What and Why We Test

To verify engineering finite element analysis and theoretical design calculations, Columbus Casting can rapidly and cost effectively produce prototypes or design samples and then statically and dynamically test to maximum combined operating load limits.  Upon concluding these tests, we will continue to test to destruction to establish actual margins of safety, static load limits, fatigue performance, anticipated casting life, and other characteristics pertinent to a particular casting, assembly, or system and its application

Our testing purposes and methodologies are as varied as the present and future needs of the industries we serve and the customers we supply.  Current testing of new and existing products can be summarized into six basic categories

  1. Testing required to meet customer specifications
  2. Assurance of meeting industry, government, or legal requirements
  3. Development of new products supporting APQP product development activity
  4. Defining performance requirements of new products
  5. Refining and improving existing products
  6. Identifying and resolving field abnormalities

When resolving field abnormalities or troubleshooting products, we simulate field conditions within the Advanced Technology Center until we experience a failure similar to what is being experience in operation.  We then develop and test various solutions such as design modifications until the optimal solution is determined.