The New Zealand-based Technical Services laboratory of SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has achieved laboratory accreditation by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) following a recent assessment, and is now the first and only laboratory of its kind in the country to be accredited for mechanical testing of composite materials.
IANZ, the national New Zealand authority for the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, promotes the development and maintenance of good practice in testing and inspection.
The SP-High Modulus laboratory was assessed to the ISO standard 17025:2005, and was found to be competent in the field of mechanical testing for applications including strength and stiffness testing of hull sandwich laminates, ultimate bearing strength for wind blades and sailing yacht masts, and stiffness of filament wound industrial pipes. As part of the assessment, it was successfully demonstrated that the laboratory’s technical equipment* met the required international testing standards and that all measurements are traceable to recognised New Zealand National Standards.
The coveted accreditation demonstrates the laboratory’s technical competence and provides further evidence to SP-High Modulus’ customers of the quality of the company’s testing standards. Susan Lake, Head of Technical Services at SP-High Modulus, acknowledges the team’s recent improvements in quality management systems as a contributing factor to the successful accreditation. She says: “Recognition by IANZ is a fantastic achievement for the team and demonstrates that the SP-High Modulus Technical Services team is dedicated to providing the very best services in testing advanced composite materials.”
She continues, “It is a further boost to the company that following Gurit’s recent acquisition of High-Modulus, the New Zealand-based Technical Services team can now benefit from wider technical expertise within the marine business of Gurit. We now provide customers in New Zealand and Australasia with an even greater range of testing services and access to more specialist technical know-how.”
To maintain the standard and accreditation, SP-High Modulus will be undertaking regular internal and documented audits which will be made available for review by IANZ, will participate in inter-laboratory testing programmes and have an annual assessment by an IANZ Accreditation Assessor.