NSF International recently acquired the laboratory portion of Aurora, Ontario Canada-based engineering consulting and laboratory testing firm Jana Laboratories.

The move expands NSF’s pipe testing capabilities and makes the group the largest provider of oxidative resistance stress testing in the world. In addition, NSF is now the largest provider of hydrostatic performance stress testing in North America.

Jana Laboratories has a staff of 14 people and a 20,000-sq.-ft. testing facility, which will be renamed NSF Janalab and become part of NSF’s global network of ISO/IEC 17025-accredited laboratories throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. The lab also has a 4,000 sq.-ft. Advanced Pipe Test Facility II, which has the largest oxidative resistance stress testing capacity in the world, as well as significant hydrostatic performance stress testing capacity.

Jana will retain the consulting and training portion of its business under the name Jana.

“The increased demand for plastic pipe has led to a greater need for state-of-the-art testing capabilities and technical expertise to protect public health,” said Kevan P. Lawlor, president and CEO of NSF International. “Both NSF International and Jana customers will benefit from more cost-efficient and streamlined health effects and performance-testing services for plastic pipe, including highly specialized tests for oxidative resistance, hydrostatic design stress testing and large-diameter pipe testing. The acquisition also provides clients additional R&D capability and independent consulting resources through Jana.”

Other expanded capabilities for NSF include oxidative resistance testing, hydrostatic design stress testing, slow crack growth validation/rapid crack propagation testing and testing for large diameter Plastic Pipe.

“Jana has experienced significant growth in our consulting business over the past few years. The sale of our laboratory assets will enable us to focus our efforts on our consulting and training business to provide even greater service to our clients across the value chain from manufacturer to pipeline owner,” said Wayne Bryce, president and CEO of Jana.