Performance Validation of Advanced Skate Blade Runners for RZR
RZR Skate Blades (RZR)
RZR Skate Blades (RZR) is a Hamilton-based SME that designs and manufactures custom, advanced performance hockey skate blade runners. RZR’s product follows a classic hockey skate blade design, but combines high quality aerospace-grade stainless steels with the latest technology in custom precision manufacturing processes to yield a product with superior performance, strength and durability that provides cost and time savings to the consumer. The combination of RZR ToughEdge™ surface hardening and G3™ precision machining technologies results in a skate runner that (1) has 5x greater edge hardness that should hold its sharpness longer and therefore require less frequent sharpening and minimize risk of losing an edge during game play, (2) has a 3x tougher core that is more resistant to impact, (3) is composed of a heat-resistant material that can withstand 250°C more heat than conventional runners, virtually eliminating the chance of surface tempering during sharpening which causes edge softening and (4) has perfect geometry and contour with minimal material removal and surface tempering. This project is a two-part industrial collaboration with RZR, George Brown and Brock University that seeks to assess the performance of RZR runners from two complimentary perspectives: (1) Applied Sport (On-Ice) Performance Characterization and Testing and (2) Material Characterization and Testing. Results will provide RZR with empirical support and validation of the value add of their proprietary process and enable them to accelerate market adoption of their product. Commercialization of RZR’s runners will lead to the creation of local high skill manufacturing jobs, improved on-ice performance and commensurate enjoyment of skating/hockey and a lower cost of ownership for Canadian consumers.
- RZR Skate Blades (RZR)
- Diana Facchini
- Community Wellness, Health & Education
- Sustainability and the Built Enviroment
- Research and Innovation