Plastometrex partnership brings its mechanical testing systems to Japanese market

November 13, 2023

KMTL has taken delivery of a Benchtop Plastometer, the first Plastometrex device to be shipped to Japan (Courtesy Plastometrex)
KMTL has taken delivery of a Benchtop Plastometer, the first Plastometrex device to be shipped to Japan (Courtesy Plastometrex)

Plastometrex, headquartered in Cambridge, UK, has announced its strategic expansion into the Japanese market through partnerships with Kobe Material Testing Laboratory (KMTL), based in Harima, Hyogo and AeroEdge, based in Ashikaga, Tochigi.

“This strategic collaboration with KMTL and AeroEdge is a testament to our commitment to innovation and to our continued global expansion,” stated Mike Coto, CCO, Plastometrex. “Japan represents a vibrant and dynamic market, and our partnership with these two esteemed companies will allow us to deliver cutting-edge solutions that drive progress and transformation in metal testing and Additive Manufacturing.”

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Under the partnership, KMTL has taken delivery of a Benchtop Plastometer, the first Plastometrex device to be shipped to Japan. With the new testing equipment, KMTL will now be able to obtain metal stress-strain curves, measured by the device from indentation test data, in less than five minutes.

“We are delighted to be able to introduce the Plastometer to our client base across Japan,” added Nobuhito Tsurui, Executive Vice President, KMTL. “The technology will allow our customers to measure critical mechanical property data from small and challenging-to-test samples for the first time. This will enable them to design, manufacture, and repair their products with greater efficiency and confidence.“

AeroEdge, an engineering services company specialising in machining and Additive Manufacturing technology, will be among the first to use KMTL’s new Benchtop Plastometer. Having significantly grown its capability in the Additive Manufacturing of aerospace materials, specifically complex titanium aluminides for demanding high-temperature applications, the Plastometrex technology will enable AeroEdge to accelerate the development of these complex AM parts.

“Plastometrex’s novel testing technology enables us to optimise our AM materials with much less material and in a fraction of the time required by traditional methods,” said Kazuhiro Mizuta, Managing Director, AeroEdge. “We are excited to support the introduction of this transformative testing technology to the Japanese market where it will play an important role in supporting the continued adoption of AM in the region.”

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