How components, vehicles and systems perform when exposed to desert sand and dust can be vitally important, not just to the operator during use, but to the product’s lifetime overall performance.
BS EN 60529, MIL-STD-810, RTCA DO-160, and DEF STAN 00-35 address environmental conditions that may be faced by materials and products during operation. The standards provide a basis for evaluating the performance of construction, defense, commercial or consumer end-user products to real-life conditions in various regions around the world.
Element has blowing sand and dust chambers which are fully calibrated with the unique ability to record test temperature, humidity, wind speed and particle concentration values in real time. Element is UKAS and A2LA Accredited to perform blowing sand and dust per MIL-STD 810.
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Sand & Dust Testing
Ingress Protection (IP) Testing
Ingress protection testing, or IP testing, determines a product's susceptibility to solid particle ingress (sand and dust), as well as water ingress.
IP Testing (IEC 60529)
IEC 60529 is an international standard designed to give products a determined International Protection Marking according to the IP Code rating. This standard tests the sealing effectiveness of enclosures of electrical equipment against the intrusion of solid particles and liquid.
Electrical Enclosure Rating Testing (NEMA 250 & UL 50E)
Specific to North America, NEMA 250 (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) ratings cover additional product features and tests such as functionality under construction requirements, electrical enclosures for hazardous areas and industrial applications against environmental hazards such as water, dust, oil or corrosive atmospheres.
High Pressure Steam Jet Cleaning (DIN 40050-9)
Covers degrees of protection of electrical equipment of road vehicles against foreign objects, water and access.
Water Resistance of Shipping Containers by Spray Method (ASTM D951)
ASTM D951 is used to determine the water resistance of shipping containers and determines their ability to resist deterioration caused by water and the container’s ability to protect contents from water. Frequently used in conjunction with other tests such as drop test, inclined impact test, vibration or compression tests.
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Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025, Element has world-leading capacity for environmental testing and qualification in the US, UK, and Europe.
MIL-STD 810 Testing
Element's product testing labs in the US and UK evaluate components and systems to defense standards including MIL-STD 810 and others.
RTCA DO-160 Testing
Element has the most comprehensive EMC and environmental testing services, combined with an unrivaled capacity of any independent Aerospace product qualification testing company in the world.
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