MAIN Equipment

Laboratory Based Equipment.

The main equipment includes 8 band saws, a lathe, three milling machines, two surface grinders and an under-water cut-off machine for sample preparation. In the laboratory there is one 1000 kN JINAN universal tensile testing machine, one 500 kN. AVERY universal tensile testing machine, one 300kN SANS universal tensile testing machine, a 300 J Avery Denison impact tester, an EMCO hardness tester able to perform Brinell, Vickers and Rockwell hardness testing, a TIME TH720 Vickers hardness tester able to perform HV30, HV10 and HV5 hardness testing and a TH300 Rockwell Hardness tester for testing Rockwell C and B hardness scales. There is a Fischer Feritscope to determine ferrite content in austenitic stainless and duplex stainless steels in the laboratory and on site at the customer’s premises. A metallurgical microscope with a digital camera to do metallographic examinations is available. All the necessary polishing equipment to prepare samples for macro and micro analyses is available in the laboratory. There are two furnaces for heat treatment trials. A Bruker Q4 TASMAN mass spectrometer is used to do chemical analyses on iron, copper and alluminium base materials in the laboratory.

Mobile Equipment for On-site testing.

Two Bruker Q4 Mobile mass spectrometers for onsite chemical analysis (PMI) on ferrous metals and two Bruker Titan handheld XRF analysers for PMI (positive material identification), a Telebrineller portable hardness tester for onsite Brinell hardness testing and a Proseq Equotip 3 portable hardness tester able to perform onsite Brinell, Vickers and Rockwell hardness testing, is some of the mobile equipment that is used to do on site testing. Trained personnel with the necessary skills and equipment to take replicas and to do on site etching, copper sulphate tests and hardness tests are available to perform these tests. All the testing and measuring equipment is regularly calibrated and serviced by SANAS accredited service providers to ensure that accurate and correct values are obtained at all times.

All testing is performed according to international, national and internal methods, standards, codes and procedures to ensure compliance.