The Newcastle laboratory operated by the leading global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, Exova, has been awarded the prestigious NADCAP accreditation for static tensile testing, primarily for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine industries.
The Newcastle Laboratory, which is an integral part of the Exova Aerospace Division, has successfully completed a stringent audit of its testing methods. With onsite test specimen extraction and manufacture, allied to an unrivalled experience in the testing of single crystal and high temperature nickel alloys, Exova Newcastle can offer an extended service to the aerospace, oil and gas, and power generation sectors and related industries.
This expansion of testing services was undertaken in response to increased demand from the regional aerospace market. Newcastle can now provide high temperate creep, stress rupture and creep crack growth testing, immediately qualifying the laboratory to work for aerospace primes and their global supply chain.
Gary Merchant is the General Manager for Exova Newcastle. He said: “This is an exciting time for all involved in the growing aerospace and general engineering markets. We have experienced significant upturn in enquiries from aerospace customers, and the introduction of tensile testing to our current testing portfolio will help us meet those demands, as well as allowing Exova Newcastle to be one of the leading ‘all under one roof’ test facilities in Europe.
“By investing in our facility and equipment we can provide customers with an increased range of capabilities, as well as greater capacity and increased output.”
Exova's facilities include a global network of aerospace testing facilities, all of which are NADCAP approved. Exova's NADCAP accredited services date back to 1994, when the Santa Fe Springs facility became the fourth laboratory in the world to be NADCAP accredited. The Glendale Heights site followed with accreditation in 1996.
To achieve accreditation, sites must undergo rigorous evaluation including interviews, inspections and reviews of all procedures.