May 23, 2022 | Marine fuel & lubricant news

The Lab, an independent laboratory facility opened by multi-disciplinary technical and scientific consultancy Brookes Bell, has successfully achieved UKAS accreditation for its range of fuel testing services.

Launched in 2021, The Lab’s fuel-testing facility includes GCMS (Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry), ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma) and FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy), as well as advanced investigative laboratory equipment, such as a digital microscope equipment, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) and portable analysis equipment such as LIBS (Laser Induced Spectroscopy) and PMI (Positive Material Identification).

The UKAS accreditation certifies that The Lab’s procedures are being conducted at a high level, in line with internationally recognized standards. It gives customers an assurance that their samples are handled with care and that the results are reliable and trustworthy.  It also confirms that The Lab services are independent, the services and quality procedures are transparent and the team acts with impartiality and integrity.

Matthew Calveley, Laboratory Manager said: “We have been accredited against the ISO 17025 standard which is specifically for testing and calibration laboratories, endorsing our technical competence as an independent laboratory service. Since we opened last year, demand for our fuel testing services has continued to grow.  Our specialist fuel chemists are busy helping to investigate fuel specification issues and providing reliable and detailed data to assist in a range of fuel related claims – all of which is now officially certified to the industry standard of ISO 8217. Thanks to the UKAS accreditations, our new clients can be assured that our services are independent and are fully compliant with the international regulatory standards.”

Ken Kirby, Director of Metallurgy, Inspection and NDT added: “Since its establishment The Lab has prioritized quality, innovation and dedication to exceptional customer service in all its investigations.  In just one year, The Lab has enabled us to develop many new and innovative forensic and investigative services and I congratulate the laboratory team for all their hard work in securing the UKAS accreditation.”

Alongside fuel testing, The Lab is equipped with analytical tools for forensic metallurgical investigations. The Lab’s metallurgists can determine how a component or structure should react in any given environment or under certain mechanical loads, using that expertise to examine corrosion or investigate a range of component failures.

Meanwhile, the Lab’s advanced NDT team specialise in electromagnetic testing and ultrasonic testing techniques for a variety of critical structures and components, revealing the condition of metal structures through composite decks, thick lagging and coatings and examining welding for harmful defects. The Lab will continue to work to secure higher accreditations and further industry standards to demonstrate its commitment to operational excellence.

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