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Alternating Climate Testing (ACT)

Alternating Climate Stress Test Services

Many parts, components, or products are exposed to a wide range of climates and environmental conditions over the course of their life cycles. And the way they behave and adapt to these climatic conditions can have a significant impact on their longevity, their performance, and end-user satisfaction. That’s why it’s so important to have the data required to determine environmental resilience and forecast product performance.

It may be that only the appearance of the component changes (ie, the gloss, color, paint quality, etc). Or it may be that functionality is reduced when exposed to extreme climate fluctuations. Or it may even function as expected in one climate, but break entirely if that environment dramatically shifts. These are all factors manufacturers must take into consideration. And they can have significant impacts on the manufacturing process or production as a whole.

At Cross Testing, we offer professional alternating climate testing along with detailed documentation and reports summarizing our findings. That way, you can know how your product, part, or component will perform in the face of dynamic climate changes.

Alternating Climate Testing Applications

There are a number of industries who can benefit from alternating climate test services. How a product or component will perform in varying climates is often an important consideration for many product designers and manufacturers. If a product can’t be trusted to perform in differing climates, then the manufacturers may have a large problem on their hands.

If your product is intended for a wide range of distribution, it’s critical that it be able to perform in any climate it may find itself in. That’s the service that Cross is able to provide.

For instance, an automotive manufacturer needs to ensure that their product is able to withstand alternating climatic conditions on a global scale. What works in a hot, arid climate may not perform as well in a warm, humid climate. Or a part designed to withstand cold climates may not be able to withstand desert temperatures. Overlooking these considerations can cause significant problems down the road, from loss of customer confidence to an expensive recall. Avoid those pitfalls with professional alternating climate testing (ACT) services.



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Dynamic Climate Chambers

Our dynamic climate chambers are able to perform climate testing using alternating environmental conditions to test climatic impact on your product, component, or part. This includes phases of high and low temperature, high and low humidity, and rest periods in between. These variations in air humidity and temperature can lead to damages in the material, corrosion, or unexpected changes within the structure of the component.

Any change in the component under test is thoroughly documented and tracked. That way, you know the exact environmental conditions that produced the recorded effect. And with that knowledge and documentation, can greenlight a product or perform design changes to get it up to the desired quality.

Our climate change tests are performed according to your desired specification, manufacturer’s factory standards, and/or your own internal quality assurance standards.

Performance measuring in normal climate

Climatic storage with moisture testing

Climate change tests with varying temperatures

Product integrity under temperature variations

Cold and hot storage condition testing

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Combining Product or Materials Testing Procedures

In order to assure complete component compliance and integrity, more than one test is often necessary. At Cross, we have the ability to provide a wide range of testing procedures, from alternating climate testing to sunlight simulation testing to ingress protection testing. And in order to get a comprehensive picture of how your product will perform under differing conditions, it’s typically best practice to perform a combination of these tests.

Our experts will work directly with you to ensure that your product, component, or part is getting all the tests it needs to guarantee success. We’ll devise a testing schedule and provide any necessary documentation showing how your product performed under test conditions. While also providing suggestions for better performance in the future.

These suggestions for improvement can be a valuable resource for manufacturers or other businesses. Being able to forecast product performance can provide implementation roadmaps, predict end-user satisfaction, prevent future headaches, and ultimately save money.

However, custom testing combinations is just one of the ways that working with Cross is a commitment to the success of your product. We have much to offer our customers and partners in terms of added value. And we can offer that value to your operation, too. Contact Cross Testing today to discuss the testing services your product needs and devise a comprehensive testing plan.

State of the Art Testing Facilities

Test results are only as reliable as the equipment performing them. So in order to provide total quality assurance to our customers, we always aim to utilize the most accurate testing equipment available to us. Our aim is for our tests to be accurate, repeatable, and traceable. And a state of the art product or materials testing facility is able to provide that.

Our ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratories are equipped with a wide range of testing equipment, from environmental chambers to high speed video capture. With our equipment, personnel, and expertise, Cross Testing has become an extension of the product testing and development team for many operations across dozens of industries.

When it comes to products, materials, or components testing, our investments into our lab equipment and technicians have set a high standard for accuracy and reliability. Our comprehensive range of testing equipment, technical expertise, and our level of flexibility allows us to provide the tests our customers need. Whether it’s testing to ensure factory standards are met, custom testing solutions, or industry-standard tests (such as durability or hardness), Cross can provide the services you’re looking for.

Why Cross Testing?

At Cross, the most important thing to us is the success of our customers. That’s why we go out of our way to design custom testing solutions that ensure future production success for every single one of them. All while also offering world-class customer service. And when you combine those two factors with industry-leading expertise and a cutting-edge testing lab, you get a winning combination.

Our ISO 17025 accredited testing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico can provide you with product testing, materials testing, environmental testing, lifecycle testing, and many other testing services. Whether it’s for automotive, aerospace, consumer products, pharmaceutical, or a wide range of other industries, we can help.

There’s a reason so many companies and manufacturers across so many industries choose to work with Cross Testing again and again. Contact us today and we’ll give you a reason to keep coming back, too.

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Find Alternating Climate Testing (ACT) Near Me

Offering a range of testing services from our testing laboratories in the U.S. and Mexico. Learn more about the expert testing procedures performed in our state-of-the-art facilities. We can provide you with actionable data about your parts or materials so that you can make the best decisions for your product, your production process, and your end users. We can also provide calibration services, inspection services, and metrology products through our network of ISO 17025 accredited precision measurement labs.



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Did you know… Cross Company is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). Our ESOP started in 1979 and as of 2006, we are 100% employee-owned! Learn more about our ESOP and how that benefits both team members and our customers.
Did you know... the precision measurement group at Cross was founded in 1939 by our current CEO's grandfather, Jim King. That's a whole lot of calibration!
Did you know... A fingerprint weighs about 50 micrograms. We know, we weighed it! The residue left from a finger can actually make a difference in weight results which is why we wear gloves when we calibrate weights. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 4.5 grams, that’s 4.5 million micrograms.
Did you know… Cross Company has grown significantly since our start in 1954. Over the years we've acquired 26 companies! Today, our five groups have expertise in everything from industrial automation to precision measurement, and industry knowledge going all the way back to 1939.