Material Technologies, Smith Emery Team UpFebruary 21, 2008
The strategic alignment between the two companies gives Smith Emery access to MATECH's electrochemical fatigue sensor system; MATECH gains access to Smith Emery's testing and inspection expertise.
LOS ANGELES, LA /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Material Technologies Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: MTTG) (MATECH) announced it has formed a strategic alignment with Smith Emery Company, a Los Angeles based engineering, materials testing, and inspection firm.
Smith Emery Company, established in 1904, began performing independent inspection and testing on commercial building structures following the San Francisco Earthquake-Fire of 1906. The company now employs over 400 people in the state California with an office in China as well. Over 150 Licensed Deputy Building Inspectors are dispatched daily to construction sites for visual and nondestructive examination of concrete, masonry, soil, structural steel, welding, fireproofing, etc. Smith Emery Laboratories includes five certified materials testing laboratories. Under the direction of civil engineers, technicians test all construction materials including concrete, grout, mortar, cable, rebar, steel "I" beams, asphalt, soils, and aggregates. Testing services for building faces, tiles, marble, granite, roof materials, skylights, Jacuzzi bathtubs and sinks are also provided.
Ms. Marybeth Miceli, MATECH's COO, says, "It is clear that Smith Emery Company's talented work force will be able to easily execute bridge inspection contracts using MATECH's Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor (EFS) system. This is a critical milestone in ramping up our inspection capabilities as demand grows for the EFS on the west coast, as well as in China."
Engineers and technicians from Smith Emery Company have already been trained to install sensors, acquire data, and analyze data using MATECH's EFS system. Additionally, they have accompanied MATECH's personnel in the field, performing an inspection together.
Robert M. Bernstein, MATECH's CEO, says, "Both companies are extremely pleased with this alignment. Smith Emery Company now has access to the only technology that detects growing cracks in bridge structural members and MATECH has expanded its capabilities. It is of great benefit to everyone involved."
About Material Technologies Inc.
MATECH is an engineering, research and development company specializing in technologies to measure microscopic fractures and flaws in metal structures and monitor metal fatigue in real time. The company's leading edge metal fatigue detection, measurement and monitoring solutions can accurately test the integrity of metal structures and equipment including bridges, railroads, airplanes, ships, cranes, power plants, mining equipment, piping systems and heavy iron.
MATECH owns the only nondestructive testing technology able to find growing cracks as minute as 0.01 inches. MATECH has exclusive rights to seven patents along with $8.3 million in already completed contracts from the US Government for research, testing and validation of its innovative solutions.
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