

The advanced functions of the VHX-5000 increase the efficiency of basic analytical operations like observation, image capturing, and unit measuring, which permit faster turnaround times on many metallurgical tests. The VHX-5000 is non-destructive, so after testing is complete, valuable materials can be returned to you. Additionally the VHX-5000 is portable, allowing IMR to test your oversize samples and to test your samples offsite.

The microscope is utilized by IMR in numerous metallurgical analyses such as:

  • Microstructure
  • Grain Flow
  • Grain Size
  • Pitting Depth/ Laser Marking Depth Measurements
  • Debris/ Particle Size
  • Inclusion Rating
  • Surface roughness characterization (3D imaging)
  • More accurate Dimensional Analysis
  • Medical Device Implant Coatings Analysis
  • Characterization of Solder Joints
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Brett A. Miller, P.E., FASM Recognized by ASM International

IMR Louisville's Brett Miller, P.E., FASM was recognized as a Fellow of the Society by ASM International for his contributions to, and achievements in the field of Materials Science. Congratulations to Brett who was also recognized as a Curtiss-Wright Technical Fellow earlier this year.

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IMR Earns Nadcap Approval for ICP-MS Analysis

IMR Test Labs has earned Nadcap accreditation for ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry) analysis services. 

We have added a brand new Perkin Elmer NexION 350D ICP mass spectrometer that can provide detection limits down to parts per million on solid samples and parts per billion on solution samples.

We are A2LA (ISO 17025) approved and are currently pursuing Nadcap accreditation for ICP-MS analysis. Our Nadcap audit will occur in mid-June and accreditation will follow shortly thereafter. Learn more about ICP-MS Analysis here or contact Andy Ensign at the Ithaca, NY lab today at 607.533.7000.

IMR Suzhou Earns Groupe SAFRAN Snecma Approval

IMR Test Labs' Suzhou, China facility recently earned Snecma approval from Groupe SAFRAN. Accredited test methods include: tensile testing (ambient or high temp), stress rupture, OES chemistry, combustion analyses (carbon, sulfur, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen), grain size, inclusion rate, porosity, microhardness, hardness, impact testing, stress corrosion, creep testing and more.

To learn more, please visit our Suzhou page, our Aerospace page or contact us today!

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Dave Christie Completes Inamori School of Engineering Ceramics Course

Ceramic failure analysis sample

Senior Failure Analyst Dave Christie, of IMR's NY location recently completed the Inamori School of Engineering short course on Fracture Analysis and Failure Prevention of Glasses and Ceramics.

This course covers examination and interpretation of markings on fracture exposed surfaces of glasses and polycrystalline ceramics as well as fractography. Dave's new expertise expands the breadth of knowledge possessed by the IMR Failure Analysis and Materials Engineering group.

IMR offers ceramic testing services including composition, indentation toughness, modulus of rupture, grain size, porosity and more. Contact us today for a quote or more information.

ICP-MS Now Available!

IMR Test Labs in Ithaca, NY is pleased to announce the addition of ICP-MS analysis services (Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry) to our Ithaca, NY location.

We have added a brand new Perkin Elmer NexION 350D ICP mass spectrometer that can provide detection limits down to parts per million on solid samples and parts per billion on solution samples. You will no longer have to wait for costly outsourcing. All of your high-quality spectroscopy results will be handled by our skilled prep group, analytical technicians and management team under our accreditations.

We are A2LA (ISO 17025) approved and are currently pursuing Nadcap accreditation for ICP-MS analysis. Our Nadcap audit will occur in mid-June and accreditation will follow shortly thereafter. Learn more about ICP-MS Analysis here or contact Andy Ensign at the Ithaca, NY lab today at 607.533.7000.

 

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IMR Singapore Adds GE S-459 Code AJ Approval on Cert. 69562

IMR Test Labs - Singapore has expanded it's GE S-193 AJ Approval on cert 69562 to include coating F50TF69 CLA. This is in addition to our current coatings evaluation approvals on F50TF13 CL-A/B50TF72 CL-A, F50TF15 CLA, F50TF18 CLB, F50TF25 CLA, F50TF45 CLB, F50TF50 CLB, F50TF69 CLB, F50TF71 CLA & CLC, F50TF75 CLB, F50TF102 CLA, F50TF22 CLA. To learn more, please contact us at sales@imrsingapore.sg or visit our Thermal Spray Coatings Evaluation page.

IMR Suzhou Quality Manager Mars Ma Earns GE Approval for Grain Size Evaluation

In March, Mars Ma attended GE Aviation metallurgical training in Huntington Beach, California. During this time, Mars earned approval to perform grain size evaluations per GE E50TF133 Issue S10. 

IMR Suzhou carries numerous accreditations including Nadcap, A2LA (ISO 17025), GE S-400, SAFRAN - Snecma and MBD, Airbus, AVIC Commercial Aero Enginer and approvals from other major aerospace OEM's. Request a quote or more information today!

Thomas Ackerson, P.E. Presents at 2015 Custom Coaters Forum

Join IMR Test Labs - Louisville's Laboratory Director, Thomas Ackerson, P.E. at 8:45 am on Friday, March 6th, 2015 in Las Vegas , NV for a presentation on Coatings Testing & Failure Analysis.  Tom is IMR Louisville's resident corrosion and coatings expert and is well-versed in failure modes. For more information, contact Tom today!

IMR Trains at Daimler on Latest Corrosion Techniques

IMR Louisville's Laboratory Director and Corrosion expert, Thomas Ackerson, P.E. recently trained at the Daimler plant in Sindelfingen, Germany on the latest Daimler/Mercedes corrosion test specifications. IMR Test Labs - Louisville is one of only two labs in the US that is A2LA accredited for these tests.  Methods include DBL 7381, DBL 7391 and DBL 7399. For more information or to get a quote, please contact us today!

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IMR Test Labs Launches New Corporate Website

IMR Test Labs is pleased to announce we've launched a new, updated and mobile-friendly website at imrtest.com. This new site carries expanded information about the services we offer with greater detail about our five laboratories in the US and Asia.  

We've updated our key staff, accreditations and have pages that go into more depth about specific testing offered. Our new site also has information about job postings, training courses, trade shows/exhibitions and of course, all of our latest news will be archived.

Most importantly, we've also added solution-based pages covering services offered to support Production Control, Engineering/R&D and Specialty Testing.

Check out our new site and contact us today with any thoughts, comments or questions!

We hope you like it.

 

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IMR Louisville Earns Nadcap accreditation

IMR Louisville now offers accredited testing for the Aerospace industry

IMR Test Labs - Louisville has earned Nadcap accreditation for materials testing. IMR's Louisville lab offers high quality chemistry, mechanical, metallurgical, corrosion and failure analysis services. IMR Louisville is eager to provide the same high-quality testing to Aerospace clients that we are well-known for in the Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Automotive and Medical Device industries.

We look forward to working with you!

Visit our accreditations page for a copy of our certification. Contact us today or visit imrlouisville.com for more information on the testing offered.  

IMR Portland Expands SNECMA Certification

IMR Test Labs - Portland has expanded their SNECMA certification with additional services.  Added services include ICP chemical analysis, OES chemical analysis, Carbon, Sulfur, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, alpha case, porosity and macro exam.  Learn more about IMR Portland or see our expanded accreditation.