£130K In-house Mechanical Testing Facility Certified by UKAS
Our new £130K in-house mechanical testing facility, certified by UKAS, at our Cambridge plant is boosting customer order turn-around times. “Destructive testing is mainly specified by customers in Aerospace, however, it is becoming increasingly common in motorsport, medical devices and other industries where there can be no compromise in product integrity. The new facility gives us much quicker results than going out to an external testing lab,” explained Andy Fox, operations director at Cambridge.
Adding to Rockwell hardness and shadowgraph, is the new Z100 testing rig from ZwickRoell. This gives Wallwork the capability to run tensile, compression and hardness tests on materials and components prior to and post heat treatment. This also helps us to quickly identify any material or processing issues that could impact quality. In addition, it can help provide data to refine existing metal heat treatment processes, component design and more.
Confirming that correct heat treatment has been performed on components is especially important within aerospace, where accurate results contribute to risk-based usage of materials. Wallwork also operates vacuum brazing units at Manchester and Cambridge. These work to many aerospace prime approvals and the new Z100 has the potential to confirm joint strength between vacuum brazed materials.
“Faster turnaround of testing results is necessary for us to meet customer manufacturing targets and it also makes much easier the internal management of important accreditations. From operating our own commercial pick up/delivery fleet to product testing, we are always seeking ways to improve both the quality and the speed of service to customers. We are now looking at adding inhouse impact and flat tensile testing as part of our continual development process,” Andy concluded.
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