16 April 2013
16 April 2013
Intertek has expanded the scope of ISO 17025 to include composites testing.
The company says that the additional tests included in this standard meet client-driven demand for the testing of composites and constituents including climbing drum peel (ASTM D1781), compression of composites (ASTM D3410), tensile in-plane shear of matrix composites (ASTM D3518), moisture absorption and equilibrium conditioning (ASDTM D5229), mode I fracture toughness (ASTM D5528) and more.
Intertek say that the ISO 17025 is the international standard by which a laboratory's commitment to quality is evaluated. The company achieved this accreditation by demonstrating technical competence for product compliance testing with the operation and effectiveness of its laboratory.
"Our clients drive everything we do and the expansion of our scope is a direct response to our clients need for testing of new composites materials in rigorous applications in automotive and other industries," says James Galipeau, General Manager of Intertek Pittsfield, U.S. "This is in addition to Nadcap which is in support of aerospace applications and displays Intertek's commitment to quality in supporting a wide range of market sectors with advanced materials testing."
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