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Press Release - April 17, 2017
REL’s Latest LED UV-A Lineup Set for the MRO show – April 17, 2017
Much like an auto show where each car companies’ latest vehicles are displayed with their latest technology, REL is lining up their highly-engineered LED lighting products for the world to see at the MRO Americas show on April 25-27. The complete line of products offered by REL in 2017 offers the highest performance and durability […]

Press Release - February 23, 2017
REL’s dynamic material testing laboratory (SURE-Test Systems) displaying High Intensity Lighting Capabilities at TMS 2017 Show in San Diego.
REL performs dynamic material testing for material developers and dynamic system engineers. REL also designs and manufactures a highly engineered test platform with a wide range of capabilities: conventional SHPB, dynamic drop tests, quasi-static and cyclical tests, dynamic burst test, acceleration testing, etc. Some more tests/capabilities are listed below: For all the above material tests […]

Press Release - January 19, 2017
REL showcasing American Brilliance at NDTMA in Las Vegas
American. Brilliance. REL has been striving to succinctly describe the many impressive attributes of their American manufactured Glo-Black UV LED line of products. The lighting performance, rugged durability, extreme toughness, elegant design, and the inclusive cutting edge technology can be described with one word. Brilliance. The lights will be on display at the 50th Anniversary […]

Press Release - December 21, 2016
Profusion – The Gift of Light
During the holiday season one cannot go far without seeing seasonal lights that illuminate the surroundings with a radiant glow. At REL we are doing our part to create the correct ambiance with a light the fills the darkness with an ultraviolet glow (UV-A to be exact). REL Profusion LED UV-A Black Lights are booth […]

Press Release - December 13, 2016
3 New Features showcased on REL’s SURE-Test Systems
REL’s two recent shipments of SURE-Test systems showcased new features to enhance the flexibility of their high strain rate material test platform. SURE-Flat Wire Management adds the flexibility to be running multiple tests using various modules at the same time. Connection points for air, power, and sensors are available along the length of the system […]

Press Release - October 14, 2016
REL attending ASNT Show
REL, Inc. is attending the ASNT Annual Conference October 24th – 27th, in Long Beach, California. Visit REL in booth 132 and watch Josh, Jimmy, and Jordan demonstrate the features REL’s C4 Magnum UV LED UV Black Light. REL’s GLO-Black LED UV inspection lights utilize the latest in safe high output UV-A LED technology. Perform […]

Press Release - September 24, 2016
REL’s C4 Magnum GLO-Black LED UV Light lives up to its name
The toughest black lights in the industry, REL’s C4 Magnum GloBlack LED UV Lights, have undergone another round of vigorous testing. The question is constantly asked, “How tough is it?” The REL test engineers dialed it up a notch in this case. It was decided that a C4 Magnum GloBlack Light would be shot with […]

Press Release - September 14, 2016
REL Ships 3rd Generation SURE-Test System
REL’s Gen-3 system has taken what has been learned from the previous SURE-Test System platforms and has optimized the usability, the repeatability and the safety of the testing system. Gen-3 is designed for better structural performance. The overall mass and stiffness of the system has been increased with thick wall steel box section tubing and […]

Press Release - July 22, 2016
REL launches GLO-BLACK Magnum UV-A Black Light
REL launched their latest technology product to the NDT industry with the GLO-BLACK Magnum UV-A black light. Typical Black lights are designed for ‘clean environments’ where inspectors use these lights in Dark Rooms to illuminate indications on critical components in the automotive and aerospace industries. “There are times when every tool gets brought to an […]

Press Release - June 28, 2016
REL’s Lightweight Automotive Rotor
Weighing in at just 6 lbs, comes an aluminum MMC rotor developed by REL/Matrix Brakes. This new rotor is built upon the technology found in Matrix Brakes’ motorcycle rotor. Adapting manufacturing techniques developed for Matrix Brakes metal matrix composite motorcycle brake rotors, this automotive rotor has added cooling vents and a built in mounting hub. […]

