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A little bit about us

Established in 1990, Cooper Research Technology is one of the world leaders and a British manufacturer of high performance testing equipment for civil engineering materials. We specialise in the design and manufacture of laboratory testing equipment used for the investigation of the mechanical properties of materials used in road construction. 
The Nottingham Asphalt Tester (NAT), designed in the 1980’s by our founder Keith Cooper whilst working at the University of Nottingham, was the first of its type. Since then our product range has increased steadily and now includes Gyratory Compactors and Roller Compactors to prepare and compact specimens in addition to Servo Hydraulic and Servo Pneumatic Universal Testers, Triaxial Testers, Fatigue Systems and Wheel Trackers to perform standards.

Global supplier that is local enough to care

As a customer focused business, we listen. The Cooper Research Technology approach is to first establish customer requirements and then to offer best advice on the options available in order that customers can make informed decisions. We pride ourselves on working in partnership with customers rather than just “order taking”.

Our consultative approach ensures that the application is fully understood before an order is accepted, thus ensuring the equipment ordered is fit for purpose and will deliver the expected results and reliably day after day and year after year.

Design, develop, automate and test

Cooper Research Technology is much more than a manufacturer: all our machines are fully designed and developed by our dedicated in-house design team, all our engineers are degree educated in their relevant fields, and every engineering discipline is covered.

Mechanical design

Via the use of 3D CAD packages we ensure our business is best positioned to utilise the most state-of-the-art geometrical modeling systems available. These systems further permit calculating customer specific solutions within the shortest possible time.

Electrical / electronic design

The team works according to the very latest norms in system technology. Our customers expect electronic products that have better quality, more flexibility and new features at a competitive price. To remain at the forefront of today’s market demands, we equip our design engineers with systems that deliver flexibility, high performance and reliability.

Software design

NI LabVIEW is our chosen solution: our highly trained professional users develop using this language. NI LabVIEW is a graphical development environment that combines the ease of use of configuration-based tools with the flexibility of a powerful programming language. It enables the programmer to quickly create user interfaces as well as perform advanced control, signal processing and analysis, communication and logging.

Hydraulic / pneumatic

Cooper engineers team up with global industry specialists to deliver a system that utilises the best possible solutions on the market today. Our servo Hydraulic/Pneumatic solutions have delivered reliably over the last 28 years, whilst being consistently refreshed in order to ensure the perfect interface with mechatronic solutions.

Academic links

Our heritage is one of close links with the pavement engineering department of Nottingham University. This department, now known as Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC), has global recognition and is considered as being at the forefront of pavement research. Our longstanding relationship with Nottingham is today as strong as ever. The current KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) establishes our position at the cutting edge of unbound materials technology.

Standard committees

Our expertise often plays a critical part in the development of new, and existing test standards. We are at the forefront of standard development, working closely with key decision makers worldwide and harnessing links with new related industries ensuring that practical solutions to everyday problems are achieved.