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Metal forging and stainless steel supplier the Abbey Group has selected the King Brinell hardness tester from Bowers Metrology to play a key role in its inspection and metal testing processes.

Abbey Group offers a range of steel services, including standard and bespoke metal forgings, an extensive stock of stainless steel, low-alloy and super-alloy grades, and a rapid-turnaround Express service for bespoke projects.

The group also offers independent metal testing and a comprehensive machining/finishing service.

Abbey’s metal treatment division handles a range of materials, from low-alloy carbon steels through to heat-resisting nickel-based super-alloys.

The metal treatment team is supported by a range of exacting inspection equipment.

When the need arises, regular investments are made in the best available control equipment; an illustration of this is its recently purchased hardness tester.

Although the department has a high-quality static hardness-testing machine, in addition to several portable units, to keep pace with the output from the department, Martin Trigg, production manager at the metal treatment department, undertook a search for an accurate portable hardness tester.

He said: ‘As the new instrument was to be used in an extremely harsh environment, it needed to be robust, while being able to deliver accurate hardness results.

‘We found the answer to our needs in the King Brinell hardness tester from Bowers Metrology.

‘The tough yet precise instrument is now used across all materials passing through our department.

‘As we serve a range of demanding industries, such as the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors, our flexible new tester helps us to record the vitally important results we achieve.

‘To ensure the continued accuracy of our hardness testing routines, we make regular tests on our calibrated test blocks that are traceable back to UKAS standards,’ he added.

The high-accuracy King Brinell portable hardness tester is a lightweight, full-load (3,000kg) instrument capable of accurately testing an extremely large variety of metal specimens.

The rugged tester’s portability allows it to be used in any plane for a full load, in-situ Brinell test on large components.

The instrument conforms to ASTM BS and NIST Brinell standards; it features a dynamic raid hardness test procedure, a wide measuring range and ease of use.

The Bowers Metrology Group specialises in delivering a full and comprehensive range of precision measuring systemss to some of the most competitive and demanding shop-floor environments. Over the years, Bowers has proven its success with rapid, sustained growth and now prides itself on being the world’s leading bore gauge manufacturer in terms of both production volume and breadth of product range. 

Already working in some of the most challenging industries such as oil and gas, defence, aerospace and automotive, the Bowers Metrology Group delivers cost-effective solutions to the most testing measurement problems, further strengthening its reputation for the superior quality, accuracy and usability of its precision measuring equipment. Striving for excellence in both the comprehensive range of products supplied and the many services offered to its customers, the Group’s aim is to build on this hard-won reputation and continue to exceed customers’ expectations.

As a member of the Bowers Metrology Group, Bowers UK supplies UK industry with an unrivalled choice of high-quality precision measuring equipment, bespoke system design and laboratory-based UKAS calibration services. Its pre-eminent position in the metrology market allows Bowers UK to provide its customers with a truly complete metrology service. What’s more, customers also benefit from the ‘one stop shop’ nature of the company's centralised sales, service, training and customer support for the complete range of Bowers, Moore & Wright, Baty International and CV Instruments products.

The all-inclusive nature of the Bowers Metrology Group can also be demonstrated by the wide range of superior hardness testers, surface finish and other material testing instruments supplied by CV Instruments.  

Bowers’ vision for the future is clear: to develop its position as a total metrology solutions provider, offering its customers a full range of products and services that are borne from its continued investment in both people and technology. 

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