"Molding the Future of Metal Industries"

   Our team of experts speeds up technology transfer by conducting consultancy services to improve productivity and upgrade product quality. Its technical assistance program includes:

  •     Preparation of feasibility studies.
  •     Management/technical consultancy.
  •     Conduct of liaison work between the private sector and government agencies.
  •     Preparation of periodic analysis of industry status.
  •     Extension of S&T service to the regions.



 To promote the development of the metals and engineering industry in the countryside, extension offices were established in the following regions:

  1.     Region III (San Fernando, Pampanga)
  2.     Region VI (Iloilo)
  3.     Region X (Cagayan de Oro City)

How to avail of the service:

Consultancy Services

  •    Inquire or request for technical assistance/ consultancy services through letter, phone, fax, email or  personally.
  •    Provide information based on required intervention
  •    Prepare for consultancy visit 
  •    Receive verify and implement recommended course of action

Acceptance and Monitoring of TBI Tenants

  •     Receive, verify and implement recommended course of action
  •     Submit Letter of Intent and Fill-out Application Form
  •     Submit Supporting Documents
  •     Provide or submit comment on the drafted Lease of Contract
  •     Appear before the Notary Public and affix signature on the Contract of Lease
  •     Proceed to the Budget and Treasury Section and pay the corresponding obligations as stipulated in the Contract of Lease
  •     Start operation

Technology Transfer Activities

  •    Submit Letter of Request with the Technology Advisory and Business Development Section specifying therein the technology.
  •    Provide the required information.
  •    Decide whether or not to adopt the technology.


"Molding the Future of Metal Industries"

MIRDC disseminates the latest information on relevant technologies, products, processes and markets through:

  • Industry and sectoral studies
  • Technical information bronchores on newly-developed or adapted technologies and newsletter on industry trends and events.
  • exchibits/fairs
  • plant tours


"Molding the Future of Metal Industries"

A comprehensive range of new and expanded testing and analytical services is provided by the  Center’s laboratories to assist the industry in ensuring high quality metal products necessary for continued competitiveness in both local and foreign markets. The new range of test and calibration services involves the mandatory test requirements of the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) using the PNS. The services include:

  • Chemical Testing
  • Calibration and Metrology
  • Corrosion Testing
  • Nondestructive Testing
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Metallurgical Analysis

Chemical Analysis - Determination of chemical composition of metals in % element concentrations using Vacuum (optical) Emission Spectrometry, Atomic Absorption, Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry, Spectrophotometry, UV-Visible Spectrophotometry, Carbon/Sulfur Analysis, and Wet Chemistry techniques

  • PNS 1900:2004
  • PNS 1993:2004
  • PNS 03-1:2000
  • PNS 2003:2004
  • PNS 113:2005

Mechanical Testing - Mechanical properties are evaluated through various tests: Burse Testing, Hydrostatic and Air Pressure Testing

For household LPG Cylinders *

- PNS 03-1:2000

- PNS 03-2:200

For Household Automotive LPG Cylinders*

- PNS 04:2006


For various Metalic Materials and Products

  • Tension and Bend test -  for ASTM and PNS requirements
  • Tension and Bend Testing of Welded Material - for ASME, AWS and BPS requirments
  • Impact Testing
  • Hardness Testing
  • Tensile and Bend Testing - for ASTM and BPS requirements

Calibration and Metrology

For Torque Calibration

- Torque Meters, Analyzers

- Calibration at industrial level accuracy for 9.8 to 98 N-m range

For Fixed Gauges, Standard Glass Scales, Metal Rules

- Laser Interferometer System coupled with Universal Measuring System

 Nondestructive Testing

Ultrasonic Testing using Ultrasonic Flaw Detector - for AWS and ASME standards

Auto-parts Testing

  • Material Tests
  • Product Tests
  • Tests on Coating

 An accredited metals testing laboratory by the Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO), the country's national accreditation body, the MIRDC Laboratories take active part in the formulation of significant technical standards for metals and metal products. It also maintains close partnership with the BPS in the implementation of the mandatory standards related to metals. MIRDC likewise acts as a technical consultant to suppliers or end-users in arbitration cases dealing with metals.

"Molding the Future of Metal Industries"

The Center designs and implements relevant training modules which continuously upgrade the Filipino entrepreneurs, engineers and technicians on the demands of local and international markets.

Its compendium of training programs covers the following subjects:

  • Metalworking Technology
  • Metalcasting Technology
  • Analysis and Testing
  • Engineering/Production Planning
  • Management and Supervisory
  • Productivity Improvement
  • Quality Management System
  • Trainer's Training Program
  • High Machining Technology

Download latest schedule of Seminar/Training

MIRDC also designs program/s suited to your training needs.


Industry and Academe Linkages

The perpetual drain and imbalance in the number of college educated and skilled workforce cause a gap between the supply and demand for skilled labor in the country today. To bridge the gap, MIRDC have initiated linkages with the industry and the academe. In this manner, critical areas in the labor market where demand exists are identified and matched with an adequate supply of skilled workforce.


