In the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, there have been clear guidelines issued to businesses on keeping staff and customers safe. These include wall signs encouraging people to follow hygiene guidelines through to purpose-made floor tape to help enforce social distancing rules. For successful long-lasting application to surfaces, they all rely on the stickiness provided by the humble self-adhesive.
Mecmesin, a 41 year old British company specialising in the design and manufacture of force and torque testing equipment for quality control, has been acquired by PPT Holdings, a Battery Ventures company. Battery Ventures is a global investment firm focused on technology and innovation worldwide that has raised $6.9 billion since inception.
Mecmesin will join James Heal Ltd as part of Battery’s Physical Properties Testing (PPT) group. In partnership with Battery, Mecmesin will continue to pursue growth providing testing solutions for quality control in manufacturing and R&D through the development of their new Vector hardware and software technology platform.
Battery's additional resources will support increased investment in new product development and complementary acquisitions. The vision of PPT is to create a multi-branded global platform that can provide testing solutions across all different types of standards, materials and applications.
"Battery is an experienced and knowledgeable investor in the test and measurement market", said John Page, who has been Mecmesin's managing director since 2005. "Providing high quality and innovative force and torque solutions to customer measurement problems is in the Mecmesin DNA. Now with the support of Battery we look forward to providing our customers with a new range of products based on the cutting edge Vector technology which will deliver growth in both new and existing markets."
The existing board of directors will continue to lead the company under the new ownership. As part of the deal, James Heal chairman and director Don Templeman will join Mecmesin as chairman and director. Don Templeman has over 20 years of global, general-management experience and was previously the president and CEO of Princeton Instruments Inc., a division of industrial-technology company Roper Industries Inc.
Don Templeman comments: “We are very excited to be associated with Mecmesin Ltd. They are universally recognised as the technology, quality, and thought leader in both the force and torque testing markets. The many synergies between Mecmesin Ltd. and our James Heal business make them a natural fit for our platform, and we look forward to a prosperous future with their team.”
Mecmesin's materials testers
Testing the physical strength properties of materials, in accordance with international or in-house standards, is a key part of determining their characteristics to better understand the effects of process improvements. With this in mind, Mecmesin has designed a range of static-load Materials Testers powered by intuitive VectorPro MT software.
Mecmesin OmniTest machine demo by the Duchess of Sussex at University of Chichester Tech Park opening
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially opened the University of Chichester’s new Engineering and Digital Technology Park on 3rd October 2018. Part of the tour of the £35million development, based at the Bognor Regis campus, was a visit to the Department of Engineering and Design. The laboratory features several Mecmesin force measurement machines, notably a 50 kN OmniTest Universal Testing Machine (UTM); a state-of-the-art software-controlled materials testing system.
Mecmesin sponsors Millais School through the Learning Partnership
Mecmesin is sponsoring Millais School in Horsham, for the Race For The Line challenge run through The Learning Partnership. The initiative is intended to inspire tomorrow's engineers and scientists with a national competition involving around 70,000 students.
Mecmesin’s ABC-t Automated Bottle Closure Tester featured as the lead case study in the launch of Siemens Solid Edge 2019 3D CAD software at the PLM Connections event in Phoenix, Arizona. Tools available with SE out of the box are able to perform the Finite Element Analysis and volumetric calculations necessary to avoid having to manufacture expensive prototype parts.
Testing food packaging - quality assurance questions and answers
The packaging of food presents a unique challenge in the sector due to the conflicting objective requirements of functionality and legislation and the subjective, emotional and sensory judgement of aesthetics, ease of use and ultimately the product contained.
Testing beauty product packaging – ensuring functionality and form
Beauty may be more than skin deep, however brand reputation and loyalty in this market can very much depend on the outer packaging - failure to open, inform, dispense or re-seal with the expected qualities, may discourage the customer from experiencing the product within. For such a design-led industry, guaranteeing optimum functionality and form requires quantifiable test methods to measure these attributes.
Methods of force and torque testing for food packaging quality
Packaging solutions for food are incredibly diverse; in all aspects of physical design, mechanical function and aesthetic appeal. Their purpose is more straightforward: be safe, secure, yet easy to open, close or reliably re-seal; dispense cleanly and efficiently; minimise loss and waste; maximise shelf life; be cost-effective to manufacture and ultimately recycle or dispose of. Add to that, the consumer desire for attractive and innovative new designs, and the straightforward ultimate purpose can become quite involved in terms of meeting each individual challenge.
Mecmesin white paper: Force testing in medical tubing
Plastic medical tubing is central to the provision of effective health care in the 21st century. It is essential for the delivery of blood, nutrients and gases to the patient, and for the execution of minimally invasive surgical procedures such as cardiac angioplasty, which have proliferated widely over recent years. This article examines four force testing procedures for plastic medical tubing and explores the benefits and methodological considerations of each.
Mecmesin celebrates 40 years of testing packaging to perfection
The importance of visually-appealing packaging is obvious, but just as important are the quality, functionality and integrity of the utilised materials for consumer confidence and brand reputation. We caught up with Declan Tierney, Sales Director at Mecmesin, to learn about the key role their equipment plays in ensuring your packaging stands up to the test.
Motor-driven torque testing systems
Mecmesin can offer torque test stands to suit any requirement, from higher-torque PC-controlled systems, to touch-screen testers suited to production areas, high-precision torque testers, and more basic motorised stands for flexible use with a digital gauge and torque sensor.
Universal testing machine range (0.5 - 5 kN)
Mecmesin offers a wide range of universal testing machines (UTM) for tension and compression testing. At the top end, our MultiTest-i systems are driven by the powerful Emperor™ control and analysis software on a separate PC, while our production-level testers in the MultiTest-xt series offer touch-screen ease of use and rapid processing. All of these systems give fully programmed control and accurate, repeatable testing, with test libraries for instant recall.
Universal testing machine range (10 - 50 kN)
Mecmesin offers a wide range of universal testing machines (UTM) for tension and compression testing, including high loading for larger containers and packaging. At the top end, our MultiTest-i systems are driven by the powerful Emperor™ control and analysis software on a separate PC, while our production-level testers in the MultiTest-xt series offer touch-screen ease of use and rapid processing.
Mecmesin announces ‘Helixa’ precision torque tester
New from Mecmesin, the Helixa precision torque tester has been designed for achieving precise alignment when using the most sensitive torque sensors. It is a significant development in the torque testing of medical devices. Designers and engineers of the smallest rotary controls, the lightest springs, the finest bearings, and the most precise rotating connectors are already adopting the Helixa for its leading-edge features.
Mecmesin announces new friction, peel and tear tester
Leading testing instruments manufacturer Mecmesin has introduced its latest model, the FPT-H1 horizontal friction peel and tear tester. Designed for ease of use and supplied pre-programmed for all the main industry standard friction-testing methods for plastic films, paper and board. With fixtures also for peel and tear testing, it is ideally suited to the packaging industry, and for manufacturers, converters and users of sheet materials.
- Jo Webb
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