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Centric Parts opens friction lab to enhance R&D

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 07:00
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Centric Parts announced the opening of a state-of-the-art Friction Materials Lab at the company’s Compton, Calif., facility.

The new lab expands the company’s engineering department, and features a LINK Chase dynamometer as well as equipment to measure, mix, mold and cure friction materials. It is being led by Centric’s Director of Friction Materials Sciences Poh Wah Lee, PhD.

“With the new lab, all new friction formulations can be mixed, molded and cured on the spot,” said Lee, “allowing us to run samples on our newest Chase dynamometer in a matter of hours. Along with our three existing Link brake dynamometers, the new Chase dyno and all of our on-car data recording equipment, the lab is allowing us to fully support continuous improvement to not only our whole range of friction materials, but to our full line of rotors and calipers as well.”

The opening of this new Friction Materials Lab will further enhance the company’s ability to rapidly and precisely analyze, manufacture and test the most advanced brake friction products.

“Centric Parts is committed to growing our internal research and development resources,” said Director of Engineering Steve Ruiz. “The addition of our new laboratory is another example of our desire to be at the forefront of friction material validation.”

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