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The Houston laboratory operated by Element Materials Technology has recently been awarded the Nadcap Materials Testing Laboratory (MTL) accreditation following a recent audit.
This follows significant investment by Element aligned to the requirements of a number of high-profile aero sector clients, demonstrating Element’s ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer needs and consistently complying with important industry specifications. The approval signals the growing importance of the Houston belt for the aerospace testing industry and means that Element Houston is the leading Nadcap approved laboratory operating in the greater Houston area.The Houston laboratory has been accredited under audit criteria AC7101 to carry out a wide range of chemical, metallography, mechanical and hardness tests. The scope of accreditation includes hydrogen analysis, micro and near surface examinations, impact and temperature tensile testing and standard specimen machining.The Performance Review Institute (PRI) administers Nadcap, the industry-managed special process and product accreditation program for the aerospace industry. Nadcap was jointly developed by Government and industry to continually improve quality. A worldwide programme for assessing and promoting continuous improvement in aerospace suppliers, the Nadcap audit is designed to evaluate companies’ quality systems to ensure the highest possible standards are met throughout the sector.The Houston lab joins Element’s facilities Cincinnati, Charlotte, Cleveland, Daleville, Glendale, Huntington Beach, Newtown, Rancho Dominguez, St Paul, Tulsa and Wixom in holding Nadcap accreditation. Between them, Element’s laboratories can offer the aviation industry accredited services covering the full range of testing methodology covered by Nadcap.About ElementElement is a company with a global presence; its laboratories are staffed by experts specializing in materials testing, product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace & Defense, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, and Transportation sectors. Element’s team of 1,400 scientists, engineers and technicians work in 40 laboratories located throughout the U.S. and Europe.More information: www.element.com