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Distributor's Link Magazine Winter Issue 2014 / VOL 37 / NO.1


52 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Element Newtown, PA, has invested in stateof-the-art equipment to expand the testing capabilities of its dimensional department. Among several new purchases, the Nadcapaccredited laboratory has acquired a digital image measuring system, designed to deliver enhanced levels of fastener inspection. With more than 20 years’ experience of providing fastener testing services, Element Newtown has moved to expand on dimensional service capabilities that include first article, routine and safety critical inspection. The move comes in response to increased demand for fastener qualification from its leading clients in the aerospace, Oil & Gas, power generation and automotive industries. This new equipment has the ability to scan 99 percent of a nut, bolt, screw or rivet and automatically upload figures into a file for trend analysis. Replacing a manual system of reporting, this technology enables Element’s Engaged Experts to obtain data more efficiently, reducing lead times for customers. Element Newtown will now also offer multiple levels of fastener inspection across systems 22 and 23, with the ability to verify components at the maximum material limit. This move has been led by client requirements, with feedback from key contacts and increased buoyancy in the fastener market directly resulting in the targeted investment. Colin Speedie, VP, U.S. Operations at Element, explains: “Element is proud to be client-led in its investment in each of its laboratories, as we continue to offer our partners the very best expertise supported by the most accurate equipment. In the highly evolved, ever-changing fastener market, knowledge is vital for customers looking to maintain a competitive advantage. Element Newtown has a superb history of offering accurate, timely results that clients depend on to support their ambitions, and with the addition of this new equipment it can provide a new suite of functionality designed to support the rapid innovation of the fastener industry,” he concludes. For complete Accreditations & Approvals and more information, please visit


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