Dr. Harvey West earned his doctorate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State and is a registered engineer in North Carolina. He has been the manager of the Raleigh branch of Materials Analytical Services, a private testing laboratory. Before that, he was in charge of the testing facilities in the materials science and engineering department at NC State and taught courses on the characterization of the mechanical behavior of materials, including composites.
He has conducted more than 800 tests for over 200 different companies at the Product Testing and Evaluation Laboratory. Along with Dr. Denis Cormier and Dr. James Taylor, he secured U.S. Patent “Methods and Apparatus for Rapidly Prototyping Three-Dimensional Objects from a Plurality of Layers.” His background is a tremendous resource for the furniture industry, and he is eager to work with your company to identify testing and evaluation opportunities that can help you improve your products and services.
Our 30 cubic foot environmental chamber is designed to accurately produce the temperature and humidity conditions required for applications including stability studies, package testing, TAPPI, MIL-SPEC, and vapor transmission. The 30-cu. ft. chamber features our unique humidity control system, enabling the user to attain unsurpassed levels of RH/temperature control and uniformity. Applications for this unit include diverse industries, such as pharmaceutical development and manufacturing, electronic components, food, semiconductor, paper and pulp, and anywhere precise humidity control and temperature replications are required.
Our walk-in chamber also provides a high level of capability that we are pleased to offer to our research and industry partners.
We have been utilizing our “Bifmatic 2000” custom designed testing equipment since 1997. Below are some of the BIFMA tests we routinely perform, along with a photo of our original Bifmatic.
Dr. Harvey West has collected some video (below) from his Hirox KH-7700 Advanced 3D Digital Microscope. We’ve had to really shrink this down to size to work well online; the real video is super high resolution and sharp as a tack!
KH-7700 Digital Microscope System is HIROX’s newest most advanced development. The digital camera, light source, LCD monitor, computer and software are all integrated into this one unit. The KH-7700 provides the user with the ultimate in high performance observation, measurement, analysis, recording, management, and output. We agree. Below is our very own.
Fatigue, Stress, Etc.
We are extremely well-equipped to break stuff and measure the stresses involved to a high degree of accuracy. Our biggest and strongest machine is our ATS Series 1620 20,000 lbs. capacity universal testing machine.
The electromechanical Universal Testing Machines are capable of performing virtually any test on almost any material when coupled with our unmatched line of standard and custom testing accessories. As with all ATS equipment, any of our standard frame designs can be custom-modified by our experienced Engineering department to suit any application or space restriction.
Next up we have a servo hydraulic Axial Fatigue Test machine from the fine folks at Testresources. Ours is a model 910LX15 – 3,300 lb capacity.
“Servo hydraulic test machines typically produce high loads at high test speeds compared to all electro mechanical and electrodynamic test machines. 910 Series test systems are used for product and material tests and include a dual column load frame, servo hydraulic actuator with servo valve, fatigue rated load cell, hydraulic power pack, digital controller and test software. The 910 includes a high-efficiency variable frequency drive servo pump and a servoactuator that includes a high-resolution digital encoder, capable of micron level control. Actuators are available with speeds to 100 Hz and forces to 5500 lb (25 kN). The popular 910 series includes all items needed.