Refurbished chambers –
Putting a product through a test chamber can provide critical data in the assessment of a products durability and life. Test chambers are designed to create environments that a product may potentially face during its use. The type of chamber depends on the size of the product and the kind of tests to be performed. While new test chambers can be very expensive ranging to several thousand dollars, refurbished chambers are less expensive and a perfect alternative.
Manufacturers of test chambers have programs for picking up their used equipment from customers and putting it through a rebuilding process. Companies specializing in refurbished test chambers have an inventory from multiple manufacturers in a variety of sizes depending on the availability of used equipment. In either case, refurbished testing chambers are rebuilt to exacting standards.
The refurbishing process involves several steps designed to assess the potential value of the refurbished chamber. In every part of the process, the most critical aspect is cleaning, which begins when the chamber is picked up from the original owner. The used chamber is checked for any chemicals and refrigerant that needs to be removed prior to transport. This is completed for the safety of the drivers as well as providing information for refurbishing engineers.
At the refurbishing site, the test chamber is minutely examined from the most basic parts such as the panels and walls to the most technical data collecting components. During this process, walls, parts, or data devices are examined and evaluated. Parts that can be reused are repaired and upgraded. Damaged or obsolete parts are replaced with new ones. The cost of the final refurbished chamber is very dependent on the number of components that are replaced.
It is critical that a test chamber be able to perform its function flawlessly and without errors, which makes the final step of the refurbishing process, cleaning, so important. Every part of the refurbished chamber is given a very thorough cleansing to remove any potential chemicals or elements that could taint its data.
Once the chamber is declared ready for testing, refurbishing engineers perform the types of tests the chamber will be required to complete for a customer. The kind of final assessment depends on the size of the chamber but can include high altitude to a variety of climates and atmospheres. Every refurbishing company has a set of precise standards that a chamber must meet before being put on the market for sale.
The cost of a refurbished chamber is drastically different than a new one. Refurbished test chambers can be a few hundred dollars up to a couple thousand depending on its size. The approved refurbished unit has the same quality of performance as a new one with a limited warranty from the refurbishing company.