PARC’s anniversary : 20 years of experience in testing
PARC, Sopemea‘s British subsidiary, has just turned 20 years old on the 30th November 2019. Its expertise in environmental testing, including Climatic and Mechanical, is recognised on industrial markets.
Located in Bideford, Devon (South West England), about 100 km from Hinkley Point (UK), PARC (Product Assessment and Reliability Centre Limited) has been evaluating the reliability of products for their resistance in relation to the environment for two decades. PARC offers a range of tests in the fields :
- accelerated ageing / fatigue tests
- degree of protection (IP/IK)
PARC supports the development and delivery of your test programmes, and more recently maintenance of test equipment.
PARC is a laboratory of 900 m² equipped with a set of 6 electrodynamic vibration tables and 23 climatic chambers. It has 20 employees. The Sopemea group can support PARC’s service for its customers internationally by ensuring a local presence.
PARC is able to conduct climatic testing for temperatures ranging from -70°C to + 180°C for endurance and cyclic tests. Damp heat conditions can be achieved in the range of 25% to 98% relative humidity
PARC performs random and sinusoidal vibratory tests using six electromagnetic vibration tables and a shock machine producing high level shock pulses.
Salt spray tests
PARC’s facilities provide steady-state exposure and can also combine salt spray periods with storage under damp heat conditions. Thanks to the salt spray tests, PARC is able to create conditions that greatly accelerate the corrosion process
The Screening Systems QRS 410-T is a HALT chamber capable of applying up to 25grms of random vibration in 6 axes simultaneously, whilst cycling the temperature between -60°C and +150°C, at rates of change of up to 60°C per minute.
PARC’s low pressure test facility combines the simulation of high altitude (up to 100,000 feet) with the added functionality of altering the ambient temperature and humidity conditions.
The equivalent altitude can be adjusted at rates up to 5,000 feet per minute.
Temperature conditions can be adjusted at rates up to 2°C per minute between the extremes -70°C and +180°C.
Investments in 2020
Sopemea investis in its subsidiaries and in the renewal of its test fleet with the acquisition in 2020 for PARC :
- ARS-1100 Unitemp environmental chamber
- An electrodynamic exciter LDS V8
- A walk-in chamber
- A high level shock machine < 1000g
For several years, the PARC laboratory has been accredited UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service), the british equivalent of COFRAC.
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