New Materials Laboratory

Supporting the company's commitment to increasing design capability whilst maintaining a high level of customer support, Xtrac has introduced a new Advanced Materials Laboratory. The activity of the new lab is to facilitate customer requirements, such as first article inspection and failure investigations and support Xtrac's own R&D activities, primarily in the development of gear materials and heat treatment processes.

The laboratory boasts new metallographic preparation equipment, microscopes and a micro-hardness tester (supplied by Buehler UK Ltd), allowing more detailed and in-depth metallurgical investigations and analysis to be undertaken.

An important part of the duties of the lab, as well as supporting the manufacturing heat treatment and NDT activities, is to work on materials development and their work (together with our primary steel supplier Corus), has resulted in the introduction of a new gear steel, XM023, which has been raced very successfully for the first time in 2005. Xtrac's previous laboratory is now used to assist the day to day operation of the department, so increasing the department's inspection capabilities.

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