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Testing and Product Evaluation Services by CATRA laboratories for clients all over the World

We offer very quick, efficient and cost effective services in the following areas:

We provide a very fast, efficient, confidential, independent and low cost test & product evaluation service. Please ask for a quotation at no obligation to you.

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Table Cutlery /Table Flatware Testing to ISO EN 8442-2 ( ISO 8442.2)  , BS 5577 and pr EN 14372

The following types of table cutlery and flatware ( knives, forks and spoons) are tested by CATRA

The tests cover the following attributes,

Kitchen, Professional, Trade and Food Process Knife Testing to ISO EN8442-1 ( ISO 8442.1)

The following types of Food Preparation Knives are tested by CATRA

The tests cover the following attributes:

Saucepans and Metallic Cookware to BS6748, BS 7430 and ISO 12983. 1 and 2

The following types of Cookware, Saucepans and Cooking Pots are tested by CATRA

The tests cover the following attributes:

Blade and Knife sharpness testing to ISO 8442-5 ( ISO 8442.5)

The following types of Knives, Blades, Cutters are tested by CATRA

The tests cover the following attributes:

Knife and Blade sharpening machine testing using ISO 8442.5

By utilising the cutting performance test of the International standard, we have developed a test system to evaluate various knife and blade sharpeners such as

Scissors, Clippers and Shears testing - CATRA Tests

Note that no known standard exist for scissors and shears, but CATRA have developed in-house test protocols

The following types of Scissor, clippers and Shears are tested by CATRA

The tests cover the following attributes:

Garden Tool Testing to British Standards and CATRA Tests

The following types of Garden, Agricultural and Groundwork tools are tested by CATRA

The tests cover the following attributes:

Hand Tool Testing to British Standards and CATRA Tests

The following types of Hand Tools are tested by CATRA some to relevant standards others to CATRA specifications

The tests cover the following attributes:

Metallic Decorative Hollowware Testing to ISO EN 8442-3 ( ISO 8443.3)

The following types of Metallic Decorative and Functional Hollow Ware are tested by CATRA

The tests cover the following attributes:

Electroplate Thickness Testing by XRF & Microsection to British Standards

The following types of Products are tested for thickness of electroplated or Coated surfaces by CATRA

The tests cover the following attributes:

Corrosion and Environmental Testing

The following types of products are corrosion, humidity, salt spray and environmentally tested by CATRA

The tests cover the following attributes:

Metallurgical Investigations and Failure Evaluations

Our areas of investigation cover

Dishwasher proof testing for goods made from Metal, Plastic, Ceramic & Glass to BS EN 12875-1 (2005)

Testing System

Razor and Shaving System Testing

CATRA's unique position in cutting technology, is nowhere stronger than in the field of razor blade and shaving system testing. Such products as disposable razors, cartridge systems, multi-blade razors, 3 blade systems, 4 blade shavers for both men and women are always under test, for quality control, product evaluation and claim support purposes. Both wet and dry ( electric ) shaving systems are tested using some unique and novel test systems.

Our areas of investigation cover

Engineers Hand File and Rasp Testing

CATRA's history with the British file and rasp industry and the now defunct File Research Council, enables us to offer a range of file cutting performance tests. This enables cutting performance ( sharpness and metal removal rates) to be measured on all types of abrasive file including toothed and abrasive particle types such as diamond files and sharpening steels. We also test special files such as Horse rasps, taper saw files, chain saw files, needle files and surgical bone files. CATRA users s range of special purpose file test machines developed by the File Research Council of Great Britain.

Hacksaw Testing to BS1919, Hole saw and wood saw testing to CATRA tests

CATRA developed the British Standard hacksaw cutting test BS1919 in the 1970's for both hand blades and power blades. Today CATRA offers a full sawing test to this specification. click here for details of the test machine

We have also developed tests for other types of saw where no standard exists, this includes wood saws, hard point saws, tenon saw, holesaws, jig saw blades.

CATRA also manufactures saw testing machines.

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