How to Select Material Testing Services   Stress/strain testing. Laboratory material testing. In field material testing Image Credit: West Cost Industries | CETR | Weston Engineering   Material testing services test, analyze, and certify a wide range of materials for purity, chemical compatibility, and environmental impact. Material testing is commonly required to ensure that products can perform their intended application for their expected life. This type of testing...
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Q & A on Material Testing Services

We asked our users for their input on Material Testing Services. Here are the results of 62 users familiar with Material Testing Services.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing material testing services?
7 answers
Answers:
Developments in spectroscopy and introduction automation and robotics in sampling, processing and management of laboratories.
~Subrahmanyam Vanimisetti, Head, Chemical Laborataory (Retired), Bangaluru, India
I like to follow up how the technical situation changes and how easily one can get quick results from the new technology.
~Harald Holsvik, Duty Controller at The Icelandic Coast Guard, Mosfellsbaer, ICELAND
New forms of concrete require newer equipment.
~Sharon S, Materials Lab Manager, Bellevue, WA
New materials, new chemical treatments
~Pedro H, Engineering Consultant, Distrito federal, Mexico
Authentic, fast and reliable.
~Shrihari Pujari, Quality Control, Pune, India
X-Ray fluorescent
~Phumlani Blose, Design Engineer, Witbank, South Africa
Solar system
~Marketing/Sales, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative material testing services?
6 answers
Answers:
This is rather difficult to judge. Just because I have not been involved in this field since 1985.
~Harald Holsvik, Duty Controller at The Icelandic Coast Guard, Mosfellsbaer, ICELAND
AMEC used to but got sold to a company of lesser innovation. Now I'd say Krazan & Assoc.
~Sharon S, Materials Lab Manager, Bellevue, WA
Ametic, Thermo Fischer, Phylips and Leco corporation, Horiba
~Subrahmanyam Vanimisetti, Head, Chemical Laborataory (Retired), Bangaluru, India
Scrooby's laboratory services Metlab
~vincent s, quality supervisor, durban, south africa
Pro-tec, TUV & PB Power
~Phumlani Blose, Design Engineer, Witbank, South Africa
Capcis
~Pedro H, Engineering Consultant, Distrito federal, Mexico

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this service's capabilities?
7 answers
Answers:
Taken into account the fact that I am not so young any more I am born 1944 and thus 67 years of age. My wish list is to give my younger generation all the chances to do their best and to accomplish a better world than I used to grow up in. Even though I could only speak and get them to listen to my ideas combined with new technology, this could maybe give some go ahead for new progress and prosperity.
~Harald Holsvik, Duty Controller at The Icelandic Coast Guard, Mosfellsbaer, ICELAND
We need experts who can help design testing and provide guidance on applicability of available testing methods for our unique preservation projects.
~D R, Project Manager, Atlanta, GA
To determine the type of material used prior to the improvement of the design.
~Phumlani Blose, Design Engineer, Witbank, South Africa
Round bars to make automotive valves Inlet and exhaust valves
~vincent s, quality supervisor, durban, south africa
Include all equipment to test site DOT projects.
~Sharon S, Materials Lab Manager, Bellevue, WA
Automated robotic laboratories
~Subrahmanyam Vanimisetti, Head, Chemical Laborataory (Retired), Bangaluru, India
Fast Service
~Dudley P, Quality Management, Louisville, KY

