At tech21 we put our cases through a strenuous testing procedure to ensure that they are the very best. In an industry first, together with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) we have developed a series of four testing methodologies for testing phone cases to ensure scientifically proven protection, from impact protection testing to radio frequency testing...
- Drop Testing
First, we have probably the most obvious testing that we do, testing or cases impact protection. So, how do we do this? We have a unique testing facility at the NPL, where we have our custom built test rig. We test each case twenty times with the drop rig, ensuring that the cases offer protection drop, after drop, after drop...
- Radio Frequency Testing
At the NPL, we have access to their radio frequency testing facilities. The NPL runs one of the world’s most comprehensive capabilities for traceable measurement of basic electromagnetic parameters at RF and Microwave frequencies. The National Standards and measurement capability are maintained specifically to support UK industry, engineers and scientists. Experience gained in their development gives the RF and Microwave metrologist's at NPL unique knowledge that can be invaluable when working with industrial collaborators and end-users to help remove their measurement barriers to innovation.
- UV Exposure Testing
UV light exposure can have a dramatic negative effect on your phone case in the form of discoloring and wear. Working with the NPL gives us access to specialized services and equipment to evaluate our materials, with testing that simulates exposure to ultraviolet light. UV accelerated weathering or exposure testing allows us to perfect our materials so that over time our cases stay in the same condition as when they came out of the box.
- Scratch & Abrasion Testing
Last, but not least, we test around the effects of scratching and abrasion on the cases by using a variety of specilized machines. Using these machines, abrasion, caused by particles rubbing against a moving surface, can be tested and measured for all of the materials used. This allows us to modify the materials to ensure that they are as resilient against scratching and abrasion as possible.
Take a close up look at what we get up to at the NPL...
Learn more about our best innovations for the iPhone 7 in partnership with the NPL here.