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New Composites Lab!

it’s official.  Retlif Testing Laboratories, has officially launched its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory in Plainview New York. A state of the art facility, the new
laboratory provides testing for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP), Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers (GFRP), Aramids (Kevlar), as well as for Non-Fiber Reinforced Plastic. The result of three years of planning, it is testing composites being used in commercial aviation, aerospace and avionics, maritime, military, and rail applications. Not to mention vroom vroom horseless carriages!


Fully recognized under the Performance Review Institute (PRI) NADCAP program, the Plainview New York – based laboratory is also fully accredited to IS0-STD-17025 by the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (LAB). ISO-STD-17025 is the international standard that represents the basis for accreditation through formal recognition of demonstration of competence.

Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York, Retlif is one of the USA’s highest profile independent testing laboratories. Retlif provides complete composite testing as well as EMC/EMI and Environmental Testing and engineering services for aerospace, avionics, rail, maritime, medical devices, military and homeland security applications. Retlif test data is recognized worldwide. Retlif is strategically focused on test results with a mission to provide tangible customer value through testing and engineering services.


It’s Aircraft Carrier Month!

Retlif Testing Laboratories,  is celebrating National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month at all of its locations and laboratories.

080327-N-2838C-002 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 27, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) steams in the Atlantic Ocean. Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are conducting a tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael D. Cole (Released)

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt

“U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have been deployed in every major conflict since World War II,” Retlif President Walter Poggi stated. “They have served as a cornerstone of the USA’s ability to protect its citizens and project its strength. We recognize the accomplishments of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in defending the freedom of the United States and our allies, by responding to crises, by helping to defuse potential situations and by spurring technological innovation.”

Retlif Business Development Manager Owen Watford observed, “We celebrate National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month at all our Retlif locations in New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and North Carolina. We are extremely proud of Retlif’s contributions to the success of these great ships. As a supplier of EMC/EMI and Environmental testing services for U.S. Navy aircraft carrier maintenance and construction, Retlif has been part of the testing of numerous component parts and systems for carriers since our inception in 1978.”

Mr. Poggi added, “As the U.S. seeks ways to pursue the fight against terrorism and other national-security challenges, policymakers will increasingly rely on aircraft carriers in more situations than previously, especially as new technologies and capabilities are incorporated into these vessels.”


Watford Motivates Candidates


Owen W. Watford, Retlif Business Development Manager, was invited to Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) to address the career candidates. In his presentation, “How Did I Get Here?” Watford spoke about his education and work experiences and gave the candidates life lessons that have served him well: “Stay focused; character and integrity open doors; and never give up, never give up, never give up!”


owen-watfordimg_1143LIFT and the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC) announced plans to train 100 Nassau County young people with the skills required by composite manufacturers and to assist them in finding employment opportunities. The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) received a $440,000 grant from the Toyota USA Foundation for this initiative, and it was through this grant that Watford was able to share his story.

“This was an inspirational presentation to motivate our young people to strive and work hard at their dreams and aspirations for the careers they are seeking in life,” Watford said.

Giving Back In Pa.

Retlif in Harleysville, PA, has been giving back to the local community for many years. One organization in particular, Heavenly Helpers, has benefitted from the generosity of the company and its employees. A mission team that was started by St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Pennsburg and St. John’s Lutheran Church of Sumneytown, Heavenly Helpers came together in 2007 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since then the group has expanded its reach to include many smaller projects closer to home.

Megan Sell, a Retlif employee who began working with the group as part of her senior project in high school, brought the mission team to Retlif’s attention, and the company and employees were happy to become involved.

Colleen Reitz.jpg Heavenly Helpers 1One of the Heavenly Helpers fundraisers Retlif employees participate in is the monthly hoagie sale. Pictured are Colleen Reitz, the Harleysville, PA, laboratory supervisor, and her daughter Kaitlin helping at the latest sale.

Adopting Adopt-A-Family

Retlif has been a longtime supporter of charitable endeavors, and this past holiday season was no exception. Along with its employees, the company participated in the  Family Ties Adopt-A-Family program, through the Family & Children’s Association located in Mineola New York.

Retlif’s generous contribution allowed the Association to continue its mission of protecting and strengthening Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors, veterans and their communities.  President and CEO Jeffrey L. Reynolds acknowledged the generous support and trust in a letter earlier this year.  Families on Long Island were able to enjoy a brighter holiday season thanks to Retlif’s support.

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Reitz EMC Webinar

Richard-Reitz_110Richard Reitz, Retlif Director Of Engineering, recently shared his expertise and view from the top in an EMC Live webinar “Are You Compliant?  The new European EMC Directive (2014/30/EU).”
Richard, a Senior Member of the IEEE EMC Society holds a B.T. in Electrical Engineering Technology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology.

The detailed presentation includes  sections on:

  • General Provisions of the Directive
  • Essential Requirements
  • Fixed Installations
  • Obligations of Economic Operators
  • Presumption of Conformity
  • Harmonized Standards
  • Conformity Assessment Procedure
  • Application of Annex II – Internal Production Control
  • Declaration of Conformity

Click here to view and download the presentation.

