February 13, 2014
Keighley Labs’ chemical analysis department offers material verification services to aerospace manufacturers, the energy sector, rail industry, foundries, plating companies, galvanizers, component importers, and general engineers.
In addition to classic wet chemistry, the company employs advanced inductively coupled plasma, atomic absorption, and glow discharge spectroscopy, depending on the application, as well as industry-standard techniques for carbon, sulfur, oxygen, and nitrogen analysis.
The chemistry department’s scope of UKAS accreditation covers a variety of ferrous and nonferrous metals, including iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminum and aluminum alloys, copper, cobalt, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc alloys. Non-UKAS accreditation also covers plating systems, air quality filters, and foundry consumables. The department works in tandem with the company’s in-house mechanical testing, metallography, weld testing, problem and failure investigation, and heat-treatment departments to provide complete on-site technical service.
Specimens can vary in size from a minute speck of material to a test bar to a finished component of almost any size. The team then determines the appropriate testing technique, according to material type, sample size, required turnaround time, and complexity of analysis.