How to Avail of the Service:

  • Regular Training Program
  1. At least five (5) days before the program schedule, submit filled out Seminar Reservation Form to Industrial Training and Staff Development Section (ITSDS)
  2. Within five (5) days before the conduct of the program, confirm reservation.
  3. Pay the total training fee.
  4. Attend the Training Program.
  • Package and Regional Training Program
  1. Supply information required on the Training Inquiry Form (TIF) or Submit Letter of Request (LER).
  2. Prepare facilities for training assessment, if necessary.
  3. Wait for training program proposal.
  4. Submit the signed/approved Terms and Conditions at least 5 days before the program schedule.
  5. For Packaged Program, pay the total fee to the Industrial Training and Staff Development Section (ITSDS).
  6. Attend the Training Program.

Molding the Future of Metal Industries"

The Materials and Process Research Division a division of MIRDC specializes in metalcasting of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Using specialized metalcasting technologies such as investment casting and its conventional casting capabilities, MIRDC undertakes prototype production of engineered and decorative products. Likewise, casting product localization, alloy formulation can also be accomodated through contract research activity. MCTD also offers rental of facilities to SME's through time-sharing scheme.


Conventional Casting Section 

Patternshop - capable of producing wood, polymer and metal patterns.

Molding Shop - employs green sand molding process utilizing pin-lift molding machines and Furan molding process using a 4-ton capacity continuous mixer.

Melting Shop - Consists of:

  • crucible furnace for melting non-ferrous alloys with the following capacities:

    • 50 kg
    • 300 kg
    • 600 kg
  • high frequency induction furnaces capable of melting ferrous alloys, with the following capacities:

    • 10 kg
    • 50 kg
    • 150 kg
    • 250 kg
    • 500 kg

Precision Casting Section

Investment Casting (Ceramic Shell Process) - This process involves dipping the entire cluster of heat-disposable pattern into a ceramic slurry and coating with ceramic material until a self-supporting shell has been formed. The coated cluster is then dewaxed, fired at high temperature and poured with molten metal. MCTD has a complete facilities for this process.


    • The ability to produce extremely intricate or compound shapes which are impossible, unreasonable or more costly to produce by any other means.
    • Casting to size, with little or no finish machining required.
    • The casting of parts from alloys not readily machinable in production.
    • Eliminating the waste of expensive or critical materials, such as stainless steels or semi-precious metals, during machining operations.
    • The manufacture of castings that cannot be made as a single unit by any other manufacturing process.
    • Reproduction of intricate shapes with extremely fine detail.
    • Production of parts with normal surface finishes "as-cast" of 70 to 90 microinches in nonferrous metals and 100 to 125 microinches in ferrous metals.
    • Wide latitude of design, variety and continuity of form.

Shell Molding - This process produces castings with relatively accurate and smooth surfaces. Cores and molds are considerable strong and can be easily mass produced. MCTD has the following facilities:

  • Resin Coated Sand Mixer - cold sand high speed mixer with a capacity of 60 kg per batch
  • 3 Shell Core Shooters
  • 3 Shell Molding Machines

Die Casting Machines - MCTD has three die casting machines. These are:

  • Hot Chamber Die Casting Shinozuka Model: SD-25-OHA
  • Cold Chamber Die Casting "TOSHIBA" Model: DC 25OC
    Machine Dimension: 5.4 x 1.7 x 2.5m
  • Low Pressure Die Casting Type: SK-110
    Pattern Size: 660 x 660 x 260mm

Casting Design and Process/Quality Control Capabilities:

In order to attain its quality objectives and meet the specified requirements of the customers, MCTD utilizes different control and testing equipment to ensure the quality of cast products.

Solstar Solidification Simulation Software - A simulation program to predict, simulate and analyze the likelihood of defects during actual casting as well as optimizes the casting process. It has the following features:

  • Solid Modelling
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Solidification Simulation

Meltlab Carbon Equipment (CE Meter) - provides reliable means to analyze and evaluate the composition of gray and ductile iron.

Shimadzu Optical Emission Spectrometer - quantitative determination of trace and major elements in ingots and castings. It has a maximum of 64 channels and capable of analyzing 32 elements at present.

Sand Testing Equipment

  • Compressive Strength
  • oisture Teller
  • Permeability Meter
  • Mold Hardness Tester
  • Bending Strength Tester
  • Rotap Machine
  • Clay Content Determinator

Metallurgical Microscope - Olympus

Ultrasonic Tester - Kraut Krammer 0.4 - 20 mhz


  • Minolta Spot Meter - 600-3,000oC
  • Immersion Type
    • Type K, -70 - 1370oC
    • Type S, 25 - 1770oC

    Aside from short series experimental production and product development, MCTD also offers time-sharing of its facilities to foundries with limited capabilities.