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  • Ben Seaman

Let Convergence + STL Engineering help guide you with environmental test plans with closure of DFL (David Florida Labs) for Aerospace / Space qualification programs.




The upcoming closure of DFL labs is a significant loss for Canada's Space program vendors which has numerous key programs running simultaneously with CSA/NASA. Many of these prime suppliers have depended upon DFL for everything from TVAC (Thermal Vacuum Chamber), EMI/EMC and high vibration/shock impact testing with the advantage of space qualified equipment, experienced personal and close proximity to the Ottawa/Toronto/Montreal major companies.


It will be challenging to accurately plan in DFL for a formal qualification schedule and if they are currently in your program of reference it is recommended a mitigation strategy with other test labs.


Converge engineering team work closely with many test houses in Canada and the United States for ensuring compliance with MIL-STD-810, DO-160G, or CSA space space specifications, which are commonly required for products used in aerospace and defense applications.


We typically recommend a prequalification test cycle on high risk items on non-flight hardware to gain confidence before going to formal qualification testing. This will save time, schedule and alot of unexpected surprises if done properly. At Convergence, we have onsite EMI chamber, Thermal Chambers, Humidity, and full test lab for engineering driven corrections that is free for our customer to utilize.


Here are some well-known testing labs in both countries:


Canada:

  1. Element Materials Technology 

  2. Intertek 

  3. Electronics Test Centre (Ottawa)  

United States:

  1. Element Materials Technology 

  2. NTS (National Technical Systems) 

  3. Intertek

  4. TÜV SÜD America 

Before choosing a testing laboratory, it's essential to verify their accreditation, availability, expertise, and the specific tests they offer to ensure they can meet your compliance needs effectively. Additionally, consider factors such as turnaround time, cost, and customer service when selecting a testing partner.


Let us help you plan your alternative qualification program with any of the great test labs above. Our PMP certified project managers will help with resourcing, unit planning for parallel options, and procedure execution.

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