Coordinated Companies
AS 9100 Aerospace

18 | Testing Services

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CEC Testing Services, a division of Coordinated Equipment Company, offers a large variety of mechanical load testing services for a vast range of industries including the offshore, marine, aerospace, and construction industries. We have been a mainstay in the testing industry for over 50 years, taking pride in all we do.

We offer static and functional proof testing on a large variety of lifting and handling components, measuring devices, tooling, hardware, cables, ropes, winches, hoists and more. We have the capability to apply loads up to 8,000,000 pounds in both tension and compression. The facility is equipped with both vertical and horizontal adjustable test machines with the unique ability to test ropes and cables up to 300 feet in length. As a result of our high load application capabilities and the versatility offered from our unique test machines and equipment, we maintain an unmatched ability to perform a wide range of unprecedented tests.

With the use of a computerize control system, we have the ability to set pre-determined tension ranges and strain rates on our load application equipment for automatic cyclic fatigue testing. Our system also features a modular data acquisition system capable of monitoring elongation, tension and other physical phenomena in real time. The use of our mechanic alarm gives us the ability to test high strength samples with up to 54 feet of elongation without resetting the hydraulic rams. Photos 1A, 1B & 1C.


A most unique machine, our 1500 ton horizontal test machine combines a high tensile capacity with an exceptional ability to take up elongation. At max stroke, forces up to 3,000,000 pounds can be applied in tension or compression. The modular nature of this machine allows it to be customized for a wide variety of testing applications on synthetic ropes, including OCIMF prototype testing, thousand cycle load limit tests (TCLL), residual strength tests, etc. The maximum usable test bed length is 250 feet. These performance characteristics provide a unique capability for testing high strength tension members and structural assemblies encompassing varying degrees of elongation at failure. The need for such a facility has been accelerated by the increased use of large synthetic ropes characterized by high strength and elongation.Photos 2A & 2B.


A one-of-a-kind 4,000 ton short stroke hydraulic tension machine is capable of applying tensile loads up to 8,000,000 pounds. It has been found useful in the ultimate and proof load testing of high capacity mooring chain, anchors and crane blocks. The machine offers a four foot range of travel and can accommodate rather large test articles, because of it's high center line. Photos 3A, 3B & 3C.


Our 650 ton test machine allows us the ability to perform tensile or compressive tests on articles of various shapes, sizes and lengths. It is powered by 28" diameter hydraulic ram capable of applying loads up to 1,300,000 pounds. It has a maximum stroke of 9 feet without resetting. The ram has a 24" high center line and the staging around the machine is 80 feet wide. Below the machine and along its full length is a steel abutment anchored into the ground providing for the installation of an adjustable anchoring mechanism. The adjustable anchoring mechanism (deadman) can be installed in the ground anywhere, in-line with the tension ran up to 65 feet away in 12" increments. An additional abutment is located on an extension track to accommodate specimens up to 130 feet in length. Photos 4A, 4B & 4C.


Our most frequently utilized test machine is our 140 ton vertical test tower. This tower stands 60 feet tall and can accommodate test articles up to 80 feet long X 20 feet wide and 45 feet tall. This machine is effectively used to perform proof load testing of a wide variety of sling assemblies, lifting devices, spreader bars, custom handling tools, etc.

The tower is controlled with an electric winch operating a multi-part wire rope line feeding a traveling block, suspended from the cross-bar cantilevered from the top of the structure. Hanging from the termination of the block is a 6,000 psi hydraulic tension ram capable of applying forces up to 280,000 pounds. The load restraining mechanism, located at the base of the tower, consists of three sets of reinforced wide flange beams embedded into concrete such that their upper flanges are flush with the concrete floor. Each set of beams is spaced 2.5 inches apart, thus creating a “track” in which a sliding pad eye or anchor is installed. Three 22 feet long boxed I-beams travel across the 40 foot long tracks. The versatility and modular nature of the track system provides endless tie-down and restraining scenarios. Photos 5A, 5B & 5C.


Our 4,000 ton vertical compression stand is powered by a 37" diameter hydraulic ram and has 10" of stroke. The machine has a 4 foot by 4 foot staging area inside and can accommodate test articles up to 6 feet tall. The machine is equipped with a built-in strain gauge load cell on the upper side of the frame. This interfaces with our electronic data acquisition and control system. Below are some photos of a fiber reinforced concrete column being subjected to a compression force up to 3,000,000 pounds. The two photos were taken only seconds apart. Photos 6A & 6B.