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H.P. White Laboratory opens environmental test facility for personal and vehicular armor

Advanced Textiles, Industry News | June 7, 2011 | By:

H.P. White Laboratory Inc. has announced the opening of Cooper Main, a new environmental test facility for personal and vehicular armor. The new laboratory houses four environmental conditioning chambers capable of achieving temperature ranges from minus 75 degrees C to 150 degrees C, and humidity ranges from 10 percent to 98 percent for hard and soft armor samples. The new facility provides a 575-square-foot sample storage room maintained at between 25 degrees C and 20-50 percent humidity for compliant storage of samples awaiting testing.

The company now provides vehicular and personal armor manufacturers with one-stop environmental conditioning and ballistics resistance testing required by multiple standards and regulations, including National Institute of Justice (NIJ), MIL STDs, UL 752, STANAG, military hard and soft body armor standards, and a host of other domestic and foreign protocols that require environmental conditioning. Manufacturers and suppliers can validate armor packages for research and development, certification, and acceptance testing. H. P. White is one of a select few NIJ-approved ballistic testing laboratories accredited to conduct required environmental conditioning of both soft and hard personal body armor, in addition to ballistics resistance testing required for NIJ 0101.06 body armor certification.

The new facility is named Cooper Main in honor of the company’s longest standing employee, Lois Cooper, who has been employed by H.P. White Laboratory for 53 years. Over her tenure, Cooper has held a variety of positions throughout the organization, ranging from ballistics technician to controller.

Source: H.P. White Laboratory Inc.

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