Smithers Rapra Expert to Discuss Trends and Best Practices on Hose Testing at World Conference

AKRON, Ohio - Oct. 3, 2018 - PRLog -- Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics, and composites testing expertise, announced today that rubber product testing expert Jeff Andrasik will deliver two presentations at the Hose and Coupling World Conference and Expo in Houston, TX, on October 16-17.

Andrasik, Product Testing Operations Manager and Senior Test Engineer, will deliver talks in two different panel workshops at the conference. He will present "Trends in Hose Testing Requirements and Their Effect on Testing Methodologies" as part of the Testing & Inspection workshop on October 16 and "Considerations for Creating a Hose Testing Procedure" as part of the Hose Management Systems workshop on October 17.

"Hose assembly testing is critical. A single improper connection or burst hose can render machinery unusable, which is potentially costly and harmful," said Dr. James Popio, Vice President, Smithers Rapra North America. "Jeff and his team of experienced engineers have developed a broad range of expertise in various hose applications. This knowledge will assist conference attendees in developing effective, efficient testing programs."

Andrasik has over 15 years of experience testing rubber and plastic components, parts, and products to common industry and government standards. He has developed and executed a wide variety of test programs including pressure (, vibration (, and temperature ( specifications on automotive, industrial, aerospace, nuclear, and consumer products. One of the first members of Smithers' product testing team, Andrasik has grown the program to a full team of engineers in two North American locations and a third location in Suzhou, China. Smithers also offers product testing in the United Kingdom.

Smithers Rapra operates laboratories in the United States, United Kingdom, and China, covering a wide variety of testing and consulting services frommaterial chemistry ( andproduct durability testing (, totire, wheel (, andwinter testing ( Learn more about all services provided by Smithers Rapra

About Smithers Rapra:

Smithers Rapra has been a trusted partner of the rubber and plastics industries for over 90 years. Our business is built around delivering a complete portfolio of rubber and plastic testing services to support a wide range of industry sectors including tire, automotive, polymer products, oil and gas, medical device, pharmaceutical, transport, packaging, industrial, and consumer products. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers adds value throughout the life cycle of our clients' products. Please

About The Smithers Group:

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra, and Smithers Viscient. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group, the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers' goal is to add value throughout the lifecycle of our clients' products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information,

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Akron, Ohio 44303

Telephone: 330-762-7441

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