Deciding between outsourced testing versus buying a test chamber, determining chamber size, outlining maintenance options, and identifying power requirements are just a few things to consider before purchasing an environmental test chamber.
Also known as climatic chambers, environmental chambers—with temperature, humidity, or salt spray capabilities—are used to determine the durability, safety, and lifecycle expectations for devices under test.
Industry-leading temperature chambers for temperature cycling have powerful compressors, temperature ranges from -70°C to 180°C, reliable conditioning systems that control temperature within ±0.5°C, various cooling system options, and remote control to monitor testing from anywhere.
Conducting maintenance on the electrical, refrigeration, humidity, circulation, and control systems will help you identify and address any issues in your test chambers before they become expensive problems.
Water demineralizer cartridges, stainless steel shelf clips, silicone sponge gaskets, access port plugs, and nichrome wire ceramic heaters are the most commonly replaced test chamber components. Look for signs of wear and tear and contact a reputable manufacturer to find replacement parts.
Learn about how various items from the Star Wars Galaxy might be tested, including lightsabers and spacecraft, and whether you can actually carbon freeze something using a temperature and humidity chamber.
Dry air and dry nitrogen purges are used in temperature and humidity and temperature-only environmental test chambers to pull moisture out of the workspace so that tests are run with the proper RH conditions.
Associated Environmental Systems displayed its patent-pending All-Test Platform battery test chambers and fixtures at the International Battery Seminar where the company also shared lean manufacturing practices.
From the differences between battery texting fixtures and chambers to maximum amperage rate and preventing thermal events, here are answers to the questions our test chamber experts frequently get asked.
EV batteries can perform for 10 to 15 years, while an all-electric vehicle can reach a range of up to 370 miles on a single charge, with advancements in technology and battery testing hoping to extend battery life and range.
Humidity chambers rely on vapor generator systems to create specified conditions in the workspace. Companies across industries (from packaging to electronics, pharma, communications, and more) test their products in humidity to evaluate the effectiveness of those products in different environmental conditions and set expectations for consumers.
You should be able to make one phone call to service all of your test chambers. That’s why Associated Environmental Systems repairs, maintains, and retrofits test chambers regardless of brand. It’s a customer-first approach.
An electric vehicle manufacturer worked with Associated Environmental Systems to find a testing solution for its prismatic cells. AES designed a chamber, now standard, capable of high-amperage battery testing.
Laboratory ovens are utilized for annealing, baking, curing, drying, and sterilizing materials in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to electronics. When buying one, look for highly stable air control, reliable temperature levels, durable steel construction, and dependable manufacturer services.
An effective battery testing fixture enables you to accommodate multiple configurations, set quantities, cell types, and connectors without having to purchase an entirely new test chamber, while providing consistent and reliable results.
AES Vice President John O’Rourke reflects on the transition from analog to digital, the development of remote testing, what’s driven changes in environmental testing, and what the future of environmental testing may hold.
Lithium-ion batteries are vital for our most beloved technologies. As companies produce new, more effective designs, test chamber manufacturers develop similarly advanced testing solutions to meet demands.
Associated Environmental Systems is updating its FD and HD Series of temperature-only and temperature and humidity test chambers to allow you to select your performance and power requirements without waiting for a custom chamber.
Many industries have established standards for product reliability and lifespan that is dictated by governing boards, industry standards, or consumer expectations. Associated Environmental Systems has a handy environmental test chamber buying guide.
Salt spray test chambers enable users to assess how resistant to corrosion their products, components, or materials are by isolating devices under test in a salt mist or fog over a specified amount of time.
If you have specific, limited testing needs then renting a test chamber might be the better option. Otherwise, buying a test chamber gives you long-term control over your testing, not to mention a strong ROI.
The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Electrical Testing Labs (ETL) certification marks signify that products meet rigorous safety standards as outlined by their particular industry. Although both labs test to the same standards, UL creates its own, ETL does not.
With new problems come new technologies and innovations. It should be no surprise that everyday tasks become more automated, robotic, and less time-consuming; some full-time jobs are becoming less and less necessary or completely null void.
At the beginning of the pandemic, many companies across the world (and anyone with a sewing machine) put their resources together to make face masks and PPE for frontline workers. It was difficult to get access to testing, and the public was left to fight over resources like eggs, milk, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.
From driver monitoring to AR-enabled heads-up displays, these are the predicted trends and technologies that will reshape the in-vehicle experience. In plenty of ways, driving in the year 2030 will likely look a lot like it does now.
The best environmental test chamber manufacturers carry full inventories with a range of models, boast an extensive history, prioritize excellent customer service, provide regular maintenance, and strive to innovate.
The cost of test chambers depends on your testing plans. Outsourcing testing, renting a test chamber, purchasing cost-effective models, or investing in high-performance test chambers fit different short- and long-term needs, where the cheapest option is not always the best.
In the midst of a challenging working environment, Associated Environmental Systems stuck to its strategic goals, revamped its product lines, introduced new and improved features, and launched a new website.
