Laboratory for Materials and Components Testing

A team of qualified test engineers and materials testing technicians perform a wide range of quasi-static, cyclic, and dynamic impact tests at our ZwickRoell testing laboratories in Ulm, on the customer's behalf.

All testing conducted in ZwickRoell testing laboratories is performed carefully, diligently, and according to standards. We rely on our test engineers and materials testing technicians' many years of experience and sound expertise. With the expertise and extensive equipment provided by our ZwickRoell testing laboratories, we also offer you the ideal solution to achieve reliable test results in a fast, flexible and cost effective manner. We completely customize for all branches of industry and materials, whether metals, plastics, rubber or composites, in the automotive, medical or other industry—you will find yourself in good hands.

How can we help? For a personal consultation, please contact us via email at or by telephone at +49 7305 10 -11440 .



Wide range of testing options

Our ZwickRoell testing laboratory specializes in materials and components testing on metals, plastics and other materials. With over 50 testing machines and instruments, our laboratory is one of the largest independent testing laboratories in Germany. For more than 30 years, experienced test engineers and materials testing technicians have been performing a wide range of tests quickly and reliably according to customer orders. This includes testing that meets factory standards, special customer requests, and standardized tests (for example, tensile tests, hardness tests, impact tests, etc.),

regardless of whether it is a single test or a complete test series. Customers also use our testing laboratories for testing prototypes and for outsourcing tests during capacity bottlenecks with their own materials testing machines and instruments. In our testing laboratory we only use modern testing technology. We regularly put our efficiency to the test by participating in round robin tests.


Watch Tests Live via Video Transmission

ZwickRoell testing laboratories are equipped with all of the latest multimedia options required for video conferencing and live demonstrations. This provides an opportunity, in particular for international customers or those who are at farther distances, to participate live in contract testing and preliminary tests on a regular basis.

Customers can ask questions and comment on the test sequence during the test that is transmitted in detail, and at the end can discuss the test result with the responsible team member. In contrast to receiving a simple test report, customers get a more sophisticated picture of how their specimens or components are being tested and when and how the material failure occurred.

Take advantage of the services and benefits provided by ZwickRoell testing laboratories:

Fast and reliable test results

ZwickRoell's testing technology and our materials testing technicians' expertise enables us to guarantee reliable test results for your tests. Stand-out features of tests performed in our ZwickRoell laboratories include

  • Accuracy,
  • Repeatability,
  • Reproducibility and
  • Traceability.


Our rapid response times enable us to provide you with fast test results. By prior arrangement, we can also provide express testing.

Numerous possibilities

  • Our in-house laboratories have modern machinery and are equipped with the latest testing technology.
  • As a manufacturer of materials testing machines and instruments, we have a complete materials testing portfolio at our disposal.
  • Our large inventory of various adapters and fixtures means we can find the right solution for your testing needs.
  • By prior arrangement, we develop and produce the necessary adapters and fixtures for you.
  • Numerous accessories: Our portfolio includes testing with optical extensometers (videoXtens, laserXtens), testing in temperature chambers, and testing with strain gauge applications.

Testing according to applicable standards and factory standards

  • We have access to a large archive of standards and look forward to supporting you in finding solutions for your testing requirements.
  • Implementing your specific standards is easy for us. Our numerous experts offer specific know-how and years of experience.

Bridging your capacity bottlenecks

Capacity bottlenecks can be challenging for you and your company. These capacity bottlenecks can be caused by various factors:

  • Lack of staff (skills shortage, staff shortage due to vacations and illness)
  • Your testing machine is not operational (due to defects)
  • You cannot meet your high testing volumes (due to a large contract)
  • You must bridge the time until the delivery of a new testing system

To quickly and flexibly rectify such capacity bottlenecks or prevent them early on, we are prepared to handle your testing until your situation has improved.

The best trained materials testers and test engineers are standing by in our testing laboratories and are ready to perform your materials and components testing according to your requirements or standards.

Cost flexibility

Do you have low or irregular testing volumes or does purchasing a testing machine not make sense for your needs? In such cases, we can handle testing for you.

  • By outsourcing your testing to ZwickRoell, your costs are predictable.
  • The more tests you have performed at our laboratories the lower your unit cost.

Comparison testing

  • Has an in-house testing comparison produced different test results?
  • Do your laboratories at site A and site B, despite seemingly similar approaches, produce varying measured values?
  • Or do your customers’ or suppliers' test results deviate from your test results?


Then use our laboratories' expertise and neutrality for your materials and components testing. We support you as a neutral third party and deliver reliable, independent test results.

Together we can look at the various test differences and influential factors, so that you can take measures to ensure uniform testing extending across locations. Our experts look forward to supporting you in standardizing your general requirements and test sequences.


Years of experience and solid expertise 

  • Our highly qualified test engineers and materials testing technicians have years of experience and solid expertise
  • Industry and application-specific expertise through numerous diverse tests
  • As the manufacturer of materials testing machines with expert knowledge, we rely on all of our testing machines' functions and capabilities.
  • For complex testing requirements our development department can and will be involved
  • Our laboratory staff's continuous internal and external training ensures a consistent level of knowledge
  • Additionally, our laboratory has access to specialists from diverse areas and applications within the ZwickRoell Group

Comprehensive documentation of your tests

Once your testing is complete, your test results are sent to you quickly in a PDF file format. Upon request, you will also receive the raw data for each individually identified measuring point of your test so you can perform an independent analysis.

    By prior arrangement, we can also provide you with photo documentation and additional test reports or testing evaluations.

