Element Sheffield secures Safran approval


Element’s testing laboratory in Sheffield has achieved approval for destructive testing services from engine supplier Safran.

The agreement, which follows the recent granting of Safran approval for ultrasonic testing is subject to Safran monitoring actions based on Nadcap audit results and performance on Safran parts.

Element is carrying out work for Safran including room temperature tensile, elevated temperature tensile, stress and creep, rupture, hardness, grain size and inclusion testing for material and parts.

The approval, which was sponsored by manufacturer Forged Solutions involved an onsite audit of Element’s technical capability and process quality for destructive testing.

Rick Sluiters, executive vice president for aerospace at Element said, “We work with the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers as trusted partners in both destructive and non-destructive testing, playing a vital role in the supply chain.

“This approval further cements our thirty year relationship with Safran and it is the combination of our expert team, proximity to laboratories and strength in customer service that makes us the ideal partner for businesses of this caliber.”

Element Sheffield performs chemical analysis, materials testing, mechanical testing, non-destructive testing and calibration. The laboratory, which is sited close to Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID), holds Nadcap and UKAS accreditation along with a range of aerospace OEM approvals. The team of experts adheres to a quality assurance system to ensure confidence in all measurements and tests undertaken. The laboratory holds a well-equipped machine shop with up to date CNC machining facilities, and sample heat treatment capabilities, mechanical, chemical analysis, metallurgical testing and force calibration services.

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