The UK's largest dimensional lab opens its doors
Trescal UK’s refurbished and enlarged Manchester facility has officially opened its doors and is now fully operational, following completion of major works which have delivered a world class calibration and testing capability.
The new facility, which has incorporated part of Trescal’s Leigh capability, is now the largest dimensional laboratory in the UK measuring 13,800 sq ft and employing 55 people. The laboratory is a one-stop-shop to service an extensive range of calibration requirements. This includes the following capability; high voltage, acoustics, accelerometry, mass, torque, dimensional, electrical and pressure.
The project, which was completed on the 31st May, has included the refurbishment of existing laboratory facilities and the creation of specialist standard laboratories which operate under strict climatic conditions to within 0.5oC. In the course of the refurbishment 8.5 miles of data cabling was laid in the building and 3.5 miles of power cabling.
In addition to the creation of six new laboratories, as part of the transition project, the Manchester site has also enjoyed a major investment in new equipment, including a new coordinate measurement machine (CMM), state-of-the-art automated screw gauge calibration equipment.
The Manchester facility primarily services in the North of England, as well as providing dimensional calibration support to the UK Trescal network and is also the central hub for Trescal’s logistics operation in the UK. The key industrial sectors served being aerospace, rail, pharmaceuticals, energy and automotive.
Kevin Hancox, Branch Manager for Manchester, says the refurbished facility is a flagship for Trescal in the UK. “We have taken our calibration capabilities in the North West of England and merged them under one roof to provide customers with seven additional scopes of calibration and a much-improved customer service experience.
“The whole build project has been designed around expansion improved workflow, from goods inward, through to calibration and then the return of equipment to customers. Environmental issues formed a key element of the design with new energy efficient LED lighting, soundproofing and insulation.