About Us


Knight Mechanical Testing was started in 2006 by brothers Kevin and Nolan Knight, and their colleague Pat Ballinger. Having worked in and managed captive testing laboratories in multiple industries, the three owners leveraged their experience to venture out on their own. KMT first established its’ reputation in the orthopedic industry, providing nearby companies like Zimmer, Biomet, and DePuy access to a convenient, quality contract test laboratory with outstanding customer service. Today, KMT employs an experienced staff of test engineers, technicians, designers, and machinists in a 10,000 square foot laboratory offering mechanical testing services to a broad range of industries in the US and around the globe.


To ensure the accuracy and repeatability of testing data, KMT uses all MTS load frames, controllers and software in its laboratory.  KMT also offers full machine shop services, proudly featuring Haas CNC machining centers. A brief description of some of our in-house capability is below:

  • Dynamic force control from less than +/-1 lb up to +/-55,000 lb
  • Load, displacement, and strain control modes
  • Multi-axis loading (combined axial and torsion, orthogonal loading)
  • High speed video extensometer
  • Environmental testing from -200F to +600F
  • Physiological test chambers (37C saline, bovine serum)
  • Cyclic impact testing up to 7000lb
  • In-house design services and CNC machine shop, using Solidworks and MasterCam

Customer Service

Our customer service is our competitive advantage. We run tests all day every day, but we understand that from your perspective, this test is just one piece of a much larger puzzle. We provide frequent updates on your tests, particularly when we notice anything out of the ordinary. We consult with you to develop the most appropriate test plan, and point it out any time we see an opportunity to save time or money.


KMT is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by Laboratory Accreditation Bureau.  ISO/IEC 17025:2002 is the global standard of quality governing the operation of testing laboratories. To view our accreditation certificate and scope of accreditation, click here.

Don’t see the test you need? Contact us today. It is not a problem to add new standards or customer test methods to our scope.