Testing lab and innovation: the future speaks electric
The evolution of testing machines
Far in the 1955, mechanical testing labs saw the “first testing revolution”: the hydraulic technology was applied for the first time on a testing machine. After six decades, we’re going to meet the “second testing revolution”: the electrical technology is ready for disrupt the hydraulic in the worldwide labs.
STEP Lab was born in 2009, as a pioneer of this revolution, from the first day it started with studying and developing dynamic and high load testing systems based on electrical motions. STEP Lab is focused on technologies that could replace the older one oil-based in an efficient and high performing way. The product range currently is divided on two main families:
What are the pro & cons given by the “electrical testing machines revolution” versus the old hydraulics systems?
The electrical technology has some very important advantages which includes economy aspects and also human and planet health aspects. They are collected in the next chart.
|Electrical/electrodynamic actuators||Hydraulic actuators|
|Installation impact and costs||Very low, it’s like plug and play machine. Need only to connect the electrical plug.||Usually require high costs for installing also the hydraulic pump.|
|Operating costs||Very low, the electrical actuation has very high efficiency.||Very high costs caused by low efficiency.|
|Ordinary maintenance costs||Very low, the right designed actuators permit infinite life for the components.||Very high, periodically require to change the oil and the seals.|
|Air polluting||Null. It is the perfect solution for work in cleanroom.||Very high polluting of the environment with the oil vapours.|
|Environment polluting||Null.||Very high polluting of the environment with the oil vapours, and very high costs for change the waste oil.|
|Operating noise||Almost null.||Very high. It could require hearing protection for the workers, or special infrastructure for the noise isolating.|
Currently the main markets of STEP Lab are geographically distributed in Europe and Asia. Principally South Korea and China for the Asian market, Italy and Germany for the European one.
About the German market STEP Lab plans to attend to some important fairs and events. The most important event is organized by STEP Lab at the Aschaffenburg Technischen Hochschule on 11th March 2020. It is possible to take part for free. Registration is required by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or filling the form on the bottom of the page. During this event STEP Lab will show his linear motors machine running, focusing on the performances and the testing software’s features.