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Welcome to Industrial Metallurgists, LLC!

Welcome to our website. Several years ago, someone remarked "you're an alchemist" after we explained what we do. Though we can't transform lead to gold, we have transformed products by optimizing materials. we focus on understanding the science and engineering of materials in order to help companies design and manufacture great products.

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Case Study: Cracking Chuck Failure Analysis

Posted by Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., P.E.
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A stainless steel tool chuck was cracking during product assembly, affecting about 30% of all chuck. A failure analysis of the cracked chucks and analysis of the chuck design and manufacturing process was performed to determine the root cause of the cracking. This article discusses the findings and how the problem could have been prevented.


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