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With our own in-house, state-of-the-art metallurgy lab, Atlas Pressed Metals offers Ph.D.-level services to increase quality control and reduce turn-around time. Our staff can conduct specimen preparation for sectioning, mounting and polishing samples. We conduct microstructural evaluations with our 50x to 1000x optical microscope or our own Scanning Electron Microscope. Results help our customers evaluate the integrity of welds, joints, coating and plating, and the incidence of inclusions and combined/total carbon. Our SEM is also used in conducting failure analysis, viewing fracture surfaces, corrosion, wear and contamination.

electron microscope photo
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image of a graphite flake in
iron-graphite powder. Image by Atlas Pressed Metals.

electron microscope photo
Light optical microscope(LOM) image at 500x magnification of copper
infiltrated steel alloy material. Image by Atlas Pressed Metals.

Our staff conducts full mechanical evaluations both during PPAP, for process control and as needed throughout the part manufacture life. Strength, density, hardness and porosity determinations are all conducted according to Metal Powder Industry Federation standards. Images and data on results are sent to our customers in a convenient, quick email.

General Capabilities:

Ph.D.-staffed metallurgical lab, material testing microstructure, and chemical analysis, in-house SEM equipped

Testing Methods:

MPIF Test Methods Assurance Program certified - current 2016-2017

Test Characteristics and Properties:

Density, micro-hardness, tensile, crush, torque, chemical, dimensional, etc.

Additional Services:

Metal powder blend inspection, microstructural testing to determine root cause of quality concerns and life cycle analysis

Lead Time:

Varies

Industry Focus:

Automotive, lawn and garden, appliance, meter, industrial, hand tools, hardware

Industry Standards:

MPIF, ISO/TS 16949:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 - ANSI/ISO/ASQ Q9001-2008