Workshop and Mechanical Laboratory
Besides the numerous disassembly tasks necessary for failure analysis, these facilities allow us to erect a wide variety of test apparatus, so that our engineers can measure and record load and stress data.
Our workshop is fully equipped to receive equipment or materials weighing up to 1 ton. Our specially designed loading bay offers clients easy access to deliver large parts and our internal winch capabilities allow easy and safe handling within the workshop.
Our mechanical laboratory is fully equipped with an extensive range of top quality tooling and equipment to handle the most complex of failure analysis tasks.
We may, for example, verify a suspect failure cause by duplicating the actual service loads in tests.
Our materials lab is where we test a wide range of commercial and consumer products to compare and verify actual performance capabilities. For example, our heat treating furnace allows tests to verify heat treatment specifications as well as investigate failures related to heat treatment history.
Other specific capabilities include:
- In-house MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspection) station used to identify cracks in ferrous metals (e.g. iron or other metals with iron content such as steel).
- Mobile MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspection) for on-site inspection.
- LPI (Liquid Penetrant Inspection) used to identify cracks in non-ferrous materials such as Aluminum or Copper.
- Pressure testing of piping.
- Load testing up to 10,000lbs.
- Water tank testing.
Our knowledge of engineering and materials science is a resource that underpins much of the forensic investigation work we carry out for our clients. When something fails, the soundness and appropriateness of the material immediately become issues. Baker Materials Engineering Ltd. has the skills and resources to delve into these important aspects. Our laboratory has been designed specifically to allow the testing and examination procedures that reveal what is critical to the failure.
In the metallurgy lab, under the microscope, our experts can scrutinize internal grain structures for heat treatment flaws. Mechanical properties can be measured at the micro scale providing definitive answers to failure problems.
Specific equipment in our metallurgy lab includes:
- Stereo Microscope
- Metallurgical Microscopy
- Hardness Tester
- Microhardness Tester
- Rotary Pumped Sputter Coater (for application of a thin gold coating to non-metallic samples analyzed in the SEM)
- SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope)