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Business services of materials technology laboratory

Business services of wood technology laboratory

RESEARCH UNIT MIKPOLIS IS YOUR PARTNER IN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Mikpolis is the research, development and innovation unit of South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences. Located in Mikkeli, it supports clients’ RDI activities and knowhow in material and manufacturing engineering industries.

We collaborate flexibly with business in shared-cost research projects as well as in single commissions. We use the resources of the material and wood technology laboratories, as well as related resources of our other areas of competence.

The materials technology laboratory offers a wide range of testing and analysis services for your business to specify and develop products, materials, structures and characteristics. We carry out external production quality control and we help to solve the problems and challenges of production processes. Our testing methods are customizable to the needs of our clients.

The laboratory of wood technology performs experimental impregnation of wood, thermal modification and drying of wood, designs and manufactures mold solutions for wood, furniture and reinforced plastics industry and offers a wide range of testing and analysis services.

Our laboratory and manufacturing environments are modern, superbly equipped and operated by skilled personnel.

Our operations have been developed successfully since the year 2005.

BUSINESS SERVICES OF MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

We specialize in mechanical testing of materials and structures in laboratory conditions as well as in customer locations.

Our load frames are suitable for static and dynamic tests, even at elevated temperatures. We can prepare the samples to be tested of the customer’s materials with CNC-methods.

We can characterize, in addition to the mechanical properties of materials, their structure, chemical and elemental composition. The thermal analysis allows us to determine the number of material properties over a wide temperature range. We also analyze the surface properties of materials with a comprehensive range of equipment.

Exposure of materials to light, heat, humidity and/or corrosion is tested with standard methods by condition, xenon, and salt fog exposure equipment. The impact of condition testing can be assessed with several analysing methods.

In our special competence of industrial glued joints, we provide consulting services by the personnel qualified in bonding technology (DVS ®/EWF European Adhesive Engineer). The services include, among others, advice on the choice of glue, the pre-treatment methods of the glued surfaces and design of the glued joints. We also offer the testing of glued joints (static and fatigue tests) as well as, where appropriate, specimen preparation for bonding in our laboratory.

Testing and analysis are carried out in accordance with the standards in force, adapting them or according to the needs of the client.

 

OUR SERVICES

  • Testing of materials and structures, analysis and characterization
  • Surface, structure and damage analyses
  • Condition testing (Xenon, salt fog, temperature/humidity)
  • Glued joint testing, condition testing, pre-treatment (with restrictions)
  • On-site strain-gauge measurements
  • On-site high-speed and thermal imaging of processes
  • External quality assurance
  • Small-scale design, dimensioning and calculation jobs
  • Mechanical, material and engineering expertise

DEVICE DATABASE

The basis of our extensive measurement services is a well-equipped testing environment including load frames (± 0.5 … 275 kN), DSC, DMA and TGA-thermal analysis equipment and SEM-EDS and optical imaging devices.

You can access the laboratory device database by clicking on this link.

Materials technology references

  • ABB Oyj
  • Ahlstrom Glassfibre Oyj
  • Boliden Kokkola Oy
  • Admor Composites Oy
  • Artic-Asennus Oy
  • Ashland Finland Oy
  • Bayer MaterialScience Aktiengesellschaft
  • Composite Source Oy
  • Control Express Finland Oy
  • Composite Solutions and Innovations Oy
  • Esmarin Oy
  • Exel Composites Oyj
  • Ensto Oy
  • Fiberline Oy
  • Finnester Coating Oy
  • Hexion Oy
  • Inspecta Tarkastus Oy
  • Icare Finland Oy
  • Imatex Oy
  • Isku Interior Oy
  • KONE Oyj
  • Mölnlycke Healthcare Oy
  • Nordpipe Composite Engineering Oy
  • Pipe-Modul Oy
  • Rejlers Oy
  • River Plast Oy
  • Royalcom Oy
  • Runtech Oy
  • Runtech Oy
  • Scanfibre Oy
  • SIA Valmiera – Andren
  • SIA Ventspils Composites
  • Sulmu Oy
  • Stalatube Oy
  • Vakiometalli Oy

BUSINESS SERVICES OF WOOD TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

The laboratory of wood technology serves businesses, public bodies and private individuals in the development of wood processing, production and manufacture industry.

DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE

We manufacture small and medium sized molds and lasts as well as prototypes for wood industry, furniture industry, metal industry and reinforced plastic industry with years of experience.

Our services include

  • material and product testing
  • analysis
  • simulation and
  • applied research

In addition, we offer prototype and trial production series of advanced products.

We use three and five-axis CNC machining centres and carpenter machinery for molds and lasts. In materials research and testing, we use materials and environmental technology laboratories.

Our Services

  • NC processing
  • CAD/CAM programming
  • Modelling and processing services
  • Scanning and digitizing of products
  • Manufacture of moulds and lasts
  • Material and manufacturing know-how

Wood impregnation, drying and heat modification

We offer wood impregnation, drying and heat modification. Our services include process optimization, chemical testing and test sample treatments according to customer’s wishes. We are also implementing various special treatments and drying with a comprehensive laboratory equipment.

We have, in our disposal, four impregnation systems, as well as a HDT-drying plant, which allows the implementation of a number of different processes. In addition, we carry out, if necessary, the testing of the modified material. There is also a paint shop in our wood laboratory.

