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Materials Tested

Tool Steel

An expert in corrosion testing and failure testing, SGS MSi Testing has over 30 years’ experience in metallurgical studies and chemical analyses.

Using state-of-the-art equipment, our chemists perform analysis on tool steels and other alloys, adhering to ASTM and other industry specifications. SGS MSi prioritizes your budget and timeline, and has developed a client-focused service model that ensures your satisfaction and meets the most rigorous project specifications.

Used in the manufacture of tools and tooling components, tool steels include a variety of alloy and carbon steels characterized by abrasion resistance, red hardness and corrosion resistance. Partnering with the manufacturing, automotive and metal stamping industries, among others, SGS MSi uses chemical analysis to select materials, verify composition, and determine the reliability and longevity of the metal.

Tool Steels

Common applications for tool steel include:

  • Plastic molds
  • Precision tools
  • Punching
  • Blanking dies
  • Shear blades & knife blades
  • Hammers & sledges


Tool Steel Testing Services

During chemical analysis of tool steels, it is SGS MSi’s goal to ensure the safety and performance of your material. We can also determine: (1) whether manufacturing processes will compromise the tool steel’s structure, (2) whether the metal is susceptible to failure or corrosion, and (3) whether these flaws might impact product integrity.

Depending upon your needs, SGS MSi chemical analysis capabilities include:

  • ICP Metal Analysis
  • OES Spectroscopy
  • Leco Analysis (carbon, sulfur, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen)
  • XRF Analysis
  • Alloy Verification & Identification
  • Microwave Digestion
  • Re-melt Capability
  • Positive Material Identification Testing

Based on sample size and usage requirements, our team of chemists will recommend testing options that are best suited to your tool steel application. If you require further testing, our graduate metallurgical engineers provide product safety testing, mechanical testing and more for your materials sample. When tool steel chemical testing is complete, you will receive a detailed evaluation of our results in easy-to-understand verbiage.  

Contact us today to learn more about our metallurgical testing services.