Testing Capabilities: Microscopy/Microanalysis

Microscopy is an essential analytical technique used in almost every branch of science. In the life sciences (biology-microbiology), it is used to identify and count organisms such as mold or bacteria.  Light optical and electron microscopes are employed by materials scientists to classify structures, identify inclusions, and determine the root cause of failures.  Industrial Hygiene analysts use microscopy to detect and quantify the presence of asbestos fibers and to characterize airborne particulates.  Modern Laboratories extensive microscopy facilities serve the analytical needs of customers in all these fields, and a lot more!


Testing Capabilities

  • Microstructure Evaluations
  • High Volume Metallography
  • Quantitative Image Analysis
  • Micro-hardness Testing
  • Grain Size
  • Case Depth and Decarburization
  • Inclusion Rating and Identification
  • Graphite Size and Type
  • Coatings Analysis
  • Weld Examinations
  • Surface Analysis
  • Heat Treatment Properties
  • Particle Hardness and Analysis
  • Macrostructure and Grain Flow
  • Corrosion testing, IGA/IGO
  • Fractography
  • Electron Microscopy-Microchemistry
  • X-Ray Mapping and Imaging
  • Millipore Cleanliness Testing
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  • SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope)
  • EDS X-Ray Spectrometer and Imaging
  • SEM Gold/Carbon Sputter Coating
  • Microscopes, Inverted, Upright
    • Up to 2000X
    • Dark Field
    • Polarized
    • Numanski
    • Phase Contrast
    • Digital Imaging
  • Computerized Image Analysis
  • Stereo Zoom Scopes
  • Quebec Colony Counters
  • Digital Macroscopy
  • Field Replication Microscopy
  • Micro-hardness Testers (Computer-controlled)
  • Extensive Metallographlc Sample Prep
    • Cut-Off Saws, including Automated
    • Mounting Presses
    • Automated Polishing
  • Macroetching Facilities

Metallurgical Testing Lab

Modern is a certified supplier of materials testing, analysis and research. Our sales engineers, lab technicians and managers from Modern Industries are eager to review your current and future projects.
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  • A2LA accredited
  • ISO 9001: 2008
  • ISO17025: 2005
  • Nelac
  • Mechanical testing
  • Chemical testing
  • Failure analysis
  • Magnetic particle inspection – MPI
  • Zyglo Penetrant
  • Charpy/Impact
  • Stress rupture testing
  • Scanning electron microscopes
  • Environmental testing
  • Consultation

Failure Analysis

Failure and corrosion cost less to prevent than to correct.  That is why the Modern Materials Research Division offers a full range of metallurgical testing and inspection services.

The economic effects of corrosion result in $70 billion in damage a year.  This occurs as a result of equipment loss, plant shutdown, reduced efficiency, and loss of product.

Failures can result from product design errors, improper material selection, material defects from fabrication or heat treatment, corrosion, or non-design forces acting on a component.  Failure analysis isolates causes to help ensure that costly replacement, injuries, or down-time don’t recur.  Design-phase materials consultation and routine QC metallography can help anticipate problems and prevent failures.

Failure Analysis Services

  • Metallic Materials
  • Polymeric Materials
  • Ceramic Materials
  • Composite Materials
  • Construction Materials
  • Powdered Metals
  • Paints and Coatings
  • Corrosion Analysis
  • Machinery and Structures
  • Automotive and Heavy Equipment
  • Aircraft
  • Mining Equipment
  • Oil Field Equipment and Pipeline
  • Consumer Products

Materials Engineering Services

  • Materials Engineering Services
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • Powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • Electrochemical Testing
  • Materials Selection and Evaluation
  • Manufacturing Process Problem Solving
  • Complete Photographic Services
  • Expert Legal Witness
  • Independent Lab Services
  • For Insurance Companies
  • Contract Research and Development

Alloys We Test:

  • Carbon and Low Alloy Steel
  • Copper, Bronze, Brass
  • Aluminum Alloys
  • Nickle Alloys – Inconel, Incoloy, Waspaloy, Hasteloy
  • Cobalt – Rene, Stellite
  • Titanium Alloys
  • Magnesium
  • Cast Irons
  • Cast Steels