November 24, 2009 07:30 ET

MATECH's Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor Eliminates Subjectivity of Current Bridge Inspections

Missed Cracks, False Positives and Reporting Errors Make Current Bridge Inspection Methods Potentially Unreliable and Unsafe; Problem Highlighted in Recent Report by Tennessee News Organization

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 24, 2009) - MATECH Corp. (OTCBB: MTCH) ( announced today that its revolutionary Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor (EFS) provides the advanced objective reporting capability necessary to secure the nation's infrastructure and thwart economic and humanitarian catastrophe. MATECH's EFS system is the only nondestructive technology capable of detecting growing cracks as small as 0.01 inches in metal bridges and structures. MATECH's EFS has proven its efficacy on more than 35 bridges in ten different states as well as several railroad bridges.

The most common method of bridge inspection is visual inspection, which relies on the subjective judgment of the inspector. Using this method 90% of fatigue cracks are missed, and 80% of identified "cracks" later prove to be false-positives, according to government reports. By taking the subjectivity out of the inspection process, MATECH's EFS technology offers a unique technologically advanced solution compared to current unsafe and unreliable methods of bridge inspection.

This problem of subjectivity and potential discrepancies in current bridge inspection methods was recently highlighted in a story for WSMV Nashville, a local Tennessee news organization. The investigative team looked into more than 55 bridges, located in various counties throughout the region, that bridge inspectors called into question.

According to WSMV, the investigative team found various discrepancies between identical forms composed during the inspection process and the forms later submitted to the state. Incorrect or missing measurements were common. Several of the state's experienced bridge inspectors even called their own work into question, raising serious doubts about the validity and safety of current bridge inspection methods.

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MATECH has a proven record of saving bridge owners money through improving bridge management and public safety with its cutting edge EFS System. By eliminating subjectivity of inspections for cracking in bridge members MATECH is helping to reduce wasted funds by prioritizing repairs and providing immediate verification of repair's effectiveness.


MATECH Corp., founded in 1983, is an engineering, research and development company based in Los Angeles, CA. The Company specializes in technologies to measure microscopic fractures in metal structures. MATECH is now marketing its patented Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor (EFS) System to bridge asset managers, railroad companies, and governmental agencies across the United States and internationally. To learn more, please visit:

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