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Competence Center:

The choice of the right materials is a central pillar in the area of technical safety and performance of products and processes. In the development of components, the design and layout, as well as the consideration of the material-technical requirements are elementary. Based on this analysis, the functionalities, dependencies and interfaces of the materials are evaluated. The material systems are broken down and specified in subsystems down to specific material classes, processing techniques and test methods in order to obtain an overall view of the material requirements and properties. This overview serves as a solid basis for the selection, testing and certification of materials across all levels and is continuously monitored until final implementation in the respective applications. Through this holistic approach, we ensure a seamless integration of materials science into your projects and promote the technical safety and quality of your products and systems.


How to cut expenses with strategic material choices?

Design & layout
Optimal material selection and specification:
Select appropriate materials that meet technical requirements and are cost-effective.
Life cycle costs: Consider the total cost of materials over their life cycle.
Material testing: Conduct early testing to validate materials (and their suppliers).
Efficient manufacturing processes: Reduce material waste and lower production costs.
Technical documentation: Provide clear guidance on material use to minimise errors.
Continuous monitoring: Regularly review and adjust material use to ensure cost efficiency.

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How long does my product last?

Static and dynamic analyses: Perform static and dynamic material characterisation to have reliable data for static calculation and lifetime design of parts and components.
Static and dynamic validation: Perform static and dynamic material and component testing to validate calculation and ensure safety and lifetime performance (ISO/IEC 17025 accredited testing laboratory).
Life cycle quality assurance (QA): Continuous QA measures throughout the life cycle to ensure compliance with safety standards and material integrity.
Monitoring and adjustments: Regular monitoring of material performance and adjustments based on lessons learned to optimise safety
.Proactive maintenance: Planning and implementation of proactive maintenance measures to ensure material and system safety over the life cycle.


Why does the surface do the "+" ?

Corrosion protection: Special surface treatments improve corrosion protection. 
Consideration of REACH requirements in the development of new surface systems.
Reduced wear: Optimisation of surfaces minimises wear and extends service life.
Surface analysis: Analyses accompanying development, routine analyses for quality assurance.
Application-specific adaptations: Comprehensive validation tests of a new development before series production (hardness, adhesion, wear, corrosion, chemistry, etc.).
Continuous improvement: Feedback loops for constant optimisation of surface treatments.

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Experience is the best teacher?

Damage analysis: Conduct a detailed and comprehensive damage analysis to determine the cause of the failure.
Expert assessment: Involve material scientists and computational engineers to accurately assess the damage.
Improvement measures: Development and implementation of measures to avoid similar damage in the future.
Re-creation of the damage mechanism through appropriate tests in the laboratory to test the damage hypothesis and to be able to carry out targeted optimisations.
Documentation of the analysis results and the implemented measures for future reference.
Training: Training of the team on the identified causes and the implemented improvement measures to avoid similar damage in the future.

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How about plastic?

Material selection: Selection of suitable plastics or composites for an application.
Material-specific design: Adaptation of design and construction to meet the specific properties of a polymer and to be able to fully exploit the advantages.
Manufacturing processes: Adaptation of design and construction to optimise polymer-specific manufacturing processes with the aim of saving costs and optimising quality.
Mechanical testing: Qualification of materials, determination of characteristic data for calculation and design (hardness, ductility, strength, etc.), validation testing of materials and components, quality assurance.
Environmental simulations: Testing of polymers under different environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, chemicals) to evaluate their durability and performance.
Suggestions for improvement: Develop recommendations to optimise polymer composition and processing based on the analysis results.

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Does it corrode for you?

Damage analysis: Investigation of corrosion damage, determination of the cause of damage, development of revision concepts and prevention.
Metallographic analysis:
Conducting metallographic examinations to identify and evaluate corrosion phenomena and mechanisms.
Analytical examinations: Application of analytical methods to determine the causes and mechanisms of corrosion.
Environmental simulations: Conduct corrosion tests to test corrosion resistance under various conditions.
Corrosion control measures: Development and implementation of corrosion protection measures based on the analytical results and metallurgical expertise.
Monitoring and adaptation: Continuous monitoring of corrosion development and adaptation of protective measures as required.
Documentation and training: Provision of clear instructions and training on how to implement corrosion protection measures and prevent corrosion damage as early as the design stage (e.g. when joining different metals.

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Are we still sane?

- Barrier calculation of thermoformed and cold-formed blisters using numerical simulation and specifically developed analytical calculation methods.
- Shelf-life prediction based on the barrier of the packaging and the physical properties of the product.
- Thermal impact analysis to calculate the thermal impact of the sealing process on the product.
- Multilayer analysis of a thermoformed barrier blister to visualise and measure the layer structure.

Our experts support you in every phase of packaging development, from conception to validation, to optimise the quality and functionality of your packaging.


Weld, screw, or glue?

Design: Concept development taking into account safety aspects in use, manufacturing process, costs, materials, etc.Assessment of weldability of materials as well as service life taking into account corrosion and mechanical fatigue.
Mechanical testing of connections Welded connections (static and dynamic) to determine characteristic data (also service life) or to qualify processes and personnel.
Mech. testing of bolted joints, optimisation of pretensioning, qualification of service life.
Testing of bonded joints (e.g. overlap bonds) for characterisation or qualification.
Damage analyses in the event of joint failure using fractography, metallography and polymer analytical methods for bonded joints to determine the cause of the damage and develop suggestions for improvement.


Our Services

Requirements & use cases

We elicit, consolidate, document and validate the system requirements in an iterative process with all necessary stakeholders. 
In doing so, we take into account all possible use cases and the non
functional requirements.

Product definition & variability

We define the main features and functions of the solution and identify the necessary
the necessary product variability.

Requirements specification & functional specification

We develop the requirements and functional specifications and agree them with all parties involved.


The Team

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Pure Cross Development meets the Swiss competence centre for materials-based solutions and analytics.

industrial. pragmatic. interdisciplinary.

"With our Materials Competence Centre, we offer comprehensive, highly specialised services to support our industrial customers in numerous areas of materials and surface technology. Our main objective is to ensure safe series products and processes for our customers and to drive innovation through our extensive expertise in the field of materials and surfaces."

Holger Erhardt

Pure Cross Development trifft auf das Schweizer Kompetenzzentrum für werkstoffbasierte Lösungen und Analytik.

industriell. pragmatisch. interdisziplinär.

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Dr. Benedikt Moser 
CTO-Suisse TP und Material Experte


Dr. Güven Kurtuldu
Senior Scientist Materials


Aleksandra Kosciuch
MSc Material Science

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Dr. Dieter Franzke
Suisse TP: Senior Scienctist Materials

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Dr. Christoph Meilgen 
Suisse TP: Senior Scientist Testing

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