Research & Development

The Deringer-Ney Research and Development team is internationally recognized for its ability to provide innovative material solutions to our customers’ most challenging technical problems. Our depth of experience and broad capabilities enable us to create new solutions through alloy development; overcome challenges through process innovation; support DNI products in the field; and ensure the materials we provide are of the highest quality. Our friendly staff of metallurgists and materials scientists are prepared to work with you to meet all of your needs.

Alloy Development

We pride ourselves in developing new materials to meet application-specific requirements in accordance with the ISO 9001 and 13485 standards for design. While our alloy offering is already substantial, we can tailor a custom metal alloy to meet your specific needs. Past successes are wide-ranging, including:

  • New palladium alloys to counter fuel formulation-induced corrosion in automobiles
  • Unique silver materials for use in electrical commutation for wind turbine power generation
  • Novel high-strength and high-X-ray opacity platinum wires for medical devices

Our team will work with you to develop precious metal alloys to meet your property, performance, and cost goals.

Process Development

In situations where implementation of a new alloy may not be desirable, the R&D group can aid in tuning the properties of existing materials.  By marrying theory with practice, we can design, pilot, and implement new processing strategies for strip, foil, rod, wire, and ribbon.  Recent examples of this prowess in process development include:

  • Improvement of wire straightness for integrated circuit test pins less than 0.003 in (75 µm) diameter
  • Fabrication and testing improvements in thin foils under 0.002 in (50 µm) thick, for MEMS fabrication
  • Optimization of Paliney® and Neyoro™ age hardening heat treatments to meet unique customer specifications

Failure Analysis

R&D engagement with your products extends far beyond design and the first serial manufacturing. Should challenges arise later in applications using DNI-manufactured parts or materials, research staff can provide analytical horsepower to solve them. Our scientists and engineers routinely bring to bear scientific knowledge, manufacturing aptitude, and access to powerful characterization equipment to overcome any difficulties. Available tools include:

  • Metallography and optical microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy
  • Differential scanning calorimetry; and more

Testing and Certification

Deringer-Ney operates a laboratory dedicated to materials certification, measuring and reporting both alloy composition and final properties. Primary and impurity constituents of DNI alloys are analyzed through a combination of X-ray fluorescence and solid or liquid matrix inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. Temper certification uses a combination of tensile testing, microhardness testing, and physical property measurements (i.e. electrical conductivity) according to customer specifications. Verification of material traceability and medical device history record retention are also administrated during the testing.

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