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Brawler Industries

June 23, 2016 15:49 ET

Brawler Prepares for 18 GAI-LAP Accreditations in Houston Testing Labs

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Jun 23, 2016) - Brawler Industries, a single source manufacturer and fabricator of industrial liners, is in the process of being certified by the Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute's (GAI) Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP) for 18 product tests regularly performed in Brawler's Houston-area labs. The certifications will allow Brawler to meet the industry standards of GM13/17/22/25, making them the only manufacturer with this product selection.

According to the Geosynthetic Institute, The Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute-Laboratory Accreditation Program (GAI-LAP) was initiated following numerous requests to accredit the operations of testing laboratories within the geosynthetic community. The program is intended to insure that the specific laboratory is capable of properly rendering the tests that they contract to perform.

"Our primary goal at Brawler is to provide all of our customers with the highest quality of product every time," said Noel Aulds, Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager at Brawler Industries. "That is why these accreditations are so vital. They are set up for manufacturers to provide a consistent quality product that the industry can design around."

The process of being accredited with GAI is lengthy, taking over 9 months on average. Testing labs begin the process by submitting their quality manual, standard operating procedures, and lab reports. This information is then put under review by GAI where a lab either passes or fails. If the lab passes, an audit date is set up and demo samples are sent to the lab. Passing the proficiency test and audit is not the end of the process; once a lab is certified they must notify GAI of quality changes annually and be re-audited every five years. Brawler is currently in the review stage and is set to receive their accreditations by the end of this year.

"This process is a huge stepping stone for Brawler as we transition from primarily Oil and Gas to more regulated industries," said Aulds. "Achieving the lab accreditation in 18 ASTM methodologies proves we are serious about our product and our commitment to quality."

Brawler Industries is in the process of meeting the industry requirements plus exceeding them with a new innovation center being set up under the control of the lab.

"Brawler has put a lot of effort into the GAI-LAP certification process," said Aulds. "We are already taking the necessary steps to receive an additional five test certifications next year."

Aulds' quality assurance and control team consists of nine people; all of them will become GAI-LAP certified by the end of this year. Aulds herself is a business management graduate of the University of Phoenix and has over 20 years of experience in quality and plastic manufacturing. Her background includes working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). She has trained in statistical process control and conducted goods manufacturing practice audits. Currently, Aulds is working on the development for a quality system that will allow Brawler to manufacture their products according to ASTM requirements.

The 18 test certifications Brawler will receive are listed below:

  • ASTM D751: Test Methods for Coated Fabrics (thickness), (mass/unit area), (tongue tear), (gab), (hydrostatic resistance) and/or (bonded seam strength)
  • ASTM D792: Test Method for Specific Gravity (Relative Density) and Density of Plastics by Displacement
  • ASTM D3895: Test Methods for Oxidative-Induction Time of Polyolefin by Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • ASTM D4218: Test Method for Carbon Black Content in Polyethylene Compounds by the Muffle-Furnace Technique
  • ASTM D4833: Test Method for Index Puncture Resistance of Geotextiles, Geomembranes and Related Products
  • ASTM D5199: Test Method for Measuring Nominal Thickness of Geotextiles and Geomembranes
  • ASTM D5397: Test Method for Evaluation of Stress Crack Resistance of Polyolefin Geomembranes using Notched Constant Tension Load Test
  • ASTM D5596: Test Methods for Microscopic Evaluation of the Dispersion of Carbon Black in Polyolefin Geosynthetics
  • ASTM D5884: Test Method for the Tearing Strength of Internally Reinforced Geomembranes
  • ASTM D5885: Standard Test Method for Oxidative Induction Time of Polyolefin Geosynthetics by High-Pressure Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • ASTM D5994: Test Method for Measuring the Core Thickness of Textured Geomembranes
  • ASTM D6241: Test Method for the Static Puncture Strength of Geotextiles and Geotextile Related Products Using a 50-mm Probe
  • ASTM D6392: Standard Test Method for Determining the Integrity of Non-reinforced Geomembrane Seams Produced Using Thermo-Fusion Method
  • ASTM D6636: Test Method for Determination of Ply Adhesion Strength of Reinforced Geomembranes
  • ASTM D7004: Test Method for Grab Tensile Properties of Reinforced Geomembranes
  • ASTM D7238: Standard Test Method for Effect of Exposure of Unreinforced Polyolefin Geomembrane Using Fluorescent UV Condensation Apparatus
  • ASTM D7466: Standard Test Method for Measuring Asperity Height of Textured Geomembranes

About Brawler Industries
Brawler Industries, North America's leading manufacturer of industrial fabrics and liners, has been delivering superior containment membranes for a wide variety of industries since 1978. In addition to its Houston manufacturing location, Brawler also has converting and distribution facilities in Midland and Pleasanton, Texas, and in Miles City, Montana.

Industries served by Brawler include oil and gas, coal ash, landfill, mining, environmental, agriculture, and athletics. Brawler is always happy to advise on project specifics for any customer. For more information about Brawler, please visit www.brawler.com.

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