Materialographic and spectrographic sample preparation – Metkon

Metallography is the science of revealing and evaluating the internal structures of materials. It is one of the most important methods of materials research today, indispensable to the scientist as well as to the engineer.

More recently, advanced materials such as high tech metal alloys, ceramics, composites and polymers have appeared which made metallography become an increasingly vital part of modern industry.

Optical emission spectrometry (OES) and X-Ray fluorescence are the most commonly used techniques for the analysis of metals and solid samples. Through a process of cutting, mounting, grinding and polishing, a smooth surface is obtained to reach the materials true structure. In order to achieve high preparation quality and reproducible results a combination of the right equipment, correct preparation method and the right consumables, which is known as a total preparation solution, is required.

Metkon offers solutions for sample preparation equipment and consumables for petrography, metallography and spectroscopy.

Metkon manufactures bench-top and floor-standing surface grinders, swing/automatic grinders and fully-automatic milling machines that offer efficient and easy preparation of various materials and improve the accuracy of your spectrographic analysis. Local back-up support is also offered on all Metkon products.

Metkon’s product range covers cutting, mounting, grinding and polishing, petrography, sample preparation for spectroscopy, etching, microscopy and hardness testing. The company has delivered 20 000 instruments globally and these include special purpose measuring equipment, test equipment for laboratory and manufacturing, material testing apparatus, cutting equipment for moulded parts, instruments for checking structure of steels and metals, hardness testing instruments, metal microscopes, metallographic instruments, specimen preparation systems, stereo microscopes, material testing equipment and machines, systems and apparatus for image processing and image analysis and image processing systems.

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