Retlif & Nemko

In a collaborative move that provides collective services as a complete, globally accepted testing solution, Nemko and Retlif Testing Laboratories, have partnered.Customers of both organizations will benefit through worldwide acceptance of test data and reports and greatly expanded conformity assessment services that fully address multiple industry sectors and economies with seamless time processes and services.

Retlif offers EMC/EMI, Lightning and Environmental testing services as well as engineering and compliance program management at locations in Ronkonkoma New York, Plainview New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Washington D.C.

Nemko offers testing, inspection and certification services with more than 20 locations in 12 countries. In North America Nemko has facilities in San Diego California and West Valley City Utah, as well as Nemko Canada (Ottawa), and Nemko Montreal. Nemko Canada is accredited to ISO 17025 and offers EMC, Safety and Wired Telecom testing.

Retlif President Walter A. Poggi, commented, “This arrangement brings tangible value to Retlif customers of all sizes in a wide cross section of industries while providing Nemko customers with the outreach and resources of our facilities to better support their USA – based customers.”


Winning Robotics!

Since 2000, Retlif has proudly supported the Sachem High School Robotics Team with engineering support and financial contributions. With challenging goals and tight deadlines, the FIRST Robotics Program is a great way for students to be introduced to the world of Engineering and Project Management. The team at Retlif congratulates the Sachem High School Robotics Team on their victory at the 2015 South Florida Regional Competition, and we look forward to another successful season in 2016.

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Young Sea Cadets Return From Six-Day ‘Voyage of Discovery’ in Mt. Sinai Harbor

September 28, 2015 – (Mt. Sinai, NY, U.S.A.) – Six teenage U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from Long Island who set sail from Mt. Sinai Harbor returned from their 6-day Voyage of Discovery, bringing back a lifetime of practical sea experience and tactical training. Captain Roger Noakes and three experienced crewmen sailed with the aspiring U.S. Navy Midshipmen aboard the Nada, a 47-foot sailing vessel.

The six-day and six-night sail started on August 14th and included voyages to Connecticut, Cape Cod and back to Mt. Sinai Harbor (Brookhaven – Cedartown Beach) on August 20th. The sea experience included site tours and training. The Voyage of Discovery empowered the young sailors with confidence, courage and character through this opportunity to sail the Nada. Prior to the sail, the Sea Cadets received months of hands-on training in coastal navigation and seamanship at the Sea Cadet training program in East Moriches.

The Voyage of Discovery was supported by a generous sponsorship from Retlif Testing Laboratories (Headquarters: Ronkonkoma, NY), a leading independent testing laboratory. Retlif President Walter Poggi commented, “We felt it was a wonderful opportunity to promote critical self-reliance and teamwork in young cadets while giving them the opportunity to experience history, science and inspiration.”

“This was a life-changing experience for these young men,” commented Captain Noakes. “Our mission is to inspire young people, build their confidence, character and transform their lives.”

The Sea Cadets earned the privilege to participate in the adventure and were selected by the unit leaders from the Sea Cadet training program. Life lessons were taught at sea as the Sea Cadets were on 4-hour rotations, 24-hours a day throughout the voyage.

“The voyage tested our limits and provided the opportunity of a lifetime. It also taught us valuable skills that become important at sea,” said Cadet Wesley Pase (town). “To get from point A to point B, the crew had to work as a team. No matter how hungry or how tired we were, we worked together to get the task done.”

The journey began as the Nada set sail on August 14th at 4 p.m., leaving Mt. Sinai Harbor. The crew sailed through the night and arrived at dawn on the Thames River in Connecticut. The Sea Cadets toured the Coast Guard Academy – Jacob’s Rock (Sail Training Facility), and the three-masted USCGC Eagle barque before departing New London that night. They then sailed to the Stellwagon Bank area north of Cape Cod off the coast of Massachusetts to study humpback whales. The vessel returned to Mt. Sinai on August 20.

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Expansion & New Accreditations

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Retlif has finalized the accreditation process for its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory. Located within the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC), in Plainview, New York, the new laboratory is now fully accredited to IS0-STD-17025, the international standard that represents the basis for accreditation from an accrediting body through formal recognition of demonstration of that competence. Administered by the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B), the accreditation enables a broader acceptance of test data generated, as the requirement for accreditation is requisite in industries where composites are widely used, including aerospace, military, rail and automotive industry sectors.

Leonard Poveromo, CPC Executive Director commented, “We are extremely pleased that Retlif is fully approved as the Composite Prototyping Center structural testing source for composites. This furthers our goals of helping organizations cross boundaries, expand manufacturing scope, and effectively compete in fast-expanding, dynamic markets. Retlif engineers and technicians will have full access to utilize all equipment within the Center.”

Retlif President Walter Poggi stated, “This recognition complements Retlif’s existing accreditations which include over 500 international and domestic EMI/EMC and Environmental Simulation test methods.”