About Smiths

We are a world-class supplier of engineering raw materials. Our objective is to provide all our customers, from the small machine shop to the large multi-national corporation, a supply path that continuously delivers the highest levels of service, quality and value.

UKAS Testing

Smiths Technical Services

We offer a variety of UKAS accredited tests including Charpy V Notch impact testing.

Our UKAS accredited testing laboratory offers a wide range of tests which are available for our customers – we provide third party inspection services too.

Our laboratory forms part of our Smiths Technical Services Department and all procedures are carried out at our dedicated facility based at a central warehousing facility in Biggleswade.

Testing Methods

Our range of extensive material testing services includes:

Tensile Testing:
  • 30 Tonne Tensile Tester (ASTM E8, A370 & ASTM B557, BS EN ISO 6892-1 & BS EN 2002-1)
  • Elevated Temperature Tensile Testing facilities to 200°C (ASTM E21 & BS EN ISO 6892-2)

Charpy Impact Testing:
  • 300J Impact Tester (ASTM E23 & A370 respectively)
  • Cryogenic Cooling down to minus 60°C

Metallurgical Analysis & Corrosion Testing:

Metallurgical Microscopes, sample preparation equipment and associated equipment to allow:

  • Metallurgical Evaluation to ASTM A923 Method A
  • Phase Balance Analysis to ASTM E562
  • Corrosion Testing to ASTM G48 + A923 Method C
  • Grain Size Analysis to ASTM E112

Weldment Assessment Testing

Welder qualification testing and weld procedure qualification testing can be carried out:

BS EN ISO 9606-1, BS EN ISO 15614-1, BS EN ISO 17639, BS EN ISO 9015-1 & *BS EN ISO 6520-1.

Physical Properties Testing:
  • Magnetic Permeability Testing
  • Hocking Electrical Conductivity Testing
  • Fischer Ferrite Testing
  • *GAMMA-SCOUT Radiation Detector (Geiger Counter)

Hardness Testing

We also provide Vickers (HV10 & HV30), Rockwell (B+C) and Brinell Hardness Testing (10/3000)

Chemical Analysis:

Spectro Maxx Spark Emission Spectrometer for analysing:

  • Iron Base
  • Copper Base
  • Nickel Base
  • Aluminium Base
  • Titanium Base Materials
  • Analysis in accordance with:
    *BS EN 14726, *ASTM E1086, *ASTM E415, *ASTM A751, *ASTM E1251 & *BS EN 15079

XRF Positive Material Identification

* Services / Investigations:
  • Testing routines on materials prior to despatch to provide customers with additional quality assurance beyond that required by standard ISO 9001 quality systems
  • Positive Material Identification (PMI) or a more complicated chemical analysis and mechanical testing programme to provide complete conformance to specification testing
  • Material batch testing witnessed by an outside inspection Agency such as Lloyds Register of Shipping to ensure material traceability and integrity
  • Investigations into materials failing to perform as expected during machining, welding or anodising. Solutions can often be found very quickly without having to rely on the technical expertise provided by the material manufacturer
  • Advice on material/alloy selection, obsolete and unusual specifications and support for customers when drafting their own material specifications

* Not UKAS Accredited