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Custom Products of Litchfield achieves accreditation

LITCHFIELD -- Custom Products of Litchfield, a designer, tester and manufacturer of operator protection structures, has achieved ISO/IEC international accreditation.

The laboratory accreditation uses criteria and procedures specially developed to determine technical competence and will provide customers assurance that the destructive tests and measured data recorded at the Litchfield testing facility are accurate, reliable and will meet domestic as well as international industry and governmental consensus standards.

"Our testing services are a crucial part of our commitment to safety and standards," said Randy Reinke, president and CEO of Custom Products. "This accreditation provides us with a validation that we perform our testing to the appropriate standards plus serve as a benchmark for maintaining that competence."

The accreditation process was conducted by technical assessors from Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc., using criteria and procedures specifically developed to determine technical competence. This process began on Oct. 1, 2009, and was completed on Feb. 11, 2011.

The assessors completed a thorough evaluation of Custom Products' management and quality control systems testing laboratory and will also conduct an annual regular assessment. These criteria, based on the international standards ISO/IEC 17025, are used for evaluating laboratories throughout the world.

An independent laboratory accreditation testing body, PJLA, is a signatory for the International Laboratory of Accreditation Cooperation. This international recognition allows testing data from accredited labs to be more readily accepted in overseas markets, reducing or eliminating the need for retesting in countries other than the United States and reducing costs for manufacturers and exporters.

More than 738 tests have been performed in the Custom Products 1,500-square-foot testing facility with forces up to 1 million pounds applied at zero degrees Fahrenheit to safety structures designed by the company or in conjunction with its original equipment manufacturer customers.

Custom Products specializes in designing, manufacturing and testing customized cabs, rollover protection structures, falling object protection structures and operator protection structures to government and industry consensus standards.