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Design for Reliability

Stress Engineering Services (SES) has the tools, expertise and reputation for innovation that incorporates all aspects of design, product performance, materials and manufacturing. The result:  SES can help you design a more reliable product. This will reduce long term scrap rates, product inquiries, in-service product failures, and reduce the risk of product recalls.

Integrated Design Yields Comprehensive Beauty

The rift between design and engineering is an industry cliché perpetuated for nearly a century. It resides in the frustration designers feel with the “lack of vision” of the engineering community and the disdain engineers feel for the design community’s lack of technical bottom.

Polymers, Elastomers and Composites

SES offers a full range of R&D, failure analysis and analytical characterization support services. The growth of polymers, elastomers and composites is not limited to the durable and non-durable consumer and medical products industries, but also includes manufacturing equipment components, industrial products, oilfield equipment and pipeline repair. SES has invested heavily in staffing and polymer characterization/testing instruments. A new polymer materials services facility has been constructed in SES’s centrally located Ohio facility to meet the growing demand for this work. The labs include a broad range of equipment necessary to evaluate the very complex polymer-related materials challenges for our clients.

Collect Critical Data In the Most Remote Environments

Solar Power and Energy Harvesting Enables Long and Short Term Data Acquisition in the Most Remote Locations
Stress Engineering Services routinely configures remote, un-staffed data collection and monitoring systems in the most extreme environments and remote locations for a broad range of industrial applications. These systems can include a wide range of sensor types – including: strain gages, accelerometers, thermocouples, load cells or pressure transducers, regardless of the lack of infrastructure where the measurement or monitoring is to take place. The measurement and monitoring systems are autonomous and fully secure.

Measure Real World Forces on Almost Anything

Strain Gage Instrumentation is used to determine actual loads that are carried and transferred through products, machinery and packages. The most common reasons to apply strain gages include: assessing the root causes of failures, developing specifications for new equipment, determining if the capacity of a particular piece of equipment can be safely increased or evaluating the opportunity to increase the throughput of a particular process.

Address the Challenge of Elastomers (and Polymers) in HPHT Service

Stress Engineering Services has expanded conventional environmental compatibility testing methodology to include testing protocols that enable service life estimates. There is a very bright light shining on elastomer performance when used in critical oilfield applications. Upstream high pressure, high temperature elastomer sealing applications are marked by harsh service conditions: high pressures, high temperatures, contact with hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and a plethora of engineered, particle-laden fluids that also include aggressive chemistry. The demand to understand true in-service performance has never been greater.

Validation of Creep Testing Equipment & Methodology

Stress Engineering’s Remaining Life Assessment Laboratory- Responding to the needs of the refining, chemical and power industries to conduct remaining life assessments on aging plants, SES set out to develop a state-of-the-art laboratory to generate the required high temperature creep data. Now calibrated against independent standards, the creep testing methods and machines have been demonstrated to deliver accurate data.

Analytical Lab Services - Polymers, Elastomers & Composites

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

SES provides physical, chemical, mechanical and thermal analysis of a broad range of materials. From the non-metallic world of polymers, elastomers, and polymer based composites to liquids and lubricants, and also traditional metallic materials, SES has the experience to identify and develop the test method required, conduct the testing, and interpret the results.

Medical Failure Analysis

When a product is failing, a manufacturing line goes down or a product is recalled, you want the most experienced failure investigators on your team.

The Value of Independent Third Party Reviews

Strategically-timed reviews by an independent expert can identify, analyze and evaluate the most critical aspects of design performance. Design reviews provide medical device manufacturers the clearest possible picture of a design’s strengths and shortcomings. When completed properly, these reviews will find problems before investing capital in manufacturing systems, avoid costly rework, and prevent failures in the market.