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Vibration Testing and Analysis

Cross Vibration Test Services

Vibration testing (or shaker testing) is a way to safely imitate the possible conditions a product may see during its lifecycle. Testing with a shaker table ensures that products are soundly built and are able to safely operate outside of a testing environment. It also makes sure they’re able to withstand transportation, expected operation, and many other factors.

In order to determine the limits of the test specimen, products can be subjected to various types of vibration and shock testing, including sinusoidal vibration, random vibration testing, and various types of shock pulses. A combination of tests may even be required. We also have the capability to measure vibration experienced by your part in the field and then create a custom test that mimics those real-world conditions. 

No matter the type of shaker testing you need, Cross is your vibration test partner. We work with you and with your product to make sure it meets the necessary quality standards.

Testing and Analysis

Vibration testing and analysis is an important factor in determining how components will hold up to everyday use. Your team may be required to test products for development, reliability, or safety protocols depending on the products intended use and exposure environment. 

Vibration testing is necessary in all types of industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Rail, Electronics and Consumer Products and is also a critical component to determine product durability during transportation and shipping. 

This is especially true when you consider the environmental exposure that products can encounter while also experiencing vibration during transport. Most products are developed to withstand these types of environments, and vibration testing is a necessary component to ensuring compliance.

shaker testing table at cross company

Vibration and Mechanical Shock

Cross offers vibration testing and analysis with state-of-the-art equipment that allows our team to simulate and monitor climate conditions while testing for vibratory impact. Our chambers have large-scale footprints that allow us to meet most product, packaging, or material size needs that you may have. Our vibration systems have the ability to add climate to any test necessary, and can perform various types of vibration tests as well as mechanical shock testing. Capabilities Include:

Vibration Testing

Sinusoidal Vibration

Random Profiles

Sine on Random

Resonance Search and Dwell

Narrow Band Random on Random

Combined Temp and Vibration

Mechanical Shock

Half Sine

Terminal and Initial Peak Saw Tooth Pulses

Triangular

Rectangular

Trapezoidal

SRS

Meeting Today's Testing Standards

Cross Testing also provides evaluations and monitoring during vibration tests to track vibration responses a product may have. We monitor these responses with accelerometers or through the noise output. Our acoustic cameras provide us with the data to evaluate the noise of your part quantitatively by producing a visual representation of noise output. Through a combination of noise, vibration, and harshness testing, we can get a full picture of the strengths and weaknesses of your product.

Or your product may need a more “real-world” test. In these situations, we can create specialized tests to mimic real-world situations. This is accomplished by mounting accelerometers on your product in the field and recording the vibrations it experiences during normal use. This data can then be used to create custom vibration profiles that will put your part through a realistic simulation. We do this because once the product is out of the production or testing environment, it will encounter stressors. We make sure those stressors won’t cause future failures.

To really meet the demands of the real world, a combination of tests are often recommended. In many cases, combining sine testing with random vibration testing can effectively simulate conditions a product may encounter better than a single test.

Knowing which tests to do and why is where Cross Testing shines. You need a vibration testing company that can do more than the bare minimum. If you have a dynamic problem, we have a custom solution.

Evaluation and Monitoring

Cross Testing also provides evaluations and monitoring during vibration tests to track vibration responses a product may have. We monitor these responses with accelerometers or through the noise output. 

Our acoustic cameras provide us with the data to evaluate the noise of your part quantitatively by producing a visual representation of noise output. 

Through a combination of noise, vibration, and harshness testing, we can get a full picture of the strengths and weaknesses of your product.

table for shaker testing at cross laboratory
Vibration Testing and Analysis 2

Real World Simulations

On paper, everything may look good. It’s not until real-world conditions (or simulated conditions) are met that the full scope of problems may emerge. No one wants problems to emerge on a finished product.

That’s why today it’s particularly important to thoroughly test. And tests that simulate real-world conditions are some of the strongest indicators of future success or failure.

With our variety of NVH tests available, we’re able to make predictions about how a product will react to the types of shocks or vibrations it experiences in shipping or in everyday use. If you need to be sure that your product can handle regular day-to-day use we can analyze the vibrations that your part will experience in the real world and then replicate those conditions in a controlled vibration test. Reproducing real-world forces and stressors gives you a reasonable prediction of potential product weaknesses or design issues.

With the ability to design and build custom test rigs and fixtures we can support all of your vibration needs. We use data acquisition solutions to ensure proper data collection during testing.

Pre/Post photogrammetry, gap and other measurement methods allow us to determine compliance of most specification requirements. With the added ability to perform environmental tests such as sun simulation or salt spray analysis, Cross can handle your entire project, without the need to utilize multiple sources.

We’ve provided high-quality vibration testing to numerous industries, including:

Automotive

Rail/Locomotive

Electronics

Consumer Products

Packaging

Military/Defense

Medical

and More

Why Cross Vibration Tests?

Cross vibration testing is dedicated to providing clear and actionable data for your product. Even if your product requires unconventional testing procedures.

At Cross Testing, we use data acquisition, high speed photography, shaker tables, and other methods to get a clear picture of how your product will respond to real-world stimulus. And through data acquisition, hardware, and software, we can collect field data to use to generate random vibration profiles. This allows you to not have to solely rely on preexisting test profiles found in test specifications. As well as pinpointing any potential weaknesses or design flaws.

When you’ve created a product, you want to know that it will pass the tests of modern operations. Get that peace of mind with Cross Noise, Vibration, and Harshness Testing.

See how our precision measurement team can help improve quality, increase efficiency, and reduce risk.

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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 a 100% employee owned! Learn more about our ESOP and how that benefits both team members and our customers.
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.