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In fishing, the line between art and science is more blurred than other outdoor-related

services offered by Stress Outdoor®. Core services are primarily related to reel

performance/failure analysis and hidden defect detection on rod blanks.

Just like defects in composite bow limbs in the archery industry, the best time to find a defect in a rod blank is before additional value is added in the manufacturing process or worse yet, by the consumer when they have a trophy fish on the line! Similar to bow limbs (see Archery), Stress Outdoor® has developed non-destructive test methods to identify and locate non-visible defects within the material volume of a rod blank using acoustic emission technology. This testing approach can be integrated into statistical inspection programs and completed quickly and efficiently. Once implemented, the probability of assembling a rod with a life limiting critical flaw is significantly reduced.


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