Smithers Rapra webinar series kicks off for 2016

Product Test Manager, Jeff Andrasik and Product Test Engineer, Jeremy Jackson give their insight on test setup considerations, industry standard requirements and ways to increase efficiency during product development.

Webinar Recap: Fluid Transfer Systems

The webinar, “Test Considerations for Fluid Transfer Systems – An Expert Overview” was presented live on March 29th by Smithers Rapra product test manager Jeff Andrasik. Andrasik began the discussion by presenting some common failure modes associated with fluid transfer systems including construction or design flaws, improper assembly of the system and incompatibilities within the environment.

He went on to talk about pre-test considerations which included asking key questions about specific goals and objectives for testing. Some examples included:

  • What property should be measured?
  • What is the end of life or threshold criterion?
  • What is the thickness of the product in the system?
  • How long should I test?

The webinar also covered test methods - such as pressure, vibration and temperature and fluid compatibility – and discussed ways to optimize a system’s performance by refining the tests to better replicate real world conditions.

“Often when testing, manufacturers do not consider all variables that their product could potentially be exposed to during the development phase”, Jeff Andrasik explains. “In the case where there is an enhancement to one component in the system, developers fail to then evaluate its performance within the entire system. Small changes could have a bigger effect on the performance.”

The full webinar can be downloaded from the Smithers website.

Qualifying Hydraulic and Industrial HosesApril Webinar: Hydraulic and Industrial Hoses

On April 19th at 11 AM EDT, Jeremy Jackson, product test engineer at Smithers Rapra, will present “Qualifying Hydraulic and Industrial Hoses for Optimal Performance”. The webinar will focus on the value of conducting quality audits on hose products through durability testing. Jackson will cover key test evaluations associated with SAE J517 and SAE J343 as well as other test considerations such as abrasion, temperature cycling and vibration evaluations.

The webinar will also speak to hose distributors and the value of conducting comparative benchmarking studies of incoming product shipments. As distributors receive supply, the quality of the products can start to diminish over time. This could be caused by a change in materials used or a change in the manufacturing process among others.

Registration is now open for “Qualifying for Hydraulic and Industrial Hoses for Optimal Performance” here.

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