Element upgrades USA environmental testing lab

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Element has expanded its electromagnetic compatibility and environmental testing center at Bloomington, Minneapolis, so that it can test electrical power management systems for a wider range of aircraft.

The company has extended the high speed rotational testing capability of the facility with a high-speed drive system. The drive system consists of a 300HP motor coupled to a dual head oil cooled gearbox with outputs of 18,000RPM and 30,000RPM.

Rick Sluiters, executive vice president of aerospace at Element said, “There is significant demand within the aerospace sector to be able to test generators for the largest electrical power management systems.

“This investment, alongside our full suite of RTCA DO160 and MIL-STD-461/810 environmental and electromagnetic interference capabilities, means that we are able to offer our aerospace customers a fully comprehensive set of capabilities in product qualification testing.

“Very few organizations are able to provide this type of service, with the requisite level of quality control and project management demanded in the sector.”

Element Minneapolis – Bloomington is an A2LA and ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory that provides a range of electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic interference, environmental, climatic, dynamics, hydraulics and fuel system testing services. The facility routinely conducts testing on generators and offers needed support functions including oil/air cooling, hydraulic circuits, data acquisition and electrical load banks.

May 24, 2018

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