Our Services

  • Wood modification and process optimization (rot, mold, fire, humidity, weather and termite protection).
  • Chemical analysis (e.g. viscosity, dry-matter content)
  • Biological testing of wood materials (rot, blue-stain fungus and mould), as well as insect resistance in cooperation with other research institutes (termites, beetles)
  • Artificial aging of wood material (EN 84 and EN 73)
  • Weather resistance in laboratory (rain, salt fog, UV and Xenon light) as well as outdoor conditions
  • Behavior of wood materials in humidity and dimensional stability
  • Delamination tests of glued joints
  • External quality control
  • Color and gloss analyses
  • Surface hardening
  • Wear resistance
  • Testing of bending, pulling and compression strength

DEVICE DATABASE

MACHINING

Woodworking processes are based on five (1600 x 3000 mm) and three-axis machining centres (table 1500 x 1500 mm).

You can access the laboratory device database by clicking on this link.

WOOD IMPREGNATION

  • Operating temperature 0 … 75 °C and pressure -1 … 15 bar
  • Cylinder length 4.4 m and diameter 750 mm. Volume, empty, 2050 litres
  • Cooling and heating system
  • Pressurizing with hydraulic pump or air compressor (13.5 bar)
  • Impregnation with compressed air. Can be carried out either with full cylinders or tanks of different sizes. Treatments for small parts or with small amount of chemical
  • Vacuum impregnation in laboratory In accordance with the standard EN 113

DRYING

Warm air, vacuum-, high frequency vacuum or hybrid drying. The maximum length of goods 4.2 m. The filling volume of the furnace about 2-3 m3. Steaming of the load with live steam or spraying with cold water. Operating temperature max. 120 °C.

HEAT MODIFICATION

  • In heat impregnation, the maximum operating temperature is 200 ° C and the pressure is -1 … 16 bar
  • The length of impregnation cylinder  is 2 metres and diameter 380 mm
  • Heating and cooling system of the cylinder and the liquid tank
  • Pressurizing with nitrogen (11 bar), compressed air (13 bar) or water vapour (15.5 bar)
  • Liquid tank capacity 250 litres

Heat modification
• In heat impregnation, the maximum operating temperature is 200 ° C and the pressure is -1 … 16 bar
• The length of impregnation cylinder is 2 metres and diameter 380 mm
• Heating and cooling system of the cylinder and the liquid tank
• Pressurizing with nitrogen (11 bar), compressed air (13 bar) or water vapour (15.5 bar)
• Liquid tank capacity 250 litres

References of wood technology

  • Oy Esmarin Composites Ltd
  • Harrin Kaluste ja Maalaus Ky
  • Hovinikkarit Oy
  • Koskisen Oy
  • Kome Oy
  • Mainostalo Mainospuu Oy
  • Muotouma Ky
  • Mikkelin Betoni Oy
  • Pedro Oy
  • Real Composite Oy
  • Pauliina Rundgren Handicrafts
  • Arvo Piiroinen Oy
  • Pixner OÜ
  • PP-Lures Tmi.
  • Relicomp Oy
  • Short Rest Solutions Oy
  • Studio Telivuo Oy
  • Suomen Viilupuu Oy
  • VK-Products Oy
  • Kokopuu Oy
  • Taidegraafikko Kirsimaria E. Törönen-Ripatti
  • UPM Kymmene Wood Oy
  • Lappeenrannan teknillinen yliopisto
  • Lipa-Betoni Oy
  • Hits-Ari Ky
  • Saimaan Juomatehdas Oy
  • Metsäliitto osuuskunta
  • Isku Interior Oy
  • Woodio Oy
  • Finotrol Oy
  • Sulzer-Pumps Finland Oy

 

  • Redsdesign
  • Oy Finn-Tack Ltd
  • Osuuskauppa Suur-Savo
  • DeSavo ry
  • Etelä-Savon Koulutus Oy
  • Tehomet Oy
  • Paattimaakarit
  • FP Wood Oy
  • Stora Enso Oy
  • VTT
  • Koskisen Oy
  • Palonot Oy

XAMK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

As a research and development organization, Xamk aims at, in particular, to develop the regions of Kouvola, Kotka, Mikkeli and Savonlinna. The goal is to improve the competitiveness and knowhow of businesses as well as the new national and international kick offs.

The University of Applied Sciences produces new research and methods and develops products and services to the needs of regions. Research is usually done in shared-cost research projects.

Shared-cost research means that the university and companies are involved in the financing and implementation of the project, each with their own share. In addition, a part of the funding comes from public sources, such as Business Finland or provincial EU funding. For this reason, the scientific and developmental aims are essential.

 

In the shared-cost study, the company is able to reach large entities and future-oriented projects with a small contribution. In the shared-cost projects, business groups are often involved and the projects have opened many doors for companies in the national and international partnerships and networks.

Our research groups continuously look for new business partners. If you would like to participate in research projects, contact the Xamk expert directly.

Contact

Aapo Nylén
Research Unit Director
Tel. +358 40 5345 127
aapo.nylen@xamk.fi

 

Jouni Tornberg
Research Manager / Forest, the Environment and Energy
Tel. +358 40 571 3249
jouni.tornberg@xamk.fi

 

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