Environmental Services

Bureau Veritas performs environmental simulation testing on your product or component in our 10,000 square foot testing facility.  We are experts in industries such as automotive, medical, and industrial.  Contact us today to discuss your unique testing needs.

Experienced and accredited lab in the following services:
Ingress Protection
Ultraviolet Resistance
Temperature and Humidity
Altitude/Pressure
Salt Fog/Corrosion
Mixed Flowing Gas/Harmful Gas (Corrosion test)
Thermal Shock
Vibration and Mechanical Shock
Solar Load
Flammability
Drop Testing (handling shock)

 

Ingress Protection

Overview – Typically the object is to determine degree of protection provided by an enclosure with regard to one or more of the following: 

1. Protection of persons against access to hazardous parts inside an electrical enclosure; 
2. Protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against ingress of solid foreign objects;
3. Protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against the harmful effects due to the ingress of water. 

Common Standards

IEC 60529 – test method referenced in a lot of product safety standards. This is where the typical IP rating (i.e. IP24, IP56, IP66, etc) used on products comes from.  The first numeral describes the degree of protection against solid objects and dust.  The second numeral describes the degree of protection against the ingress of water. 

ISO 20653 – test method referenced in automotive standards such as GMW3172, MBN LV124, DC 10611.

IEC 60068-2-18 – test method referenced by international standards such as EN 300 019. It is accesses the ability of equipment to resist water during transport, storage, and use. 

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• Large wet room and associated equipment for the water ingress testing.  We have the capabilities to perform water tests for ratings IPX1 through IPX8.
• Probes, and dust chamber for ratings IP1X through IP6X.  The dust chamber has an interior volume of 3 ft H x 3 ft H x 6 ft L.

 

Ultraviolet Resistance

Overview – The object is to access the resistance of plastics to exposure to UV light.  Usually the part is exposed to a period of UV light and then some physical attribute is accessed such as surface chalking, cracking, tensile strength, and elongation. 

Common Standards
ISO 4892, and GR-487, ASTM G155 

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• Q-LAB Q-SUN-XE-HS test chamber.  It is a Xenon Arc chamber using daylight filters.  It reproduces a full-spectrum sunlight and rain. The sample tray is approximately 2ft x 3ft. This is more than enough space for the typical samples.

 

Temperature and Humidity

Overview– The object is generally to access the performance of a product to storage, transport, or operating temperature and humidity.  This product could be raw material, packaging, packaged/unpackaged product, operating product, etc.  

Common Standards 

Generic test methods
• IEC 60068-2-1, Cold
• IEC 60068-2-2, Dry Heat
• IEC 60068-2-14, Change of Temperature
• IEC 60068-2-30, Damp Heat Cyclic
• IEC 60068-2-38, Cyclic Temp and Humidity
• IEC 60068-2-78, Damp Heat Steady State 

Common product standards – incorporate 1 or more temp/humidity tests
• GR-950-CORE Generic requirements for Optical Network closures and systems – telecom/datacom
• GR-487-CORE Generic requirements for outdoor electronic equipment cabinets -telecom/datacom
• GR-3108-CORE Generic requirements for network equipment in the outside plant- telecom/datacom
• GR-63-CORE NEBS requirements for Central Offices- telecom/datacom
• GR-49-CORE Generic requirements for outdoor telephone NID- telecom
• GR-3160-CORE NEBS requirements for Data Center Equipment - telecom/datacom
• GR-3178-CORE Generic requirements for Wireless Transceiver Facilities
• MIL-STD-810 Military standard, but can often be used for industrial/outdoor products to demonstrate robustness.
• GMW3172, MBN LV124, DC10611, automotive standards for electrical components.
• IEC 61850-3 Communications networks and systems for power utility automation
• ETSI EN 300 019 – Environmental classification/tests for Telecom equipment 

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• 4 small reach in chambers 8ft3, temp range -50 to 150°C, max ramp rate of 2°C/min Humidity Range 5-98%RH, heat load 250W
• 4 medium reach in chambers 27ft3, temp range -70 to 150°C, max ramp rate of 2°C/min, Humidity Range 10-98%RH, heat load 500 to 3000W with humidity
• 2 large reach in chambers 64ft3 , temp range -70 to 150°C, max ramp rate of 5°C/min, Humidity Range 10-98%RH, heat load 3000W with humidity, 5000W without humidity.
• 2 large walk-in chambers, 240ft3 , 420ft3 , temp range (-30 to 65°C, -50 to 80°C) humidity range 10-95%RH, max ramp rate of 2°C/min, heat load 3000W
• 1 small reach in chamber, 4ft3, temp range -70 to 200°C, max ramp rate 15°C/min, LN2 assisted. No humidity.

