Sopemea, a subsidiary of the Apave group, is a set of laboratories specialising in environmental testing.
For more than 70 years, Sopemea has offered its customers a complete range of testing services for all types of equipment in the fields of mechanics, vibration, climate, electricity, hydraulics and electromagnetic compatibility.
Sopemea is acting in:
Some areas can be adapted to meet specific requirements: confidentiality, hazards, electrical supply, hydraulics, etc.
Sopemea is involved in new regional, national and European collaborative research programmes to accompany you in your innovative projects. Our experts participate in various international standards committees to accompany and set up the changing regulatory environment such as standard.
Sopemea and Research Tax Credit
Sopemea and its subsidiaries actively work to have all its laboratories accredited for the Research tax credit by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research.
Sopemea is a member of:
Sopemea alone has almost 150 test installations and conducts around 2960 test campaigns per year.
Sopemea, the Group’s flagship laboratory has 70 years of experience in three key areas:
At its size in Vélizy, Sopemea also offers other services:
Sopavib, a subsidiary of Sopemea, based in Lyon, provides equipment validation services to the rail, automobile, aeronautic, nuclear industries, etc. Sopavib has several facilities to carry out comprehensive qualification campaigns on all types of equipment in the following areas:
Sopavib, boasting 17 years of experience, operates in three business lines across the group:
Since its creation, Sopavib has conducted all types of vibration tests: sinusoidal vibration tests, random tests, endurance tests as well as mechanical shock tests.
Sopavib has several 13 kN to 72 kN electrodynamic shakers, fitted with auxiliary tables (400×400 up to 900×900).
On top of performing vibration tests, Sopavib can use test equipment able to reproduce shocks and tremors and SRS equivalent shocks (up to 10 kHz).
Sopavib can conduct constant acceleration tests carried out with a centrifuge.
Sopavib can conduct static and pseudo-static (fatigue, etc.) tests using electrohydraulic actuators.
With a large range of test devices at hand, Sopavib can conduct different types of tests:
temperature, temperature variation, thermal shock, dry heat, heat, cold, damp heat, salt spray and vacuum tests.
Dual mastery of mechanics and climatics enables us to perform combined Hot/Cold temperature vibration and damp heat tests. Tests carried out in 2 axes (vertical and horizontal)
Since 2009, SOPAVIB has been developing its skills and resources to offer solutions to the issues of Electromagnetic compatibility.
Directives: 89/356/EC replaced by 2004/108/EC
Sopaval, a subsidiary of Sopemea, based in Valenciennes (north of France), provides equipment validation services to the rail, automobile, aeronautic, nuclear industries, etc.
For their development, from the elaboration of testing strategies to qualification, our customers avail themselves of the Group’s expertise and climatic, mechanical (vibration, seismic, fatigue, etc.) and electric (EMC) resources.
We work alongside suppliers, equipment manufacturers and integrators to test their equipment, and conduct measurements or tests on site.
Sopaval operates in three business lines across the group:
Sopaval’s vibration equipment is COFRAC accredited to ISO 17025.
Our references: ALSTOM, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, FAURECIA, TECHSPACE AERO, FAIVELEY, THALES, FAPMO…
Our laboratory in the north of France has all the necessary equipment to meet your vibration, mechanical shock and endurance test requirements. It can use several 26 to 70 kN electrodynamic shakers with vibrating table as well as electrohydraulic actuators, one equipped with a vibrating table and another one with a shock machine.
Our centre in Valenciennes meets the strong demand from the Transport sector in terms of combined temperature and vibration tests. All pieces of equipment are fitted with climatic chambers
Specific measurement instruments can be connected to this equipment:
COFRAC tests as per following standards: EN 60068-2-6, EN 60068-2-64, CEI 61373, EN 60068-2-27
Climatic tests (hot/cold/damp):
With a large range of test devices at hand, Sopaval can conduct different types of tests: temperature, temperature variation, thermal shock, dry heat, heat, cold, damp heat, salt spray and vacuum tests.
The Sopemea group has developed specific test equipment to appreciate acoustic loss following vibration endurance and detect unwanted noise (loudness) in equipment depending on a specific road profile. To do so, Sopemea has an anechoic chamber fitted with a 20 kN electrohydraulic shaker working in a frequency range of 1 to 100 Hz.
On request, we conduct comparative subjective listening tests (pre- and post-endurance).
Application examples: Dashboard, seats, automobile passenger compartment components, etc.
Sopaval conducts fatigue tests and adapts its hydraulic test benches to the specifications of the customer and the size of the equipment to be tested:
Sopaval can also carry out multi-signal measurements onsite or onboard.
For nearly 20 years, PARC Ltd has provided a range of environmental testing services to assess a product’s reliability, and to ensure that the product survives in its working environment.
The UK laboratory PARC holds accreditation UKAS 2379, “United Kingdom Accreditation Service”, the national accreditation for the United Kingdom, equivalent to French COFRAC.
The electrodynamic vibration tables allow a wide range of sinusoidal, random and sine on random vibration. Shock and Bump tests can be applied in all
three axes using either half sine, terminal peak sawtooth (TPS) or Shock Response Spectra (SRS) waveforms.
The Ling Dynamics V964 offers increased capability with a Random Force RMS of 89.0 kN.
Combined with the Vötsch VCV 7100 chamber the V875 allows the full range of vibration and shock tests to be carried out over a wide range of temperature and humidity conditions, including cyclic régimes.
Five electromagnetic vibration tables with the capability to test up to 1500kg.
An extensive range of requirements for Climatic Testing can be met using our wide variety of environmental test chambers. PARC can offer temperatures ranging from -70°C to +180°C for both endurance and cyclic testing. Humidity or damp heat conditions can be achieved over the range of 15% to 98% Relative Humidity (RH).
Through salt spray testing we are able to provide conditions which considerably accelerate the corrosion process. This means that results can be achieved in a short period of time.
Meeting the requirements of BS EN 60529 and 60598 Standards, our water spray chamber has a rotating table and 800mm radius spray bar, sweeping over a 360º arc. PARC can also provide immersion to level 8 and high pressure/high temperature testing to IPX9. The dust chamber provides dust ingress testing to the dust-protected (IP5) and dust-tight (IP6) categories, by applying a turbulent talc test with reduced pressure (where applicable).
The Screening Systems QRS 410-T is a HALT chamber capable of applying up to 25 grms 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. Thus the maximum stress screening for components in the minimum time is achieved.
Product Assessment & Reliability Centre Ltd. offers two levels of support for HALT:
P.A.R.C.’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.
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