Pulstec USA stays on the cutting edge of technology through our innovative products and solutions. Our most innovative product, our portable and non-destructive XRD residual stress analyzer, uses cosα equipment to quickly deliver the data you need to measure both residual stress and retained austenite.


Any metallurgist must measure residual stress, which can be caused by non-uniform plastic deformation during mechanical processing, heating, or cooling, surface treatments, and heat treatments like LPC (low-pressure carburizing).

Our XRD residual stress measurement device can be used in the lab or workshop or in the field, is easy to relocate, and can be used to not only measure residual stress, but also retained austenite. Grinding burn evaluation and hardness testing calibrated by FWHM (Full-Width-Half-Maximum) is also popular.

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Additive Manufacturing

In additive manufacturing, tensile residual stress remains in PBF (Powder Bed Fusion)-printed parts due to its theory, and annealing is performed as a mandatory process to convert tensile stress into compressive. Residual stress in additive manufacturing is critical, and it is important to verify that the intended amount of residual stress is obtained in 3D-printed components after annealing or post-processing.

As an additive manufacturer, you can use our low-power XRD device to calculate residual stress on AM samples. Our product is easy to configure and set up, and you’ll get results within 60 seconds.

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Residual stress can cause severe distortion or cracking of automotive engines, transmissions, drivetrains and other components. Pulstec’s XRD residual stress device is capable of analyzing all types of metal automotive components, including springs, gears, bearings, and transmission components.

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Shot Peening & Laser Peening

Shot peening and laser peening are both types of surface treatments that are used to change the mechanical properties of the material that is being treated. Typically shot peening is used to relieve any potential tensile stresses from machine grinding, while laser peening is primarily used in metal shaping or forming applications. Both processes replace surface tensile tresses with a compressive residual stress layer.

Our residual stress analyzer can be used to accurately perform a surface layer analysis and depth profiling of residual stress in shot peening and laser peening samples.

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Request a Free Sample Measurement Today

No matter what industry you’re in, Pulstec’s XRD residual stress analyzer will help you quickly, accurately, and efficiently get the information that you need. You can even integrate our analyzer into your robotic automation system to enhance your QA process.

If you have questions about our analyzer or would like to request a free sample measurement, please contact us today.

Portable X-ray Residual Stress Analyzer in use
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