State-of-the-art equipment in a World-Class Facility.

Our Zeiss MA10 Scanning Electron Microscope w/Thermo Scientific NORAN System 7 Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy is used for high magnification imaging with a high energy electron beam and analyzing emitted X-rays for elemental/chemical characterization.

We can use this piece of equipment to analyze fracture surfaces to determine where and why something failed. We can also assist customers with reverse engineering, quality control and to develop new coatings in which we need to know the chemistry.


Our Zeiss Stemi 2000C Stereo Microscope is an              optical microscope used for low magnification, three dimensional observation.


We use this piece of equipment to inspect parts for           surface defects (cracks) and we can conduct failure               analysis to examine fracture surfaces.



Our Zeiss Axiovert 40 Metallurgical Microscope is an optical microscope used for high magnification observation and verification of microstructures in heat treats steels and thermal spray coatings.

We can determine the microstructure present in the heat treated steels and what type of structure a fused thermal spray coating has. The system is also integrated with an image analysis program, which can be used to measure coating thickness, coating porosity, and percentage of tungsten carbide particles throughout the coating.


Our Keyence VK 9700 Laser Scanning Microscope produces high definition images and 3D measurerment models with 1nm resolution. This piece of equipment allows Fisher Barton to generate measurable three dimensional models of surfaces, allowing us to analyze surface topography and surface roughness.

We can analyze what the depth of the areas between the carbide packets are, which might give us an indication if
wear is an erosion and/or abrasion situation.


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Our Thermo Scientific ARL 9900 X-Ray Flourescence and X-Ray Diffraction unit is used for analyzing complex, unknown "bulk" samples, quantitatively identifying present elements and the crystallographic structure of the solid
"bulk" sample. This permits rapid and very precise and accurate analysis of solid samples of various kinds,
allowing us to analyze “anything” through X-ray Fluorescence, i.e. steel, powders, salts, abrasive media.




Our Leco GDS 850A Glow Discharge Spectrometer delivers highly accurate bulk analysis and quantitative
depth profiling for coating and surface treatment analysis. Glow Discharge Spectrometry utilizes a low-pressure, non-thermal process in which material is uniformly sputtered from the sample surface by a stream of argon ions. The sputtered material is then atomized and excited in a low-pressure plasma discharge, away from the sample surface.




The LECO TN400 Nitrogen Determinator and the LECO C230 Carbon Determinator are the preferred industry standard for analyzing the presence of nitrogen and carbon in test samples.





Our Instron 9350 Drop Weight Impact Tester produces the time history of applied force and deformation during a test, as well as Charpy V-notch impact toughness testing. This allows us to check the impact resistance of coatings, steels, and also allows us to check the toughness of the material. This is a great measurement tool which we can
set the impact tester at a (human?) level and we can
impact the coating or steel component with a given amount of energy. The data acquisition program will show the force applied over time to the material. This will also allow us to characterize whether we have ductile or brittle material.


Fisher Barton's MTS 322 Universal Testing Machine delivers the time history of applied force and deformation,
in addtion to mechanical properties and customized fatigue testing. This will tell us the mechanical properties, such as the yield strength, VTS, and elongation that will exist in some of our heat treated steels. It also has the ability to perform Fisher Barton designed fatigue tests, in which we can mount a component, “grab” an end of it, cycle it up and down, and see what the fatigue life is.


As the production of metal parts and components has become more complex, the need for precise technologies
to measure wear and tear and other causes of material failure has grown. Acknowledging that materials tend to wear differently in varying locations throughout the world, we've developed new abrasion and erosion testing capabilities to simulate natural field testing without the associated high costs. This enables us to rank the
abrasion and erosion resistance of materials through standardized testing to isolate the primary source of wear before our customers' parts hit the field.


Fisher Barton's Clemex CMT Automated Microhardness Tester provides Knoop and Vickers hardness testing with walk-away capability that eliminates operator errors for the most consistent, accurate results. With those measurements, we can convert those hardness readings into Rockwell “B” and Rockwell “C” readings that are
familiar with many people throughout the industry. We use this tester to perform case depth analysis on carburized surfaces. It can also be used to look at hardnesses of individual carbide particles or matrix materials that are
found within our coatings. We use this to our advantage to help us engineer coatings that require a special amount of erosion and/or abrasion wear resistance.


Fisher Barton set out to streamline and standardize sample preparation by investing in automated equipment that can mount, cut, and polish samples in a uniform production setting. Using this equipment produces easily compared results, which is important in development and in tracking uniformity and quality.




Our Struers DuraJet Hardness Tester is capable of
testing with all Rockwell (A, B, and C scales) and
Superficial Rockwell methods. Each one of these scales is used for determining the hardness on different types of materials, because there’s not a universal macro-hardness scale. This tester is preferable to older testers because it has a calibrated load cell that provides a much more accurate reading than the dead, hanging weight that are found on older testers. The readings are more consistent and more accurate.