An experienced, comprehensive approach to failure analysis

Product failures and defects are costly and can erode customer confidence when they occur in the field. We conduct comprehensive metallographic failure analysis to investigate material and manufacturing issues to help prevent future failures. Leveraging years of experience and the broad industry knowledge of our materials specialists, we strive to get to the metallurgical contributing factors of your failure. We combine background information related to design, intended use, operating conditions, and manufacturing history with our thorough material examination to evaluate multiple aspects of the material properties. Our examination can provide you with the metallurgical failure information you need to assist in taking the right corrective actions.

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Analysis Techniques

  • Scanning Election Microscope (SEM) evaluation
  • Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) analysis
  • Metallographic cross-section evaluation
  • Macroscopic and visual fracture examination
  • Chemical composition verification
  • Mechanical properties verification

Failure Determination

  • Fractographic failure analysis
  • Microstructural failure analysis
  • Corrosion product analysis
  • Defect analysis
  • Inclusion analysis
  • Detrimental intermetallic phases evaluation
  • Heat treatment examination

Industry Standards

  • ABS (American Bureau of Ships)
  • AIS (Aerospace Industry Standard)
  • ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)
  • AWS (American Welding Society)
  • DIN (German Institute for Standardization)
  • EN (European Standards)
  • ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
  • JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards)
  • NADCA (North American Die Casting Association)
  • NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command)
  • Norsok (Qualification of Manufacturers of Specific Materials)
  • PED (Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU)
  • RR (Rolls-Royce)
  • SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
  • TARDEC (Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center)

Other Services

Mechanical Testing

Our knowledgeable personnel can effectively measure mechanical properties through tensile, hardness, and impact testing on a wide range of materials and components quickly providing the data you need.

Chemical Analysis

Equipped with a variety of spectrographic and analytical equipment, we efficiently and accurately conduct chemical compositional analysis at competitive prices and fast turnaround times.

Weld Evaluation & Qualification

Staffed with certified welding inspectors, we ensure your welders and welding procedures meet third party, domestic, and international standards.

Failure Analysis

Leveraging years of experience and the broad industry knowledge of our material specialists and engineers, we identify factors related to failures and determine metallurgical and mechanical root causes.


Our skilled metallurgist and materials engineers are qualified to evaluate the microstructure and material condition of your product to a wide range of specifications using visual and image analysis techniques.

Salt Spray & Corrosion

Salt spray testing, including ASTM B117, for the finishing, painting, and plating industries. Corrosion testing and environmental simulations to determine durability and performance.

Specialty Testing

We’ll leverage the expertise and experience of our staff to meet your unique customized testing requirements to get the specified data you need.

Committed to Quality

At Anderson Laboratories we take pride in offering the highest quality, cost effective, timely answers to our customers’ material challenges. We are accredited to the International Organization for Standardization ISO/IEC 17025 through American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and our management system, quality policies and business practices follow the process model and key elements of ISO 9001:2015. You can count on us for responsive customer service and reliable, accurate test results.

To learn more about our quality processes and testing procedures, contact our qualified team today.

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Committed to Quality