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Advanced Engineering Show Success for R-TECH Materials

R-Tech Receives JEC Award

R-TECH Materials, one of the UK’s leading testing, analysis and consultancy businesses, has hailed this year’s Advanced Engineering show at the NEC a huge success after it increased visitors to its stand by 350 % and received 11 concrete enquiries.

It’s UKAS accredited state-of the-art laboratories run tests on all types of engineering materials from composites and polymers to metals and ceramics.

R-TECH’s experienced team of engineers, metallurgists, materials scientists and chemists help manufacturers with material approval and characterisation; identify quality issues; solve processing problems or identify why a product has failed.

Dr Geraint Havard, R-TECH’s Composites Manager, said: “This was our second year at the AES and it’s been a great show.  We got 350% more visitors to the stand than two years ago and of those 25% were new business leads, which bodes well for the future.  We’ve already booked our stand in the Composites Engineering zone at next year’s AES!”

Whilst at the show R-TECH Materials was also officially presented with its JEC Asia Innovation award via video link for its work on developing an early warning safety sensor for hydrogen fuel cell storage tanks in cars.  

Based in Port Talbot, R-TECH Materials can test complex orientations to loads up to 1500kN. Standard tests include lap shear, in-plane shear, climbing drum peel, shore hardness, compression of core materials and shear properties of sandwich panels, as well as fatigue testing (in tension or in bending) at loads of up to 100kN.  R-TECH can also offer its customers bespoke testing thanks to its biaxial extensometry, in-house machine shop and strain gauging capabilities.

Operating across a wide range of industries, including aerospace, marine and automotive, R-TECH is accredited to perform testing in tension, compression, flexure, shear and hardness to ISO and ASTM standards under controlled temperature and humidity conditions. The company can also prepare laminates where required.

R-TECH is on track to secure aerospace approval from Nadcap at the end of 2017 and has also teamed up with Zwick Roell to run training courses on mechanical testing of composites in 2018.

Website: www.r-techmaterials.com

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