Failure Analysis

Beginning in the 1980’s, a unique partnership for delivering outstanding mechanical failure analysis was started. PES and MCS Associates, Inc. were involved in several international mechanical failure investigations and Product Evaluation Systems, Inc. provided mechanical testing, NDE and laboratory support, and a unique synergy for delivering mechanical and metallurgical failure analysis and testing.

It was largely as a result of this mechanical failure work that MCS was founded in the US in 1991, and it was a natural consequence for collaboration in mechanical failure and metallurgical failure testing between MCS and PES to continue and grow. In 2001, MCS moved into offices on the PES premises in Latrobe, PA, and more complete business assimilation in mechanical failure analysis began.

Although the two companies retain individual identities, their mechanical failure analysis operations are now fully integrated and together offer a complete failure analysis service. With the metallurgical laboratory and mechanical testing facilities at PES, the combined capabilities provide material selection, metallurgical failure analysis, heat treatment optimization, R&D projects and litigation support.


Dr. Chris Bagnall, president of MCS Associates, proudly serves as Advisory Editor for the Metallography, Microstructure and Analysis Journal from ASM International and Springer. Search articles via SpringerLink.