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Sail away from everyday life and glide through the shimmering emerald green sea, moving freely on board – sailing means longing to be one with wind and waves. Discovering new worlds in this way also means measuring oneself against the forces of the elements. All the more appropriate
that yachts and boats are now becoming lighter and more manoeuvrable thanks to composite materials, thus making many manoeuvers at sea easier. Not just lighter, more durable, and more flexible, but also more resistant to rust and other weathering: new materials make it possible to absorb and transfer large amounts of energy. With more than 56 years of expertise in the material testing of plastics and fibre-reinforced plastics, IMA Dresden has been on course [...]

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They must be sustainable and secure, affordable and efficient: the energy revolution in Germany. The train of renewable energies is already on good pace towards the future. The population is becoming more aware of topics like the environment and sustainability. The final goal: to maintain the environment as a place to live for future generations and still ensure growth and prosperity. The obvious symbol and pillar of the energy revolution is wind power. IMA Dresden also provides support in this area: IMA assists manufacturers of wind turbines, component manufacturers and energy producers in product optimisation, structure monitoring, and damage analysis. Materials, structures, components, or facilities are tested extensively, from testing the [...]

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Fascinating landscapes, bumpy gravel paths, the snow-covered peak on the horizon in sight – off-road begins where civilization ends. All that can be heard are the engine noises of the SUV as it masters a path through the rough terrain. Those who want to reach the destination of their wanderlust dreams need endurance, courage, and a reliable vehicle. Therefore, the drive, clutch and axle tubes are reinforced, the water cooler is enlarged, or special tires installed for the 4x4 experience under extreme conditions. Whether its an adventure in the desert or driving in the city, at IMA Dresden, HP meets Kilonewton. Here, engines, bodies, frames, axles and stabilisers are put through their paces. To do so, operating stresses are simulated by simply [...]

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IMA Dresden and the JEC World have this in common: They are the first address for material testing in the field of plastics and fiber-reinforced plastics. From 12th to 14th of March 2019 we are presenting our know-how and news at ​​the Saxon joint booth in Hall 5 A Stand C70:

  • Thermoplastic Tape and Composite Processing + Testing
  • Test Expert for Characterizing Pultrusion Materials
  • Long-Term and Fatigue Test at Various Climates / Under Media Influences
  • Data Management with WIAM® for Efficient Use of Test Results
Come and visit us! [...]

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Smart machines, robots, big data, cloud computing – the visions of digitalisation have become a reality. Data networking is on everyone‘s lips around the world. Production sites communicate with one another in real time. While this country is still discussing Industry 4.0, Japan, one of the world‘s leading nations in robotics, is already talking about „Society 5.0“, the vision of a fully networked society. Technology innovations and new software solutions are also driving IMA Dresden forward: The information systems of the WIAM family can not only network knowledge across locations, they can also be used to better manage data and determine specific information. The goal: Combining data from various sources in such a way that knowledge [...]

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The Semperoper shines brilliantly as part of the historic old town of Dresden. The Elbe metropolis enchants every year in waltz time and provides for a bit of glamour in the southeast of the Republic with noble gowns and illustrious guests. Yes, celebrating a glittering ball evening, that‘s what the people of Dresden do, and they like to keep their hips carefree until the early hours of the morning. Things also revolve around the right beat in the medical laboratory of IMA Dresden. The hip and knee joints must be tested in advance under realistic conditions: They are moved and stressed in anatomically correct positions at least five million times, simulating the service life of an implant. In addition, the IMA is also testing other joints [...]

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Strong, reliable and cost effective – the upscaling trend of wind turbines leads to new challenges in the design of blade root joints. Fully bonded bushings with internal thread for high strength stud bolts in various designs are expected to fit the needs and lead to higher load capacity by simultaneously reduced size of blade connections. In the recent years IMA Dresden successfully executed various static and fatigue tests of stud/insert-type root joints for customers in Europe and Worldwide and offers a wide range of services related to root joint testing: Load capacities: Load ratios:
Max. specimen length:
Test temperatures:
Additional Services: −4,000 kN to +2,000 kN (Standard)
−5,000 kN to +5,000 kN (Extended)
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Up the mountain. Into winter pleasure. What awaits above? Skiing amusement, cabin fun, happy hormones. Every day, hundreds of snow enthusiasts take the ski lifts up to the summit of winter sporting frenzy. The way up offers a breather with a view of the breathtaking alpine panorama - always stable thanks to tested steel from IMA Dresden. The steel cables are exposed to heavy load due to tension, wear, and corrosion. IMA tests the durability and mechanical stress of these and all other metal materials. IMA determines material characteristics and conducts strength assessmens. With testing and engineering services, IMA Dresden supports customers on a daily basis with questions about steel for high-performance applications such as aircraft turbines, [...]

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After two years, it was time again: In English Farnborough the "Farnborough International Air Show" took place from 16.-22. July and caught the attention of the aviation industry. South-east of London, some 1500 exhibitors from the aerospace industry met. The organizer and the big OEM's are positive. The IMA Dresden is also very satisfied with the course of the fair and the results so far. We thank all interested parties, partners and friends for the interesting discussions and discussions. In best company we were represented for the first time at the Hanse Pavillon in Hall 4 (organized by Hanse Aerospace Wirtschaftsdienst GmbH) together with 11 other companies from Germany. Nancy Herold and Steffen Holdt welcomed the visitors at the booth. [...]

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25 years IMA Dresden – and it works IMA Dresden is now 25 years young. Back then, in May 1993, leading engineers took their future into their own hands and formed IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH, IMA Dresden for short, via a management buyout. However, the young IMA can draw on significantly greater life experience than that. The roots of IMA Dresden reach right back to 1955, when aircraft construction began in Dresden. The future is full of challenges, and developments are moving Forward rapidly. “It is not a question of predicting the future, but of being prepared for it.” What was once said by the Greek philosopher Pericles is more valid than ever before in our global, highly mechanised world. Even though many products [...]

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