 

Altitude/Pressure

Overview – The object is generally to access the performance of equipment at high and low altitudes.  The cooling capacity of equipment is diminished at higher altitudes.  Pressure sensitive components and seals can malfunction at extreme altitudes/pressures. 

Common Standards
• IEC 60068-2-13 low air pressure test method
• IEC 60068-2-41 combined dry heat/low air pressure
• ASTM D653 test method for determining the effects of high altitude on packaging systems. 

Common product standards – incorporate 1 or more altitude tests
• GR-3108-CORE Generic requirements for network equipment in the outside plant- telecom/datacom
• GR-63-CORE NEBS requirements for Central Offices- telecom/datacom
• GR-3160-CORE NEBS requirements for Data Center Equipment - telecom/datacom
• GR-3178-CORE Generic requirements for Wireless Transceiver Facilities
• MIL-STD-810 Military standard, but can often be used for industrial/outdoor products to demonstrate robustness. 

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• Large altitude/pressure chamber, 40”W x40”D x 90”H, , temperature range 25 to 55°C, no humidity, 3000W max heat load.

 

Salt Fog/Corrosion

Overview – The object is generally to access the ability of enclosures, coatings, and paints to resist corrosion.  Note: There is generally no way to accurately correlate exposure time in a test chamber to the life expectancy of a product. 

Common Standards
• ASTM B117 general test method for operating a salt spray chamber. 
• ASTM G85 test method for modified salt spray testing
• ASTM G87 test method for modified salt spray testing with SO2
• IEC 60068-2-11 Salt Mist
• IEC 60068-2-52 Cyclic Salt Mist 

Common product standards – incorporate 1 or more salt fog/corrosion test
• GR-950-CORE Generic requirements for Optical Network closures and systems – telecom/datacom
• GR-487-CORE Generic requirements for outdoor electronic equipment cabinets -telecom/datacom
• GR-3108-CORE Generic requirements for network equipment in the outside plant- telecom/datacom
• GR-63-CORE NEBS requirements for Central Offices- telecom/datacom
• GR-49-CORE Generic requirements for outdoor telephone NID- telecom
• GR-3160-CORE NEBS requirements for Data Center Equipment - telecom/datacom
• GR-3178-CORE Generic requirements for Wireless Transceiver Facilities
• MIL-STD-810 Military standard, but can often be used for industrial/outdoor products to demonstrate robustness.
• GMW3172, MBN LV124, DC10611, automotive standards for electrical components.
• DNV Standard for Certification No. 2.4 (2006), Lloyd’s Register Type Approval System (2015); IACS req. 2014, Rev.6 (2014:E10); ABS Steel Vessels 2016, Part 4, Chapter 9, Section 8; ABS High Speed Craft 2015 Part 4 Section 11; BV Marine Rules Part C, Chapter 3, Section 6; 46 CFR Part 162.060-30; DNVGL CG-0339; MEPC.174(58); MEPC 107(49) Part 3; BV BWMS Guidance Note NI 538 DT R01 E  Marine Standards for equipment installed on ships 

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• 1 small cyclic salt fog test chamber, 10ft3 , can run standard, cyclic, and moist SO2 tests.
• 1 large steady state salt fog test chamber, 25ft3 runs standard salt fog tests.

 

Mixed Flowing Gas/Harmful Gas (Corrosion test)

Overview – The object is generally to access the ability of equipment to resist corrosion due to exposure to pollutants in the atmosphere.  Typically the pollution is due to byproducts of combustion.  The product tested can be components (switches, electrical connectors, displays), or complete products. 

