RAVENNA, Ohio—Ace Products and Consulting revealed an expansion of its laboratory equipment and testing capabilities, and kicked off a new industry education center.
The additions include inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, X-ray fluorescence, temperature retraction and scanning electron microscope, according to an Ace news release.
ICP-MS provides California Proposition 65 testing and XRF covers Restriction of Hazardous Substances compliance testing. TR-10 provides brittleness testing and the SEM-MMT X-Factor 150 microscope does qualitative, quantitative and thickness analysis of materials.
Ace also launched its iLearn Innovation Institute, designed to further the education and development of technical employees, students and company training. The education center, housed at Ace's Ravenna location, has a classroom and a hands-on laboratory space
Curriculum modules are designed around a wide range of learning levels, from 6th to 12th grade students, college and technical school students and technical employees.
Manufacturers who do not have space or professional trainers at their own facility can also set up specialized equipment at Ace for employee training.
Ace hired Christie Robinson as director of the iLearn center to direct all daily operations and training services, as well as to develop curriculum and training opportunities. She will also be responsible for targeted outreach programs with local universities, colleges and schools, as well as hiring instructors.
Robinson served as training and development director at the Rubber Division for more than 12 years, during which she was responsible for on-site training and managed the Student Outreach Program that provided rubber education and tours in 6th to 12th grade classrooms. Robinson also worked as a high school English teacher and curriculum specialist at the U.S. Navy Combat Systems School in Mayport, Fla.