Press Release - June 21, 2016
REL welcomes Chetwood Van Aken to the REL Team
REL, Inc. welcomes Chetwood Van Aken to the REL Team. Chetwood will be REL’s ‘Principal Application Engineer’. “Chetwood’s World Class Manufacturing expertise increases our value proposition and will allow us to manufacture more material handling equipment for our current and future partners in business. Chetwood has a lifetime of experience in manufacturing plants. Chet’s experience […]

Press Release - June 20, 2016
Practicalization of SHPB Systems presented at SEM 2016
The Practicalization of SHPB testing was developed over the years to build understanding of critical variables in the Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) testing of materials. We all have said and heard statements like, ‘The strain gage needs to be mounted perfectly’, ‘The test was run at a strain rate of 1500’, ‘Make sure you […]

Press Release - June 2, 2016
REL to present and exhibit at SEM in Orlando, Florida – June 6-8.
REL will be presenting on the practicalities of high strain rate testing at the annual Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) International Congress June 6 – 8 in Orlando, Florida. There are several parameters that researchers performing SHPB testing are aware of to eliminate error and variance in their testing. REL has taken this list of […]

Press Release - May 24, 2016
SURE-PulseTM 1.10.3 is available for download
1.10.3 includes a host of new features including: In Data Processor, the user now has the ability to manually define which pulses are selected in the bar calibrator In Data Processor, a Lagrangian Strain datatype was added In Viewer, two and three wave stress calculations are able to be analyzed In Viewer, separate global filters […]

Press Release - April 13, 2016
REL, Inc. is exhibiting at the Cast Expo in Minneapolis on April 16-19, 2016.
REL, Inc. specializes in product development for improving product yield and energy efficiency for casting companies. These savings are captured with the use of our insulative mold coating, TRABO™. REL developed TRABO™ insulative coating based on the same technology we used in developing the space shuttle patch kit for NASA’s Return to Flight. This spray-applicated […]

Press Release - April 5, 2016
REL’s GLO-BLACK UV Light introduced at MRO in Dallas
REL, Inc. is exhibiting our latest Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection (FPI) technology at the MRO America show in Dallas, Texas on April 5-7, 2016. In addition to presenting our SMART iFPI systems, REL is introducing the GLO-BLACK UV LIGHT which utilizes the latest in high output LED ultraviolet (UV) technology. This black light has sleek, lightweight […]

Press Release - March 22, 2016
SURE-PulseTM 1.9.3 Available
SURE-PulseTM version 1.9.3 is now available for download. Version 1.9.3 includes force equilibrium graphing, performance enhancements, and more calculations including number of reflections and K & N values. Also included in SURE-PulseTM 1.9.3 is an integrated image processing tool. The image processing tool uses digital image correlation and target tracking on a series of images […]

Press Release - March 2, 2016
REL showcases Conformable CNG Storage Tanks at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC
Visit us at Booth 351 at the ARPA-E Energy Summit in Washington DC February 29 – March 2. For more information about REL’s MatrixTanks, download our brochure or contact adam@relinc.net.

Press Release - February 24, 2016
Casting Complexity in Conformable Tank
Michigan’s REL Inc. aims to improve natural gas storage with an innovative aluminum casting produced via a modified low pressure permanent mold process. (Click here to see the story as it appears in the February issue of Modern Casting.)

Press Release - February 17, 2016
SURE-Bright LED lighting system
Triggering your light source for the event you are capturing at 5 million frames per second is now a ‘piece of cake’ with the SURE-Bright LED lighting system mounted on a tripod from REL. Now you don’t have a chance to lose your camera data because your lighting system didn’t trigger. Just turn it on […]

Press Release - February 1, 2016
SURE-Pulse Software Goes Global
REL is excited to announce that its open source high strain rate testing software suite, SURE-Pulse, has officially been downloaded and is being used in five continents around the globe. SURE-Pulse was created with the hopes that it would become the standard method of calculating test analysis in high strain rate testing and to help […]

Press Release - January 29, 2016
FPI Ride Along Video
REL, Inc. builds custom, modular automation equipment for liquid penetrant / fluorescent penetrant inspection processes. Ride along with the video below as we showcase one of our FPI Lines with a 48” x 72” part carrier. Contact us today for all your FPI equipment needs!

