ARTIS are an independent material consultancy specialising
in the testing, analysis, development and recycling of rubber materials.
Whilst our expetise is in the rubber industry, having formed from the
Research and Development department of Avon Rubber Plc, we also have the
ability to test and develop a range of other materials.
Launched as an independent testing laboratory in 2007,
ARTIS have a wide selection of equipment to enable an extensive range of
rubber testing and analysis to be carried out. A comprehensive knowledge of
a range of rubber materials also enables the development of compounds for
experience in the rubber industry addressing a wide range of problems
Martyn has spent much his working career with Avon
Rubber Plc. He joined the company as a Teaching Company Associate in 1997
with Bristol University Mechanical Engineering Department and is now Chief
Scientist of ARTIS – the consultancy group of Avon – which was formed in
Throughout his career he has specialised
in rheology and processing and has considerable experience of rheological
evaluation and investigations and the subsequent impacts on process
He was responsible for setting up
the Materials Development Centre for Avon, which was the forerunner of
ARTIS. The Materials Development Centre was the R & D centre for the whole
of the Avon group and was responsible for:
MDC also achieved ISO TS16949 in conjunction with
the mixing facility located at Westbury.
ARTIS continues that role for AVON whilst offering
consultancy services to the wider industry
with ISO9001:2008 approval.
Chairman of Loughborough University Materials
Visiting lecturer at Loughborough University
Visiting lecturer at Queen Mary for Dr James
Polymer Society Board of the IOM3 and also the
Scientific Advisory Committee.
Strong personal links to the Materials KTN and
the Manchester Polymer Group.
Landmark achievements include :
Setting up MDC and ARTIS facilities
Solution of major coolant hose issues with large automotive supplier
Solution of major customer concern for FMCG sealing application
Fundamental understanding of the issues behind a number of customer
concerns and product functionality issues
Development of the knowledge to link materials selection, product
design, service life ageing behaviour and product functionality for Avon
Dairy Products allowing products to be designed with a fundamental
understanding of the link to functionality and ultimately animal health.
Provision of some of the fundamental science behind many of Avon’s
materials and their selection for specific applications.
Process development for rubber crawler track production
Oil and gas seal forensic analysis and materials development.
Key areas of interest
We have some unique equipment for evaluating the rheology
of rubber compounds in shear flow, and also lubricated wallslip effects
through direct slippage measurements. The same equipment will also quantify
the interaction between rubbers and the mould surface / release agents.
We have extensive
experience of using statistical techniques to evaluate multivariable
problems and for optimisation of materials, processes and operating
conditions. This has been used in numerous situations for process
optimization and trouble shooting to find the key factors affecting a
process and the levels of sensitivity. Similar techniques can be used for
looking at historical data.
When factory floor
problems are too large or complex for the operations team then “8d” type
problem solving methods can often help pin down the root cause and identify
day 1 problems. The key, as always, is listening to the operators and
understanding the fundamentals of the process.
completed a 3yr study on tyre recycling, looked at numerous pyrolysis carbon
products, power station fly ash, and developed TPE’s from recyclate : -
recycling is an area expertise and there is access to facilities to evaluate
this in detail through ARTIS.
Through ARTIS we
have access to significant Adhesives expertise both for bonding applications
with rubber and also composites and sealants. One of the ARTIS Team has many
years of experience in Aerospace applications and was part of the air
accident investigation branch.
expertise lies in two key fields – aerosol spray cans and valves and
offshore oil and gas seal evaluation. Both areas are critical in their own
way and we have experience of materials selection for these and other
applications such as defence and automotive.
The experience with
Avon Rubber gives access to a vast knowledge of rubber compounding going
back 125 years covering all aspects of compounding from high load bearing
tank track pads and bushes, rail components, offshore, dairy, defence,
automotive, food contact etc.
We have many contacts
in many industries and so are able to evaluate the state of the market for
various products – please contact for details.
Martyn can offer
expertise in these areas and has
access to full analytical facilities with DSC, TGA, FTIR, GCMS, SEM and DMA
and can offer a full reverse engineering - formulation identification service
for most rubber materials.
access to full lab scale compounding facilities, sample preparation and
mechanical testing and ageing -
see the ARTIS website for more details :
Artis, Hampton Park West, Semington Road, Melksham,
Wiltshire, SN12 6NB, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 896 502
Fax: +44 (0) 1225 896501
Mob: +44 (0) 7884 476 252