Quality at Brown McFarlane

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As a company with over 125 years of experience of delivering to a market place demanding the most exacting quality standards, you can be assured that we operate to the most stringent quality systems in the industry.

Accredited to ISO 9001 by BSI, as well as being approved by customers in sectors such as defence and the nuclear industry, Brown McFarlane is the global number one choice for quality assured plate.

A stainless steel stockholder with prestigious accreditations

Brown McFarlane was also one of the first stainless and carbon steel stockholders in Europe to be awarded the prestigious ISO 14001 accreditation for Environmental Management. We are also proud to be accredited to ISO 18001 for Occupational Health & Safety.

The three certificates demonstrate our commitment to our staff and all our partners in business, to the environment, and to our customers. Brown McFarlane is taking steel distribution to a new level.

Conflict Minerals

We are committed to the responsible sourcing of materials throughout our supply chain and to continuing to comply with the underlying SEC rules and regulations surrounding “conflict minerals”.

To the best of our knowledge and belief, products supplied by Brown McFarlane are "DRC Conflict Free" under the terms of the Final Rule of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act, dated 22.08.12.

Testing Services

We are able to facilitate the following material testing services through UKAS approved test laboratories.

  • Hydrogen Induced Cracking (HIC) Resistance testing in accordance with HIC to NACE MR0175
  • Sulphide Stress Cracking Resistance testing
  • Ultrasonic testing to EN 10160 / EN 10307 / ASTM A578 / ASTM A435 / ASME SA578 / ASME SA435 
  • Charpy V-Notch Impact testing to EN ISO 148-1 / ASTM A370 / ASTM E23
  • Through Thickness Tensile testing to EN 10164 / ASTM A770
  • Tensile testing (ambient temperature) to EN ISO 6892-1 / ASTM A370
  • Tensile testing (elevated temperature) to EN ISO 6892-2 / ASTM E21
  • Bend testing
  • Simulated Post Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT) testing
  • Chemical Analysis / Check Analysis/ PMI by Optical Emission Spectrometry (OES) / Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES) / Combustion / Fusion
  • Hardness testing – Brinell to EN ISO 6506-1 / ASTM E10, Vickers to EN ISO 6507-1 / ASTM E384, Rockwell to EN ISO 6508-1 / ASTM E18
  • Banding Assessment to ASTM E1268
  • Grain Size Determination to ASTM E112
  • Inclusion Assessment to ASTM E45A
  • Macro Grain Flow
  • ICC Corrosion testing to ASTM A262
  • Pitting Corrosion testing to ASTM G48 / ASTM A923
  • Micro Preparation, Examination & Photography

Inspection Services

In addition to our own comprehensive inspection processes we are able offer third-party inspection and verification services, using accredited providers such as Lloyds Register, DNV-GL, Bureau Veritas, SGS and American Bureau of Shipping.

  • Witness of Transfer of Marks
  • Witness of Tests
  • Custom client-specific inspection & reporting

Recertification

We are able to offer original mill recertification in cases where material is also compliant with additional specifications.

Our Certificates are Available to Download

Our certificates demonstrate our commitment to the quality of our stainless steel. We’re proud to hold certificates in ISO 14001 Environmental Management, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety, BSI ISO 9001 Certificate, Conflict Mineral Statements. As a leading stainless steel stockholder, we understand that quality standards are of paramount importance.