Common Standards
• IEC 60068-2-60, general test method for Mixed Flowing Gas
• ASTM B827, general test method for conducting MFG tests
• ASTM B845, test method for MFG tests on electrical contacts.

Common product standards – incorporate an MFG tests
• GR-3108-CORE Generic requirements for network equipment in the outside plant- telecom/datacom
• GR-63-CORE NEBS requirements for Central Offices- telecom/datacom
• GR-3160-CORE NEBS requirements for Data Center Equipment - telecom/datacom
• MBN LV124, VW 80000, automotive standards for electrical equipment. 

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• 1 large MFG chamber, 140ft3.

 

Thermal Shock

Overview – The object is generally to access the ability of equipment and materials to resist the effects of thermal shock.  Soldered joints crack, dissimilar materials separate, seals fail. 

Common Standards 

Common product standards – incorporate an thermal shock tests
• GR-3108-CORE Generic requirements for network equipment in the outside plant- telecom/datacom
• GR-63-CORE NEBS requirements for Central Offices- telecom/datacom
• GR-3160-CORE NEBS requirements for Data Center Equipment - telecom/datacom
• GR-3178-CORE Generic requirements for Wireless Transceiver Facilities
• GMW3172, MBN LV124, DC10611, VW 80000 automotive standards for electrical components. 

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• 1 dual chamber thermal shock system 1.5ft3, temp range -70 to 175°C, LN2 cooled
• 13 temp/humidity chambers (see Temperature and Humidity section) for 2 chamber method of shock

 

Vibration and Mechanical Shock

Overview – The object is generally to access the performance of equipment to the shocks and vibrations seen during transport, storage, and use. 

Common Standards
• IEC 60068-2-6 General test method for Sine Vibration
• IEC 60068-2-64 General test method for Random Vibration
• IEC 60068-2-27 General test method for Shock 

Common product standards – incorporate some vibration or shock testing
• GR-950-CORE Generic requirements for Optical Network closures and systems – telecom/datacom
•GR-487-CORE Generic requirements for outdoor electronic equipment cabinets -telecom/datacom
• GR-3108-CORE Generic requirements for network equipment in the outside plant- telecom/datacom
• GR-63-CORE NEBS requirements for Central Offices- telecom/datacom
• GR-3160-CORE NEBS requirements for Data Center Equipment - telecom/datacom
• GR-3178-CORE Generic requirements for Wireless Transceiver Facilities
• MIL-STD-810 Military standard, but can often be used for industrial/outdoor products to demonstrate robustness.
• GMW3172, MBN LV124, DC10611, automotive standards for electrical components.
• IEC 61850-3 Communications networks and systems for power utility automation
• ETSI EN 300 019 – Environmental classification/tests for Telecom equipment
• DNV Standard for Certification No. 2.4 (2006), Lloyd’s Register Type Approval System (2015); IACS req. 2014, Rev.6 (2014:E10); ABS Steel Vessels 2016, Part 4, Chapter 9, Section 8; ABS High Speed Craft 2015 Part 4 Section 11; BV Marine Rules Part C, Chapter 3, Section 6; 46 CFR Part 162.060-30; DNVGL CG-0339; MEPC.174(58); MEPC 107(49) Part 3; BV BWMS Guidance Note NI 538 DT R01 E  Marine Standards for equipment installed on ships 

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• 1 large Hydraulic Shaker, 1800lbs capacity, 4’x 6’ horizontal table, 4’x4’ vertical table, Frequency range 1-600Hz, 10g acceleration, capabilities include Sine, Random, Earthquake, and Mechanical shock.
• 1 small electrodynamic shaker.  24”x24” vertical table, Frequency range 5-3500Hz, 100g acceleration, capabilities include Sine, Random, and Mechanical shock.
• 1 small reach in chamber, attaches to the electrodynamic table to perform combined temperature and vibration.  -70 to 200°C, 2°C/min ramp rate.
• Capabilities to build fixtures for securing samples.

 

Solar Load

Overview – The object is generally to access the ability of outdoor equipment to maintain internal temperatures when subjected to solar loading radiated from the sun. 

