nCode Invest In Materials Testing Laboratory

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nCode announces a major new investment in its specialist materials characterization laboratory, helping OEMS select the right material for performance throughout the product lifecycle. It has relocated its laboratory into a new facility in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, adding both capacity and flexibility, as a direct response to the increasing demand for high specification characterization tests. The new facility adds over 50% more space for machines, as well improved environmental control and data acquisition. The SoMat eDAQ-lite is the standard data acquisition unit across the lab.

nCode's lab is a unique facility for materials characterization because the nCode team offers more than just testing; they help understand what data is actually needed, specify the tests, prepare samples and interpret the results. I feel confident that material characterization data from the nCode lab can be used throughout the design process.

nCode International, a leading global provider of durability, test & measurement, fleet monitoring, and product design (CAE) solutions, announces a major new investment in its specialist materials characterization laboratory, helping OEMS select the right material for performance throughout the product lifecycle.

nCode's has relocated its laboratory into a new facility in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, adding both capacity and flexibility, as a direct response to the increasing demand for high specification characterization tests. The new facility adds over 50% more space for machines, as well improved environmental control and data acquisition. The SoMat eDAQ-lite is the standard data acquisition unit across the lab.

nCode itself uses the nCode lab to provide validation data in support of its fatigue models in the ICE-flow GlyphWorks data analysis software and DesignLife FEA fatigue software.

Norman Thornton, Head of Test Facilities, stated, "nCode's material characterization services are an important part of the nCode Product Lifecycle Performance philosophy. Understanding how a material behaves is critical to the long term performance of the product. Customers use nCode's services when it is important to get the right material data; and data that is statistically appropriate for use in downstream analysis. The new lab allows us to increase capacity, but we retain our unique, specialist approach, and the ability to support the complete testing process from specification to data. We are certainly not a high volume test house."

Lab customers include Messier Dowty, Aston Martin, Magna PowerTrain and Arcelor.

Angelo Fanourakis, Chief Engineer, GKN Autostructures says; "nCode's lab is a unique facility for materials characterization because the nCode team offers more than just testing; they help understand what data is actually needed, specify the tests, prepare samples and interpret the results. I feel confident that material characterization data from the nCode lab can be used throughout the design process."

The nCode lab provides specialist characterization services that include:

•Support of PhD metallurgists and statisticians.
•Development, in house, of equipment for both stress control and strain control testing; improving the accuracy of statistical and curve fit routines.
•New +/- 5kN dynamic test equipment for non metallic materials.
•Recording of residual stress changes during fatigue life testing.
•Small force vibration test facility up to 250Hz for materials and components especially attractive for equipment mounted on vehicles.
•Torsion fatigue testing machines.
•Smart logging using SoMat eDAQ.
•High alignment testing systems capable of offering specimen strain symmetry of better than 2%.

nCode will be at the Stuttgart Testing Expo in May 2008.

About nCode International:
nCode is a leading global provider of durability test & measurement, fleet monitoring, and product design (CAE) solutions. nCode offers a unique combination of measurement instruments, software, and services that help customers eliminate unexpected failures by measuring and converting durability, performance and operational data into information from which intelligent business decisions can be made that improve Product Life Performance (PLP) and reduce costs. Established in 1982, nCode has direct offices in Europe, North America and Asia. For more information about nCode, please visit http://www.ncode.com.

nCode products include: ICE-flow GlyphWorks, Library, and DesignLife, SoMat eDAQ, and eDAQ-lite. The nCode Logo, nCode, ICE-flow GlyphWorks, ICE-flow Library, ICE-flow DesignLife, SoMat eDAQ, and eDAQ-lite are trademarks or registered trademarks of nCode International Corporation in the USA and/or other countries.

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