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UKAS Accredited Test Facility


Leading European Climatic & Dynamic Test Facility

API Technologies' UKAS Accredited Test House is a leading European Test Facility for components, materials, equipment, and more, located in Great Yarmouth, UK. Our Test House is a highly accredited test facility and holds DLA Laboratory Suitability approval for performing tests in accordance with MIL-STD 883 and MIL-STD 202.

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UKAS Accredited Test Facility

Leading European Test Facility for Components, Materials and Equipment

Our UKAS-accredited Test Facility offers a full range of test services including climatic and dynamic testing, resistance to solvents, solderability and precise electrical measurement. We also offer a thermal analysis and X-Ray imaging service.

The acquisition of a vibration system extended our static load capability from 80kg to a massive 500kg. This highly capable 20kN system features a shaker with a 51mm travel providing sine, random, and sine-on-random waveforms.

As befits our status as a leading-edge test facility, we have gained a uniquely broad range of internationally recognised approvals, including UKAS, BSI, CECC, IECQ and MIL-STDs for environmental testing. The test facility holds a US Department of Defence Certificate for Independent Laboratory Suitability. We also believe it to be the only European facility to hold this highly stringent approval for US MIL-STD-883 and MIL-STD-202 test methods simultaneously. Further extensions to our capability include EIA-364 accreditation for testing 'ruggedised' electrical connectors such as those used in aerospace, defence and motor-sport applications and also an expanded capability for cold storage testing down to -85°C.

Overview
  • Broad range of internationally recognised approvals, including UKAS, BSI, CECC, IECQ and MIL-STDs for environmental testing
  • Full range of test services including climatic and dynamic testing, resistance to solvents, solderability and precise electrical measurement.
  • The test facility holds a US Department of Defence Certificate for Independent Laboratory Suitability.
  • In addition to climatic and dynamic testing we offer comprehensive measurement capabilities.
Highlights
  • Voltage measurements in the mV to kV range, for both DC and AC
  • Current measurements in the nA to 100 A range, for both DC and AC
  • Resistance measurements in the mΩ to GΩ range
  • Capacitance measurement from 200 pF to 1.9 F
  • Inductance measurement up to 1kH
  • Insulation resistance
  • Temperature forcing from ­-65°C to +150°C (environmental test)

Experience and Flexibility

Climatic & Dynamic Test Services for Components, Materials & Equipment

Our skilled team of engineers and technicians has decades of experience to support specification definition to ensure ‘Fit for Purpose’ testing is defined and performed. We are also able to offer an innovative approach to adapt current methods and techniques to fit modern challenging requirements.

We have the flexibility to support ‘out-of-hours’ testing to fit with customers’ tight programme schedules and the capability to design and manufacture new test equipment and test methods. Working with customers, we can simply perform tests or manage and deliver entire test programmes.

Overview
  • We have the flexibility to support ‘out-of-hours’ testing.
  • We fit with customers’ tight programme schedules and the capability to design and manufacture new test equipment and test methods.
  • Working with customers, we can simply perform tests or manage and deliver entire test programmes.
  • We adapt current methods and techniques to fit modern challenging requirements.
Highlights
  • Sub-sea systems
  • Aerospace equipment
  • Electrical & electronic devices
  • Electrical connectors
  • Microelectronic modules
  • Electromechanical devices
  • Defence and space class components
  • Automotive parts and accessories

Dynamic and Climatic Testing

An extensive range of dynamic and climatic tests performed at our Test & Calibration Centre

Our climate testing is an essential part of qualification where products are exposed to a harsh working environment. We offer a wide variety of services to test products to the limit of endurance.

Environment conditioning provides either a natural or artificial environment to which the specimen may be exposed. This allows the specimen performance to be assessed under many differing conditions in a controlled laboratory environment.

In the process of drilling for oil & gas, electrical and electronic components experience arguably the harshest environments of them all. API Technologies Test House has developed a proprietary system for subjecting small microelectronic modules and other components to mechanical shock and vibration testing at temperatures up to 225ºC. These combined conditions stress components to the maximum levels fully representative of the deep well drilling process.

Overview
  • Our climate testing is an essential part of qualification where products are exposed to a harsh working environment.
  • We offer a wide variety of services to test products to the limit of endurance.
  • We can provide extremely accurate environmental test simulations that precisely mimic the operational life of a product in the field, and can be used to guarantee specified operating limits.
  • Our Test and Calibration Centre tests components and assemblies for initial approval and ongoing maintenance programs according to appropriate climatic and environmental test standards such as BS EN 60068 (formerly BS2011), IEC68, IEC 60512, Mil-STD-202, Mil-STD-883, Mil-STD-810, Mil-STD-750 and EIA-364 for connectors.
  • For customers experiencing problems in specialist areas, we can help design tests tailored to meet individual requirements.
Highlights
  • Steady state hot and cold storage -85ºC to 300ºC
  • Temperature cycle and shock -70ºC to +300ºC
  • Liquid to liquid thermal shock -74ºC to +160ºC
  • Humidity (steady state & cyclic) 10% RH to 98% RH
  • Salt mist and corrosion
  • Low air pressure 1000 Pa
  • Steam aged solderability
  • Resistance to solvents
  • Endurance testing

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