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Delta-Q Technologies Shares Insights into On-Board Charger Reliability

Posted on Oct 6th, 2014 by marybabitz

Another instance of reliability testing leading to product improvements!

Delta-Q Technologies, who are a leader in battery charging solutions for industrial machinary and electric vehicles, wrote a recent white paper that reveals how a new design approach to on-board battery chargers results in a more reliable product. Cascade TEK understands that reliability testing is a crucial test for a product such as this, a product that undergoes a tough environment, including shock and vibration. This test helps ensure the charger will work even in the most unstable environments.

MIL-STD 810 – Change Notice 1 Now Available

Change Notice 1 to MIL-STD-810G is available.  It includes additional guidance on how to combine various test procedures and new information regarding mechanical shock testing.  

 

Check out these additions:   

• Part 1 LCEP – Life Cycle Environmental Profile

• Part 2 Test Methods 500-528

 

To learn about the changes here are a few options:

Protect Your Product From the Elements With Ingress Protection (IP) Testing [Infographic]

Posted on Jun 24th, 2014 by marybabitz

Cascade TEK knows a thing or two about Ingress Protection testing (IP Testing), so we created this infographic to summarize how the IP rating system works. There are different levels of protection an enclosure will provide a product, both from solid and liquid intrusions. Having an IP test done on your product at an accredited test lab will ensure that your product is ready for market. From calibrated nozzles to immersion tanks, Cascade TEK is equipped and accredited to perform the appropriate IP test for your product.

 

Cascade TEK Adds Abrasion/Wear Test Capabilities

Posted on May 7th, 2014 by marybabitz

We have just added a Taber Linear Abraser to perform a wide variety of abrasion/wear testing to ASTM and many automotive standards.    Check out our abrasion testing web page for more details!

Acceleration Testing - Terrifying To Watch

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.    

Cell Phone Case Testing - Shout Out To Seidio!

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.

Accelerated Weathering Test - 1 Year Outdoors = How Long In A Test Chamber?

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.

Cascade TEK - Testing for Space Environments

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!
 

UV Exposure Testing - Bulb Types

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:

US Constitution in an Environmental Test Chamber

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2013 by marybabitz

Since 1952, the Constitution has been on display in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Currently, all four pages are displayed behind protective glass framed with titanium.

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