Press Release - January 29, 2016
REL Launches Updated Matrix Brakes Website
REL has officially launched an updated version of the Matrix Brakes website. The new site allows for easier browsing and purchasing, product ratings and reviews, enhanced mobile compatibility, abandoned cart recovery, user accounts, and much more. One of the major feature additions is a “Build Your Rotor” function (pictured below) that allows users to see […]

Press Release - January 8, 2016
REL ships out automated FPI line to repeat customer
The most photographed piece of equipment in the history of REL left the premises this week. “Gone are the days where we don’t have enough ‘swag’ or pictures for our website,” said Josh, President of REL. This FPI line was run off in-house for our customer and extensively tested and photographed during the process. This […]

Press Release - December 11, 2015
REL Releases Open Source High Strain Rate Testing Software
REL is releasing its SURE-Pulse software suite under the GNU General Public License, version 3.0 (GPL-3.0). SURE-Pulse was originally written to be a high throughput testing software to handle REL’s in-house high strain rate testing with their Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar system. Due to its cross platform, non-proprietary and open source nature, REL hopes that […]

Press Release - December 4, 2015
SURE-Test: momentum transfer study
REL ideated and manufactured a high strain rate three point bend fixture for controlled rate testing. The deformation rates were performed up to 800 inches per second utilizing our in house SURE-TEST System in the momentum transfer configuration. We were able to produce the aforementioned deformation rates with no addition equipment other than the sample […]

Press Release - November 19, 2015
Throwback Thursday – “the Snatcher”
For Throwback Thursday, REL looks back to 1999 and the beginning of building material handling equipment. A company came to us with the problem of trying to remove pipes with a 32” diameter, 50’ long, half-full of sand, and weighing approximately five tons. They wanted to be able to resell the pipes as either a […]

Press Release - November 13, 2015
SSLF Model FPI system showcased at ASNT
REL showcased their new SSLF Model FPI system at the ASNT conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 26th. REL specializes in automating Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection (FPI) systems. This non-destructive testing process was developed in the early 1900’s to find surface flaws in train wheels. Years ago the fluid was a light-weight oil and […]

Press Release - October 30, 2015
REL adds Low Pressure Casting Press
REL has just completed the installation of a new aluminum low pressure casting press. This will expand REL’s capabilities in advanced casting techniques. The casting cell will initially be used for the casting of REL developed high pressure internally structured natural gas tanks, and will also play a key role in the demonstration of our […]

Press Release - October 20, 2015
REL at ASNT Show
REL will be exhibiting at the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Show this year on October 26-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah. REL specializes in the design and manufacture of Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection (FPI) processing systems. REL’s turnkey robust systems can process parts over a large range of sizes by all FPI methods. REL […]

Press Release - October 16, 2015
Braking with Style – New Brake Rotor Technology
New Brake Rotor Technology that defines YOU when you Stop Matrix Brakes has continued developing their revolutionary lightweight metal matrix composite (MMC) brakes and soon will be delivering “Matrix Brakes Colors”. This development builds on the industry leading technology already present in Matrix Brakes. Conventional technologies boast ‘lightweight’, ‘long lasting’ or ‘warp resistant’; but the […]

Press Release - October 6, 2015
REL launches revolutionary mold insulative coating – TRABOTM Spray
TRABOTM Spray was inspired by REL’s development for NASA’s return to flight effort. REL is now deploying TRABOTM spray in many new and innovative applications. This insulative spray is extremely useful in casting light metal alloys. REL has used TRABOTM for in-house manufacturing for the past 3 years and it is now available to be […]

Press Release - September 28, 2015
REL/MTU/SWN CNG Tank Project Update
REL, Inc. and Michigan Technological University (MTU) were awarded a $2.1-million, three-year investment from Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) of Houston, Texas. The project resulting from REL’s research and subsequent development of the Matrix Tank in ARPA-E’s MOVE Program, charges an interdisciplinary team of REL engineers and Michigan Tech researchers with designing, fabricating and testing a […]

