Environmental Testing

Environmental testing is used to determine the ability of a device to function reliably in the environment in which it is operated, transported or stored.

Compliance Engineering provide environmental testing to a variety of phenomena including temperature testing, humidity testing, vibration testing, impact testing, IP testing and UV weather testing.

Thermal Environmental Testing

Equipment can be subjected to extreme temperate environmental testing and humidity environmental testing to ensure reliable operation and accelerate the aging process to identify potential design weaknesses. Test environments can be simulated (and cycled) over the temperature range -40 °C to +180 °C with up to 99% humidity for extended durations.

Impact Environmental Testing

Impact environmental testing is performed to confirm that a devices enclosure will not be damaged when subjected to sudden bumps and knocks. Impact environmental testing can be performed using a spring hammer or ball drop in accordance with AS 60068-2-75, EN 60068-2-75, IEC 60068-2-75.

Vibration Environmental Testing

Vibration environmental testing and shock environmental testing are used to simulate the effect of long term and repeated shaking of a component or assembly.

Vibration environmental testing is normally performed in each of three axes in turn and can be applied at individual frequencies or with ascending and descending frequency and defined amplitude. Shock environmental testing is applied in both positive and negative directions in each of 3 axes in turn and can be performed using the following waveforms:

Vibration environmental testing and shock environmental testing can be performed in accordance with the following standards and characteristics

Ingress Environmental Testing

Compliance Engineering offer a range of ingress environmental tests to ensure enclosures provide adequate protection for the environment in which it is located. Tests include ingress of solid foreign objects, ingress of water and ingress of dust.

IP environmental testing is performed according to the procedures detailed in AS 60529, EN 60529 & IEC 60529, (equivalent requirements).

The ingress protection code or IP testing code signifies the rating for the protection of the enclosure using the letters “IP” followed by two digits e.g. “IP54”, “IP65”, etc.

UV Weather Environmental Testing (Xenon arc)

The UV environmental testing chamber uses a xenon arc to simulate maximum coherency full sunlight spectrum radiation to expose materials to ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared light simultaneously. The UV environmental testing chamber can also be programmed to apply temperature, humidity and water spray cycling independently or in parallel.

Some of the standards that testing can be performed to include the following:

Compliance Engineering can simulate a wide range of environmental testing phenomena in accordance with various international standards and have been accredited by A2LA to perform vibration testing, temperature and humidity testing and ingress testing (dust, water & probe).

A2LA and NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) are both signatories to the ILAC MRA and testing from each organisation are mutually recognised.

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Knoxfield VIC 3180 Australia
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