The Center of Device Development CeDeD develops and designs thermo-optical measuring systems (TOM) for the in-situ characterization of materials according to customer-specific requirements. Specially designed TOM systems are able to realize industrial heat treatment processes on laboratory scale. Beside the development of special and customized TOM-systems, we offer service runs for our customers in our application Center to characterize the thermal behaviour of the materials under controlled temperature conditions. Dimensional changes, weight loss, viscosity, creep behavior, e-modulus, thermal conductivity and other physical values are measured precisely. The non-contact and in most cases non-destructive measurements can be carried out within a temperature range starting with -40°C up to 180°C (climate tests) and with room temperature to 2400°C (high temperature application) for several material classes (e.g. glass, ceramics, metal alloys).
The new developed TOM-systems combine different kinds of heating methods with vacuum technology, laser technology and robotics to achieve high automation level. TOM is a perfect tool for quality control in industrial production processes, applied by several global industry partners.