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Custom Testing

Does your product have a critical component or sub-assembly that traditional testing does not adequately address? If so, and you need help designing, developing, or executing the test, turn to ARL. The Custom Testing our lab can provide will quantify performance, warranty, wear-out, maintenance and other valuable information for decision makers. Our technical staff understands testing and realizes that our clients need state-of-the-art test procedures that will remain relevant throughout the product’s life cycle. We work closely with our clients to determine the tests that best fit the product and document a testing road map that is appropriate, useful and comprehensive. When you become our client you will receive support in the following areas:

  • Custom test development, including both hardware and software
  • Test protocol selection
  • Creation of testing procedures
  • Reduction in overall testing time, both manned and unmanned
  • Results reporting and analysis

Some of the typical Custom Testing we regularly perform include the following (Fan Life, PCBA Corrosion, Solar, Warranty Prediction & Analysis) and more.

Fan Life Tests

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Anything with moving parts presents a challenge to the reliability of a product. Fans (and hard drives) present some of the most common sources of failure in electronic components. To ameliorate this problem, we run a Fan Life Test for clients to differentiate fan supplies and product lines from each other in a controlled environment. Our test quickly provides performance and life estimates to enable you to choose the fan product that best suits the requirements of your application.

PCBA Corrosion Tests

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Sulfur corrosion is a large problem at tire factories, paper mills and fertilizer plants. We are proud to be the first lab in the world to offer this testing, based on realistic exposure levels in industrial environments. The transition away from SnPb HASL surface finish toward ImAg on high volume electronic products has resulted in creep corrosion when these products are exposed to high sulfur environments under elevated humidity. The creep corrosion product is primarily Cu2S, which is produced by galvanic driven attack of the copper beneath the edge of the soldermask. Our test is derived from ISA-S71.04-1985, but we are working to develop a better standard based on the results of our tests.

Solar Tests

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Solar power is quickly gaining popularity as a means to use renewable energy. If you are tapping into this “hot” market, we can ensure you have a quality product. Solar products are exposed to outdoor conditions that fatigue and decrease life span, including rapid thermal cycling, high and low relative humidity, and vibration as they track the sun. Any line of products entering this market must meet a series of test standards that demonstrates its capability to perform throughout its expected life cycle. Our tests will provide the documentation that is needed to demonstrate compliance with the following standards: IEC 61215, IEC 61646, JIS C-8917, JIS C-8938, JIS C-8962.

Warranty Prediction & Analysis Tests

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This internally-developed process utilizes reliability engineering principles to provide a statistical quantified warranty plan. Several different analyses and ALT methods are applied to better understand product life and assign a supportable warranty period.

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About ARL

Recognized as one of the top product reliability labs in the country with a unique balance of testing, consulting and on-site staffing services, Austin Reliability Labs (ARL) is a place where we recognize the hard work and passion that went into the design and development of your product. We have that same passion for excellence, and want to find any problems that your product may have in an effort to perfect it. We also understand that a reputation is something that builds over time, and we support that by making long-term partnerships with our clients. With that in mind, we not only specialize in writing and developing all of the tests that we perform, but, unlike other labs, we also provide pass / fail reports on all of our tests and decipher the results for you in order maximize your product’s success.