By Liz White, ERJ staff
Deventer, the Netherlands-Elastomer Research Testing BV will in future be represented in the UK by Ray Rata, who has been appointed business development manager for the UK and Eire by the Dutch rubber test unit. Rata has many years of experience in the rubber industrym having worked for companies including Omya, Columbian Carbon and International Synthetic Rubber.
Elastomer Research Testing is a two-year old operation, which claims to offer a complete service to industry." This includes one-to-one consultancy, backed by a range of laboratory equipment and know-how for testing and development of elastomers and rubber compounds, said a statement from the Deventer-based laboratory.
ERT's founders, Jan van Kranenburg and Dr Ir Johan Baaji, are both able to offer considerable academic and practical knowledge and experience in the rubber industry,â€ the company indicated. ERT says it can work with rubber processors to extend their technical capacity to solve problems and create new products and customers without the expense of investment in new equipment and personnel.â€
Equipment at ERT includes internal mixers and two-roll mills, with separate lines for black and coloured compounds. The test house also has a full range of equipment for testing vulcanised and unvulcanised compounds.
This is probably the most comprehensive test facility for environmental testing that is on offer from any one laboratory,â€ claims the firm. Tests include heat ageing, ozone resistance and weathering resistance as well as the usual tests for adhesion, electrical conductivity, flammability, fogging and chemical analysis.
ERT also offers consultancy contracts where "experienced personnel will visit and plan projects which are all backed by the extensive in-house facilities," the statement concluded.
The picture shows some of the test facilities at ERT's Deventer laboratory.