Climatic Testing

These tests assess shelf-life through accelerated aging and the durability of materials and packaged items to climatic extremes. The temperature and humidity within all laboratories and chambers is continuously monitored to ensure repeatable test conditions.

Smithers Pira are UKAS ISO 17025 accredited to BS EN 60068-2-1 and BS EN 60068-2-2 for temperature only storage, BS EN 60068-2-30, BS EN 60068-2-38 and BS EN 60068-2-78 for temperature with humidity storage and BS EN 60068-2-14 for thermal shock testing.

Test facilities

Walk in chamber                                                                                                     

  • Cold to -20ºC
  • Hot to +60ºC
  • Mains supply/lighting


  • Cold to -70ºC
  • Hot to +90ºC
  • Relative humidity 5% to 95%
  • Programmable cycling

Circulating fan ovens

  • Hot to 250ºC

Thermal shock chamber

  • Range -85ºC to +220ºC

Lightfastness and weather fastness tester

  • Accelerated daylight exposure
  • Humidity control
  • Water spray

Marine immersion test rig (BS 5609)

Salt spray chamber