The year 2010 doesn’t sound like it was that long ago, but technology moves fast. A decade ago Tinder, Uber and Instagram didn’t exist. No one wore wearables, nobody talked to their gadgets at home and the Tesla was just an idea.
When it comes to increasing electric storage efficiency and electric breakdown strength, the ability of an electrical system to operate at higher voltage and temperatures with great efficiency, increasing one traditionally has led to a decrease in the other.
Inspecting the windows of the Empire State Building for leaks, cracks, or other damage using human labor may be a time-consuming–and potentially dangerous–task, especially if you were doing it from the outside. But professor Ronald Besser has a better idea: drones equipped with cameras that can collect photo and video data for live analysis.
Associated Environmental Systems can offer value to this market. We have worked with some of the world's most innovative companies, and we have helped them to design environmentally controlled testing systems for a wide range of unique applications.
Associated Environmental Systems', newly designed Thermal Shock Chambers accommodate even more of MIL-STD 883K Method 1010.9 stringent conditions. Trusted by some of the world's leading aerospace organizations for testing, SM Series Thermal Shock Chambers can move products between -65ºC and +200ºC in seconds.
Typically, defects in particular chemical formulas are considered a bad thing. But researchers at Rice University have discovered that defects can actually be used to advantage in future battery chemistries to improve how quickly the device can charge.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) professor—in collaboration with national laboratories and a global auto parts supplier—is testing a new type of welding that may make the joint between light metal alloys more resistant to corrosion, including salt spray, leading to future designs of durable, next-generation metal car joints used in ultra-light car doors and other vehicle body applications.
DOE is committed to the development of next-generation manufacturing technologies that will keep jobs here at home, ensure products are made in the United States and strengthen America’s manufacturing industrial base. One of the ways we do this is through collaboration with the private sector in the form of a CRADA, or a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.
In search of the answers, she is using the environmental chamber at the university's Research Institute for Sport and Exercise to control and vary each parameter while well-trained cyclists complete tasks on a testing bike, which is connected to software that measures performance.
Li-ion batteries produced by a conventional technology, have a high energy density, meaning they can store a large amount of it in a small volume. Due to this property, they are often used for miniature devices, such as smartwatches, stylus pens and so on.
Researchers built silver–zinc batteries that can bend and stretch—meaning they could be more elegantly integrated into future wearable devices. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The flat lithium ion batteries that power smartwatches are built by stacking the battery components: positive and negative electrodes, current collectors and a separator. It's akin to piling up sheets of paper—you get a stack that you can bend or roll—but you can't stretch it.
We will explain exactly what calibration is, how it mitigates risk, and the different calibration deliverables. A proper calibration strategy is critical to reducing your testing costs.
Many quality standards require calibration. This is to reduce measurement risk. But how does calibration reduce measurement risk? How do you know if your calibration provider has been successful at reducing measurement risk? We will explore what is measurement risk and the key drivers of measurement risk.
Giant batteries designed for the electrical grid -- called flow batteries, which store electricity in tanks of liquid electrolyte -- could be the answer, but so far utilities have yet to find a cost-effective battery that can reliably power thousands of homes throughout a lifecycle of 10 to 20 years.
To seamlessly integrate electronics with the natural world, materials are needed that are both stretchable and degradable -- for example, flexible medical devices that conform to the surfaces of internal organs, but that dissolve and disappear when no longer needed. However, introducing these properties to electronics has been challenging.
A new power-saving chip could significantly reduce or eliminate the need to replace batteries in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and wearables. The so-called wake-up receiver wakes up a device only when it needs to communicate and perform its function, saving on power use.
EU-funded researchers and partners are pushing the boundaries of the laws of physics, developing nanocomposite materials and nanoelectronic circuits to greatly improve energy, thermal and computing performance.
Researchers already know the reason for this scenario – the growth of needle-like structures known as dendrites and whiskers within the battery. However, they never knew the exact source of the formation of these structures—until now.
A new blueprint for affordable, sustainable ‘flow batteries’ developed at Berkeley Lab could accelerate an electrical grid powered by the sun and wind, an affordable alternative to state-of-the-art battery membranes for flow batteries.
Calcium-based batteries are one design of many that scientists are eyeing to replace lithium-ion batteries, the current industry-standard technology that is reaching its limitations in terms of next-generation energy-storage demands.
With the decade winding down it’s time for us to set our sights on the next one. From the automation revolution and increasingly dangerous AI to geohacking the planet and radical advances in biotechnology, here are the most futuristic developments to expect in the next 10 years.
Associated Environmental Systems is a global leader in designing and manufacturing precisely controlled environmental chambers and rooms. Our walk-in room can simulate a wide range of environmental conditions, with temperature settings ranging from -65°C to 150°C.
Associated Environmental Systems continues to bring innovation to environmental test chambers, making battery testing easier. Reach out to learn about how AES can help solve your battery testing needs.
Sensors may seem to be a small part of the system that keeps electricity flowing, but they provide crucial information.
