Expert Lab Testing: Why It’s Important

February 11, 2021 | 3 min read

When using metal to manufacture a product, understanding and validating the properties, safety, strength, and other characteristics of the metal is extremely important. Industrial Inspection & Analysis Lab Services offers failure analyses, product and process problem solving, and materials characterization utilizing a variety of advanced examination and analysis methods.

Understanding how two different metals will react when put together, how strong, or weak, the material is and how it will hold up, or break down, in certain environments is a key feature of testing. It is also important to identify material that has flaws. Flawed metal is unusable in the manufacturing process.

The usable material is called sound material. Testing for soundness, meaning making sure there are no flaws (shrinkages or cracks), is another important aspect of metals testing. If the metal has cracks, it will likely lead to a failure, which can lead to a halt in production, injury, or worse.

IIA’s Lab Services provides all metals testing and reporting, so you know the exact characteristics of your material and what it can withstand.

Compliance and standards are two other integral parts of metals testing. Safety and compliance go hand-in-hand and it is a key to success. Having 100% safe products on the market that customers can trust is the ultimate goal, therefore safety standards and all regulations must be followed in order to assure consumers they are receiving a product that is safe and durable.

Ensuring safety also means the metal piece or product must meet certain dimensional requirements in order to function smoothly and without injury. Our team also uses metals testing to assist in identifying dimensions and categorizing them for specific uses.

Weather resistance and corrosion are two other factors to consider when manufacturing products using metal. IIA offers the information necessary to determine material durability. The material may need to have the capability to withstand various weather conditions. Using different types of testing, our technicians can identify how, when, and under what conditions metal (or their coatings) might corrode or degrade. There are a variety of tests that can be used in our laboratory to determine the weathering/corrosion resistance of metal and surface coatings, which can then be used as an indicator of which type of metal or coating to use for manufacturing.

There is a lot to consider when planning for manufacturing with metal, and it is important to choose a trusted partner, like IIA Lab Services for your projects. We deliver accurate tests and reliable results with fast turnaround and comprehensive reports. Industrial Inspection & Analysis Lab Services offers comprehensive laboratory testing for all aspects of projects. Also, our team is happy to explain test results to you, if you need us, and we can also offer supplemental resources if you need more information on what to do next.

IIA’s Lab Services Experts Provide:

  • Chemical Testing
  • Environmental Testing
  • Metallurgical Testing
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Product Testing
  • Coating Testing
  • Electronics Testing

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