The Testing Center of Excellence for Space, Aviation, and Defense Greatly Expands Capabilities to Offer Faster Scheduling
Anaheim, California, (September 24, 2020). NTS, the leader in testing, inspection, and certification solutions in North America, is pleased to announce that its laboratory in Santa Clarita, California, has expanded its dynamics testing capabilities with a multi-million-dollar investment. The NTS lab secured two new T4000 shakers and completed a series of facility upgrades to increase the lab’s overall capacity and capabilities. These new investments are critical for helping customers in the new Race to Space and meeting their scheduling requirements.
As demand for large force dual shaker system testing is increasing, the NTS Santa Clarita lab added a new T4000 dual shaker system to its more than a dozen electrodynamic and hydraulic shaker systems, increasing its max force capability 33 percent to 80,000 force pounds. Custom-made vibration testing fixtures and slip plates allow for testing of almost any shape and sized article. Digital control systems and multiple channel instrumentation simulate random, sinusoidal, SOR (sine-on-random), and other vibration environments.
A dual shaker system can achieve equal or greater force and frequency range than a single large shaker and often mitigates the need to band split, resulting higher quality test results and profile characterization. Advancements in multi-shaker control technology have made multi-shaker, single axis testing more practical, eliminating the concerns with asymmetrical dynamic responses and phase shifts which are common with large vibration fixtures/test items.
NTS dual shaker systems have been used to qualify components for nearly every space launch platform including the Space Shuttle, Atlas, Delta IV, and Space Launch System (SLS). This rich history highlights the undisputed industry leadership of NTS in performing vibration testing on very large assemblies utilizing high output, dual shaker test systems. As a winner of the 2019 NASA Space Award—and with a multi-decade history in extreme environmental and dynamics testing, NTS is the world’s most trusted test lab for space testing.
The dual shaker T4000 system enables NTS to create the high-performing and demand vibration associated with rocket launches, space, and military environments. With three independent dual shaker systems in one facility including one located within a Class 100k clean room, NTS Santa Clarita is the one-stop shop for large payloads, regardless of the hazard or unique testing criteria. Rounding out its extreme testing capabilities, NTS Santa Clarita boasts equipment to test pressure systems up to 10,000 PSIG (Pressure Per Square Inc Gauge), large lithium batteries, and 1.1 explosive payloads.
NTS Santa Clarita Lab is an immense test facility with advanced dynamics, environmental, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and dynamics testing capabilities to meet the most extreme testing challenges for military, aviation, and space projects and programs. “This significant investment demonstrates our continued commitment to our customers to ensure the best test experience possible,” said Francisco Palop, Director of Operations, at NTS, Santa Clarita.
About National Technical Systems
National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) is the leading provider of qualification testing, inspection, and certification services in North America, serving a broad range of industries, including the civil aviation, space, defense, nuclear, telecommunications, industrial, electronics, medical, and automotive end markets. Since 1961, NTS has built the broadest geographic presence in the United States, offering more than 70 distinct environmental simulation and materials testing categories, including climatic, structural, dynamics, fluid flow, EMI/EMC, lightning, product safety, acoustics, failure analysis, chemical, and other industry-specific tests.
Operating through a network of more than 27 technologically advanced testing laboratories, this geographically diverse footprint puts NTS facilities in close proximity to its more than 8,000 clients, allowing NTS to serve the nation’s most innovative companies with industry-leading accessibility and responsiveness. NTS is accredited by numerous national and international organizations and operates its inspection division under the Unitek brand, providing a wide range of supply chain management services. NTS’ certification division, which operates under the NQA brand, is one of the largest and most respected global ISO registrars, with active certifications in more than 75 countries. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at nts.com or call 800-270-2516.