Customized Tests
Furniture
ASTM Standards Offered

Playing Surfaces
Racing Products




 

"Wind in a large North-western city caused a major problem for one of our clients. It seems a wind tunnel effect was created when wind blew between the adjacent building. The result was so strong it literally sucked the windows right out of their frames The windows just couldn't hold up to the forces. We worked with the manufacturer to devise a design which would function in this application."


 
 

 
  • Architectural - fasteners, flooring, locks, stone, wallboard
  • Athletic - clothing, equipment, sports surfaces
  • Consumer Products; Furniture - chairs, desks, file cabinets, wall cabinets
  • Industrial - components, controls, equipment, labels
  • Special Projects - life-cycle testing, product performance, strain gauge measurements

Products Tested:

  • Air Infiltration
  • Composite Wall Systems
  • Performance Tests
  • Residential Products
  • Water Resistance

CUSTOMIZED TESTS
Companies that manufacture, develop or sell products often need to know how their product will perform. They may want to use the information for inclusion in sales and or promotional literature, to determine the expected life of the product, to learn if the product will meet recognized standards, etc.

There are times when under certain conditions a company's product has been failing in the field. They may have developed a "fix" for the failure. However, they would like to test it under simulated field conditions.

We have helped many companies and organizations that need this type of work. We are a can do laboratory that is skilled in controlling test scenarios with computers. If we do not already have a program that fits your scenario, we can easily write one that does. However, some testing doesn't require the use of a computer.

We do things like measure, control and record the following:

  • Current
  • Displacement/deflection
  • Flow
  • Force
  • Humidity
  • Power
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Torque
  • Voltage

We have the capability to capture transient events at frequencies up to one million samples per second.


FURNITURE

We not only test furniture for the furniture manufacturers but more and more we're testing for purchasing departments of various entities.

We provide third party objectivity which provides the purchasers with the information to objectively select which suppliers' product will best fit their needs. The lowest bid may not be the most cost-effective choice.

Because of our expertise in metallurgy, chemistry and physical properties testing we often assist furniture manufacturers, and solve design problems that are revealed during the testing.


PLAYING SURFACES

We've been testing artificial turf for over twenty years, both in the laboratory and in the field. We provide third party credibility testing for the purchasers of new fields. Our work serves as the basis for comparing competing products (shock attenuation, construction etc.) as well as determining if the installed product satisfies the bid specifications. The standards used for this work are ASTM F355 (Shock-absorbing properties of playing surface systems and materials), ASTM F1551 (Comprehensive characterization of synthetic turf playing surfaces and materials) and ASTM F1936-98 (Standard specification for shock-absorbing properties of North American football field playing systems as measured in the field).

We routinely monitor fields after they've been in use for several years to ascertain the remaining shock attenuating ability. Our clients use this data for projecting when a field needs to be replaced. Often our results have shown that a field is still useable after the warranty period has expired. Thus extending the usable life of the playing surface. The testing cost becomes very cost effective in such instances.

A natural outgrowth of our testing of artificial turf has been the testing of playground surfaces. We've been doing this for about fifteen years. Our capabilities include shock attenuation as well as wheelchair access.

The laboratory has been very active, over many years, in the development of the ASTM standards for testing of both artificial turf and playground surfaces as members of the ASTM F08 committee on sports equipment and facilities.

Our main focus has been on the technical aspects of testing. We are most concerned about all laboratories getting the same answer rather than an answer when testing products.

List of Standards we test to (turf):

  • ASTM F355 Standard Test Method for Shock-Absorbing Properties of Playing Surface Systems and Materials
  • ASTM F1015 Standard Test Method for Relative Abrasiveness of Synthetic Turf Playing Surfaces
  • ASTM F1551 Standard Test Methods for Comprehensive Characterization of Synthetic Turf Playing Surfaces and Materials
  • ASTM F1936 Standard Specification for Shock-Absorbing Properties of Nort American Football Field Playing Systems as Measured in the Field
  • ASTM D1335 Tuft Bind
  • ASTM D2859 Pill Burn Test
  • ASTM D5034 Grab Tear Strength
  • ASTM D5793 Binding Sites
  • ASTM D5823 Pile Height
  • ASTM D5848 Pile & Backing Weight
  • Water Permeability (Lab Developed Test)

List of Standards we test to (playground surfacing):

  • ASTM F1292 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment
  • ASTM F1951 Standard Specification for Determination of Accessibility of Surface Systerm Under and Around Playground Equipment


RACING PRODUCTS

The testing we perform determines compliance with the following SFI (SFI Foundation, Inc.) product specifications:

  • Specification 1.1 - Replacement Flywheels and Clutch Assemblies
  • Specification 1.2 - Multiple Disc Clutch Assemblies
  • Specification 7.1 - Lower Engine Containment Device
  • Specification 7.2 - Sportsman Lower Engine Containment Device
  • Specification 14.1 - Supercharger Restraint Devices
  • Specification 14.2 - Alcohol Supercharger Restraint Devices
  • Specification 14.21 - Screw-Type Supercharger Restraint Devices
  • Specification 14.3 - Nitro-Methane Fuel Supercharger Restraint Device
  • Specification 16.1 - Driver Restraint Assemblies
  • Specification 27.1 - Window Nets
  • Specification 36.1 - Drag Boat Capsule Shell Material
  • Specification 37.1 - Roll Cage Nets
  • Specification 45.1 - Roll Cage Padding
  • Specification 46.1 - Nitro-Methane Fuel Motorcycle Engine Restraint Device

Sanctioning bodies using SFI products:

  • ADBA American Drag Bike Association U.S.
  • AHDRA All Harley Drag Racing Association U.S.
  • ANDRA Australian National Drag Racing Association Australia
  • ATPA American Tractor Pulling Association U.S.
  • CSDBA Central States Drag Boat Association U.S.
  • DEKRA DEKRA Automobil AG Germany
  • DRL Drag Racing Ltd. England
  • FIA Federation Intenationale De L'Automobile France
  • FHRA Finnish Hot Rod Association Finland
  • Goodguys/VRA Vintage Racing Association U.S.
  • IDRA International Drag Racing Association U.S.
  • IHBA International Hot Boat Association U.S.
  • IHRA International Hot Rod Association U.S.
  • IMCA International Motor Contest Association U.S.
  • IRL Indy Racing League U.S.
  • MTRA Monster Truck Racing Association U.S.
  • NHRA National Hot Rod Association U.S.
  • NSCA National Street Car Association U.S.
  • NTPA National Tractor Pullers Association U.S.
  • NZDRA New Zealand Drag Racing Association N.Z.
  • SBF Svenska Bilsportforbundet Sweden
  • SCCA Sports Car Club of America U.S.
  • SCTA Southern California Timing Association U.S.
  • SDBA Southern Drag Boat Association U.S.
  • Svensk Swedish Drag Racing Association Sweden
  • SLDBA St. Louis Drag Boat Association U.S.
  • UHRA Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Association U.S.
  • USAC United States Auto Club U.S.

Our involvement in this type of testing is a natural marriage with our physical properties, metallurgical, chemical and shock attenuation testing. We are skilled in designing jigs and test platforms that enable us to follow not only the letter but also the spirit of the standards/specifications we test to.