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Additional Tests

ARL’s Testing Services are performed by knowledgeable technical staff who will provide you with quick, reliable and cost-effective consultation, execution and reporting. Our facilities allow us to perform a wide range of standard testing that meets established benchmarks in a variety of industries. In addition to our HALT/HASS testing, battery testing, environmental testing and mechanical testing, ARL can provide many additional test that may be beneficial to the overall design and success of your product. Read more below about some of our additional testing equipment.

MARK-10 ESM750S Tensile Tester

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Tensile Testing is a fundamental materials science test in which a sample is subjected to a controlled tension until failure. The results from the test are commonly used to select a material for an application, for quality control and to predict how a material will react under other types of forces.

The MARK-10 ESM750S Tensile Tester is a single-column force tester configurable for tension and compression measurement. For 3D printed products, the tests performed using the MARK-10 are essential for product design and improvement. Physical characteristics must be determined for each material used by a 3D printer for a project, each 3D printer that uses that material, and for each orientation of the print. Designs based off of erroneous material characteristics have a high probability of failure. With the knowledge of how the material works, designs can be improved leading to safer and more reliable products.

Tests:

  • Tensile Strength
  • Compressive
  • Flexural Strength
  • Creep
  • Shear
  • Frictional Coefficient

Materials Tested: (both 3D printed and conventional parts)

  • Plastics
  • Polymers
  • Elastomers
  • Ceramics

Capacity:

  • 750 lbF (3.4 kN)
  • 14.2 in (360 mm) travel

Standards:

  • ISO 17296 – highest safety requirement for 3D printed parts

 

Altitude Chamber

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Altitude Testing is performed to determine the ability of components and/or equipment to be stored, transported or used under low air pressure conditions. High altitude can cause problems in electronic devices as a result of trapped, expanding gases, increased corona effect and many others. Altitude considerations expand to telecommunication devices placed in higher elevations, satellite hardware, packaging and even medical devices. Products designed to operate in space or other vacuum areas need to be tested under the conditions they will encounter there. With almost no air to dissipate heating, temperature problems are exaggerated and any trapped gases in products are likely to cause severe problems. Our chambers and pumps are configured to produce both vacuum and temperature effects.

  • Capabilities up to 100,000 feet, combined with high temperature
  • Standards: IEC, Military & Others

Dust Chamber

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Dust conditions are encountered in all areas of the world, and in ordinary industrial environments. Products need Dust Testing in order to discover their ability to withstand ingress by these contaminants by exposure to them. Items, such as dust-proof enclosures (NEMA, IP Ratings) and surface coatings, are subjected to various types of airborne contaminants, including fibrous dusts in our chambers.

  • Ingress Protection 
    Dust must not be in a quantity that would impair safety or satisfactory operation. Product interior may be tested with or without vacuum pressure depending on application.
  • Investigation of the Seal Integrity of a Product
  • Standards: IEC, NEMA, Military & Others

Solar Chamber

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Solar Testing is used to evaluate material likely to be exposed to solar radiation in the open during its life cycle in hot climates, and when heating or actinic effects are of concern. This type of testing is valuable in evaluating the effects of direct exposure to sunlight, in determining the temperature increase (over ambient) of material caused by solar loading, and in simulating the ultraviolet effect of solar radiation. Degradation from solar energy may be attributable to other portions of the spectrum, particularly the ultraviolet. This testing conforms to MIL-STD requirements and the setup can be customized to accommodate special customer needs.

  • Problems Identified: Fading of fabric and plastic color; checking, chalking and fading of paints; deterioration of natural and synthetic elastomers as well as polymers through photochemical reactions initiated by shorter wavelength radiation; deterioration and loss of strength by breakage of high-order bonds
  • Standards: IEC, Military & Others
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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.