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1st September 2007

Checkmate Open New Research and Test Facility

A new world class research and test facility for height safety and textile lifting equipment has been opened by the Checkmate Group at their headquarters in Kent.

The new 80 sq m facility brings together all the test equipment for both the safety and lifting divisions under one roof and will help to maintain Checkmate’s position as market leaders in the development of products and equipment in height safety and textile lifting.

The new investment includes computers and software to provide in-depth analysis and a greater understanding of the test results.

The existing 75t horizontal test machine has been up-graded to 85t allowing for in-house testing of 12t textile slings at 7:1 safety factor and is now controlled directly from the data logging software. It has a sophisticated new system with microprocessors which continually calculate the true load between the set points and adjusts if necessary giving a very accurate reading. At the end of the test the results are plotted on a force/time or force/displacement graph.

The load-cell for dynamic testing of the height safety equipment linked to the data logger enables high speed capture of results during a drop test. Previously only peak forces were measured, this advancement has helped Checkmate to understand exactly the forces produced by different stages of the product deployment leading to the continual development of safer products.

The large size and custom lay-out of the interior of the test suite enables Checkmate to simulate unlimited test configurations for a vast range of different products and applications.

A CheckLine lifeline system is also to be fitted to the roof for both demonstration and training purposes.

Managing partner Oliver Auston said “Investment in the new test facility re-confirms Checkmate’s drive to be at the forefront in the design and development of advanced technological and innovative height safety and textile lifting equipment.”

For further information contact: Mark Hesslegrave, Sales Director 01795 58033