Pakistan Institute of Technology for Minerals and Advanced Engineering Materials (PITMAEM), PCSIR, Labs. Complex, Lahore, is fully equipped with the latest, high tech equipment regarding the development, value addition and characterization of engineering materials for Automotive, Textile, Steel, Chemical, Petrochemical, Surgical, kitchen ware, cutlery and agricultural tool industries. The management is fully conscious about the quality and standards of testing. Most of our testing labs are ISO 17025, ISO 9001-2000 and SASO standards certified & accredited. This centre is offering in-house as well as onsite testing services to our worthy clients. As per ISO 17025 requirements, the sample is retained for the period of three (03) months.

Areas of Research

  • Advanced Engineering Materials
  • Thermal Sprayed Coatings
  • Ferrous & Non-ferrous Materials
  • Powder Metallurgy
  • Foundry Technology
  • Biomaterials
  • Energy Materials
  • Failure Investigations of materials

Accredited (ISO 17025) Testing Facilities

Optical Emission Spectrometric Analysis of:

  • Carbon and Low Alloy Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Manganese Steel
  • Cast Iron
  • Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys


  • Preparation of metallographic specimens
  • Microetching of metals and alloys
  • Macroetching of metals and alloys
  • Determination of average grain size
  • Measurement of metal and oxide coating thickness by microscopical examination of a cross-section.
  • Evaluation of microstructure of graphite in iron castings


  • Tension Testing of Deformed Steel Bars
  • Rockwell Hardness Testing of Metallic Materials


Testing of LPG Composite Domestic Cylinders:
  • Torque Test
  • Leak Test
  • Burst Pressure
  • Cyclic Test
  • Hydraulic Proof Test
  • Drop Test
  • Flaw Test
  • Exposure to Elevated Temperature Test

Testing of LPG Metallic Domestic Cylinders:

  • Burst test under hydraulic pressure
  • Pressure test
  • Pressure Cycling Test

Non Accredited (ISO 17025) Testing Facilities

  • Material Identification of metallic materials by XRF & CS Determinator
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM/EDS) of materials
  • Tensile test of Steel, rubber, plastics, papers, polymers
  • Bend testing of structural steels
  • Compression test of construction materials
  • Charpy Impact testing of metallic materials at room temperature and subzero temperatures
  • Modulus of rupture and flexural strength testing of building materials
  • Load bearing capacity of different products up to 70 Tons
  • Hardness testing of metals & non-metals includes:

    Rockwell, Brinnel, Vicker, Micro vicker

    Shore Hardness testing of rubber, plastics, polymers

  • Thermal Characterization (DSC/TGA) of materials
  • Linear Thermal Expansion (Dilatometry) of materials
  • Non Destructive Testing includes:

    Ultrasonic Testing (UT)

    Dye Penetrant Testing (DPT)

    X-Ray Radiography

    Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI)

  • Nano-indentation of coatings/Thin Films
  • Wear & Friction testing of metals & coatings (Tribology)
  • Corrosion Analysis of metals (Potentiostat)
  • Thermal Spraying Technique for coatings/Reclamation of industrial parts:

    Air Plasma Spraying (APS) Technique

    Low Velocity Oxy fuel (LVOF) Technique

    Value Arc technique

  • Foundry for development of alloys (Ferrous & Non-Ferrous)
  • Biomaterials lab is involved for the research and development of Biomaterials being used in orthopedics, dentistry and surgical industry. The main aim of this lab is to upgrade the surgical industry and local SME’s as per requirements of MDR.

Onsite Testing Facilities:

PITMAEM is offering onsite testing facilities at the door step with professional manner within shortest possible time with available facilities like; Replica testing, Fire Door testing, Ultrasonic Testing, Dye Penetrant and Magnetic Particle Inspection to the following industrial sectors:

  • Fertilizer Industry
  • Chemical
  • Petro-Chemical
  • Gas pipe lines
  • Refineries
  • Processing units etc.

Consultancy Services:

A commitment to investment in the latest technology ensures that our lab can provide cost effective and flexible services to our worthy customers. Over the years, PITMAEM has gained the professional trust and confidence from public as well as private sectors through in-depth knowledge and expertise in their relevant fields. Consultancy services are also offered for trouble shooting, failure investigations/root cause analysis especially for power generation plants (boilers), product developments and value addition of engineering materials.