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Cutlery & Allied Trade Research Association (CATRA)
The Cutlery & Allied Trades Research Association (CATRA) designs and manufactures test equipment for the assessment of blade cutting performance & durability as well as systems for compliance assessment of bakeware, cookware and other domestic products. Additionally, CATRA designs and manufactures knife grinding/sharpening systems for the the commercial & domestic markets.
CATRA's sharpness test equipment are recognised as the defacto systems for the assessment of cutting performance. They have undergone a process of continual improvement over the past 30 years in line with improvements in sensory and control system technology. The AET & SAET were developed in line with the ISO 8442:5 and we also manufacture & calibrate the test media for these systems as they are relied upon by the worlds leading manufacturers of sharp instruments. Calibration systems have also been developed to support users of our equipment.
Our in-house testing processes are in-line with ISO 8442 & ISO 12983. The test facilities are used by manufacturers, importers and retailers alike to verify and improve the quality of their product lines.
Our commercial knife sharpeners are recognised throughout the world for their reliability and quality of output. Our systems are build to last with some still working after 20 years of continual service.
CATRA's sharpness test equipment are recognised as the defacto systems for the assessment of cutting performance