    • The test reports describe the condition of the specimen, the test arrangement, possible problems and testing characteristics, as well as concrete solutions.
    • Special evaluations are also possible and can be implemented in-house by our specialists through software add-ons and modifications.
    • If needed, you also receive the tXp ZSE file to be imported into the software on your ZwickRoell materials testing machine.

    All of our laboratories' materials testing machines and instruments are calibrated regularly, with the majority according to the German National Accreditation Body DAkkS. If needed, we can send you the calibration reports.


    Metals Testing Laboratory

    The ZwickRoell Laboratory for Materials and Components Testing will support you with any testing requirement surrounding metals. We supply standard-compliant testing solutions for all established test standards (DIN, ISO, ASTM, etc.) and specimen shapes (flat specimens, round specimens, concrete-reinforcing steel, wire, castings, etc.).

    From preparation of the specimen material and testing, to evaluation and analysis of test results, the ZwickRoell testing laboratory offers expert metals testing.

    Examples of tested materials and components

    Our testing services

    Tests on metals

    • Tensile, compression, and flexure tests (ISO 6892, etc.)
    • Tests at temperature (-40°C to +900 °C)
    • Hardness tests to all established methods (Rockwell, Vickers, Brinell, etc.)
    • Fatigue tests and fracture mechanics
    • Sheet metal testing (for example, cupping tests to Erichsen (DIN EN ISO 20482), earing tests (DIN EN 1669), etc.)
    • Impact tests up to 750 J (Charpy, Izod, Brugger, impact tensile and wedge-impact tests to all established standards)
    • Components testing
    • Specimen preparation (specimen blanking and specimen grinding)

    Testing Laboratory for Plastics, Rubber and Composites

    The ZwickRoell Laboratory for Materials and Components Testing is one of the largest testing labs for polymers, composites (GFRP, CFRP) and elastomers in Germany. Our test engineers perform tests on behalf of our customers. Since at ZwickRoell we manufacture our own equipment, the latest in modern systems are always in use. The benefits are obvious: maximum result precision and efficient testing.

    Examples of tested materials and components

    Our testing services

    Testing of plastics, rubber and composites

    • Tensile, compression, and flexure tests (IS0 527, ASTM 638, ISO 178, etc.)
    • Tests at temperature (-40°C to +250°C)
    • Puncture tests and push-out tests
    • Melt index tests (ISO 1133, ASTM 1238, etc.)
    • Impact tests to Izod and Charpy, impact tensile tests (ISO 179, ASTM 6110, ISO 180, etc.)
    • Drop-weight tests
    • Fatigue tests and components testing
    • Hardness tests to all established methods

    Testing Laboratory for Automotive and Mechanical Engineering

    The many and varied testing challenges in the automotive industry and in mechanical engineering call for extensive experience in this area. From simple materials testing to complex components testing—our test engineers' experience and support are at your disposal. ZwickRoell machinery is equipped with testing systems for static and dynamic tests on threaded fasteners, CT specimens, springs, gears, crankshafts, and much more.

    Take advantage of our modern testing systems and our laboratory staff's extensive experience in the automotive industry.

    Examples of tested materials and components

    Our testing services

    Automotive and mechanical engineering components testing

    • Tensile, compression, and flexure tests (including at temperature)
    • Hardness tests to all established methods
    • Fatigue tests and fracture mechanics
    • High-speed tests
    • Biaxial and torsion tests
    • Components testing

    Testing Laboratory for Medical Engineering and the Pharmaceutical Industry

    There is hardly any other industry where seamless and dependable quality control is as important as in medical engineering and the pharmaceutical industry. The ZwickRoell testing laboratory will assist you with these testing challenges and will be happy to advise you on the various test methods. Our lab is equipped with both static and dynamic testing machines, which enables us to perform testing in accordance with all established test standards from the medical engineering and pharmaceutical industry. The testing spectrum covers diverse items such as medical packaging, implants and therapy systems, as well as biomaterials and injection systems.

    Examples of tested materials and components

    Our testing services

    Testing of medical and pharmaceutical components

    • Static tests (tensile tests, compression tests, flexure tests)
    • Tests at temperature (37 °C chamber)
    • Tests in fluid baths (including temperature-conditioned test)
    • Fatigue tests
    • Biaxial tests
    • Special testing solutions according to customer requirements

    Testing Laboratory for Paper, Textiles, Food Products and Other Materials

    With a history spanning over 30 years, almost every type of material and component has passed through the ZwickRoell testing laboratory as part of many customer projects. The list ranges from texture and viscosity tests on different food products (noodles, baked goods, fruit, dairy products, etc.) to a variety of tests on textiles (yarns, ropes, fabrics, geotextiles, etc.). Other materials, on which mechanical properties have been tested in our laboratory, include various sports products (skis, running shoes, tennis rackets, etc.) and technology products (smart phones, laptops, cameras, etc.).

    There is nothing we don't test. We look forward to receiving your testing assignment.

    Examples of tested materials and components

    Our testing services

    Testing of many other materials and components from a wide variety of industries

    • Paper/corrugated board (flexure tests, burst tests, compression tests, box crush tests, etc.)
    • Food products (viscosity tests on dairy products and sauces, texture analysis with indenter, shear tests, flexure tests, cutting tests, etc.)
    • Packaging (peel tests, sealed-seam strength tests, compression tests, function tests, etc.)
    • Textiles (tensile tests, tear-growth tests, burst tests, adhesion tests, etc.)
    • Mechatronics (switch testing, checking spot-soldered joints, tests on actuators, tests on cables, etc.)
    • Tests on wood (tensile tests, flexure tests, compression tests, etc.)
    • Tests on building materials (roof tiles, wall tiles, insulating material, etc.)