Element and Honeywell Aerospace extend testing contracts


Materials and product qualification testing company Element has been awarded two partnership agreements with Honeywell Aerospace.

Both contracts, which provide High Intensity Radiated Field (HIRF) testing and materials characterization to Honeywell, are extensions of previous agreements made in 2018.  Element will conduct all of Honeywell’s testing that falls under the specified agreement parameters.

The HIRF testing, which is a form of high-level EMI (electromagnetic interference) testing, will be conducted by Element’s product qualification testing group at its Bloomington, Minnesota laboratory. The materials characterization work includes materials testing, fracture mechanics, fatigue and routine mechanical testing to be carried out at Element’s laboratories in Cincinnati, Huntington Beach, Los Angeles and Broken Arrow, USA, and in Pilsen, Czech Republic and Lancaster, UK.

Rick Sluiters, EVP for Aerospace at Element, said, “We have worked successfully with Honeywell for over 30 years and the extension of these contracts for 12 and 24 months respectively is testament to the teams on the ground at our laboratories, and the excellent level of technical expertise and service they’ve provided.”

Meanwhile this week Element’s Huntington Beach, California laboratory signed a three-year contract with  aerospace additive design and manufacturing company Morf3D which will see it provide materials testing.

The testing to be provided to Morf3D, which is also located in Huntingdon, includes powder characterization, chemistry, metallurgical, mechanical and fatigue testing. The Element team will also perform non-destructive testing at its Rancho Dominguez, California laboratory with digital and traditional radiography as part of the contract.

The three year contract comes on the back of a long partnership between Element and Morf3D. Ivan Madera, CEO at Morf3D said, “Element’s competitive pricing, and high degree of technical competence are all critical elements that create a successful additive manufacturing eco-system. We are thrilled to extend our relationship and call Element a trusted partner in our expansive value chain.”

Earlier this year, Element’s Huntington Beach laboratory invested in a full suite of powder characterization technology for the additive design and manufacturing supply chain.  New tests include:chemical composition analysis, powder sieve analysis, particle size distribution, flow rate, apparent density, tap density, and gas pycnometry.

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Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.

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