EXOCase has been subjected to a number of tests, carried out in laboratory conditions, passing with flying colours. This ensures that we know that any EXOCase can withstand extremes of temperature, impact and heavy loads, all without loss of performance – something that traditional flight cases simply cannot offer.
The tests were carries out to military standards by TÜV SÜD. With over 50 years’ experience, TÜV SÜD Product Service is a leading international expert in providing testing, certification, qualification, training and consultancy services to a range of industries covering the Aerospace, Defence, Medical & Health, Radio & Telecoms, Rail, Trade, Electronics & Consumer sectors. This made their testing perfect for EXOCase. Find out more about TÜV SÜD by visiting their website at www.tuvps.co.uk/home_psuk
In this test, the EXOCase was first acclimatised to ambient laboratory conditions, for a period of over 16 hours. The temperature was then increased to +55 degrees Celsius, at no more than 1 degree per minute. The temperature was then maintained at 55◦C for 48 hours, before the temperature was allowed to drop back to ambient conditions at no more than 1◦C/minute and held for 1 hour.
Upon completion of the test, the EXOCase was inspected both internally and externally. The top lid of the protective case was removed and re-located without problem, and the operation of the latch mechanisms also raised no issues. There was no noticeable binding of the latches either, and no overall degradation or damage was observed on any part of the item tested.
This test suggests that EXOCase would be perfect for use in hot climates and industries exposed to high temperatures (e.g. certain manufacturing processes), and would provide a much greater level of protection than a traditional flight case.
For this, the EXOCase tested was first acclimatised to ambient laboratory conditions. The temperature was then dropped to -13◦C, at no more than 1 degree per minute. The temperature was then allowed to stabilise, before being maintained for 16 hours. The temperature was then increased to original ambient conditions, again at no more than 1◦C/minute, and maintained at this for 1 hour.
Following this, the tested EXOCase was found to display no damage or degradation to any of its parts, including latch mechanisms (there was also no binding of these moving parts observed). The lid was also removed and relocated with no problem, as had been done before the temperature change. A visual inspection both inside and out highlighted no problems.
This test indicates EXOCases’ suitability for use in cold climates, or in areas where it would be subjected to a drop in temperature overnight. This makes it a great competitor for similar aluminium cases, and is also the perfect flight case alternative.
This test involved the use of load spreader with weights on a concrete floor, and saw a (top) load of 63kg applied to the EXOCase fo a period of 24 hours. After 5 minutes of the test the height of the 4 corner load spreader edges (to the ground) was taken, and then again at the completion of the test.
Both internally and externally, there was no visual indication of any damage or degradation to the case tested. There was 1mm of displacement on 3 of the 4 corners, but none measured on the fourth. This however did not affect the moving parts (i.e. the latches functioned as desired) and the lid was removed and re-attached with no problem.
This test indicates the inherent strength of the EXOCase, provided by the high level of engineering and unique design. It also indicates its suitability, particularly when compared to standard flight and protective cases, for use in protecting products and/or equipment of a high weight.
Another test to ascertain the strength and impact resistance of the EXOCase, this time using a Lansmont PDT-56E precision drop tester onto a steel plate floated over concrete. The case was tested from 1,000mm and dropped 6 times. These were to face 3/bottom, face 4/left, face 2/right, face 5/front, face 6/back and face 1/top.
Despite these 6 drops, there was no visual sign of damage or degradation to any aspect of the EXOCase. It was still possible to remove the top lid and re-attach it with no problems, and the latch mechanisms still worked perfectly.
The passing of this test indicates the robustness of the EXOCase, proving that it is suitable for repeat uses and can withstand continual handling and transportation with ease.
As well as the above tests, the EXOCase is also IP55 rated – meaning you can be confident of its water and dust proofing abilities.
The IP Code (or Ingress Protection Rating consists of the letters IP followed by two digits or one digit and one letter and an optional letter. As defined in international standard IEC 60529, IP Code classifies and rates the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in mechanical casings.
With this degree of time and investment spent on testing, we are confident that EXOCase will out-perform by far any standard flight case solution.