What Are Test Chambers Used for?
The primary function of an environmental test chamber is to assess how products react in certain conditions. This allows manufacturers to spot design flaws, check for safety controls, and determine warranties, amongst other things.
A good use case example of a test chamber is for shelf-life testing. Manufacturers can subject a product to ‘highly accelerated life testing’ (HALT) to determine its ‘failure point’. They do this by exposing a product to changes in temperature, the effect of which mimics exposure to ‘normal’ conditions over a given time frame (for example, a change of five degrees mimics two years in real-world conditions).
As well as climatic controls, there are chambers that combine temperature and humidity testing with vibration testing - to determine how well a product would hold up during transportation for example - and those that introduce salt spray to test for corrosion resistance.
The applications of environmental chambers are many, and for every product there’s an appropriate system for robust testing.
To ensure your test chamber gives reliable results, correct collaboration and ongoing maintenance are key. Our Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) packages are designed to suit the exacting requirements of your testing equipment, covering leaks, wear and tear and any technical faults that may affect the conditions of your controlled environment.