Thermal Testing Services: Chamber Testing
We have several state-of-the-art climate chambers situated across two locations: York, UK, and Indianapolis, IN.
Our climate chambers can be programmed to perform various industry-standard temperature profiles, such as ISTA, AFNOR and WHO stress testing profiles, and can program other proprietary temperature exposures. With rates of temperature change of 3°C per minute and a temperature range of -40°C to +50°C, Intelsius can test packaging against any given thermal challenge from basic stepped or ramped profiles to intricate lifelike temperatures exposures experienced in shipping lanes.
With access to an array of chamber sizes, Intelsius can tailor thermal testing to the number and size of packaging systems that require testing—from singular tests to simultaneous testing of multiple systems, varying in size from blood shippers to pallet shippers. We consider each test individually to assess the most appropriate setup; this includes determining the best payload(s) and preparation process.
We utilise real-time data logging providing access to all thermal data during testing, allowing us to monitor performance and maximise testing and reporting efficiencies.
Thermal Testing Services: Procedures
We have developed a series of high-quality internal testing SOPs, covering all services on offer to ensure every test is carried out to a high standard that is repeatable. We designed these tests to demonstrate the best possible performance for your packaging and highlight areas for improvement during product development.
We work with you to develop a complete testing protocol to determine your testing needs before any testing is carried out. This document will detail the packaging to be tested, the testing procedure to be followed and how the resulting data and analysis will be presented and delivered. For effective planning and quick turnaround, Intelsius also offers standard test protocols and templates.
Thermal Testing Services: Reports
Our reports follow the state-of-the-art performance testing methodology of insulated packaging for temperature critical payloads.
All our test reports refer to the underlying test protocol defined for a specific test or test series and are always subject to the Intelsius ISO 9001-2015 Quality Management System and the associated document change control.
Our reports always contain a detailed description of the completed testing, including the test setup, equipment and data, as well as a complete discussion and analysis of the test results.
Temperature Testing Services: Monitoring and Data Handling
Accuracy, traceability and the long-term archiving of all test results are the indisputable prerequisites for temperature recording as part of our test services.
We only use high end and highly accurate temperature monitoring equipment from leading hardware manufacturers and service providers.
All sensor temperature data is recorded and stored in our database system in real-time and archived for ten years. Therefore, all data recorded in a test will be available to review and meet your high standards.
Thermal Testing Services: Equipment and Locations
All climate chambers contain multiple, three-point calibrated thermistor probes, in turn, used to calibrate each chamber by thermal mapping to ensure accurate output of programmed temperature profiles. We use these probes to monitor the thermal testing of packaging, i.e. internal packaging temperatures and the ambient temperature profile.
All temperature sensors used for Intelsius Technical Services undergo an annual three-point calibration. In addition, the equipment is calibrated to a traceable NIST, national or equivalent standard.
All equipment used for conditioning coolants, PCM and test materials is monitored in real-time 24 hours a day. Furthermore, a fully automated alarm system can immediately inform the technical department of any deviations from the temperature specifications. In this way, the optimum conditioning of all coolants and test samples in accordance with the specifications can always be guaranteed.
Intelsius Thermal Testing Services: The Benefits
- Exclusive use of globally recognised testing procedures from leading organisations (e.g. ISTA)
- Technical support and advice in creating test procedures and support throughout the testing process
- Testing against any ambient temperature profile between -40°C and +50°C
- Calibrated temperature monitoring equipment for accurate payload temperatures between -80°C to +50°C
- Real-time visibility of testing data for fast communication and quick decisions
- Data is recorded permanently in a secure digital format in a central database
- Scientific data analysis using an Intelsius developed and validated automated script within MATLAB
- Simultaneous testing capabilities of multiple packaging sizes or complete packaging range
- Simultaneous testing capabilities of various payload configurations.