Metallurgy

Western Extrusions offers some of the most advanced metallurgical services and testing abilities in our industry. With two full-time, certified metallurgists on staff with access to some of the best equipment on the market, we are able to offer top-notch service for our customers to properly determine all aspects of the quality of our product.

Metallurgical Evaluation

Utilizing High-End Zeiss Metallographic Microscopes

  • Fully equipped to mount, prep and analyze extrusion samples
  • Utilize image analysis software for:
    • Grain sizing
    • Percent area calculation
    • Quantify results
  • Uses:
    • Characterize extruded structure of successful and failed samples
    • Determine/verify extrusion process conditions
    • Verify incoming billet quality
    • Reporting results

Metallurgical Equipment

  • Sample Preparation
    Grinding and Automated Polishing

  • Lab Furnace
    Develop thermal practices
    (550°F high limit)

  • Metallographic Scope
    1.25, 5x, 10x, 20x objectives
       -Digital camera equipped
       -Image analysis software

  • Stereo Microscope
    Carl Zeiss Optics
    10x power and light source