Solar Atmospheres of Western PA added tensile testing to its range of mechanical testing services. The company recently took delivery of a new Tinius Olsen 300SL Universal testing machine and installed it in a temperature-controlled environment. In addition, Solar Atmospheres of Western PA purchased a new Haas Model TL-1 CNC lathe to custom-machine test specimens. Both units are located in a new 10,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the company’s 75,000-square-foot vacuum heat-treating production facility in Hermitage, Pa.

Tensile tests are essential in determining and understanding the ultimate strengths of materials. Many aerospace specifications demand at least one tensile test to be performed on each heat lot of material and/or for every furnace load of components being heat treated. Solar Atmospheres of Western PA traditionally outsourced all tensile testing by utilizing locally accredited independent laboratories, but a delay of 24 to 48 hours before the lab even received the specimens was normal. To receive tensile results faster and more efficiently, the company decided to bring tensile testing in-house.