Expanded ANSI-ANAB Scope Shows SBCRI’s Growing Capabilities
Originally published by: SBC Research Institute — March 20, 2017
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“Quality Means Verified Loads-in/Loads-out”
Madison, WI — The SBC Research Institute (SBCRI) renewed its ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accreditation certificate January 4, 2017 and expanded its scope to cover 42 standards, specifications, methods, concepts and related testing techniques that can be used to assess product, design or assembly performance.
“Our goal,” says Daniel Lawless, Technical Manager for SBCRI, “is to continue SBCRI’s focus on its core structural and building envelope load path testing competency. We will use our expanded ANAB accredited scope to facilitate the testing of product, design and installation innovations for clients. The broader scope allows SBCRI to help advance building construction in its areas of professional testing and engineering expertise. This aids customers’ R&D efforts so that the application or design of a building component in a building design is accurate, reliable and safe.”
The test standards added to SBCRI’s scope cover testing of nail and screw connections, trusses, wood structural panels and laminated columns.
SBCRI is a state-of-the-art testing and research facility in Madison, specializing in building construction and forensic testing for a wide array of products used in steel, concrete and wood frame commercial and residential construction.
SBCRI is one of the few facilities in North America that tests structural assemblies with the entire structure sitting on load cells. While challenging, SBCRI has chosen this method because understanding actual loads paths in structures is impossible unless tests are performed based on the way structures are actually built and installed in the field. Generally accepted engineering becomes much more straightforward with exact load path data.
ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is a rigorous set of requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is an international accreditation body based in Milwaukee, WI. SBCRI first earned its certification in 2009; the certificate is renewed every two years.
Over the last two years, SBCRI added or upgraded several test machines to allow for more rapid test setup and more advanced loading protocols to be used in our testing.
SBCRI’s testing quality control process is centered on measuring the applied loads placed on any component or structure, measuring the loads as they pass though the element or assembly and then measuring all the reaction loads at each of the supports. As engineering mechanics and statics define – load in must equal load out. If not measured, the accuracy of the testing should be questioned.
SBCRI allows customized testing for each company’s unique needs by providing accurate testing with quality verification via loads in/loads out. For more information, contact SBCRI today (or call 608-310-6739).
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