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Bespoke machine and jig building, and specialist specimen manufacture for testing.
Manufacturing and test specimen production services

Manufacturing and test specimen production

As well as being able to carry out tests using our in-house equipment, a unique capability of The Test House is the ability to manufacture highly specialised custom jigs, fixtures and testing rigs capable of performing tests precisely in-line with clients’ needs. When a component needs to be tested for a very specific type of stress, our bespoke manufacturing service can engineer a solution.

For the last 25 years we have provided custom rigs for our parent company, research and technology organisation TWI, underpinning hundreds of experiments and tests in that time.

Case study: one-of-a-kind testing machine to research the fatigue performance of high-strength steel mooring chains used on large floating structures offshore.

The Test House can also manufacture specimens, working to precise specifications, and model and construct prototypes matching our clients’ requirements.

Examples of our manufacturing work include the fabrication of Charpy and fracture toughness test specimens incorporating electron-beam-welded extensions and friction-welded Z specimen extensions.

Our capability includes a multiple-axis computer numerical control (CNC) milling centre; contract machining with CNC wire and plate electrical discharge machining centres; and a large saw with a 1.1m height and 1.2m width capacity.

More information about our CNC capability.

All manufacturing is carried out in compliance with relevant international standards.