What is environmental testing? Jun 30, 2022
In manufacturing, product quality is paramount. The consequences of a defect can be wide-ranging, from lost sales to costly product recalls. There is also the opportunity cost of taking the time to correct the situation. Integrating environmental testing into your product development and manufacturing process is a great way to avoid the financial and reputational consequences of premature failure.

At Thchamber, we help support our customers' testing efforts to ensure safe and reliable products on the market. Below is an in-depth look at the benefits of environmental testing and how to choose the best chamber for your application.

What is environmental testing?

Environmental chambers are used during design or production to simulate the various climatic conditions and mechanical stresses that an item may be subjected to throughout its life cycle. Subjecting products, materials, parts, and assemblies to environmental conditions can help identify design weaknesses and set expectations.

Benefits of using Environmental Test Chamber

Using an environmental chamber can help companies understand how a product will perform in the real world before bringing it to market. This provides multiple benefits.

Early detection of defects
Improve product reliability
Confirm product safety
Reduce user risk
Determine product life
Reduce corporate liability
Set the warranty period
Additionally, it is used to demonstrate compliance with industry standards and government regulations. Proving that a part or assembly can withstand operating conditions goes a long way in building trust with customers.

How does an environmental test chamber work?
Environmental testing is performed using a variety of different types of test chambers. Specific designs vary by application, but they are usually an enclosed space equipped with the equipment needed to create unique conditions. Therefore, users can run controlled tests.

These environmental test chambers range in size from small cells to spaces large enough for full vehicle testing. Common styles include:

Walk-In Stability Chamber


Typical conditions for testing and their effects

Generally speaking, environmental testing indicates that a product is of build quality that works flawlessly, regardless of operating conditions. Test chambers are used for different types of tests, simulating various test conditions, to meet many different types of test needs, including:

Life Testing, Production Monitoring, Shock Testing, Vacuum Testing, Altitude Testing, Vibration Testing, Standards Compliance Testing, Temperature Testing, Humidity Testing, Thermal Shock Testing, Electromagnetic Radiation Testing
, Low Voltage Test, Aging Test, Corrosion Test, Condensation Test, Salt Spray Test, Ingress Protection Test, Dustproof Test, Waterproof Test, RF Shielding Test
Test chambers can be designed to simulate one or more environmental conditions simultaneously, increasing efficiency. If properly maintained, they can keep running for twenty years or more.

How is the test chamber designed?

The design and function of an environmental test chamber depends on what it will test. Some features include:

glass window
steel door
Heating system
cooling system
humidification system
air flow
vacuum system
access port
Shelves or shelves
Choose the right test chamber

When it comes to environmental inspections, choosing the right test chamber can be challenging. The device under test and the type of test you want to perform are critical to finding the best test room. Additional test room considerations include:

Safety features
Maintenance needs
First, you should determine your testing requirements. Are there specific industry standards or government regulations that need to be met?

Second, determine the size and density of the object being measured. Is a compact benchtop, walk-in or floor-standing model best for your application? When it comes to test room size, don't just think about the test room itself. The exterior dimensions need to fit the available space in your lab or facility.

Next, you should weigh power requirements. The operating power of the test chamber indicates the speed at which the desired environmental conditions are reached.

Leading custom test chamber manufacturer Thchamber

The environmental test chambers we manufacture are used by companies in a variety of demanding industries. Examples include:

electronic product
thermal technology
consumer product
sports science

Contact us to learn more about environmental test chambers. Our experts will be happy to discuss your needs in more detail.

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