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New testing rig as engineering firm invests to boost capabilities

Enhanced qualification testing of industrial technologies in simulated environmental conditions will be provided following investment by a North East engineering company in new test equipment designed to boost services and capabilities.

Directors l -r Toby Bailey, Joe Orrell and Richard Kent with the upgraded test rig that will boost the firm’s services and capabilities

The upgraded TR-630 automated test rig will significantly improve tensioner pad testing as part of an investment programme in specialist equipment by Red Marine, which is set to become Red Engineering this week as part of a new brand identity.

Featuring two and four track modes that can generate crush loads of up 75 tonnes per pad (i.e.>200t/m/track), the rig provides accurate analysis and rapid results. A thermal enclosure, giving a temperature range of -10°C to +60°C, together with an automated water spray, allows a wide range of operating environments to be simulated.

The rig, together with a range of bespoke test equipment located at the company’s test facility, provides customers with failure mode and qualification testing in compliance with industry standards as well as their own specific requirements.

This and other investments come in parallel with a rebranding initiative that will see a change of identity, and the company renamed Red Engineering.

Red Engineering’s upgraded TR-630 automated test rig

However, while this reflects a widening sector reach for the business, existing engineering competencies will remain, ensuring that the company continues to offer consultancy and expertise in the design and build of special purpose equipment in addition to testing services.

The move will support growth for Red Engineering in new markets such as nuclear decommissioning alongside existing core sectors in offshore oil and gas, and renewables.

Operating an advanced testing facility at Hexham, Northumberland site, the company has completed more than 250 projects over the last nine years.

This includes work as a key engineering partner in a £3.6m contract to develop and demonstrate a waste heat recovery system that could not only reduce emissions on ships, but also generate 8% fuel efficiency savings.

Directors Joe Orrell (left) and Richard Kent reveal Red Engineering’s new look and name change

Red Engineering’s expertise will ensure that equipment complies with appropriate marine regulations and assist in installing a demonstration unit on to a vessel in 2018.

Joe Orrell, Managing Director, said the new investment will boost customer services and enhance the capacity to provide a wider range of testing on a national and international basis.

He added that the new identity, which includes a new logo and website, will provide a fresh look and feel, while the commitment to engineering excellence and customer service will remain fundamental to growth and the company’s mission.

“I’m very excited about taking the new brand forward, building on our successful track record and seeing the company grow and flourish,” said Joe Orrell.

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