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Shock and Vibration Testing

Mechanics have been around since the first hominid started using stone tools. It is a complex, detail-oriented science, and it takes knowledgeable, detail-oriented people to properly test. At ARL we have years of experience in Mechanical Testing and can help you isolate problems or verify specifications. We also have access to a large variety of equipment to meet your testing needs, including a 6000 lbf  Electrodynamic Shock and Vibration System. In fact, our lab has two electrodynamic vibration shakers (one with a slip table), and a high-performance hydraulic shaker. We also have two shock towers that allow us to reach shocks up to 10,000g over short to long pulse width durations. This equipment allows us the capability to run sine, random and classic shock profiles on customer hardware and record product response.

Using the Unholtz-Dickie and LING shaker systems, Vibration Testing is useful in several stages of design development, qualification and production of a product (transportation and user mechanical stress):

In the design stage, weaknesses can be determined through vibration testing of a design prototype. During product qualification, adequacy of a product for a specific application or range of applications can be determined. And in the production stage, the quality of workmanship of the final product can be evaluated using both destructive and non-destructive vibration testing.

  • The Unholtz-Dickie Shaker includes a Slip Table (42” x 42”) to support large products in Multiple Axis
  • Single Axisu Frequency Range: 4 to 2000 Hz
  • Force Pounding Rate: 6000 & 9000
  • Random, Sine, Shock Testing
  • Standards: ISTA, ASTM, IEC, Military & Others

Shock Testing of products and materials determines to what degree the items can physically and functionally withstand a relatively infrequent, short-time, moderately high-level force impulse that would be encountered in handling, transportation and service environments.

  • 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 goes into the design and development of your product and want to find any problems in an effort to perfect it. We also understand a reputation is something that builds over time, so we focus on establishing long-term partnerships with each of 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 provide pass / fail reports on all of our tests and decipher the results for you in order to maximize your product’s success. In addition to our on-site staffing and consulting services, ARL’s full array of reliability testing services include: HALT / HASS, Battery Life Tests, Qualification Tests, Environmental Tests, Mechanical Tests, Additive Manufacturing Tests and Custom Tests.

We believe quality is infused by finding every flaw in a product and methodically removing each one until the product shines. As a result, only a thorough, comprehensive reliability test program, as provided by ARL, will allow a product to emerge that will earn or maintain an unsullied and clean brand reputation.