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IEC 60068-2-6 Sinusoidal Vibration Testing Laboratory

IEC 60068-2-6 Sinusoidal Vibration Testing

IEC 60068-2-6 vibration testing provides a method of test applicable to components, equipment, and other articles, which during transportation or in service, may be subjected to conditions involving vibration of a harmonic pattern.

Meeting the IEC 60068-2-6 sinusoidal testing requirements can be difficult. Keystone Compliance understands the challenges and guides companies through the process. Request a quote and find out first hand about our competitive pricing, timely process, and outstanding reputation. 

Summary of IEC 60068-2-6 Sinusoidal Vibration Testing

The purpose of IEC-60068-2-6 testing is to determine any mechanical weakness and/or degradation in the specific performance of the equipment under test (EUT). IEC 60068-2-6 vibration testing requires that the EUT be operational during testing.

Vibrations may be caused by rotating, pulsating, or oscillating forces, similar to those that occur on ships, aircraft, rotorcraft, land vehicles, and space applications, or caused by machinery and seismic phenomena. In a nutshell, IEC 60068-2-6 testing subjects a specimen to sinusoidal vibration over a given frequency range for a given period.

During testing, the EUT and the vibration response data are to be monitored and examined to determine critical frequencies. The two primary endurance procedures required by IEC60068-2-6 testing are endurance by sweeping and endurance at fixed frequencies. These frequencies, applied amplitudes and the behavior of the EUT shall be stated in the test report.

IEC 60068-2-6 Laboratory Testing Procedures

Preparation of the Test Sample

The initial step involves the selection and preparation of a test sample that accurately represents the final product. The sample must be mounted on a fixture that simulates its real-world installation environment. This preparatory phase is crucial for the validity of the test results, as it ensures that the testing conditions closely replicate the operational conditions of the component or equipment.

Setup of Test Equipment

The subsequent step requires setting up the vibration test system. This typically comprises a vibration table, a power amplifier, and a control system. This equipment must be capable of generating the specified vibration levels in terms of frequency and amplitude as dictated by the test plan. Calibration of this equipment before testing guarantees the most accurate and reliable test results.

Testing Sequence

Upon securing the test sample and calibrating the test equipment, the execution phase commences. This phase involves programming the control system with the designated test parameters and initiating the test. Vigilant monitoring of both the equipment and the test sample throughout the test duration is essential to ensure adherence to the specified parameters.

During the test, it is vital to employ sensors and data acquisition systems to monitor the response of the test sample to the applied vibrations. Recording all pertinent data, including vibration frequency, amplitude, and any observable sample behavior, forms the backbone of the subsequent analysis phase.

Test Report

The final step in the vibration testing process is the comprehensive report of the test setup, procedures, results, and conclusions. This documentation serves not only as a record of compliance with the IEC 60068-2-6 standard but also as a foundational element for future product improvements and design optimizations.

Expert IEC 60068-2-6 Vibration Testing

Keystone Compliance is a preferred IEC 60068-2-6 test lab for manufacturers from around the country. Our experience has provided us with an expertise in developing appropriate test plans and fixturing. With multiple shakers, our scheduling provides short lead times and quick turnarounds. Most importantly, our experience differentiates us from other test labs that only test products. We work with manufacturers to maximize the likelihood of units meeting the requirements.

When challenges arise, our staff works with manufacturers to identify the cause of the challenge and develops ideas on how to overcome the obstacles. This focus on finding ways to meet the requirements has allowed Keystone Compliance to be named one of the fastest-growing companies in the country by Inc. Magazine.

Please contact us to receive a quote for IEC 60068-2-6 sinusoidal vibration testing. We are confident that no other lab in the country offers a better chance of helping your unit meet the vigorous requirements of this standard.


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