Certification

Datalab provides specimen testing (on plated, anodized or cleaned test panels). Our testing is done to the exacting requirements of military and industrial specifications or to your special requirements. Results are sent back to you in the form of numbered, certified reports. We routinely perform:


Salt spray testing per ASTM B117 and other specifications

Abrasion testing per FED-STD-141 and other specifications

h3 embrittlement per ASTM F519 and other specifications


If you certify your processing to MIL, ASTM, AMS or internal specifications, look through the table on this page to see what testing may be required.

Specification

Callouts

Required Certification Testing

Mil-A-8625

Anodizing

Type I

Type IB

Type IC

Type II

Type IIB

Type III

Coupon Testing - Monthly

MIL-A-8625 ¶4.3.3.1 requires monthly testing of anodized panels (test specimens) to confirm that your process is meeting specification requirements. These tests include coating weight, corrosion resistance, light fastness and abrasion resistance. The exact tests and parameters depend upon the type, class and sealing. See MIL-A-8625 for details.

Mil-C-26074

Electroless Nickel

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Coupon Testing - Quarterly

MIL-C-26074 requires quarterly testing of plated panels for destructive adhesion (¶ 4.4.1), destructive thickness (¶ 4.4.5), and (¶ 3.3.4) corrosion resistance. Datalab performs these tests on a group of panels prepared according to the specification. See MIL-C-26074 for details.

ASTM B733

Electroless Nickel

Type I

Type II

Type III

Type IV

Type V

Coupon Testing - Monthly

ASTM B733 ¶7.3.1 and ¶7.3.2 require monthly testing of phosphorus content in the deposit and for microhardness. Datalab has the equipment and experience to perform these tests and to keep records of the results for SPC and audit purposes. Plating porosity and adhesion are specified as acceptance tests; however, periodic correlation of in-house results is encouraged.

AMS-C-26074

Electroless Nickel

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Coupon Testing - Monthly

AMS-C-26074 ¶4.4.2: requires monthly testing for hydrogen embrittlement per ASTM F 519; ¶4.4.4: requires monthly testing for plating hardness; Datalab can perform these required tests and report results.


Coupon Testing - Quarterly

AMS-C-26074 ¶4.4.5: requires a quarterly destructive thickness test to be compared with non-destructive acceptance test method; ¶3.3.4: Grade A coatings (exceeding 1 mil thickness) require corrosion resistance testing per ASTM B 117 if the plated material is hardened steel (>Rockwell C40); Datalab can perform these tests for you and report results.

AMS 2404

Electroless Nickel

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Coupon Testing - Monthly

AMS 2404 ¶3.4.3 requires monthly testing for corrosion resistance, ¶3.4.4 requires testing for plating hardness, ¶3.4.5 requires testing for hydrogen embrittlement, ¶3.4.6 requires testing for internal stress and ¶3.4.7 requires testing for phosphorus content.

FED QQ-N-290

Nickel Plating

Class 1

Class 2


SB

SD

M

Coupon Testing - Monthly

FED QQ-N-290 ¶4.4.3 requires plated panels for destructive tests to be included with each process lot (see FED QQ-N-290 for details); however, AMS QQ-N-290 allows monthly testing for hydrogen embrittlement, destructive thickness and destructive adhesion to confirm process performance.

FED QQ-P-416

Cadmium Plating

Type II

Type II

Type III

Coupon Testing - Monthly

FED QQ-P-416 requires plated panels to be tested monthly. ¶4.5.1 requires destructive adhesion testing, ¶4.5.2 requires corrosion resistance (salt spray) and ¶4.5.3 requires embrittlement testing on hard steels (see FED QQ-P-416 for details).

FED QQ-C-320

Chrome Plating

Type I

Type II

Coupon Testing - Monthly

FED QQ-C-320 requires plated panels to be tested monthly. ¶3.4.2.3 requires hardness testing, ¶3.4.2.4 requires porosity testing and ¶3.2.6 requires embrittlement testing on hard steels (see FED QQ-C-320 for details).

AMS 2403

Nickel Plating

 

Coupon Testing - Periodic

The period for testing should be established by agreement between supplier and purchaser. AMS 2403 ¶3.4.3 requires testing for heat resistance, ¶3.4.4 requires testing for corrosion resistance, and ¶3.4.5 requires testing for hydrogen embrittlement.

AMS 2423

Nickel Plating

Hard Deposit

 

Coupon Testing - Periodic

The period for testing should be established by agreement between supplier and purchaser. AMS 2423 ¶3.4.3 requires stress testing and ¶3.4.5 requires testing for hydrogen embrittlement.

AMS 2416

Nickel-Cadmium

Diffused

 

Coupon Testing - Periodic

The period for testing should be established by agreement between supplier and purchaser. AMS 2416 ¶3.3.2 requires testing for heat resistance, ¶3.3.3 requires testing for corrosion resistance, and ¶3.3.4 requires a periodic nickel stress test.

AMS 2400

Cadmium Plating

 

Coupon Testing - Periodic

The period for testing should be established by agreement between supplier and purchaser. AMS 2400 ¶3.4.3 requires testing for corrosion resistance and ¶3.4.4 requires testing for hydrogen embrittlement.

MIL-G-45204 (ASTM B488)

Gold Plating

Type II

Type II

Type III


Grade A

Grade B

Grade C

Grade D

Coupon Testing - Periodic

MIL-G-45204 and ASTM B488 require testing for plate purity (¶X5.3.4), and plate hardness (¶X5.3.4) (see MIL-G-45204 for details). In addition, to maintain gold purity, we recommend testing a bath sample for Pb, Cr, Cu and Fe to ensure that impurities test below recommended limits. In soft gold baths, Co and Ni should also be tested as impurities.

AMS 2422

Gold Plating

 

Coupon Testing - Periodic

The period for testing should be established by agreement between supplier and purchaser. AMS 2422 ¶3.4.4 requires tests for plate purity and ¶3.4.5 requires tests for corrosion resistance.

Services

Sampling & Analytics

We are able to take air monitoring, liquid, solid and stack samples. Our analysis equipment includes flame AA, ICP, Ion Chromatography, Spectrophotometry, Cyanide Distillation and a fully stocked analytical laboratory.


We are certified as an Environmental Laboratory by the California Department of Public Health, ELAP #2663.

Chemical Process

For our clients needing Statistical Process Control (SPC) we provide results using ChemTrak software.

PE & CIH

We are able to provide PE and CIH certifications. You may require these for tank and containment or industrial hygiene certifications.

Mechanical Testing

We have sectioning and mounting capabilities for such items as PC boards and metallurgical specimens. We have a salt spray test unit, a Taber abrasion testing instrument and an Instron tensile tester.

Contact Us

Phone: 510-867-9534
Email: staff@datalab.com

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