Tushingham mast testing machine.

Tushingham wants to make sure that all their range of products is of the absolute best quality. Masts are one of the hardest products to test properly and prove both their durability and performance.

Since they moved to South Devon, Tushingham have a new mast-testing machine that allows them to test their masts quickly and efficiently. With this new machine, they have been able to do a lot of research for all their range of masts. They are able to measure the IMCS stiffness and curve profiles, and can now identify exactly the mast bend characteristics that might be best for a given type of sail (wave, slalom, freeride, etc…). This means their rigs will see a significant improvement in the years to come.  

The design team, Roger Tushingham and Ken Black, are sure that having this testing machine will put them one step ahead in the mast market and will make a huge different to the performance of their rigs.

Ken Black comments; “We’ve learned a lot since we got this machine last summer, we’ve explored a few dead ends but I’m now pretty confident that we are on track to deliver a significant performance improvement across a range of disciplines”

The machine will also be used for quality control and has already allowed the company to insist on tighter manufacturing tolerances. As Roger Tushingham said “ All our manufacturing partners know we’ve got this thing, they certainly can’t pull the wool over our eyes so they’re making sure they deliver what it says on the tin!”

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