Bridon launches advanced technology centre for wire and fibre ropes
BY PRAMOD KULKARNI, Editor
DONCASTER, England – Bridon International has launched a $7.87 million technology centre for the development and testing of wire and fibre ropes for challenging applications, including deepwater lifting and mooring.
The official ribbon cutting was performed by Member of Parliament, Rosie Winterton, representing Doncaster Central, with Bridon CEO Jon Templeman and Group Technology Director Dr. Chris Newton.
Staffed by 30 engineers and technicians, the Bridon Technology Centre has advanced testing equipment for evaluating rope fatigue, bending, torque turn and multilayer spooling under controlled conditions. A 3D digital microscope enables the test engineers to examine metal fatigue at 1,000X magnification with simpler sample preparation than with an electron microscope. The facility also includes ovens for accelerated ageing of the ropes to investigate strength loss over time.
“This state-of-the-art facility will enable us to develop and test ropes that perform at the highest levels on earth,” said Templeman. “We can now collaborate with our customers on tailored solutions to the toughest challenges they face.”