Day: August 19, 2019

Laboratory Testing Your Idea

In the days of Thomas Edison, an inventor simply tried a number of things until something seemed to work. This approach doesn’t work as well today. Litigation and the demand for ever improving reliability require that we subject our ideas to rigorous laboratory testing. Here are some of the ways that can happen.

Burst Pressure Testing

When assessing the design of a system that will be under pressure, the burst pressure test is a way of ensuring that the system will withstand an operating pressure well in excess of the pressure at which you’re planning to operate. Perhaps as importantly, the burst pressure test will tell you how the system will fail if pressure is exceeded.

Coating Inspection

If part of your production process involves putting a coating on a product, such as paint or galvanizing, coating inspection and testing will help ensure that this coating is consistent. In the manufacturing plant itself, coatings may need to be inspected to ensure they are not deteriorating. Like burst pressure testing, coating inspection can be a destructive process, so typically a random sample is taken from the production environment for testing.

Contamination Testing

If your product or process requires a certain degree of purity, contamination can be a difficult issue to trace down. Especially for food-grade operations, ensuring that a product is free from contaminants is crucial. Contamination testing is done in a systematic way to track down where in a process a contaminant has a chance to enter. Any potential area for contamination needs to be redesigned to eliminate that possibility.

Raw Materials Testing

Since a product can only be as good as the components it’s made of, raw materials testing is a vital part of maintaining quality. Incoming raw materials must be tested routinely for purity and quality.

Inventing and manufacturing systems of today have to be systematic and thorough. Quality control and testing ensures that bad product doesn’t get through.…

Give the Beaver State a Try

While the West Coast beauty is often explored through the beaches and coastline of California, traveling further up the coast into Oregon and Washington is equally stunning. If you love the outdoors and prefer the rugged terrain of mountains and caves, perhaps vacationing in Oregon is the perfect trip for you. If you like ghost towns, bootlegging history, and gold mining, you won’t be bored with a trip to the Beaver State.


Surprisingly, it isn’t just wild adventures out in Oregon. Some of the most well-known companies have a location in Oregon, which keeps the economy going. Large corporations like Nike, Saia, and Lithium Motors are churning out products across the state, while smaller companies like the sheet metal shops Portland Oregon is home to keep a steady supply of employment for more local individuals. There isn’t a shortage of employment in this great state, as it is home to over 90 companies that employ over a thousand people. Nike is by far the largest of them, employing about 75, 000 people at its Beaverton location.


The state of Oregon has something for everyone when it comes to recreation and entertainment. Major cities like Portland offer a diverse nightlife scene, but if you move away from the lights and noise, you will be blown away by the beauty of the coast and the rise of the mountains. Oregon is home to Crater Lake, which was formed by a volcano and is the deepest lake in North America. It also boasts Mount Hood, an active stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc.


If you are more academically inclined than athletically, you will be impressed with the 64 colleges and universities that call Oregon home. However, if you like a little bit of both, you can combine study and fitness at the University of Oregon’s sports program.

Lesser known but rivaling the beauty and offerings of it southern counterpart, the state of Oregon has much to offer both tourists and residents. Give the state a try on your next vacation.…