Thursday, September 23, 2010

E-RA reach the finals

The final results for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition were published and the E-RA took an impressive second place in the alternative side-by-side class.

The competition started with 136 cars, of which only a few made it to the finals. There were several tests including technical inspection, acceleration/braking, lateral acceleration and dynamic safety. The E-RA successfully passed them all.

Congratulations to the RaceAbout team.

Find out more about the E-RA in the video released by Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.

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Posted by Gurpreet Pawar, Marketing Executive, Rushden, UK
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Friday, September 10, 2010

ITW Plexus Approvals

We, at Plexus recognise the importance of getting products approved by a professional body. This is why we continually strive to have our products recognised and certified by professional bodies which matter to customers, engineers and designers alike.

Plexus has over the years achieved many approvals including Germanischer Lloyd, ABS and RINA (which we have recently achieved a re-approval). To familiarise you with the bodies, I’ve given you an overview of the industry they represent.

Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
A German based classification society that serves the energy and maritime sectors. GL offers Classification, Research, Assessment and Consultancy services.

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Develops and validates standards of marine and off-shore design, construction and operational maintenance of facilities. As the name suggests this classification society was first chartered in New York State, USA.

Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
A world renowned, highly respected, professional organisation. RINA has members within many divisions including design, maintenance, construction and operation of all vessels and structures.

ABS and RINA are similar organisations given that they are both international, renowned bodies that are concerned with marine and off-shore facilities. ITW Plexus has approvals from both organisations’ for products as marine companies are inclined to have their own preference.

What are the benefits of getting approvals?

Comments received from various Plexus employees and distributors with regards to the value of the approvals included:

‘Approvals offer quality assurance and recognition to the customer in the relevant industry’.

‘Customers within the energy and marine sectors look for adhesives and materials that have specific approvals’. 

‘Approvals differentiate our products from our competitors. They also give customer’s the confidence that they are using a quality product for their application’.

Plexus product approvals:

MA530 - GL, ABS
MA560-1 - GL, ABS
MA425 - ABS
MA550 - ABS

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