When I look around my desk, I see a wide range of commercial products that have become standard utilities in offices and other kinds of places of business. My computer, for example, is composed of a wide variety of now common and comparatively inexpensive materials like plastic and a variety of metals. I often think how outrageous the idea of affordable computers might have seemed to an electrical engineer just 30 years ago. The same could be said for my phone, the printers in our office and all sorts of other commercial utilities whose presence we’ve gotten used to. Just a few decades ago, many of these products were barely emerging from their testing phases. At the beginning of the timeline of all of these products’ development were many different kinds of tests.
Many of the products that I make use of at work every day had to undergo rigorous testing in order to ensure product quality and resistance to the stresses and strains of everyday operation. Tests are undertaken to answer questions like these: can the product withstand impact? Can it withstand coffee spills? Can it withstand temperature changes? In order to simulate these conditions, testing engineers employ test chambers, and because there are a wide variety of demands for testing equipment, there is a large demand for custom test chambers.
Manufacturers offer custom test chambers to clients that require unique testing environments and conditions for their products. These conditions include extreme temperatures, vibration, salt spray exposure and a wide variety of other conditions. These custom chambers are necessary because one test chamber made by one manufacturer for one client may not be suitable for other clients. This can still be true even if that test chamber features nine out of ten of the conditions that the second user needs to conduct tests. Because the need for test chambers is so varied, the need for custom test chambers will likely continue to be strong.