METALogic & TÜV AUSTRIA: joined expertise for an integrated approach

The 16th of July 2019 marks the day when METALogic became part of the internationally operating TÜV AUSTRIA Group. Since we close in on the 4th anniversary of this collaboration, we are going to take a closer look at what this synergy means and how it is beneficial to solving your corrosion issues. Also to take the opportunity to direct the spotlight on TÜV AUSTRIA.

First of all, what does “TÜV” mean?

TÜV is the abbreviation for Technischer Überwachungsverein (Technical Inspection Association). This is an official term for independent multinational companies from Germany and Austria that focus on hazard prevention and mitigation by offering their services for testing, inspecting and certifying systems, facilities and objects.

Worldwide a TÜV certification is viewed as a qualitative trademark that ensures trust and quality that the product/service/process it applies to has been deemed safe and compliant to regulations by experts. In other words, as a consumer you can be certain that a product marked with the TÜV certification is safe and up to standard with legal requirements.

As an example of how widespread TÜV is: next time you visit the local playground with your kids, chances are that the playground and the car you’re driving in to get there, are both carrying TÜV certifications.

First inspection society on European mainland

TÜVs were originally created during the industrial revolution with the escalating number of accidents due to bursting boilers. This increase was caused by the use of high-pressure boilers that were getting more powerful which brought along a higher risk. Finally, after the incident of an exploding boiler at the Mannheim Aktienbrauerei in January 1865, the idea was put forward to have boilers regularly inspected as industries in Great-Britain were already doing at that time.

One year later the first inspection society on European mainland was created as the the Gesellschaft zur Überwachung und Versicherung von Dampfkesseln (Society for the Supervision and Insurance of Steam Boilers). Seeing their success in terms of accident prevention, the concept of independent regional monitoring societies quickly spread through other German regions. Further along, they were also entrusted with safety inspections in a broader range of technical assets such as periodic testing of cars and even driver’s license testing.

These associations would later use the “TÜV” brand, together with the regional suffix (hence TÜV AUSTRIA).


TÜV AUSTRIA was founded likewise under the name Dampfkesseluntersuchungs- und Versicherungsgesellschaft auf Gegenseitigkeit or DUVG (Steam Boiler Inspection and Mutual Insurance Company) in 1872 as a monitoring association in Austria. Today it has grown into the worldwide operating TÜV AUSTRIA group that employs more than 3,000 staff members in over 30 countries and generates around €200m in annual revenue.

Their focus evolved from the inspection of boilers in factories to bringing safety, quality, innovation, environmental protection and entrepreneurial interests to enterprises ranging from chemical industry to transport, food, health, transport and even scientific and R&D institutions.

TÜV AUSTRIA realizes their mission by offering relevant services:

  • Audit & certification: TÜV AUSTRIA conducts company audits as an independent and accredited certification body for management system, personal and product certification.
  • Guidance: TÜV AUSTRIA eagerly employs their in-house expertise to accommodate you with guidance regarding all aspects of “safety” using the latest technology.
  • Testing & inspection: companies from all over the world can entrust TÜV AUSTRIA for independent testing and inspection.
  • Training: TÜV AUSTRIA Academy offers more than 2,400 practical courses for every continuing education goal (E-learning programmes, apprenticeship training, militia certification, engineering certification and in-house training in your company complete the wide range of services.)

METALogic, your corrosion partner from the very beginning

At the start, METALogic was founded in 1991 as a spin-off company of the department Metallurgy and Applied Materials Science of the Catholic University of Leuven. The focus was originally to develop an AI software that would have functioned as a material expert. However, it was quickly noted that human expertise cannot be fully replaced by a computer and especially in the field of corrosion where every nuance matters. Thus that is where METALogic anchored itself on: in-house material experts who are backed by highly technological equipment to aid any potential corrosion or material concern.

METALogic's knowledge and expertise in specifically Risk-Based Inspection, corrosion technology and coating testing are a prized addition to TÜV AUSTRIA Group's Inspection and Asset Management portfolio. In return, TÜV AUSTRIA's international network, extensive experience and expertise in certain specific techniques enable METALogic to serve its customers even better.

How is this put into practice? By combining a strong set of services:

  • Team of seasoned material experts who personally assist you to tackle all your questions.
  • Quality is our priority throughout, from initial contact to the final report.
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and inspection tools that offer both standardized and custom solutions.
  • Flexibility and speed for when you need to have the problem fixed ‘yesterday’.

Combined forces and expertise for an all-round solution

So what does this mean for you who needs assistance with corrosion and materials? This video explains how our combined services are beneficial to you.

TÜV AUSTRIA and METALogic combine their forces to guide you through all decisive stages of the lifecycle of your equipment or plant with the goal of safely prolonging its lifetime

In this lifecycle there are 3 distinct stages with each different approaches:

  • Design stage: assisting you in finding the right material (i.e. for your reactor, vessel, pipeline etc.) or coating via both state of the art lab testing and theoretical expertise. Next to material assets, the design stage also includes checking the compliance of people. 
  • In service stage: a range of NDT and structural health monitoring techniques to check the health of your assets. Furthermore Risked Based Inspection (RBI) is included to secure the integrity of your plant. 
  • Failure: destructive testing, visual inspections and theoretical studies are used to figure out the root cause of failure in order to prevent similar damage in the future.

In a nutshell, the collaboration of TÜV AUSTRIA and METALogic offers an A-Z approach to help you throughout the lifecycle, from beginning to the end. This synergy will bring more to come in the future so stay tuned for further news!

Do you have a question for either METALogic or TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium? Do not hesitate to reach out to us!






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METALogic - Your Corrosion Partner: METALogic & TÜV AUSTRIA: joined expertise for an integrated approach
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