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ABERDEENSHIRE-BASED QED TESTING - HOME TO THE LARGEST 3000TE TEST BED OF ITS KIND IN EUROPE
04/07/2013 - Roustabout Energy International - Issue 500

QED Testing Ltd has been established since 2010 and is currently one of the largest independent testing houses in the UK. The organisation has the facilities, experienced team and latest technology to undertake all types of tensile and compressive testing, up to 3000Te. QED Testing head office is based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, where it has completed the design, manufacture and commissioning of a 3000Te Test Bed, which is the largest of its kind in Europe.

The 3000Te Test Bed has been manufactured using leading-edge hydraulic technology and utilises the latest computerised load monitoring software. The software pinpoints with the aid of a graph, the load applied and duration held, thus giving the client the best certification available.

In conjunction with client InterMoor Ltd, QED Testing has recently completed two major projects testing H-link connectors for a polyester mooring system for use in the Gulf of Mexico. 74 production units were proof load tested to 2200Te followed by 6 H-Links, tested to a minimum break load of 2600Te. All testing was witnessed by the client and ABS.

Additionally, the Huntly-based firm operates a 200Te Test Bed, a 500Te Test Bed and a 500Te Anchor Test Bed which can test up to 25Te anchors. All Test Beds including the 3000Te can be mobilised and transported worldwide to meet the client’s requirements. The Anchor Test Bed has been currently testing for InterMoor Ltd in Aberdeen and to date has completed over 30 tests on anchors.

QED has been testing a variety of components for clients in the oil & gas and mooring sectors including, mooring chain, mooring swivels, chain chasers, performing wire rope breaks, crane lifting blocks and spreader beams. The team will undertake any job within the facilities testing capabilities.

QED Testing has the capability, within the QED Group, to source material and manufacture all required connective tooling for its Test Beds, a service that is unique to the industry. These in-house capabilities ensure quick turnaround for clients’ products, offering cost savings and limiting downtime.

For further information on the 3000Te Test Bed or any of the other Test Beds and capabilities at QED Testing call 01466 794493.

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