Anixter Fasteners has announced that its independent testing laboratory ‘A-LAB’ in Gloucester is now fully commissioned.

Independently audited by UKAS and accredited to UKAS/ISO17025, the facility, which cost over £450,000 to commission and establish, offers a comprehensive range of fastener testing and failure investigation capabilities. The services offered at A-LAB fall under five headings; metallurgical, mechanical, chemical, failure investigation and product finish testing.

Richard Hawker, vice president of technical services, said: “One of Anixter’s core values is quality and our culture is focused to deliver a zero defects standard, whilst supplying over 14 billion components annually, worldwide. As part of this commitment we have invested heavily in our technical capability. Our UKAS accredited laboratory not only tests products that we supply, but also provides an independent investigation and product verification service.”

The rigour with which A-LAB performs tests is proportional to the criticality of the purpose of the components. Hawker added: “We support the largest OEMs, including a large proportion of the automotive industry. The fasteners and components that we supply are therefore often application critical, for example in chassis build or construction of braking assemblies.  We take our responsibility to our customers very seriously and feel our duty to their customers just as keenly. The testing work done at A-LAB is therefore an essential part of how we deliver an exceptional standard of quality, consistency and reliability.”