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IMA Dresden achieves Nadcap Merit Status for testing metallic materials

All NADCAP accredited procedures were thoroughly audited during the one-week audit. The repeated, very positive audit result once again demonstrated and verified the competence, attitude and awareness of our staff to be able to provide testing services of the highest quality. This therefore enabled us to achieve the so-called MERIT status for the very first time. Find out more here...

Into the future, with new technologies – Processing thermoplastic materials for even more test possibilities

With the introduction of a thermoplastic press, we are expanding our manufacturing capacities to include processing options for fibre-reinforced thermoplastic tape. Find out more here ...

Attractive employer with heart and smart minds

Working at IMA Dresden means participating in many exciting projects. This is not the only reason why we are perceived as an attractive employer. Would you like to participate in the IMA testing world and complement our diverse team? Find out more here.


IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH, in short IMA Dresden, is the independent, accredited and certified test centre.

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Internationally recognised testing, monitoring and certification body for manufacturers and the entire supplier´s industry and enables new developments to be capable for market launches more quickly.

Whenever it comes down to strength, resistance, validation or material characteristic data, then IMA Dresden can combines the efforts (the recognised and certified expertise) in terms of test standards, approval and certification tests and experimental investigations. Innovative products and technologies from aerospace, rail vehicle, automotive and medical technology, plastic and metal industries and other branches of industry are constantly examined and investigated here in accredited test laboratories. You can rely on us: the testing tasks at IMA Dresden will be processed according to the current state of the art technology and enjoy worldwide acceptance and trust.


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So many reasons that speak for IMA Dresden

Our portfolio


Electrical Testing

In terms of development and type testing, we offer a comprehensive range of services for accredited tests ranging from short-circuit tests to performance behavior and insulation behavior. Across sectors, we cover the test areas of renewable energies, automotive / e-mobility, rail applications and beyond.

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Material Testing for Plastics and Composite Materials

From the base material through the manufacturing technology to the approval of the finished product - our material tests are DAkkS and NADCAP accredited. This includes static, cyclic and dynamic tests as well as static long-term tests, including sample production.

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Materials Testing Metals

Our material specialists accompany you in the implementation of your test programs as well as standardization, approval and certification of materials or manufacturing processes. We stand by your side during the entire test procedure, from the consultation, test planning and sample production, over the test itself up to the finished test report.

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Whether for quality assurance, damage analysis or for research and development - in our accredited materialography laboratories we take a close look at both metallic and non-metallic materials of different composition with qualitative and quantitative characterization methods. This also includes the sample preparation procedures and the analysis, evaluation and documentation of the microscopic examination results.

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Measurements and Measurement Runs

Stresses in real use are recorded by measurements, test drives and continuous monitoring, depending on the application. We carry out measurements of mechanical and electrical quantities under static and dynamic load under operating conditions, install complete measuring chains including process adaptation.

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Powerful for every vehicle type - our strength tests, approval tests or development tests are proven to be reliable for testing the operational strength and service life of automotive components, media-conducting systems, electrical components and materials.

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Construction Products

Whether product conformity, quality and safety standards, material characterization, service life and condition assessment - IMA Dresden plays a major role here. The independent, recognized and accredited certification body, testing center, and inspection body will assist you with any questions about requirements, test procedures, and requirements of applicable standards, regulations, and laws.

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Whether it's for life-time certification or certification of the aircraft component, IMA engineers test, simulate, or calculate any design group of an aircraft, such as aircraft, for reliable results. B. hull works, structures, tail units, trolleys and engines and interior components.

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Medical Devices

In the approval and development of medical devices, we support in particular with strength and wear tests of joint endoprostheses, osteosynthesis products, traumatology products, surgical instruments and skin adhesives according to standard or special test

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At our testing and development center, we test all rail vehicle components and materials for strength and service life. In terms of product and operational safety as well as quality assurance, we bundle the forces of testing and test design in our company with measurement, calculation, simulation and proof of strength as well as construction.

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Wind Energy

In the development and approval process, we support manufacturers of wind turbines, component manufacturers in the development and approval process and power generation companies in validation, damage analysis, product optimization and structural monitoring. Materials, structures, components or structures are extensively tested, including characterization, strength testing, durability testing and system tests.

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Training and Seminars

Benefit from our cross-industry know-how: In training courses and seminars directly at your company or at our site, you will receive extensive specialist knowledge - from courses for non-destructive testing (ZfP / NDT) about the FKM guideline "Computational Strength Verification of Machine Components" to software user training for WIAM® fatigue RIFEST.

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Software and Software Solutions

We have solved the management of data and documents from processes in the areas of research and development, simulation and calculation, laboratory, quality management, process development and production planning - with the WIAM® database systems we offer suitable software solutions with flexible data structures, display options and evaluations.

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Environmental Simulation and Vibration

External influences such as vibration, impact, cold, heat, moisture or water spray are simulated on vibration tables and in climatic chambers. We subject your product, for example, to vibration testing, shock testing, climatic testing, determination of Woehler-lines, pressure pulse tests, bursting pressure test, leak test, corrosion test and transport simulation.

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Non-destructive testing

We use numerous non-destructive testing methods to investigate the damage during component tests, in the investigation of damage cases, as a tool of quality control and especially for maintenance and repair. Qualified according to ISO 9712 and EN 4179 standards, we carry out testing and inspection activities for almost all sectors, including aviation.

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Damage analysis

Determining causes and effects experimentally - we assess damage cases and thus support the cause clarification. Our experienced engineers help you to investigate undesirable damage phenomena in detail - for example, by materialography, acoustic damage detection or non-destructive testing methods.

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Materials databases

The databases of our WIAM® product line provide material information and characteristic values ​​that are used reliably for material selection, design, standardization, calculation and simulation. The data pool draws on material and fundamental experiments from the last five decades, and new materials are systematically integrated.

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Quality Awards for reliable test results

We work according to national and international normative standards and other standards and comply with, and fulfil, the strictest directives, guidelines and criteria. With a total of 18 awards from independent agencies, including several accreditations, IMA Dresden is an internationally recognised testing, monitoring and certification body. All the relevant test laboratories are accredited from DAkkS (The German Accreditation Body) according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 and have the approval to modify test procedures as well as to develop them additionally or develop new procedures. There are also accreditations and recognition, which are specifically relevant for aerospace, construction products testing and medical product testing and which once again hereby verify our competence, independence and performance.

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Innovative, exciting and Family friendly – working at IMA Dresden

The future is full of challenges, and developments are moving forward rapidly. Numerous innovative products and technologies for the future pass through the test halls and laboratories of IMA Dresden and, irrespective of which industries, we meet up with pioneering thinkers and pacemakers on a daily basis who will develop the future with their willingness to design and their futuristic visions.

Would you like to participate in the IMA test world and expand our diverse team? Then browse through our job vacancies or apply on your own initiative – we are always looking for people with their own initiative, motivation, courage and will to be involved.

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