Alaris’ New ESS Equipment Up and Running

Alaris Antennas has recently acquired and installed specialised ESS equipment, which will allow us to conduct a number of various environmental tests in-house.

The new equipment was designed, manufactured and installed by a South African company and consists of a walk-in temperature and humidity chamber as well as two vibration tables.

Environmental Stress Screening, or ESS, is a method used to identify possible product failures which are likely to occur in the actual service of the equipment. It was developed to assist electronic manufacturers to detect product defects during the design and production stages. This specialised equipment is widely used in various applications and can form part of the manufacturing process or it can be used in new product qualification testing.

ESS involves the testing of the impact of extreme temperature cycling (the products are exposed to a number of fast temperature changes which can range from – 30O  to 70+O C), vibration testing, shock and humidity variations.

Alaris believes that this implementation will advance customer service, since any defects uncovered during the Environmental Stress Screening process will lead to improvements in the manufacturing process.  In addition it will guarantee better operational reliability and performance of our products.