Researchers said the two power-plant sensors they are developing could help watch for equipment failures, helping lower maintenance costs for utilities. The well sensors would monitor pressure and be less expensive than current technology, they said.
For over 60 years, Associated Environmental System has been a global leader in the development of environmental test chambers. We offer a wide variety of test chambers capable of creating and maintaining tightly controlled environmental conditions including temperature, humidity, thermal shock, and salt spray.
A team of researchers at Stanford University invented the coating, which helps overcome some of the key defects that have relegated these types of batteries—which have enormous potential for energy storage—to the laboratory.
Spending the better part of a week with more than 9,000 attendees at The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo 2019, in Novi, Michigan gives a pretty strong impression of where electrification of transportation is today, and more importantly, where it will be going tomorrow.
New high altitude drone technology is advancing important research in global climate change and atmospheric chemistry problems. Both the aerospace components and observational sensors used in these technologies are subjected to harsh temperature extremes. AES thermal shock chambers can be used to ensure the components and sensors can withstand stratospheric conditions.
NASA needs spacecraft that's lighter and more damage tolerant.
Randy Paffenroth, has a multi-part mission in this research project. His mathematical machine learning uses an algorithm that will look at the material's uniformity and detect imperfections with higher resolution images.
Advances in many technology-driven fields are on the cusp of maturity. In a decade, several of them will likely be accepted as part of our everyday lives. They will influence how we live, work and entertain ourselves.
Associated Environmental Systems has experience working with top packaging manufacturers. Our humidity test chambers are capable of replicating precise environmental conditions with humidity control from 10% to 98% RH.
The Vehicle Technologies Office is spearheading an initiative to reduce the cost, weight and volume of the systems that power hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles, while also improving performance, efficiency and reliability.
First-ever advancement in human medicine and aviation technology, a University of Maryland unmanned aircraft has delivered a donor kidney to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore for successful transplantation into a patient with kidney failure.
Recently though, researchers at the University of Tokyo designed self-assembling nano boxes that can connect or scramble themselves automatically because of the different temperature stabilities of the cubes that they form. AES temperature chambers are capable of maintaining precise temperatures and rapidly change temperatures along tightly controlled parameters.
Google's plans to build a “smart city” in Toronto that will use a variety of sensor enabled innovations which aim to improve quality of life for citizens. Manufacturers and suppliers looking to capitalize on the evolution of cities and living spaces will need to be able to produce equipment that can reliably withstand anything mother nature can cook up.
McMaster University researchers, working with partners at other universities, have created a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of firefighters, steelworkers, miners and others who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always be seen.
Associated Environmental Systems just received certification from TUV Rheinland as the first environmental test chamber manufacturer that can deliver over 100 different test chambers and electrical panels to labs and production plants around the globe that meets to UL 61010-1 and UL 508A standards.
Desktop Metal Launches 316L Stainless Steel for Medical, Extreme Temperature, Highly Corrosive and Marine-Grade Environments. Associated Environmental Systems works with engineers to develop testing methods to effectively test for research and production.
Whether it be watches, beacons, sensors or clothing, thermoelectronics may soon be a big part of our lives. Thermoelectric products will need to undergo quality control testing. AES offers a variety of temperature/humidity chambers for perfect for testing thermoelectric systems.
The global market for electric vehicles continues to grow. The manufacturers who stand to gain the most from this market growth are those who can reduce the costs of production. The Associated Environmental System ATP Platform aims to increase the quantity of batteries that can be tested at once while also improving the efficiency of setting up and controlling each test.
Stability chambers have long been used for pharmaceutical testing. Many of our environmental chambers and walk-in rooms are used by companies in compliance with FDA test standards such as CGMPs and Q1A(R2). This type of testing will play an important role in the future of CBD production.
Salt spray chambers may prove to be a useful tool in efforts to improve our aging water infrastructure. Salt spray chambers can be used to test the resilience of components used in water utilities and municipal systems.
Electrochemical energy storage using batteries has become one of the enabling technologies of the 21st Century. Progressing to the modern day and even into the near future to help understand how this energy storage device will continue to influence our lives far into the future.
At a Southern Maryland airfield, Dr. Joseph Scalea watched a drone carrying a kidney in a cardboard cooler fly 3 miles. Organs don't last long outside the body, and delays and mistakes mean some lose quality or can't be transplanted.
There are many benefits to third-party certification, including creating a reliable and durable product. Guaranteeing customers' purchase a quality product, made to meet safety and standard regulations. Associated Environmental Systems is an industry leader with the most TUV Certified Chambers.
Associated Environmental Systems is an industry leader with the most TUV certified chambers on the market, meeting the UL 61010-1 certification. Customers can be assured they will get the safest product possible, with the LH, LHE, SD, and BHD Series Test Chambers from AES.
At AES we are proud to offer the only clear sided salt spray test chamber on the market. Our lucite construction allows our customers to have close visual monitoring of their product while running corrosion tests.