Tektronix has the right equipment, right standards, and right people to meet your critical product testing needs.
Tektronix offers a range of product and packaging testing:
HALT Testing & HASS
Package testing is the simulated process of distribution and storage of products that need to travel from the manufacturer to the end user. Packages can be described as an exterior container, cushioning or protection material and/or the product itself.
Package testing is relevant for clients who want to consistently deliver their products to market on-time and in compliance with industry regulations. It is the manufacturer's responsibility to evaluate each package's ability to protect the product inside throughout the handling, distribution and storage process.
Package fragility is a concern for most of our clients. Tektronix can simulate virtually every condition packages will undergo during warehouse or distribution processes. We have equipment to test shipping cartons, point-of-purchase (POP) displays and pallets.
The two most popular situations tested are shipping and storage:
- Shipping - Tektronix can simulate various vibrations, temperatures and unpressurized altitudes that products will encounter.
- Storage - Tektronix can simulate various conditions that happen during storage such as stacking, impact/shock and dropping.
Tektronix also tests to unique requirements or special environmental circumstances such as fungus, salt fog or UV/sunlight exposure.
These tests enable our customers to make effective interpretations about the integrity of their packaging. Our goal is for your packages to reach your customers in an acceptable condition. We provide package testing services to the following industry sectors:
- Consumer Products
- Medical Device Manufacturers
Which Tests Do I Need?
To determine which tests are appropriate for your package system, you will need to consider a combination of factors including regulatory requirements, applicable standard(s) or test procedures, mode of transport, type and category of product in the container, size and shape of the container, and the container material make up.
Testing your packaging before it goes to your customers can save you money, reduce your liability, and increase your credibility and professionalism with your clients. Tektronix serves leading companies and government agencies with a wide array of package testing services, including:
- Compression, Machine
- Compression, Dead Weight
- Drop Test
- Vehicle Simulation
- Storage Test
- Thermal Shipper Validation
- Label Rub & Peel
- Vibration (sinusoidal/random)
Tektronix is certified by the International Safe Transport Association (ISTA), the body that has designed a rigorous program of package and transportation tests to provide a laboratory simulation of the damage-producing forces and conditions of transport environments. Tektronix is also compliant with a variety of industry-specific standards, including:
- IEC 68-2
Learn more: Package Evaluation PDF
Tektronix offers environmental product testing which consists of simulating natural environments such as temperature, humidity and vibration, to assure our customers' products will operate in their intended environment.
For decades, customers have counted on us for an exceptional breadth of environmental testing services and for the precision, rigor and responsive service that have become hallmarks of Tektronix product testing services.
Environmental testing gives our clients the competitive advantage by insuring their products are able to withstand the elements of their intended environment, whereas their low-cost competitors, who choose not to do this testing, will likely have product satisfaction issues.
The benefit of doing environmental testing in our controlled laboratory environment is that the testing is done exactly the same way each time eliminating any uncertainty after a product has been redesigned due to failures during a prior test.
In addition to being ISO 9001:2008 certified, Tektronix product testing services comply with a wide range of industry-specific standards such as MIL-STD-202, MIL-STD-810 , MIL-STD-883, MIL-STD-750 and RTCA DO-160. Tektronix has the resources and experience to meet your ever-evolving environmental testing needs.
Learn more: Environmental Testing PDF
Tektronix offers climatic product testing, which consists of simulating different climates, such as temperature shock, solar simulation and humidity, to assure our customers' products will operate in their intended environment.
To get a reliable product to market in the shortest period of time, you need a process that quickly stresses the product and points out any possible design and manufacturing weaknesses.
Highly accelerated life testing, or HALT testing, is a proven method to find design defects and weaknesses in electronic and mechanical assemblies that would very likely appear in end-use applications, causing product failures in the field. As a result, the HALT testing process can effectively intensify product reliability.
The process of HALT testing stresses far exceeding those intended in its field application. Stresses of temperature, rapid thermal cycle, and vibration (multi-axis) are used to rapidly facilitate and discover design weaknesses and manufacturing problems. Through failure analysis and corrective action, weaknesses discovered during HALT testing lead to design and manufacturing changes to improve the product’s overall design while reducing overall development time.
When performing HALT testing, the objective is to force failures on an accelerated basis. All failures should be analyzed to determine the root cause and corrective actions as applicable. The results of HALT testing allow companies to enter the market place with the confidence that their product is reliable.
Highly accelerated stress screening, or HASS testing, is a screening tool used to maintain product robustness and to identify weaknesses in manufacturing. From HALT testing we are able to extrapolate data that allows us to subject your product to a HASS that is more aggressive than conventional ESS (Environmental Stress Screen) levels.
Since HASS levels are more aggressive than conventional screening tools, a POS (proof-of-screen) procedure is used to establish the HASS effectiveness in exciting your test article to find manufacturing weaknesses, but not so high as to remove significant life from the test item. Instituting HASS to screen your product is an excellent tool to maintain a high level of robustness and it will reduce the test time required to screen a product, thus resulting in long-term savings.
The combined advantages of HASS/HALT testing are enormous: Not only do you lower product-development costs and speed up time-to-market; you can slash warranty costs — all the while improving customer satisfaction! Tektronix experienced HALT testing engineers can assist you with all your HASS/HALT testing requirements.
With our experienced technical staff and on-site test equipment from leading industry suppliers, we can help you with all your testing requirements. For more than 70 years, Fortune 500 companies in the military, aerospace, telecom, medical and semiconductor industries have relied upon Tektronix to satisfy their component-through-product level test requirements.
Tektronix is your product test service provider for the National Electrical Manufacturer Association (NEMA) TS-1 and TS-2 compliance testing. We offer a wide array of tests that meet these NEMA standards:
- Controller Unit Tests
- Non-Destruct Transient Immunity
- High-Repetition Noise Transients
- Low-Repetition High-Energy Transients
- Input-Out Terminal Transients
- Power Service Transients
- Power Interruption Tests
- Shock (Impact) Test
- Temperature, Voltage, and Humidity Transients
- Vibration Test
We also offer supplemental environmental tests.
Customers who choose Tektronix for NEMA TS-1 and TS-2 compliance testing benefit from our more than sixty years of product testing experience - and from the precision, rigor and exceptional service that have become hallmarks of Tektronix. Tektronix is on the FDOT AVL.
Tektronix offers a breadth of vibration testing services, including:
- Sine on Random
- Mixed Mode
- Combined Enviroment
In addition to being accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for mechanical testing, Tektronix is compliant with a wide range of industry-specific standards. Customers who choose us for vibration testing also benefit from our component and product testing experience and from the precision, rigor and exceptional service that have become hallmarks of Tektronix.
Our labs combine temperature / humidity chambers with electro-dynamic vibration testing. The chambers have rapid rates of temperature change and the vibration testing facilities handle 23,600 force pound loads with frequencies up to 3000 Hz.