Application examples

The Imprinting process according to DIN SPEC 4864 enables the mechanical properties to be determined quickly and reliably, either as a substitute for or in addition to the tensile test or conventional hardness test.

The typical applications are in inspection and quality assurance

  • during the inspection during production
  • for local tests, e.g. after heat treatment or for weld seam tests
  • in incoming and outgoing goods for fast and reliable determination of the material quality
  • in the fast and close to production 100% inspection  
  • as well as other testing tasks which cannot be solved by the tensile test due to the necessary specimen size, speed, etc. the tensile test are not solvable
The main advantages in all applications are the fast, flexible and low-destructive testing of components, specimens and semi-finished products. 

Production / Goods receipt / Goods issue

Example 1:
Testing of press-hardened sheet metal parts


  • Long waiting time due to tensile test in external laboratory
  • High testing costs
  • Local testing at small distances of 3-10 mm not possible

Solution by imprinting process:

  • Shortened development times due to fast and inexpensive material characterization
  • Strength determination at short intervals

Example 2: Safe incoming goods inspection

Example 3: QA for small components

Example 4: Comparison of testing costs

Local / P
unctual mechanical properties

Example 4:
Strength analysis of edge zone

Problem Statement:

  • Determination of flow curves for the boundary layer only conditionally realizable
  • Upset test specimens with a case hardening depth of
    EHT = 3 mm must be realized.
  • Elaborate sample preparation

Solution by imprinting process:

  • Determination of flow curves directly in the edge zone of the tooth flank
  • Complicated manufacturing process of upsetting samples is no longer necessary

Example 5:
Local weld inspection

Problem Statement:

  • Hardness test only conditional statement on strength
  • No FEM simulation possible

Solution by imprinting process:

  • Determine yield stressYSand ultimate tensil strength UTS at defined distances in a weld seam
  • Data can be used for detailed FEM simulations
  • Optimization of the welding process

Example 6:
Material data for FEM in forming technology

Problem Statement:

  • Very small blanks, which cannot be characterized by compression or tensile tests.
  • Preliminary stages are used
  • The following forming and process steps are not considered

Solution by imprinting process:

  • Strength determination also on small components
  • Data can be used for detailed FEM simulations
  • Optimization of the forming processes

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