Industry thrives on predictability. Environmental chambers help industrial researchers determine how a product is likely to behave when subject to certain conditions. This process helps industries anticipate problems with their products and improve them based on what they observe during research in environmental chambers. Environmental chambers can provide researchers with testing environments of all kinds. They can provide controlled temperatures, air pressure, humidity levels and several other variables that affect product performance.
Take, for example, automotive research. Suppose you work for the engineering department of a major automotive manufacturer, and you have been tasked with developing metal plating that will help automotive components resist corrosion during months when they are exposed to corrosive salt and moisture. In order to replicate the conditions in which your product will eventually be used, you could conduct your experiments in a environmental chamber that provided controlled air temperatures and a means by which salt or a saline solution could be brought into contact with your product. You would then be able to observe the effects of this contact and make changes to the composition of your product as needed.
This hypothetical situation can be adjusted to include a whole range of industrial research and testing scenarios. In each case, environmental chambers provide an environment in which products can be tested for their performance under certain circumstances. These kinds of research environments are valuable in the automotive industry, pharmaceutical products testing and development, medical research, aircraft testing and a wide range of other contexts in industry.
Because there are so many contexts in which environmental chambers are needed, they are available in a wide variety of configurations. These include small benchtop chambers as well as chambers that are large enough to be entered by one or more persons.