ROPE and assemblies company Cortland Australia is set to launch a test bed and an expanded sling manufacturing facility at its facility in the Perth industrial suburb of Jandakot.

When completed, the facility will focus on destructive testing, proof-loading and re-certification of synthetic fibre ropes and slings of up to 600 metric tonnes.

Scheduled for commissioning in March, Cortland said the full service test machine offered a 4 metre stroke combined with a 45 metre bed to accommodate testing of a broad range of products.

This increased capacity arrives on the back of a year where Cortland gained DNV GL approval for their Selantic tethers, and follows the opening of a similar testing and certification facility in the Gulf of Mexico.

With the round sling machine installed, Cortland Australia will be able to engineer and produce high performance Selantic slings in its Perth facility, supplying the lifting industries with a greatly reduced lead time, the company said.

Cortland’s range of synthetic products have replaced steel wire rope in a range of critical operations, using high modulus fibres on plasma ropes and its Selantic range of high performance round slings, it said.

Having the ability to manufacture, test, and certify synthetic assemblies and associated hardware reliably with purpose built machines is a next step to keeping abreast of customer requirements, Cortland said.

The new testing equipment will be able to conduct highly rigorous testing of a broad range of products including synthetic ropes and slings as well as hardware, providing customers with full product lifecycle management and recertification services.

Cortland Australia sales leader Mike Fitzpatrick said the new facility reflected the importance of the Australian and Asia Pacific markets to the company’s long term strategy.

“Despite the current market slowdowns in select industries, the Cortland team remains committed to serving our clients with this added capability which rounds out our portfolio of services by adding testing and fabrication of heavy lift products,” he said.

Cortland Rope and Assemblies vice president of global sales Stuart Janke said the company was expanding its capabilities across the world.

“These capabilities allow us to better serve customers in Australia and the Southeast Asia region with the same high level of engineering, manufacturing, and testing services that are behind the successful track record of our Plasma and Selantic products,” he said.

“Along with other supporting services and its enviable engineering resource pool, Cortland has proven that even in difficult market conditions its dedication to customer safety, experience and satisfaction is paramount.”