CASE STORY: Materialographic Training Course | Uddeholm AB No More Artefacts Plus Colleagues with New Skills Åsa Nilsson knows from her nine years of experience working with quality control at the multinational producer of high alloyed tool steel, Uddeholm, how additional knowledge can help with both the quality of work and organizational capabilities. This approach led her and two of her colleagues to sign up for Struers training courses: The Professional Materialographer (TPM). Challenge with Etching and Halfmoon-Shaped Scratches During her training in basic and advanced materialography in 2016 and 2019, Åsa worked with different challenges which she had identified: reproducible etching of hardened steel and halfmoon-shaped scratches after grinding. She also attended the training with an ambition to learn how to optimize preparation methods in automated preparation equipment, Hexamatic, and finally to broaden the materialographic knowledge of her team. “You get all the help you need” One of the things that Åsa liked most about the TPM training was the opportunity to work with her own samples in a functionable showroom fully equipped with materialographic products. Having mentioned the facilities, Åsa explained that what really made the difference was getting input from Struers application specialists: “It is a giant opportunity to get a revised, overall view on your own materialographic methods. The input from Struers application specialists is quite unique. You get all the help you need.” Challenge The preparation result is not acceptable due to halfmoon-shaped scratches. Too few people in the organization have materialographic troubleshooting skills. Solution Three people are attending Struers training courses: TPM Basic and TPM Advanced and are sharing their new knowledge with their colleagues. Results Reproducible preparation methods have been established, and abilities to troubleshoot have been improved significantly in the organization.
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