Product Durability and Environmental Testing

Smithers Pira's modern laboratories are well equipped to meet our client's environmental testing needs, performing vibration, shock, thermal/climatic and drop impact testing to a broad range of industry standards, including ASTM, DEF STAN, Mil-Std, Telcordia & JEDEC.

Durability testing (also known as reliability testing and environmental testing) allows the assessment of a product's response to the physical and climatic hazards that may occur throughout the operational life of the product. This testing provides recognition of compliance, analysis and resolution of damage issues, and assurance of reliability and durability.

Many engineering sectors use durability testing (environmental testing) as a regular part of product design and validation, including the electronics industry, medical and healthcare sectors, and defence, automotive and aerospace industries.

Smithers Pira Environmental Testing Service

Flexibility, responsiveness and commitment are core values in our services, so we are proud of our proactive response, ingenuity and adaptability in environmental testing. Whether you need a mid-test change in schedule, engineering support, ideas or just a breathing space, we are there to help. Should you have to re-book we have flexible schedules to ensure you avoid delays.

Smithers Pira prides itself on its customer focus, flexibility and adaptability which can be of great value during product development test programmes. Our customers view us as a preferred supplier because of our approach to customer service as well as our facilities.

Our global laboratories are ISO 17025 accredited (UKAS accreditation No.0112) to provide additional assurance of the quality of our work.

Summary of Testing Scope

We offer a range of facilities across our laboratories, which are detailed below:

Vibration testing

Servo-hydraulic and electromagnetic shaker systems spanning 0.5 to 2000 Hz. 10G sine and up to 5 Grms random depending on test item mass. Sine, broadband random, mixed mode, modulated, SRS and time replication test control capability. Response monitoring up to 24 channels.

Shock testing

Synthesised shock up to 20G. Free fall shock machine up to 500G (depending on pulse energy) with half sine and trapezoid programmers for pulse lengths from 2 - 20ms.

Climatic testing

Numerous floor standing, bench-top and walk-in chambers, with thermal range -50°C to 150 °C; selected chambers have controlled elevated humidity.

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