Montanhydraulik has opened a modern test laboratory at the Holzwickede site after about one year of planning and construction. A team of qualified and trained engineers now has several advanced test devices available in the laboratory, which can be used to tackle a complete test cycle. Customers can expect faster reaction times, higher quality assurance and optimized products in the future.
“We are pleased that we now have the opportunity to advance the research and development of our coatings in-house. At the same time, the digital measuring procedures enable us to eliminate test errors, which are often the case with conventional, manual procedures,” explains Dr. Sebastian Sgro, Head of Research and Development.
Working according to DIN standard
The heart of the testing laboratory is a hardness tester with a digital microscope. It enables a 1000-fold magnification of the sample. Cracks, pores or connection errors become visible at a glance. “The results can be discussed directly and forwarded to the research department. This enables us to work even faster and more precisely and to implement customer requirements more effectively,” explains Andreas Beisel, engineer in research and development. Hardness testing according to Vickers can also be carried out with the device.
The individual metallographic samples are obtained by an automatic wet cutting machine. A fully equipped system fume hood ensures that no toxic fumes are inhaled while the samples are poured into the mold. The fume cupboard complies with all relevant safety standards. In addition, the test laboratory is equipped with a corrosion testing device with which, in addition to standardized corrosion tests such as the salt spray test, freely programmable climate change tests can also be carried out.