As Konrad Saur said, innovation is not only about new products and materials, but advancements in analytical and technical capabilities. One case in point was a recent investigation undertaken by the R&D Team. A customer noticed damage in the form of black particles on the inside surface of their hydraulic cylinder that they believed was caused by abrasion of the seal on the inner of the cylinder. Analysis on the inside of the cylinder and the particles was performed using an Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscope (EDS). In fact, the particles had nothing to do with abrasion by the seal but a high concentration of oxygen that had resulted in the buildup of rust.