Common Standards 

Common product standards – incorporate solar load test
• GR-3108-CORE Generic requirements for network equipment in the outside plant- telecom/datacom
• GR-3160-CORE NEBS requirements for Data Center Equipment - telecom/datacom
• GR-3178-CORE Generic requirements for Wireless Transceiver Facilities
• GR-950-CORE Generic requirements for Optical Network closures and systems – telecom/datacom
• GR-487-CORE Generic requirements for outdoor electronic equipment cabinets -telecom/datacom 

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• Solar loading array with capacity to test enclosures up to 18”x18”x18”
• Heat strips to test larger forced induction cooled cabinets.

 

Flammability

Overview – The object is generally to access the flammability of materials and their ability to self-extinguish. 

Common Standards
• IEC 600695-11-5 Needle Flame test method
• IEC 600695-11-3 500W flame test method
• IEC 600695-11-4 50W flame test method
• IEC 60332-1-1, -2vertical flame test for single insulated wire or cable apparatus
• UL746C test method for plastics used in electrical equipment
• UL94 tests for flammability of plastic material
• ATIS 0600307 ignitability requirements for equipment assemblies, apparatus, and fire spread requirements for wire and cable.
• ATIS 0600319 equipment assembly fire propagation risk 

Common standards – incorporating a flammability test
• GR-950-CORE Generic requirements for Optical Network closures and systems – telecom/datacom
• GR-487-CORE Generic requirements for outdoor electronic equipment cabinets -telecom/datacom
• GR-3108-CORE Generic requirements for network equipment in the outside plant- telecom/datacom
• GR-63-CORE NEBS requirements for Central Offices- telecom/datacom
• GR-3160-CORE NEBS requirements for Data Center Equipment - telecom/datacom
• GR-3178-CORE Generic requirements for Wireless Transceiver Facilities
• DNV Standard for Certification No. 2.4 (2006), Lloyd’s Register Type Approval System (2015); IACS req. 2014, Rev.6 (2014:E10); ABS Steel Vessels 2016, Part 4, Chapter 9, Section 8; ABS High Speed Craft 2015 Part 4 Section 11; BV Marine Rules Part C, Chapter 3, Section 6; 46 CFR Part 162.060-30; DNVGL CG-0339; MEPC.174(58); MEPC 107(49) Part 3; BV BWMS Guidance Note NI 538 DT R01 E  Marine Standards for equipment installed on ships  

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• Large fire room with ducted exhaust with capacity to measure CO, CO2, O2, and opacity.   Infrared camera. Typically used for determining the fire propagation risk of telecom/datacom equipment installed in central office locations and data centers (Verizon, ATT, etc.)
• Various equipment setups to determine the flammability characteristics of plastics, wiring<.

 

Drop Testing (handling shock)

Overview – The object is generally to access the performance of packaged and unpackaged equipment to the exposure of handling shocks. 

Common Standards
• IEC 60068-2-32 Free Fall
• IEC 60068-2-31 Rough handling shocks for equipment type specimens 

Common product standards – incorporate a handling test
• GR-3108-CORE Generic requirements for network equipment in the outside plant- telecom/datacom
• GR-3160-CORE NEBS requirements for Data Center Equipment - telecom/datacom
• GR-3178-CORE Generic requirements for Wireless Transceiver Facilities
• GR-950-CORE Generic requirements for Optical Network closures and systems – telecom/datacom
• GR-487-CORE Generic requirements for outdoor electronic equipment cabinets -telecom/datacom
• GR-63-CORE NEBS requirements for Central Offices- telecom/datacom
• ETSI EN 300 019 – Environmental classification/tests for Telecom equipment
• GMW3172, MBN LV124, DC10611, VW 80000 automotive standards for electrical components. 

BV Littleton Equipment/Capabilities
• Forklift, overhead crane, quick release for large items, crates, pallets
• Hand drops for small packages and equipment. 

General Lab Capabilities
• Single and three phase power measurements up to 100 amps utilizing power analyzers and associated current shunts and clamps. 
• Temperature measurements using thermocouples and IR probes.
• Tension and elongation using motorized test stand with force gauges and extensometer for materials requiring less than 300lbf.

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