Press Release - September 18, 2015
REL presents at ARPE-E MOVE and NGVAmerica
REL presented at ARPA-E’s MOVE Program Review, an invitation-only conference, and the 2015 North American Natural Gas Vehicle Conference & Expo in Denver Colorado on September 14-17. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) invests in transformational ideas to create America’s future energy technologies. ARPA-E focuses exclusively on early-stage technologies that could […]

Press Release - September 11, 2015
8100 psi! REL Achieves Milestone
REL’s tank program has achieved a significant milestone. REL recently deployed casting technology developed from their field addition research to achieve 8100 psi burst pressure in the casting of larger-scale conformable natural gas storage tanks! Conventional casting techniques aren’t sufficient to produce the complex integrated structures shown in the tank pictured below. REL has developed […]

Press Release - September 3, 2015
REL upgrades lab with state of the art SHPB system
REL goes out with the old, in with the new. REL has installed a 50’ Split Hopkinson Presssure Bar (SHPB) SURE-TEST System for its in-house lab. With recent development in high-speed video technology and heating/cooling during testing REL has designed and built the latest SURE-Flat platform for SHPB testing. Diverse materials, ranging from soft foams […]

Press Release - August 27, 2015
Mold-less Casting Techniques
REL is working on mold-less casting techniques. This work involves the use of energy fields to melt and form the final shape of cast metals. There are several energy fields under consideration: Inductive, Magnetic, Ultrasonic, Electrical Current, and Microwave. Each field addition allows for unique material attributes after casting to enhance material properties.

Press Release - August 20, 2015
REL Inc. Ships out a 65’ SHPB system
SHPB systems are typically used in the High strain rate range of 500 s-1 to 10000 s-1. Our customer needed a bar design to achieve test data in the intermediate strain rate range from 50 s-1 to 100 s-1. With the unique design of the system, REL was able to manufacture a system to launch […]

Press Release - June 18, 2015
REL exhibits at the Annual SEM show
SEM 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics Experimental Mechanics Spanning Multiple Scientific and Engineering Disciplines REL, Inc. attended the 2015 Annual SEM Conference and Exposition in Costa Mesa, California from June 8-10. The Expo opportunity allowed REL to showcase the most recent developments of REL’s SURE-Test Systems™ design and research. The […]

Press Release - April 23, 2015
REL Honored as Best-In-Class at the AFS Metal Casting Congress
Best-In-Class Conformable Compressed Natural Gas Tank REL Inc., Calumet, Michigan, and Eck Industries, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Material: 7075 aluminum. Process: Low pressure casting. Weight: 71.4 lbs. Dimensions: 11.25 x 11.25 x 20.25 in. (quarter-scale model). Application: Storage of compressed natural gas on automobiles and trucks. • This conformable tank can store 20-25% more compressed natural gas […]

Press Release - October 27, 2014
Small Michigan Firm Does Its Part to Reduce Trade Deficit
REL, Inc., is capitalizing on its vertical manufacturing capabilities and advanced materials expertise, by virtue of its enhancement of the Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar and proprietary Sure-Pulse™ software technology, to become the leading global resource in high strain rate material testing. REL has refined the design and manufacture of the Split Hopkinson Pressure Bars and […]

Press Release - September 29, 2014
High Speed Camera for High Strain Rate Testing
REL, Inc. has expanded its capabilities in the high strain rate lab by a combining their Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) system with a Kirana Ultra High-Speed camera, capable of 5 million frames per second. The newest acquisition was purchased from Specialised Imaging, Inc. in Temecula, California: (website) and is one of four commercially owned […]

Press Release - May 2, 2014
REL, Inc Honored as Winner of 2014 “Innovation Award”
(Calumet, MI) – REL, Inc has been recognized as the winner of the 2014 “Innovation Award,” presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. REL, Inc will be honored at an awards ceremony during the tenth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event, May 6, 2014 in East Lansing. To be eligible for this award, a product or […]

Press Release - February 26, 2014
REL featured at ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC
In February 2014, REL featured at ARPA-e Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC. REL is developing a low-cost, conformable natural gas tank for light-duty vehicles that contains an internal structural cellular core. Traditional natural gas storage tanks are cylindrical and rigid. REL is exploring various materials that could be used to design a gas tank’s […]

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