Environmental Testing

Vipac houses a full suite of mechanical and climatic testing equipment, enabling us to subject your products to almost any service conditions the natural environment may throw at them. We’re accredited for ISO 17025 by NATA and A2LA, and offer confidential testing services to a wide range of globally recognised standards including MIL-STD 810, MIL-STD 202, MIL-STD 167, DEF STAN 00-035, IEC 60068, IEC 61373, ISO 16750, EN 50125, EN 50155, AS/IEC 60529, and ISTA. We’re also able to provide testing service to your internal specifications, or work with you to develop a customised scope and test plan.

We’ve also greatly expanded Vipac’s environmental testing service offering, now housing three new electrodynamic shakers, two hydraulic shakers, four shock machines and more across our Melbourne and Sydney labs. We’re one of the very few in Australia to offer a full suite of vibration and shock testing at both locations, cementing Vipac’s position as an industry leader.

Vibration, shock and drop testing

Electrodynamic shakers:

  • Load range: Testing in 3 axes with shakers rated up to 60kN
  • Maximum displacement: 76mm peak to peak
  • Our range of vibration controllers enable us to carry out all types of vibration tests, including:
    • sine vibration
    • random vibration
    • sine-on-random (sor)
    • random-on-random (ror)
    • resonance track & dwell
    • classical shock
    • shock response spectra (srs) testing

Hydraulic shakers:

  • Load range: Up to 60kN
  • Payload capacity: > 2 tonnes in sine, random and mixed-mode vibration
  • Displacement: 150mm peak to peak

Shock, impact and bump testing:

 

Temperature and humidity testing

Vipac has a large number of climatic chambers throughout laboratories in Melbourne and Sydney.

  • Temperature range: -70°C to +180°C
  • Ramp rates: Up to 6°C/min
  • Relative humidity: 0 to 99%RH
  • Small-scale to large walk-in test chambers

Given this wide range, there are very few climatic conditions our test chambers can't simulate.

 

Water and dust ingress protection testing

IP testing to IEC 60529 ingress protection is used to:

  • determine equipment and enclosures’ ability to resist the ingress of foreign matter (solid and liquid)
  • ensure that human exposure to dangerous parts is prevented

Read more about our IP testing capabilities in our electrical safety testing services offering.

 

Sand and dust testing

Maximum size: 250 x 250 x 250mm

Assessing the ability of materials to be stored and operated without degrading their performance, reliability and maintainability due to abrasion or clogging of larger, sharp-edged particles.

Blowing sand and dust testing is one of the available test methods covered by MIL-STD-810G.

 

Salt corrosion and fog testing

Our salt spray chambers carry out a range of salt fog tests, including:

  • MIL-STD 810 method 509 salt fog
  • ASTM B117 salt fog
  • IEC 60068.2.11 salt mist

This testing is ideal for:

  • marine equipment
  • comparative testing
  • material evaluation
  • coatings / surface finishing procedures on hardware

 

Altitude testing

Involves placing equipment in a chamber and lowering the pressure to simulate
altitude, helping:

  • aerospace industry
  • transportation sector: Many testing protocols require verification of operation and performance after airfreight, which can be carried out in our barometric test chambers.

 

Tensile and compression load testing

Load range: Up to 100kN (10 tonnes)

Using a controlled loading rate allows us to assess the performance of:

  • roofing products
  • load-bearing brackets
  • machinery-holding equipment

 

Fatigue and load testing / Custom test rig design

We’ve upgraded our mechanical fatigue testing system. Multi-axis, high-load, high-cycle fatigue testing of mechanical components with cyclic loads up to 25 tonnes now achievable.

Using hydraulic, pneumatic and electric hardware along with a range of control systems and instrumentation, we can design, manufacture and commission custom test rigs to perform any fatigue, strength or endurance testing requirements.

 

High-pressure hydrostatic testing facilities

These brand-new facilities allow for internal and external hydrostatic pressure tests exceeding 500Bar. Long-term cyclic pressure testing can also be realised with these systems.

Hydrostatic pressure testing is a frequently deployed type of pressure test used to assess the performance of equipment designed to hold pressure, such as pipework, accumulators and valves. By applying controlled pressures to the item under test, we can assess the integrity of the external body of the equipment itself, as well as the performance of any associate seals, ports and valves.

Equipment can also be subjected to external pressure, simulating the effect of being submerged at various depths underwater.

Both testing options can be carried out either statically for relatively short single tests, or the test pressure can be cycled up and down over an extended duration.

 

ADR testing (including towbar testing)

The Australian Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) 2021 legislation replaces the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA) 1989.  This new legislation increases the testing requirements of vehicle equipment.  Vipac is an approved Testing Facility with the Department of Infrastructure, and can assist with approvals.  Vipac has capabilities for heavy fatigue tests on vehicle components such as towbars, door handles, pedals, and any other component undergoing heavy or repetitive force strain.

Packaging testing

Vipac provides package testing service to assess the durability and strength of packaging and products during transport.

Because we’re a member of the International Safe Transit Association, ISTA testing (including Amazon package testing, also known as ISTA 6-Amazon.com testing) is available through Vipac. We also test to IEC, ISO 11607 and ASTM D4169 standards, or to company-specific norms, in addition to ISTA packaging standards.

Vipac’s engineers replicate environmental influences normally at play during transit and storage, under controlled settings, in our state-of-the-art labs to test. Our packaging-testing methods include:

  • climate conditioning
  • drop and shock testing
  • compressive resistance testing
  • concentrated impact testing
  • low-pressure (high-altitude) testing
  • random vibration testing
  • loose-load vibration testing

Our team can also design and build new test equipment if a client requires a specific method to be used, or a specific test to be conducted.

Standards we are accredited to

Vipac's environmental testing laboratories are all accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 Testing and calibration laboratories technical competency standard, by NATA and A2LA.  Our accreditation scope includes a broad range of Australian and international, commercial and military standards relating to shock, vibration, temperature, humidity, corrosion, altitude, and other environmental tests.

    • BS EN 50125-3:2003 Sections 4.3, 4.4, 4.13;
    • BS EN 50155:2007 Sections 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 12.2.3, 12.2.4, 12.2.5, 12.2.12, 12.2.13, 12.2.14;
    • IEC 61373:2010;
    • AS IEC 60068 Sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.6, 2.13,  2.14, 2.27, 2.29, 2.30, 2.31, 2.32, 2.64, 2.78;
    • MIL-STD-810 E,F Methods 501.4, 502.4, 507.4, 514.5, 516.5;
    • MIL-STD-810 G Methods 501.5, 502.5, 507.5, 514.6, 516.6;
    • MIL-STD 810 H Methods 501.7, 502.7, 507.6, 514.8, 516.8;
    • MIL_STD-167-1A Type I;
    • AS/IEC 60529;
    • DEF STAN 00-35:2006, 2017 Tests CL1, CL2, CL4, CL5, CL6, M1, M3, M4, M5, M12;
    • ISTA 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B.

Our environmental testing laboratories are staffed by experienced mechanical, aerospace, electrical and chemical engineers, who can provide consulting advice on a testing scope for your project that suits your needs.

 

 

 

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