Utilize Intertek's Failure Analysis services to improve product quality and manufacturing process.

Intertek’s failure analysis services and capabilities go well beyond physical testing. We maintain state-of-the-art equipment, materials science, and product expertise to provide a complete analysis of your product, testing the total environment and condition of metal parts and sub assemblies, including the microstructure level.

  • Chemical Verification
  • Contamination Analysis
  • Corrosion Analysis
  • Fiber Identification
  • Fractography
  • Macro Etching
  • Microstructure Evaluation
  • Photo Documentation
  • Physical Testing
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and EDS
  • Surface Contamination
  • Weld Evaluation


The increasingly sophisticated applications of materials including: plastics, composites, adhesives, coatings and paint require their own unique approach to failure analysis. Intertek provides services to identify base materials and contaminants, and analytical techniques to characterize sources of fractures and failures.

  • Adhesive Identification
  • Contaminant Identification
  • Coating Contamination
  • Paint Identification
  • Fractography
  • Physical Testing
  • Photo Documentation
  • Surface Contamination

Examples of components and assemblies analyzed by Intertek:

Metal and Non-Metal Assemblies

  • Conveyor Belt Joint
  • Medical Bed Drives
  • Motor
  • Aluminum Swim Platforms


  • Conveyor Pulley, Lift Assembly
  • Injection Mold Nozzle
  • Trailer Hitch And Chassis
  • Ball Screws, Sliding Screws
  • Bolts, Screws, Studs
  • Shafts
  • Springs
  • Brackets
  • Medical Saws
  • Waster Water Treatment Piping
  • Aluminum/Steel Fuel Connectors
  • Aluminum Stroller
  • Casting Magnesium Fan Housing
  • Fan Hub
  • Copper Electric Contact And Connector
  • Aluminum Voice Wire, Stainless Steel Wire
  • Convertible Drive Shafts, Hinges
  • Chairs
  • Weld Evaluation Of Structures On Yacht, Conveyor Lift, Aluminum And Stainless Steel Tubes
  • Powder Metal Sliders
  • Saw Blades


  • Fractured Plastic Components
  • Paint Adhesion Failures
  • Contaminants In Paints And Plastics
  • Plastic Part Material Benchmarking
  • Contaminants In Filter Assemblies
  • Fiber Distribution In Fiber Reinforced Plastics
  • Comparison Of Contaminants To Possible Sources Among Process Chemicals
  • Plastic Weld (Vibration, Heat) Failures
  • Lubricant Analyses
  • Solder Failures And Contaminant Analyses On Printed Circuit Boards
  • Contaminants And Adhesion Failures In Plated Plastic Parts
  • Automotive Interior Assemblies
  • Furniture Components
  • Medical Tools And Furniture
  • Organic Contaminants In Metal Parts And Assemblies
  • Electrical Component Decapsulation
  • Visual Defects And Contamination In Vinyls & Fabrics
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