FAQs

1. If we want to do multiple types of testing, what should we purchase?
Testing is not a “one size fits all”. Each product is carefully designed for a certain purpose-be it a shake table, earthquake simulator or other motion control system. Some of the machines can be adapted, but for the most part, the type of testing has to be predefined to deliver the best system.

2. Can we use local tradesmen and craftsmen?
Yes, we encourage this cost cutting approach. We have found skilled professionals throughout the world who value superior work. The knowledge accumulated through this method saves our customers money and cuts down on unnecessary service calls.

3. If we already have testing equipment, can we use this?
Absolutely, with our extensive knowledge of vibration testing systems and such, we are experienced in refurbishing. If you have an analog system that may be underutilized, consider adding a custom designed computer interface.

4. How much electric power is necessary for testing?
Most of the testing labs require 5kw per one ton of tested material for dynamic testing. For static testing, the general rule is about 2kw. SHS is available for consulatation prior to building your Civil Engineering lab.

5. Can we use our existing lab for installation of the testing equipment?
Many buildings can be used. Our team of experts will examine your site to make the recommended changes if necessary. Usually these changes involve adding more concrete to re-inforce the strength of the testing surface or increasing the amount of electric power or increasing the size of the doorways in order to bring the system into the building.

6. Will you be able to support us after the installation?
Yes, we provide remote support with our products and also believe in having local personnel involved in the design, building, and installation of the vibration testing systems, earthquake simulators and shake tables that we construct.

7. How much concrete will be needed for the installation of the base?
The general rule is there needs to be ten times the mass of concrete (or steel) of the largest actuator in the system. For example, if there is a 5 ton actuator used, then there should be 50 tons of mass.

8. Can we use the local materials and suppliers?
We highly encourage this cost saving measure. However, there are some parts of the system that will be designed, built and tested at our facility in Boulder, Colorado.