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Posted on Apr 16th, 2014 by marybabitz.

Cascade TEK has added a 600 pound gantry crane in our open pit acceleration centrifuge.   Designed to perform acceleration tests associated with RTCA DO-160’s Crash Safety Testing, the new gantry crane will help our fantastic Test Techs mount larger, heavier items onto the centrifuge.    

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Posted on Apr 15th, 2014 by marybabitz.
dust ingress testing at Cascade TEK

Thanks for Seidio for mentioning Cascade TEK in its product literature for the OBEX Waterproof case to withstand a battery of ingress protection testing.  The case has been tested to be waterproof, impact resistant and dust tight.

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Posted on Mar 13th, 2014 by marybabitz.

We want to see you in action with Cascade TEK's ovens!  Send info@cascadetek.com  a picture of your Cascade TEK oven in action.  If it is deemed cool,  we will send you out a fabulous thank you!

Our lawyers want us to say that by sending us a cool picture you give us permission to use it and your name/company. 

Send them in!!

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Posted on Feb 25th, 2014 by marybabitz.
hi-vac bakeouts at Cascade TEK

Space hardware must be free of contamination and be able to withstand radiative behavior of temperature and the very thin atmosphere of space.   100Km straight up  is the Karman line.  This is where the atmosphere becomes too thin to support lift.  Satellites generally fly at about 300 Km above the earth, which for vacuum folks is about 10-6 torr.   Cascade TEK’s SVO hi-vac ovens can reach 10-6 and often into the 10-7 torr range.

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Posted on Feb 20th, 2014 by marybabitz.
DO-160 Testing at Cascade TEK

RTCA is pleased to announce the exciting array of information packed sessions at the upcoming RTCA 2014 Annual Symposium. Industry leaders should plan to attend the Symposium at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on June 4th & 5th.
 

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Posted on Feb 13th, 2014 by marybabitz.
vibration testing at Cascade TEK Colorado

April 29-30 – Shock & Vibration – Test, Design & Design Assurance by Dr. Alec Feinberg - Cost:  $1,195 Understanding of vibration and shock stress is important for the design of reliable products for diverse applications, ranging from consumer devices to safety critical equipment.  This course starts by covering vibration and shock concepts, test methods and test equipment. Practical examples illustrate the concepts and attendees will perform calculations themselves to reinforce learning.

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Posted on Jan 16th, 2014 by marybabitz.
UV light testing - how long in a chamber

Many of our customers who want to perform accelerated weathering tests ask us how long in a test chamber equates to 1 year outdoors.   Unfortunately, there is no direct correlation.   Cascade TEK's accelerated weathering webpage offers more detail, but don’t take our word for it.  Attached is an article from Q-Lab Corporation, one of the leading manufacturers of weathering/UV exposure chambers.

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Posted on Jan 15th, 2014 by marybabitz.
Tissue Genesis Testing at Cascade TEK

Cascade TEK is thrilled  to be testing for Tissue Genesis this week.  Their Bioculture System (pictured) will be growing cells on THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION!   Thank you Tom Cannon who left the sultry, warm Honolulu tropics to test with Cascade TEK in Oregon. And a special hello to the ISS Expedition 38 Crew!
 

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Posted on Jan 13th, 2014 by marybabitz.

With the legalization of marijuana across nation, vacuum drying has been getting a lot of attention lately. For cannabis extractors,  BHO extraction uses vacuum drying to help remove impurities while making THC extractions. But the truth is medical device, food and aerospace industries have been capitalizing on the benefits of low temperature vacuum drying for decades. 

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Posted on Jan 3rd, 2014 by marybabitz.
UV exposure testing, accellerated weathering test

Here is a quick run-down on the types of bulbs used in UV, Accelerated weathering tests. 
 
There are many different spectral irradiances of UV bulbs.  Generally speaking: 
500 hours under UV-B bulbs = 1 year of South Florida exposure
1000 hours under UV-A bulbs = 1 year South Florida exposure
1000 hours under Xenon Arc = 1 year South Florida exposure
There are additional UV exposure categories for an Arizona climate.  (Dry, more intense UV & heat )
UV-A Bulbs:

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