Surface coatings characterization and analysis laboratory

Your needs : to characterize a surface coating following the detection of a defect or after a change in regulations

What is a surface coating ?

A coating is a layer of organic or metallic material designed to improve the surface properties of a product to made said product more resistance to outside constraints. In doing so, coatings can be used to preserve the appearance of a product, to protect it from corrosion, from ware or changes in temperature or even to improve its adhesive properties.

Surface coatings can be applied to various types of materials : polymers, metals, ceramics…

Why analyze a surface coating ?

The reliability of a material is directly linked to its surface properties. The cause of defects such as ruptures, wear or the apparition of a stain can be traced back to the quality of the coating that was applied to the product. Analysis and characterization of the coating as well as a measurement of its thickness will allow us to determine its chemical composition and to verify that it complies with standards.

Assistance from an analytical laboratory using techniques specific to the study of coatings will allow you to improve the quality and efficiency of your product while complying with increasingly stringent environmental and regulatory restraints.

Our solution : to determine the cause of surface coating degradations using specific techniques

Our services

Relying on its expertise in dealing with surface treatments for organic and metallic elements, FILAB laboratory can assist you in carrying out failure analysis of the coating by providing various services :

  • Layer identification and characterization (coatings, surface treatments, deposits…)
  • Coating thickness measurements
  • Detection and analysis of impurities
  • Accelerated aging tests
  • R&D assistance : choice of materials or of production procedure

For these types of services, FILAB laboratory uses cutting-edge analytical techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled to an EDX microprobe (SEM FEG EDX) or ToF-SIMS, XPS, AFM analysis, and more…


As an independent laboratory with a team made up of highly qualified personnel, FILAB guarantees the reliability of its results, a quick turnaround for requests and tailored support for clients.

Alexandre VIGLIONE
Alexandre VIGLIONE Technical Sales Representative
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