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Pailton Engineering extends its offering with strain gauge testing

Award-winning Pailton Engineering, the Coventry-based global leader in the design and manufacture of steering systems, is now extending its offering by providing in-house strain gauge testing to customers.

Drawing on the proven expertise of Pailton’s engineers, this additional service further reinforces the company’s unique position in the marketplace as a truly rounded "one stop shop" provider.

Pailton prides itself on working closely with customers from the initial stages of designing bespoke parts right through to their final production, and strain gauge testing will help them to refine that process.

A valuable addition to Pailton’s armoury of skills, strain gauge testing will give engineers more freedom in their designs because they will not have to rely on over-cautious theoretical calculations about how resilient a part will be.

By supplying measured data on how a part performs in real-life situations, strain gauge testing gives engineers a clearer picture of the safe parameters within which they can draw up a design for a particular part.

Neil Foster, Engineering Manager, of Pailton Engineering said: "Previously we would have offered design services based on full theoretical calculations based on the worst case scenario, but the problem with that is that it is often very conservative and limits the design.

"With strain gauge testing we find out what the actual loads really are. It creates raw data that we can feed directly into our test equipment. The result is that in some cases we can achieve a suitable design that, from the theoretical calculations, may not have seemed viable."

John Nollett, Managing Director, Pailton Engineering, said: "I am delighted that Pailton Engineering is now able to offer strain gauge testing as it will free up our engineers to devise even more ingenious solutions for our customers.

"It is an exciting development that allows Pailton Engineering to offer a truly comprehensive service in the best traditions of engineering excellence."

Pailton already has the capability to carry out complex theoretical calculations using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software to predict how a given design should respond to stresses and strains under different conditions.

The first customer to take up Pailton’s offer of strain gauge testing was iconic refuse collection vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle, of Warwick, which is completely redesigning its wide track (2.55m) chassis, both to make it Euro 6 compliant and to provide greater comfort for the driver.

A national finalist in the European Business Awards 2012/13, Pailton Engineering exports around the world and specialises in designing and developing bespoke parts for manufacturers in the military, European bus and truck markets.

Its blue-chip list of clients includes Force Protection, BAe Systems, the King Abdulla II Design & Development Bureau in Jordan, Supacat, JCB, DAF Trucks, Scania and Caterpillar.

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