This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
For more than 20 years Robert Shaw and his partner Bill Huxhold have been involved with testing new products. However, they realized there was a need for a local independent testing facility and launched Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions.
Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions provides quality environmental testing solutions for manufacturers in the aerospace, defense, medical and automotive industries. The tests assess how a product will respond to various environments, ranging from transportation to humidity. The company adheres to International Safe Transit Authority specifications, which list what durations and types of tests a product must pass, which set strict performance testing standards.
Both temperature and humidity tests are the most common, Robert says, but he enjoys performing vibration tests because they provide more of a challenge. One of the company's most recent simulations involved testing the compression on a drive shaft to see how much force it would take to break gears off the shaft.
Although Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions was only launched in October 2005, Robert says the company has experienced great success. The facility has doubled in size to 5,000 square feet of testing space. And the company is one of only a few statewide that offers military standard testing.
Even with the range of tests Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions offers, Robert would like to see the company branch into other types of tests such as mechanical fatigue and sand and dust tests, to see how a product holds up in a desert environment. Since a large portion of military products are being shipped to Iraq, sand and dust testing have become more important than ever before.
Robert tells me that Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions has a diverse customer base with a wide range of products that helps keep the company on its toes. He enjoys watching the company address a problem and developing a solution to fix it.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.