In our laboratory we conduct the following tests:




·       Sampling and CAD-aided sample documentation

·       Samples are prepared in the production of samples which is under the control of the laboratory. The sample preparation can be performed according to DIN or ASME IX standards.

·       Data-logged 1-D tensile tests at room, increased or low temperatures (from -180°C and +1200°C) and for either round or flat samples. The 400kN tensile force allows the investigation on bigger samples from high-strength engineering materials.

·       Data-logged three-points bending tests with a range of mandrel diameters between 10 ... 90mm

·       Notched bar impact tests at room temperature of up to -196°C

·       Hardness testing in HV, HRC and HB

·       Micro hardness testing - including plot of the related hardness pattern

·       Material analysis by means of spectral analysis equipment  for five alloy categories (Fe, Co, Ni, Al, Ti)

·       Production and evaluation of metallographic polishes by means of a microscope (magnification 50x  - 1000x)








Laboratory equipment


Micro hardness tester “LECO AMH43“

Semiautomatic Vickers hardness tester (manual Z axis)


IMC Extrudertechnology applies loads HV 0.01 / HV 0.025 / HV 0.05 / HV 0.1 / HV 0.2 / HV 0.3 / HV 0.5 / HV 1 with optical magnifications of up to 1000x (digital interpolation of magnification 3700x and greater). In combination with LECO evaluation software (firmware) this system prepares hardness profiles at cross-section polishes for the evaluation of nitrogen hardening, nitro carburization and carburizing processes or performs process inspection and testing in build-up welding and joint welding.


Additionally, IMC Extrudertechnology makes use of this equipment to inspect sprayed layers applied on process samples (during determination of parameters at process development) and accompanying test coupons in continuously monitoring production.






Universal hardness tester “EMCOTEST M4C 075 G3“


IMC Extrudertechnology applies loads HV 5 / HV 10 / HV 30 / HRC / HBW 2,5 / 187,5 and uses this testing system to inspect surface hardness and core hardness.


Wet abrasive cutter “LECO Viper 300 A1“


This wet abrasive cutter is a machine for cutting samples. It is electronically controlled and effectively cuts specimens in a reproducible manner. This can be achieved by setting the following parameters: Controlled traverse cut (continuously variable speed control), pendulum cut with variably adjustable pulse frequency, limitable cutting pressure control, emulsion cooling, etc. Man remaining an instability factor, parameter settings are saved as a program to be used in any subsequent application.


Warm mounting press “ATM Opal 450“


Specimens to be inspected microscopically, macroscopically and in hardness profiles testing of a size up to Ø 50mm are embedded in plastics by this press. IMC Extrudertechnology preferably uses size Ø 40 mm for the embedding of samples. The fully-hydraulic press is automatically water-cooled and has a control mechanism which regulates heating and cooling times including corresponding temperatures.


Grinding and polishing machine “ATM Saphir 550“


This automatic grinding and polishing machine has a graphic panel (touch screen) displaying process and program storage and the machine’s entire operation in a user-friendly, easy and clear manner.


The machine is equipped with:


- single and central contact pressure

- disc diameter of 300 mm

- variable speed of working disc

- variable speed of sample actuator

- variable sample contact pressure

- automatic dispensing system


for six different media such as grinding suspensions/diamond lubricants etc.


Spectral analysis device “WAS Foundry Master“


This stationary spectral analysis device specially features the analysis of very small components. It examines and evaluates, for example, a piece of wire 3 mm in diameter on its skin surface. This can be achieved by a new continuance of the gas flow (jet stream) during the spark phase. Results are evaluated and documented on a connected PC by our WAS firmware.


The device is currently being designed for the basic matrixes Fe / Co / Ti / Ni / Al .


Pendulum impact tester “Galdabini Impact 450“


This pendulum impact tester (impact testing machine) has an impact energy of 450 J.


A rotary encoder with a rotation angle sensor unit and a pendulum swing sensor directly outputs the values achieved in Joule in digital form to the machine via an evaluation instrument. Additionally, the values are forwarded to a PC with which IMC generates reports from the results produced by the Galdabini firmware.


Universal testing machine “Messphysik Beta 400-3/7x15“


IMC carries out tests up to loads of 400 kN with the tensile, compression and flexure testing machine made by the Messphysik company. Tension bars are clamped hydraulically, enabling a variable holding force proportional to the tensile force. Expansion can either be seen directly at the sample by means of LaserSpeckle (laser extension meter) or a video extension meter, or indirectly by the crosshead travel (linear measurement).


Necking-in is, of course, measured conventionally (after completed testing), or online by a video extension meter against the light. The universal testing machine is further equipped with a temperature chamber where tensile tests are carried out at a controlled temperature range from - 150 to + 350 °C. In addition, the machine has a high-temperature furnace for performing tests at temperatures of up to

+800 °C.


Microstructure microscope “Olympus BX 51“


We use our microstructure microscope to evaluate cross-section polishes, assess specimens in damage analysis and as an aid in determining parameters during testing etc.


This microscope has magnifications 50x / 100x / 500x / 1000x. Image analysis software transmits display details of the microscope with a camera to a PC and on the screen where data are archived and may be further discussed.







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Tensile test                                                             Tensile test



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LECO “AMH 43                                                      ATM polishing machine



Several micrographs                                       Several welding images





An electrolytic polishing and etching machine including micro processors for software-controlled, automatic preparation of metallographic specimens.




- Raster function to easily determine parameters

- Built-in safety facilities

- Data bank including methods for manifold materials

- Short polishing times and highest reproducibility