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Company Overview

RELentless. Innovation. We solve problems. Period.

REL, Inc. manufactures World Class equipment. REL’s extensive background in advanced materials and mechanical design have allowed a unique specialization in process equipment for REL branded equipment in Non-Destructive Testing (FPI), Servo driven material handling equipment, and High strain rate material testing. REL deploys the latest control technology that is specific to the equipment being built. REL understands the demands placed on our World Class Manufacturing partners and produces equipment to meet the process needs to breed success. This success comes from a project that is completed…

  1. On time.
  2. On Budget.
  3. With designed safety
  4. With specific stakeholder training.
  5. With design robustness.

REL undertakes each opportunity with multi-disciplinary accomplished teams of awesomeness to maximize the project success.

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  • History
  • Certifications/Accreditations
  • Industries Served
  • Location
  • Past Product Development
  • Publications

New Robert
Robert E. Loukus


Robert received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1971. He is the co-founder of REL, Inc. Robert

New Josh
Josh Loukus, Ph.D.


Josh, his wife Jennifer and their 8 children live in Calumet, Michigan. Dr. Loukus is the President of REL, Inc. Dr. Loukus provides ideation

New Adam
Adam Loukus, Ph.D.

Vice President

Dr. Adam Loukus is the Vice President of REL, Inc. Adam received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2001

REL began put down roots as a local machine shop. Solving problems for customers by machining and fabricating parts began back in the 1980’s. This problem solving approach accounts for the success we have enjoyed as REL continues to grow into the future. We have always taken care of our customers. In turn our customers have become our partners in business and we have enjoyed success in our first 30+ years in business. This positive can-do attitude is the foundation we will build on for the next 30+ years. Machining a shaft, patching the space shuttle, or designing the next cutting edge production allows us to demonstrate our awesomeness to our partners in business.

  • 1981 – Job shop
  • 1990 – REL Machine, Inc. was established by Robert and Josh Loukus. Two pieces of equipment included an engine lathe and a knee mill.
  • 1995 – First CNC Lathe
  • 2000 – Expanded into Automation and Non Destructive Testing (NDT) lines
  • 2004 – Advanced Material Research
  • 2006 – Founded REL, Inc; Partnered with NASA: Return to Flight
  • 2007 – Developed and marketed metal matrix composite (MMC) brakes – Matrix Brakes – rotors and brake pads for motorcycles
  • 2010 – MMC Armor & Concrete Cutting Diamond Blades
  • 2012 – MMC Car and Truck Brakes
  • 2013 – High Strain Rate Testing Equipment – Branded ‘SURE-Test Systems’ expansion
  • 2014 – Non Destructive Testing Equipment – iFPI expansion
  • 2015 – Released Open Source Material Testing Software – SURE-Pulse
  • 2015 – Material Handling Equipment – iREL expansion

REL has a DCAA approved accounting system and has been performing work for government entities since 2009 and for commercial entities since 1990.REL’s manufacturing and engineering quality systems comply with advanced CMM technologies to ensure highest quality components are delivered. REL engineering and manufacturing is ISO-9001:2015 certified and ITAR Compliant.

REL is an award-winning member of American Foundry Society (AFS); and the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) and was awarded “Innovation of the Year” by the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council.

ASTM E1417 certified

REL Awards

REL produces iREL World Class material handling equipment for high speed material handling applications. If material has to flip, transfer, or move and fractions of seconds matter then iREL equipment applied to your application.REL produces iFPI World Class Penetrant Inspection equipment for the automotive and aerospace industries. iFPI equipment uses the latest technology in motion control to process and track parts through the process.

REL produces SURE-Test high strain rate testing systems for cutting edge testing of materials. Every material will behave like silly putty at some ambient conditions and/or loading rate. REL also has a test lab for testing dynamic response of customer supplied materials.

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Contact UsREL, Inc. is located at 57640 North Eleventh Street in Calumet, Michigan.

Phone: 906-337-3018
Email: rel@relinc.com

Follow us on Twitter: @RELIncorporated
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cng tank



metal matrix composites



Trabo Spray



high temp insulation



casting technology



custom process equipment



material testing and analysis



Invited Speaker Events

Josh Loukus, Ph.D. – Presented “Practicalization of Split Hopkinson Bar Testing”; SEM Annual Conference; Orlando, FL; June 2016

Brent Halonen – Presented “A comparison of feature tracking to 2D-DIC tracking for strain analysis of foams, with a discussion of application to low resolution imaging”; SEM Annual Conference; Costa Mesa, CA; June 2015

Josh Loukus , Ph.D. – Presented on the use of Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar for high strain rate material response of nickel-based superalloys and titanium at elevated temperatures; University of Sheffield, UK; May 2013.

Josh Loukus, Ph.D. – Presented on the use of Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar for high strain rate material response of glass at the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute; Calcutta, India, 2013.

Adam Loukus, Ph.D. – Global Motorsports Congress, Cologne, Germany, Advanced Materials, October 2007

Adam Loukus, Ph.D. – TMS Conference San Antonio Texas, Current and Future Trends in Micro- and Nano- MMCs, April 2006


Erva, T., Loukus, A., and Luskin, L., “Development of Aluminum Composite Automotive Brake Rotors,” SAE Technical Paper 2016-01-1937, 2016, doi:10.4271/2016-01-1937.

H. Zhang, J. Loukus, A. Loukus, The effects of binder content on the Mechanical Properties of Aluminum MMCs, JEMT, submitted December, 2007

Hathaway, R; Loukus, A; Loukus, J; et. al “Manufacturing Process Influence on Microstructural Features of Selectively Reinforces Magnesium MMCs”, TMS Proceedings, San Antonio, TX. 2006.

Loukus, J.E., Loukus, A., Halonen, A., The Effects of Processing Methods on the Mech Prop. of Cast Mg MMCs. AFS Int. Conf. on High Integrity Light Metal Castings. Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2005.

J.E. Loukus and G. Subhash, Experimental Modeling of High Speed Grinding, 2004

G. Subhash, J.E. Loukus, W. Zhang and A. Chandra, Experimental and Numerical Modeling of Material Removal During High Speed Grinding process, Proc. SEM IX International Congress on Exp. Mech., Orlando, Florida, June 5-8, pp. 127-130 (2000).

A.R. Loukus, G. Subhash, M. Imaninejad, Mechanical Properties and Microstructural Characterization of Extrusion Welds in AA6082-T4, J. of Mat. Sci., 39 (2004) pp 6561-6569

A.R. Loukus, G. Subhash, M. Imaninejad, Optimization of Material Properties and Process Parameters for Tube Hydroforming of Aluminum Extrusions, J. of Eng. Mat. Tech. (2006)

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