Equipment


Alphabetical List by Equipment

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A partial list of our major equipment is located below. Click on the test methods for a more complete description. Please contact us so we can help you select the test that best meets your needs.

Brinell Hardness Tester
Dielectric Strength Tester
DSC – Differential Scanning Calorimeter
EDS – Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometer
Flexural Tester
FTIR - Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer
GDS – Glow Discharge Spectrometer
Knoop Microhardness Tester
Optical Microscope – High Magnification
Rockwell Hardness Tester
SEM - Scanning Electron Microscope
Tensile Tester - Plastic
Tensile Tester - Metal
TGA – Thermogravimetric Analyzer
XRF – X-Ray Fluorescence for Plating Thickness



Brinell Hardness Tester

ASTM E10

Method(s): ASTM E10

Purpose:Measure the Brinell hardness of a metal sample.

Make/Model:

Newage Testing Instruments
NB3010 Brinell Hardness Tester



Dielectric Strength Tester

Purpose:Measures the amount of AC voltage that an insulator can withstand before it burns through.

Make/Model:

Hipotronics Dielectric Strength Tester, Model 7100-5/D149, 100,000 VAC



DSC – Differential Scanning Calorimeter

Purpose: Measures the temperature and energy of thermal transitions such as melting point, glass transition, and curing reactions.

Make/Model:

TA Instruments, Q2000, Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
 Has auto-sampler and modulated DSC capability.
Refrigerated Cooling System 90 (RCS 90)



EDS – Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometer

EDS Manual

Method(s): EDS | SEM

Purpose: Identify the major inorganic elements in a material.

Make/Model:

Thermo Electron / Noran, System Six
 Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) detector.
JEOL, Model JSM 6360LV, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)



Flexural Tester

ASTM-D790

Method(s): ASTM D790 | ISO 178

Purpose: Measure the flexural strength and flexural modulus of a rigid plastic.

Make/Model:

MTS Systems, Insight 50, Flexural Tester
10,000 lbf, 1000 lbf, 100 lbf, and 5 lbf load cells.



FTIR - Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer

ASTM E1252

Method(s): ASTM E1252

Purpose: Identify the primary component of a plastic, rubber, or organic material.

Make/Model:

Perkin Elmer, Spectrum 100, Infrared Spectrometer
 Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR)
Perkin Elmer, Multiscope, Infrared Microscope



GDS – Glow Discharge Spectrometer

GDS Manual

Method(s): GDS

Purpose: Quantitative chemical analysis of the elements in a metal sample.

Make/Model:

Leco, GDS 400A, Glow Discharge Spectrometer (GDS)



Knoop Microhardness Tester

ASTM E384

Method(s): ASTM B578 | ASTM E384

Purpose: Measure the microhardness of a metal sample.

Make/Model:

Mitutoyo MVK-H1 Microhardness Tester



Optical Microscope – High Magnification

Purpose: Reveal the shape and size of microscopic structures in metals, circuit boards, and contaminants.

Make/Model:

Reichert Polyvar, Optical Microscope with Digital Camera, 20 to 2,000X



Rockwell Hardness Tester

ASTM E18

Method(s): ASTM D785 | ASTM E18

Purpose: Measure the Rockwell hardness of a plastic or metal sample.

Make/Model:

United Testing Systems
 Tru-Blue II Rockwell Hardness Tester



SEM - Scanning Electron Microscope

SEM EDS Manual

Method(s): ASTM B748 | SEM | EDS

Purpose: Generates images of samples at magnifications up to 100,000X.

Make/Model:

JEOL, 6360LV, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
 Secondary Electron Imaging (SEI) detector.
 Backscatter Electron Imaging (BEI) detector.
 High and low vacuum imaging modes.
Thermo Electron, System Six, EDS Detector



Tensile Tester - Plastic

Purpose: Measure the strength of a plastic material in tension.

Make/Model:

MTS Systems, QTest 50LP, Tensile Tester
 10,000 lbf, 1000 lbf, 100 lbf, and 10 lbf load cells.
MTS Extensometers



Tensile Tester - Metal

Purpose: Measure the strength of a metal material in tension.

Make/Model:

Tinius Olsen, Hydraulic Tensile Tester
 50,000 lbf load cell
Instron, Electromechanical Tenster
 20,000 lbf load cell
United Testing Systems Extensometers



TGA – Thermogravimetric Analyzer

ASTM E1131

Method(s): ASTM E1131

Purpose: Measure the weight percentage of volatile components, combustible matter, and ash in a sample by continuously weighing the sample as it is heated through temperatures of up to 1000°C.

Make/Model:

TA Instruments, Q500 Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
 Sixteen position auto-sampler.



XRF – X-Ray Fluorescence for Plating Thickness

ASTM B568

Method(s): ASTM B568

Purpose: Non-destructively measure the thickness of a metallic plating.

Make/Model:

Fischer XAN Series XRF
Fischer XDVM Series XRF