Testing and Consultancy Services
Testing Product Evaluation
We provide an efficient, independent and low-cost product evaluation service. Ask for a quotation at no obligation to you.
Manufacturing Method Consultancy
CATRA has a vast experience of manufacturing and production engineering in the fields of knives, tools and utensils. This enables us to undertake projects offering advice from the simplest tooling and fixturing all the way through to complete factory layouts.
Product Failure Investigation
Our many years of experience in determining failure causes and mechanisms are at hand for your product – cutlery, flatware, knives, blades, tools or cookware.
Information & Independent Advice
CATRA’s experience in technical problem solving and information supply means we can provide independent advice in all aspects of design, specification, manufacturing and testing for knives, tools and utensils.
Research & Development
We carry out a whole range of technical research and development on cutlery, flatware, knives, blades, hand tools, razors, cookware, kitchen gadgets and more.
Manufacturing, Machinery Design & Build
As with our research and development expertise, CATRA are at hand to provide advice into manufacturing and machinery design for a range of products.
Performance Test Development & Equipment Supply
CATRA’s vast experience of a wide range of products has enabled us to offer special designs, development and the manufacturing of equipment for testing product performance.
Quality & Productivity Improvement Services
CATRA’s unique postion as a research organisation, test house and manufacturing technologist allows us to offer the full technical package required to improve the quality of your goods without large increases in the cost of manufacture.
Safety Assessment & Evaluation
CATRA is able to test products and advise clients on the safety of products. For example, we evaluate UK products to The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 Statutory Instrument 1803.
Product Design & Material Selection Consultancy
If you need specific advice with your product design, particularly certain specialist features such as sharpness, edge geometry, cutting life, cutter design, suitability for manufacture, then CATRA’s experience is available to help you.
Our metallurgists and system engineers provide an end-to-end service for all our clients. At the development stage, we offer consultancy on the design and manufacture of cutlery, kitchenware, food processing blades and more. During the stages of manufacturing we are able to qualify products through environmental testing, such as corrosion resistance and blade sharpness.
We are on hand for retail organisations to ensure quality standards in manufacturing are being achieved and also undertake failure and analysis of products that have been returned by the customer.
Our consultancy services extend to surgical tools, razor blades and specialist applications, such as stab vest assessment. For specific client applications, we have developed specialist test equipment, such as the durability of scissors and folding knives.