Transportation Industry Testing Services

Manufacturers supplying the transportation industry require extensive quality-control testing services to deliver high-quality finished vehicles that meet the demands of the personal and commercial transportation markets. IMR offers a wide range of lab testing and analytical services for automotive, shipping, military, material handling, and mass transit applications.

IMR Test Labs performs routine production checks, support for R&D efforts, and comparative analyses of different lots/materials/suppliers. Should problems arise, we can also investigate failed metallic and polymer/composite/plastic parts.

With the explosive growth of EV (Electric Vehicles) in both personal and commercial transportation, IMR is well-positioned to apply our extensive lab experience in testing fuel-driven car, truck, bus, and train parts to the specialized needs of EV material and component manufacturers.

Learn more about our analytical services for the automotive industry below, or request a quote today!


CASS Testing
Chip Resistance (Gravelometer)
Cyclic Corrosion
Salt Spray Testing
Temperature & Humidity
UV Exposure / QUV

Contaminant Identification
Corrosion Failure
Litigation/Expert Witness Services
Nonmetallic Failure Analysis
Structural Failures
Warranty Returns

Case Depth
Contamination/FOD Identification
Defect Analysis
Fusion Weld Inspections
Hydrogen Embrittlement
Microhardness (Knoop, Vickers, Macro Vickers)
Plating Thickness
Resistance Weld Inspections
Weld Testing

Alloy Chemistry
Cleanliness Testing
Coating Weight
ELV Testing
Hazardous Substances Testing
Hexavalent Chromium
Material Verification
Trace Element Analysis

Adhesion Testing
Ash Content
Chemical Resistance of Coatings
Chemical Exposure of Plastics
Composites Analysis
Compressive Properties
Contaminant Analysis
Failure Analysis
Flammability (UL94, FMVSS 302, ISO 3795, SAE J369, ASTM D5132)
Flexural Properties
Fluid Aging
Gardner Impact
Gloss (ASTM D523, D4039)
Hazardous Substance Testing
Heat Aging
Material ID/Verification
Oil Testing
Paint Analysis
Tensile Testing


IMR's Ithaca, NY and Louisville, KY labs have extensive corrosion testing capabilities. One of our particular areas of expertise is automotive corrosion specifications.

We have a variety of chambers and environments to fit your needs. From standard B117 salt spray exposure and cyclic corrosion, to domestic and European OEM requirements, we have performed many hours of accelerated weathering testing for automotive clients.

In addition to ASTM, MIL, SAE and ISO methods, some of the OEM specifications we have tested to include GM/GMW, DBL, DIN, Ford, GS, HES, TL, VDA and VCS. Send us your specification today and we'd be happy to review it.

Have monthly panel testing? Contact us for special volume pricing.

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Whether one-time, or routine, we have performed cleanliness testing to a number of manufacturer specifications that cover internal cleanliness of closed systems, surface cleanliness and ionic contamination. We can work with water, or a multitude of solvents.

Whether you manufacture tractors or trucks, send us your specification and we'll see how we can help you.


IMR's experts have extensive failure analysis and litigation support experience with the automotive industry.  As one of IMR's key markets from the beginning, our automotive clients have trusted us to provide thorough, concise and accurate root cause investigations of failed parts for over a decade.

With state of the art equipment and the support of our other departments, the failure group can get you the answers you need to solve your toughest challenges on nonmetallics, metals and contaminants.

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With weld qualification experts at all of our labs, IMR can provide the welder & procedure qualification testing you need. From testing raw materials, to qualifying new welders, or analyzing a failed weld, we have the staff, experience and equipment you need. Chemical analysis, mechanical testing, metallurgical analysis and qualification packages are available at all of our labs in the US and Asia.

We can analyze welds to a multitude of specifications including ABS, AMS, API, ASME, AWS, EN, ISO, SAE and more.  We'd be happy to review your specification and see how our weld testing group can help you.