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GALEN Technology drawing attention as an engineering company that focuses on testing and certification systems, and is already able to offer a diversity of products and projects despite having been incorporated only recently. Established in 2017, and built upon the 30 years of experience of its founders in the fields of testing and certification systems, the company is currently engaged in a total of 12 projects, three of which are intended for foreign users.
As the Turkish defence and aerospace sector continues to roll out indigenous products at platform, subsystem and component levels, the testing and certification of these products is emerging as an increasingly important issue. The indigenous development of testing and certification systems requires in-depth expertise, and gaining and maintaining such expertise is only possible with a team focused and dedicated to the subject. It is precisely this type of team that GALEN Technology boasts.
Behind GALEN Technology is 30 years of experience acquired in an international company, as well as approximately 200 testing and certification tools that have, for the most part, been established for the defence and aerospace sector. The experience and knowledge held by the company allows it to build and deliver turnkey facilities for the performance testing of rotating machinery under real conditions, and also to manufacture the testing systems to be used in these facilities. Through its R&D works into testing systems for different areas, GALEN Technology seeks to further expand its current product range of over 170 solutions.
Solutions Compliant with International Standards
In all its activities, GALEN Technology acts with the awareness that testing and certification should provide internationally recognised results, and that there are well-established international standards and practices that need to be followed. In this context, the company is developing products and solutions in competition with its international peers. In addition to its factory in Ankara, the company is further boosting its facility infrastructure with its new R&D and manufacturing centre in İstanbul Teknopark.
The projects that GALEN Technology has completed or that are currently at the delivery stage can be listed as follows:
- Russian Motor Revision Factories, Motor Testing Facilities – Hot and Cold Testing Systems
- Ege University R&D Laboratory – Active Dynamometer Unit
- General Command of the Gendarmerie – Post-Revision Engine Testing Dynamometer
- Pakistan – AlGhazi Tractor Factory, Spare Part Procurement Project
- Pakistan – AlGhazi Tractor Factory, Manufacture of Eight Testing Units
- Istanbul GÜRFA Shipyard – Engine Revision Dynamometer
- Izmir ESHOT – TEMSA Engines ANKA Modernisation Project
- Yıldırım Beyazıt University – Electric Engine Testing Unit
- TÜMOSAN – Transmission Testing Dynamometer
- Bangladesh Armed Forces – Engine and Transmission Testing Facilities
- Kırıkkale University – DEMS Unit, including Combustion Chamber Analysis
GALEN Technology has in-depth experience in testing cells and hydraulic dynamometers, and is currently in the process of expanding its product range to encompass other testing and certification systems. What makes GALEN Technology stand out is not only its expertise in the field, but also its innovative and farsighted approach, its cost-effectiveness and its ability to meet all relevant requirements as a single source.
GALEN Technology also keeps close track of international developments and advances in testing system technologies, with company officials taking part in exhibitions worldwide to keep a close eye the most recent novelties in this area. Their observations are seamlessly combined with their deep expertise and 30 years of experience, allowing new trends and innovations in the sector to be readily incorporated into the company’s products.
Re-allocating a significant portion of its revenues to R&D efforts, GALEN Technology consistently develops the testing systems required by its customers, both domestic and foreign, and those they are likely to need in the future. One example of the company’s works in this regard is the launch of development activities for the testing system for the F135 engine of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, in which Turkey is a production partner. Using its own resources, GALEN Technology has launched R&D efforts for this testing system, which is expected to be used in the revision/overhaul of F135 engines. As part of its R&D activities, the company is also working on the development of an Ammunition Testing Unit in a project that has been submitted to TÜBİTAK. The works related to this unit are expected to be concluded soon.
When taking into account the high costs of foreign-sourced testing systems, GALEN Technology is offering viable alternatives with its indigenously-produced and cost-effective system solutions. The company is especially keen to offer solutions to SME (Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise)-level users, aiming to deliver products within the purchasing power of these types of companies, and to thereby create a high volume market in this area. Through this approach, GALEN Technology is taking strategic steps towards instilling a culture of testing and quality in Turkey.
Sharing his remarks about their targets, Alptekin Erman, General Manager, CEO and Co-Founder of GALEN Technology, said: “Our goal is to offer high-quality, reliable, affordable and indigenous testing systems to manufacturers in Turkey who are in need of testing systems. In our business, we always place experience, expertise, adherence to international standards, honesty and customer satisfaction way ahead of profits. GALEN Technology’s vision of ‘focused engineering’ in testing and certification gives us the means to demonstrate clearly what sets us apart from our competitors and to achieve even greater progress in our line of business.”
One of the company’s first steps towards establishing a culture of testing and quality in Turkey is its turnkey delivery of testing systems – as the final stage in any production process – which allow manufacturers to carry out testing procedures at low cost. GALEN Technology offers solutions in all processes, ranging from the preparation of the facility that will house the testing system, to the provision of devices and equipment and the procurement of the required personnel and engineering infrastructures. All this saves manufacturers time in the installation of testing systems, thereby contributing to productivity.
Only Address at IDEF for Testing and Certification Systems
GALEN Technology is participating IDEF’19 together with SAHA İstanbul and OSSA – two clusters of which it is a member. Commenting on their participation at the event, Erman said: “We will be at IDEF’19 as a company that engages in indigenous production with domestic capital in the field of testing systems. In our business meetings at IDEF, we, at GALEN Technology, will respond to any testing-related requirement that may be discussed. This is our first time at IDEF, and we will have representation at the stands of theOSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) and the Defence and Aerospace Cluster Association of Istanbul (SAHA İstanbul). We attach great importance to clusters. When we look at clusters in developed countries, we see that each member company has its own area of expertise. This arrangement not only enables clusters to contribute to the development of the industry in general, but also allows their members to come together to develop a product. As a company focused on testing and certification, we collaborate with members of both the OSSA and SAHA İstanbul, and expect to further expand these collaborations in the future.”
GALEN Technology Poised for Rapid Growth
Sharing his thoughts about the future of GALEN Technology, Erman said: “Testing systems are not an area in which you engage in serial production. Upon receiving a project, you have to carry out its R&D and manufacture everything from scratch. Our specific goal is to increase the number of expert personnel, such that we can abridge these processes as if we were carrying out serial production, all the while rolling out high quality products. To this end, we are aiming to increase the number of R&D centres we operate. In the next five years, our plan is to increase our staff numbers to 120, and to operate in international markets with at least 15 representatives.”