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TÜV America Opens Environmental Test Lab

TÜV America, a global testing and certification services firm, has opened a new state-of-the-art environmental testing facility at its Twin Cities location in New Brighton, Minn. The laboratory is outfitted with the most advanced equipment to perform dynamic, climatic and package testing to national, international and industry-based standards.

The laboratory will help manufacturers of aerospace, defense, medical, IT, automotive and other equipment to perform critical environmental tests in order to ensure that their products meet compliance specifications. TÜV America’s environmental services include climatic testing (wind, temperature, altitude, humidity, salt fog, thermal vacuum, rain, etc.), dynamic testing (random and sine vibration, shock, etc.) and package testing (compression, transportation vibration, drop, etc.). In addition, COTS Testing, Highly-Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and Highly-Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS) services are available.

The space was custom-built to accommodate equipment specifically developed for environmental testing including several temperature/humidity chambers, a walk-in temperature-humidity chamber, temperature altitude chamber, thermal vacuum/space simulator, thermal shock chamber, and fast change-rate temperature cycling chambers. Other equipment may include AGREE chambers; a salt fog chamber; a wind and rain system; vibration systems; drop, bounce and shock machines; and a transportation simulator. These assets provide TÜV with the capabilities to test to standards such as RTCA/DO-160, MIL-STD-810, EUROCAE/ED-14E, SAE, and Bellcore.

TÜV will be hosting an Open House to introduce its new services on July 26, 2006, 11 am – 5 pm. TÜV’s environmental testing laboratory is located at 1775 Old Highway 8 NW, Suite 104, New Brighton, MN 55112. For additional information, call 866-EMC-AERO or see www.TUVamerica.com.

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