In-lab and on-site testing

Our environmental services include a broad spectrum of climatic/atmospheric simulation and dynamic simulation testing for products used in a multitude of commercial and military applications.

Depth of Services
Our Environmental Simulation Solutions (ESS) include highly trained engineers and technicians, ongoing technical education and training, and comprehensive in-house engineering support…all supported with a commitment to facilitate your testing needs and to promote total customer satisfaction.  Our three strategically located dedicated testing facilities feature systems-integrated computers that enable field measurements to be precisely duplicated in our laboratories.

Testing Services
Our Environmental Simulation Solutions (ESS) testing services include both national and international standards and virtually all rail, maritime, military, aerospace, commercial and industrial test standards…in-lab or on-site.

Engineering Support
Retlif’s Engineering Services Division is staffed to support in-house engineering departments. We can assist in defining an overall compliance plan or by generating specialized documentation required by an ESS or ESS/EMC compliance testing program, e.g. management and control plans, test plans and procedures.  We also have the expertise to assist you in defining an overall compliance plan to address the needs of multiple regulatory agencies in one test program.

Inside Retlif’s three dedicated laboratories

Oversized sample vibration and shock test capacities:

  • Accommodate samples up to 2,500 pounds
  • 20,000 force pounds rating (vibration)
  • 40,000 force pounds rating (shock)
  • Overhead crane
  • Four-foot recessed concrete floor enclosure


Diverse vibration testing:

  • Gunfire vibration
  • Random vibration
  • Random on random
  • Shipboard vibration
  • Sine on random
  • Sinusoidal vibration
  • SSL (Space Shuttle Launch)
  • Swept sine on random


77-cubic foot explosive atmosphere chamber:

  • Demonstrates the ability of equipment to operate in flammable atmospheres without causing ignition


1,000-cubic foot walk-in chamber for larger test samples:

  • Microprocessor-controller
  • Permits testing rack mounted systems
  • Accelerated rate of change capabilities (temperature and humidity)
  • Overall temperature range: -73°C to +85°C
  • Overall humidity range: 20% to 98% RH


Ingressive sand and dust test chamber:

  • 30-cubic foot sealed capacity
  • Enables sand and dust testing of samples
    • IAW MIL-STD-810 under Procedure I (blowing dust) and Procedure II (blowing sand) guidelines


Climatic/Atmospheric Simulation

  • Accelerated life
  • Altitude
  • Combined environments
  • Decompression:  Rapid
  • Decompression:  Explosive
  • Explosive atmosphere
  • Fluid susceptibility
  • Fungus
  • Hail
  • Humidity
  • Icing
  • Immersion
  • Noise:  Airborne
  • Noise:  Structure borne
  • Overpressure
  • Rain/wind
  • Salt spray/salt fog
    • SO2 acidic atmosphere
  • Sand and dust
  • Seal testing
    • Helium leak detection
  • Snow
  • Solar radiation
  • Solderability
  • Temperature cycling
  • Temperature shock
  • Tensile strength
  • Vacuum
  • Waterproofness


Dynamic Simulation

  • Acceleration
  • Bend testing
  • Combined environments
  • Force testing
  • Inclination
  • MIL-S-901 lightweight shock
  • Shock: drop, high impact, classical
  • Shock response spectrum (SRS)
    • Ballistic
    • Pyro shock
  • Vibration
    • Gunfire
    • Random
    • Random on random
    • Shipboard
    • Sine on random
    • Sinusoidal
    • Space shuttle launch (SSL)
    • Swept sine on random


Military Applications
Retlif is Defense Electronics Supply Center (DESC) approved and possesses the technical expertise, field capabilities and laboratory facilities to provide a full range of military, dynamic and climatic test methods. Retlif testing services that are globally accepted by every major airframe manufacturer, shipyard, and military agency, including  standards such as:

  • MIL-STD-167
  • MIL-STD-202G
  • MIL-STD-740-1 & 2
  • MIL-STD-810F
  • MIL-STD-883
  • MIL-S-901D
  • MIL-STD-1184
  • MIL-E-5400T


Commercial & International Applications
Retlif is the fastest, most cost effective and most seamless road to product acceptance.  We have unparalleled credentials, accreditations, alliances and approvals built over nearly 40 years of testing and engineering experience.  Retlif is uniquely qualified for commercial and international applications. And our real world appreciation of marketplaces ranges from rail, military and homeland security to commercial aviation, aerospace and maritime, to medical and vehicular.  

  • AAR
  • A.S.T.M.
  • DO-160D
  • F.D.A. 510K
  • FRA
  • IEC 68
  • NIJ 0101.06
  • S.A.E.
  • U.S.C.G.


Reporting & Publications
Each Retlif testing facility maintains a dedicated Publications Department to report the testing performed and how it was accomplished in a clear and concise manner. Retlif’s test reports, procedures and plans consistently receive the highest marks for clarity and attention to detail.