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the projects you have used material testing services for?
20 answers
Answers:
- Use of Fly Ash in Cement Concrete in Canal Lining Works - Durability of Cement Concrete using Copper Slag - Testing of Bridge Bearings - Strengthening of URM Walls using FRP Rebars
~Research & Development, India
Co-Generation power facilities - material composition verification for compliance Civil - material property verification to explain material failure under dynamic loading
~Quality Control/Assurance, Niagara Falls, Canada
Testing ranged from ores, fluxes, sinter, iron and steel. In addition, testing services were provided to power plants and coke ovens.
~Subrahmanyam Vanimisetti, Head, Chemical Laborataory (Retired), Bangaluru, India
Historic preservation and construction - soils for building foundations, concrete testing, sand and aggregate testing for mortar
~D R, Project Manager, Atlanta, GA
1. testing of compressive strength of pcc sample in universal testing m/c 2. testing of pile foundation
~Shashi K, Project Manager, Jamshedpur, India
I used to take a lot of water and liquid samples and get them analyzed in laboratories here in Iceland.
~Harald Holsvik, Duty Controller at The Icelandic Coast Guard, Mosfellsbaer, ICELAND
Definition of terms related to material testing, verification vendors, checking possible testing tools
~Engineering, Other, Biñan, Philippines
Failure Analysis, Coating characterization, Root cause analysis, corrosion investigation etc.
~Research & Development, Lahore, Pakistan
PET migration test,crystallinity test,clarity of aqueous extract,non volatile solids etc
~Shrihari Pujari, Quality Control, Pune, India
To find out if materials where RoHS compliant FTIR Scans for material composition
~Quality Control/Assurance, Fallsington, PA
tensile testing cold and hot testing. microstructures hardness surface finishes
~vincent s, quality supervisor, durban, south africa
Mostly Failure Analysis; Mechanical Testing; Chemical testing of steel products
~Dudley P, Quality Management, Louisville, KY
Pedstal for locomotives , bushes for automobiles , wear pads for excavators etc
~Engineering, Design, Delhi, India
Roadways (horizontal construction), runways, building foundations, buildings
~Sharon S, Materials Lab Manager, Bellevue, WA
Testing of valves, testing of shackles, testing of skids
~Samuel E, Technical Support, Portharcourt, rivers state, Nigeria
Oil and gas production, transmission piping
~Pedro H, Engineering Consultant, Distrito federal, Mexico
Boiler pressure parts.
~Phumlani Blose, Design Engineer, Witbank, South Africa
None for the moment
~Engineering, Consulting, MAFRA, Portugal
Laboratory testing
~Engineering, Other, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Driving units
~Engineering, Design, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” projects that material testing services have been used for.
5 answers
Answers:
The growth of materials used in building transportation equipment such as electrical cars and aluminium usage or any combination of light weight materials must be a field that is promising subject. Also materials used to meet the wind, the sea, and other basic structure materials that may be used in the future. The fact is as I am aware of that all material testing is in the first place " non-standard" until you have reached maximum strength and controlled via testing maximum endurance as one could think of. Then after this progress you may build a standard for that particular material.
~Harald Holsvik, Duty Controller at The Icelandic Coast Guard, Mosfellsbaer, ICELAND
Lightweight concrete (pumice-based) veneers, cold-patch substitutes
~Sharon S, Materials Lab Manager, Bellevue, WA
Paint analysis, mortar analysis
~D R, Project Manager, Atlanta, GA
Deep water oil & gas production
~Pedro H, Engineering Consultant, Distrito federal, Mexico
Waste recycling
~Subrahmanyam Vanimisetti, Head, Chemical Laborataory (Retired), Bangaluru, India

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to faulty or incompetent practices of material testing services?
4 answers
Answers:
Yes -- It was a long time ago. When I used to work as a surveyor at The Directorate of shipping here in Iceland. Steel plates welded under the bottom of the ships were not fully quality controlled at the steel factory and in the shipyard so it came obvious later that 8 mm thick steel plate had an air gap in the middle and gave in some instances heavy leakage if one lost some metal piece down inside the bottom. Then it easily made a hole in the bottom.
~Harald Holsvik, Duty Controller at The Icelandic Coast Guard, Mosfellsbaer, ICELAND
Wrong material speculation by the uncalibrated or a deformed device due to falling or mechanical damage.
~Phumlani Blose, Design Engineer, Witbank, South Africa
Yes. A whole highrise building got condemned due to it in Seattle.
~Sharon S, Materials Lab Manager, Bellevue, WA
Correlating field experience with results from laboratory testing.
~Pedro H, Engineering Consultant, Distrito federal, Mexico

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using material testing services?
7 answers
Answers:
Folks need to understand the materials science field, scientific method and statistics for sampling to a level where they understand the real purpose, applications, and feasible realistic uses for testing.
~D R, Project Manager, Atlanta, GA
Must check the dates onto which the element was calibrated, for proper use.
~Phumlani Blose, Design Engineer, Witbank, South Africa
Evaluate what you are choosing if you have more than two possibilities.
~Harald Holsvik, Duty Controller at The Icelandic Coast Guard, Mosfellsbaer, ICELAND
When we buy material, we give the supplier our material specification.
~vincent s, quality supervisor, durban, south africa
Sometimes the highest price doesn't ensure the best services.
~Sharon S, Materials Lab Manager, Bellevue, WA
A Benchmarking is required.
~Pedro H, Engineering Consultant, Distrito federal, Mexico
Witness the test yourself
~Shrihari Pujari, Quality Control, Pune, India

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of material testing services?
6 answers
Answers:
Find a company that can walk you through your needs, define the goals of the the project to determine what, if any, tests would be useful, and the limitations of those tests, then the application of the results.
~D R, Project Manager, Atlanta, GA
Look for qualifications/certifications of individual technicians in addition to lab certification.
~Sharon S, Materials Lab Manager, Bellevue, WA
Address the material selection to meet health, safety and environment protection regulations.
~Pedro H, Engineering Consultant, Distrito federal, Mexico
We do cold and hot tensile testing, finishes, porosity in the steel.
~vincent s, quality supervisor, durban, south africa
Check authenticity of agency and competency of person.
~Shrihari Pujari, Quality Control, Pune, India
None at this very moment.
~Harald Holsvik, Duty Controller at The Icelandic Coast Guard, Mosfellsbaer, ICELAND


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