More Successful Accreditations

Directors and employees at Keighley Laboratories Limited are celebrating the successful results of two audits in recent weeks.

The Heat Treatment division has achieved the Nadcap (Heat Treating) accreditation for their Nitriding process, to add to the company’s growing list of accreditations and prime approvals.  This achievement is important for Keighley Laboratories as it demonstrates their commitment to delivering the highest standards of Heat Treating to the aerospace industry.

“Congratulations to Keighley Laboratories on successfully passing what may be the aerospace industry’s most stringent process capability assessment audit,” said Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “Nadcap audit criteria are widely acknowledged to be hard to meet and companies like Keighley Labs, who succeed at doing so, rightfully deserve recognition.”

In addition, the Heat Treatment division has recently undergone a successful annual BSI reassessment for BSI BS EN 9100:2009; AS 9100 rev C accreditation.

Managing Director, Debbie Mellor, commented,

“The range and number of accreditations held by Keighley Laboratories builds the support and confidence of our customers.  They highlight the company’s achievements and strengths, particularly important in our competitive market.  This confidence is demonstrated by customer interest in our new Gaseous Nitrocarburising process which is now up and running.

As part of our continuing strategy to increase business with the aerospace sector the Technical Services division at Keighley Laboratories plans to extend existing Nadcap (Material Testing Laboratory) scope to include chemical analysis.”

Group photo by Nitrider

PHOTOGRAPH – Debbie Mellor, Managing Director, and the successful Nadcap team.

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Attending Subcon? – Let’s Meet Up

Subcon is the UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain show dedicated to subcontract and outsourced engineering services.  Michael Emmott, our Divisional Commercial Director for Heat Treatment, will be attending Subcon at NEC Birmingham.  This will be an opportunity to meet up with subcontract manufacturing buyers from all industry sectors to discuss your specific metallurgical requirements.

Michael has over 40 years’ of experience in his field and would like to meet up to discuss how Keighley Laboratories can best support your Metallurgical Heat Treatment, Chemical Analysis and Mechanical Testing requirements.

Keighley Laboratories Limited has provided metallurgical services since 1920, working to quality standards which include UKAS 17025, Nadcap – Heat Treating (Nitriding), Nadcap – Material Testing and BSI 9001, AS9100 Rev C.

Keighley Laboratories has an extensive portfolio of Heat Treatment processes together with Testing and Analysis services.  The latest addition to our portfolio is Gaseous Nitrocarburising  – a non-toxic heat treatment process which can match or improve resistance to wear, scuffing, galling and seizure compared with the alternative salt bath based process, whilst reducing the environmental impact.

Michael has a limited number of appointment times available at Subcon and he will be delighted if you could join him for a coffee and a chat.

Please email memmott@keighleylabs.co.uk to secure an appointment.

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Railtex – Let’s Meet Up

Railtex 2017 is the perfect event to network with the rail supply market. Bringing innovative suppliers together to meet and discuss opportunities and exciting developments within the rail sector.

Michael Emmott, our Divisional Commercial Director for Heat Treatment, will be attending Railtex, NEC Birmingham, on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th May.  Michael has over 40 years’ of experience in his field and would like to meet up with you to discuss how Keighley Laboratories can best support your Metallurgical Heat Treatment, Chemical Analysis and Mechanical Testing requirements.

Keighley Laboratories Limited has provided metallurgical services to the rail sector for many decades, working to quality standards which include UKAS 17025 and BSI 9001.  We have worked on numerous rail industry contracts such as:

  • Induction Hardening of pins and bolts
  • ADI (Austempering of Ductile Iron) of track clamps
  • Harden and Temper of rolling stock components
  • General Nitrocarburising including Salt Bath QPQ of holding-down bolts, associated springs, washers and nuts
  • Commercial weld testing including invigilation, testing and certification.

Keighley Laboratories has an extensive portfolio of Heat Treatment processes together with Testing and Analysis services.  Typical services relevant to the rail industry include weld approval, material overchecks, chemical analysis, non-destructive testing of rolling stock components, failure investigation, Tufftride®, Gaseous Nitrocarburising, Carburising, Nitriding and Salt Spray (corrosion testing) for tracks and undercarriages.

Michael has a limited number of appointment times available at Railtex. He would be delighted if you could join him for a coffee and a chat.

Please email Michael Emmott to secure an appointment.

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For more information on Railtex 2017 visit www.railtex.co.uk

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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
Contact Leonard Powell for a competitive quote

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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