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important when it comes to obtaining UKAS accreditation; wrote the quality manual and procedures; underwent training on all the equipment and test procedures; and applied for UKAS accreditation.” As Evolution’s national sales manager, Scott Anderson, adds, while Ryan recovers his breath: “It only felt like a lifetime!”


In fact preparing and writing the


manual and documentation required for UKAS accreditation took 6 man months alone. In addition to Ryan Murphy, who “has an honours degree, IEng status with the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom and experience in advanced structural engineering design and analysis, Evolution has two qualifi ed civil engineers with experience in design and build construction who also worked on the project.” All three, together with Scott Anderson, whose claim he is simply old disguises a depth of practical experience, have extensive knowledge of metallurgy and structural dynamics. ETAS, which had just taken delivery


of its salt spray cabinet and is now only waiting for delivery of a drill speed tester specifi cally designed and constructed to accommodate Evolution’s range of Tek screws up to 225mm long, is unquestionably impressive. The selection of equipment has evidently been the result of careful consideration and refl ects a major fi nancial investment in advanced technology. Chemical composition analysis is carried out using X-Ray Fluorescence and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry. An advanced but remarkably compact Tensile Tester transmits test data direct to computer and, as Ryan Murphy is quick to emphasis, means instead of simply establishing the ultimate strength of the product opens “a whole new world in R&D” by allowing Evolution to see how the products actually behave in critical phases of usage. “The microscopy resource is also hugely important,” says Ryan, “in allowing us not just to understand the metallurgy to a much greater degree, but also in areas such as failure analysis. If something does go wrong we have a far greater probability, with this facility, of being able to determine why – we can see the nature


of the problem,


whether a shear failure or a problem with hardness.” While you might not naturally share Ryan’s unquestionable passion for his testing equipment - who needs a Ferrari anyway? – you should take a look at Evolution’s extensive capabilities listed on this page.


Impressed? Rightly so, but as Michael


Keisner says, “It is not just the physical equipment – it is the psychology behind it, the people and their skills base … and we are proud to have a fi rst class team of Scottish engineers.” As far as he is concerned, “improving what Evolution does is as much about product development as quality assurance.” Evolution has already designed products, the most notable a new concrete screw anchor, part of an extension to products securing into concrete and brickwork, developed with characteristic Evolution emphasis on quality and performance. Part of the analytical investment also refl ects a commitment to further research into coatings. “There are still misunderstandings about the function of some coatings,” says Michael Keisner. “The phosphate coating on a standard drywall screw is an example. It is primarily there to protect against corrosion during transit, not in application where whether it corrodes depends on how it is installed and what protection is applied on site.” As the 500 or 1,000 hour capability of Evoshield®


has already demonstrated,


says Keisner, “you can do better than that”. He also feels that the construction industry must, sooner or later, address the environmental issues relating to some coatings. “Electronic and automotive industries have already moved away from plating containing Chrome 6,” he notes. “In the pursuit of constantly improving


standards the facilities we have here now make an absolutely massive contribution,” says Keisner. His vision is also of a facility that will address a signifi cant shortfall in the provision of testing and analytical services to the fastener industry. “Recognising that we needed to obtain approvals for some of our key products, both specifi c German approvals and European Technical Approvals, we


88 Fastener + Fixing Magazine • Issue 71 September 2011 surveyed testing laboratories and


accreditation bodies in all 27 countries of the EU. Apart from the fact they were universally expensive, the lead times were all very long, and feedback on the progress of your project was poor. Once UKAS accredited, which we hope will be by the end of this year, Evolution Testing & Analytical Services will be able to provide the test data required. Operated as an independent division by Ryan Murphy, it will also be able to offer competitive rates and, probably more importantly, quick turnaround and timely communication for third party testing.”


Evolution Testing & Analytical Services are able to perform the following tests and analyses:


• Tensile strength/resistance. • Compressive strength/resistance. • Shear strength/resistance. • Bending/fl exure/defl ection behaviour and resistance.


• Hardness testing (Rockwell, Vickers, Brinnel).


• Pull out load. • Pull through load. • Carburisation depth. • Surface/case/core hardness and depth. • XRF spectrometry. • FTIR spectrometry. • Coating mass and thickness measurement.


• Neutral salt spray testing (NSST). • Cyclic corrosion testing (CCT). • Hydrogen embrittlement testing. • Torque testing. • Drill speed testing. • Tapping speed testing. • Proof loading of nuts, bolts, fasteners and other components.


• Atomic composition of metals. • Failure analysis of metals. • Chemical analysis of metals.


Visit www.etasuk.com for more information.


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