Investing in our Future

Here at Keighley Laboratories Limited, we continue to invest in training our young employees in the specialised skills they need to support and grow our business.

Over recent years, we have taken on a number of young people whom we have supported towards the successful completion of their apprenticeships. By learning ‘on the job’ we are able to develop a workforce competent to deliver the specialised skills required for our metallurgical Testing & Analysis and Heat Treatment divisions. Our current apprentices are progressing well and the skills they are developing ensure the continuity of the high level of service we provide.Apprentices

We have also accessed funding from the Leeds City Region LEP Skills Service to help finance training for employees across the business. This funding has supported the development of our teams working in Heat Treatment, Chemical Laboratory, Mechanical Testing, and Marketing departments. Leadership training is supporting progression as an important part of our succession planning.

This commitment to continual professional development contributes to the wide range of
specialist accreditations that Keighley Labs has
achieved including UKAS 17025, Nadcap and BSI 9100 Rev C. The Technical Services department is proud of its many aerospace specific accreditations that allow us to work with major companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and BAE systems.

Managing Director, Debbie Mellor says, “The support that we’ve received from the LEP Skills Service has really helped us to focus and structure our training plans. At a time when we all have to make wise spending choices, funding of up to 50% of training costs is a positive benefit to Keighley Labs.”

We’re investing in training our staff with @LeedsCityRegion #LEPskills.
Find out more here: www.the-lep.com/skillsservice

 

 

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Shallow Case Depth Gaseous Nitriding

With an increasing demand for Shallow Case Depth Gaseous Nitriding, Keighley Laboratories Limited has introduced a regular 36 hour treatment cycle.

This service, using state of the art furnace and process controls, ensures predictable metallurgical results with case depths ranging from 0.1mm up to 0.3mm (0.004” to 0.012”), dependant on material selection and method of verification
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Benefits of Nitriding

Low temperature processing with minimal dimensional changes.  Close control of time, temperature and dissociation gives a controlled white layer depth and consistent metallurgical results minimising post heat treatment machining.

The consistency of the Nitriding cycle ensures predictable metallurgical results through a range of shallow to deep case depths – from 0.1mm up to the more traditional 0.7mm (0.004” to 0.028”).

Materials and Components

Nitriding is suitable for a range of pre-heat treated and preferably stabilised ferrous alloyed materials that contain Aluminium, Chromium, Molybdenum and Vanadium.  In some circumstances it can be applied to lean alloyed or carbon steels and some cast irons with reduced hardness, depth and other properties.  Typical components processed include: Gears, Crankshafts, Camshafts, Cam Followers, Die/Extrusion, Mould tooling and general engineering items.

 

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Peter Hanson 1960 – 2016

It is with sadness that we announce that Peter Hanson passed away on 28th December 2016 after a short illness. Peter was a valued and experienced Senior Investigation Metallurgist at Keighley Laboratories Limited where he was employed since 1976. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and the many customers that he has supported throughout his time with us.
Over the years, Peter shared his valued experience with the Technical Services team who will continue to deliver the same quality of service.

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Expansion of Airbus Approval

Keighley Laboratories Limited is one of only a handful of Airbus Accredited Test Houses in the UK and we have recently increased the extensive scope of our specialised accreditations.

Keighley Labs has successfully added Alpha Case Determination, a specific approval for determining surface contamination (EN2003-9) of titanium and its alloys.  Keighley Labs has continued to prove its technical excellence even further with the addition of this specific extension.

Matthew Mellor, Technical Services Director comments, “In accordance with our business strategy, we see the development of Aerospace business as key to our future success.  Working with Primes such as Airbus is a tremendous achievement and something we are very proud of.”

Should you require any further information on this or any other services:  NDT, chemical analysis, heat treatment or testing services, call 01535 664211 or email testing@keighleylabs.co.uk

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