Cressall opens research and development (R&D) department |

Cressall opens research and development (R&D) department

Cressall opens research and development (R&D) department

December 11, 2014 - Cressall opened a new research and development (R&D) department. The expansion comes about after long-serving test engineer, Michal Nowotny was promoted to R&D engineer earlier this year.     

Nowotny's promotion now means that more time and manpower can be devoted to Cressall's R&D projects at the newly equipped headquarters. The company has seen the demand for bespoke products skyrocket in the last few years. To respond to this industry need, Cressall has invested in its research, design and test capabilities.

Newly implemented data capture systems provide a more accurate level of recording test results. The facility boasts computerised 32 channel data logging equipment where test variables such as temperature, power and current can be recorded within the system.

Cressall’s new test facility provides it with the means to carry out impulse tests of up to 400,000 Volts in order to truly prove designs and test prototypes. Testing facilities also include ingress protection proving, in which a resistor enclosure is tested to ensure that water cannot harmfully penetrate it.

Cressall's equipment ensures that a product complies with the IEC 60529 standard prior to being submitted to a third party accredited ingress protection test facility, if this is a specific customer requirement.

"The new test facility and data logging equipment allows us to carry our more tests and to record results more accurately," explained Michal Nowotny, Cressall’s chief R&D engineer. "In turn, this enables us to make more accurate predictions when designing resistors. When carrying out impulse testing for instance, we can make performance forecasts for different specifications scaled against our previous findings and results.

"We've come a long way here at Cressall; from having no R&D department, to now looking to expand the facility further. Part of the proposed move is based on our testing facility strategy which includes testing of the EV2 water cooled resistor, in which a dedicated test cell would have to be constructed. This is something we’re very keen to get up and running."

About Cressall Resistors: The world's foremost power resistor manufacturer, Cressall Resistors, offers an unrivalled combination of experience and expertise as well as the UK’s widest range of resistor technologies. Cressall’s customers include ABB, Siemens, Areva, GE and Alstom as well as major utilities such as Western Power, Electricity North West, SSE and Northern Power Grid. The company also works with countless specialists such as Street Crane, CP Automation, CHS and Thames Valley Control. Indeed, because of the fundamental nature of Cressall’s product almost everyone in the electrical industry will have cause to contact the company at some point; making the Leicester based business a bellwether for the health of the sector itself.

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