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Spotlight on MFG Research and Testing Laboratory

  • “The LIMS system is an extremely useful tool and we have just skimmed the surface of its capabilities”, explains Christine Ericksen, VP of Technology. “Our goal is to empower MFG teammates with the ability to track their specimens via the LIMS customer portal. This phase of implementation is still in process.”

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  • Teammate Nancy Snyder demonstrates the new Nikon SM2-10A stereoscope used to check the cross-section of a water absorption specimen for voids.

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  • The new Keyence VHX-2000 digital microscope. Shown is teammate Tom Yarrington checking the resin richness of a laminate cross-section.

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A key asset that has kept MFG competitive for 70 years in the evolving world of composites manufacturing is the company’s dedicated R&D laboratory.

Located just a mile from MFG’s headquarters, MFG Research is among the largest and best-equipped in-house laboratories in the composites processing industry, providing expertise in materials testing, selection and process development, as well as testing for product integrity. The lab is A2LA-Accredited, Certificate #1280.01, for 37 tests.

This resource allows MFG to provide customers with accurate, fast-response technical support that enables product improvement, reduced fabrication cost and faster time to market.

In recent months many exciting changes have been implemented to expand the capabilities and quality of service at MFG Research.

Implementation of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) that began in 2014 now enables automated tracking of specimens and workflows, aggregates data from various test equipment, and helps ensure laboratory operation compliancy.

Importantly, this system provides MFG entities with a streamlined method for submitting and tracking lab requests. Ninety percent of lab reports are now automatically generated and vividly graphed for fast comprehension and sharing. The LIMS system reduces time-consuming data entry for the lab staff, freeing them for the critical technical analysis.

The lab has also been remodeled and now features updated equipment including a dilatometer, dynamic mechanical analyzer and discovery hybrid rheometer. A new microscopy lab will have a Keyence VHX-2000 digital microscope and dedicated sample preparation area with a Buehler slow speed saw and casting/polishing station.