Strato Testing Capabilities

We welcome our customers to visit our facility and to bring us their industry-related challenges for evaluation and the development of effective solutions.

Strato’s 6,000 square foot research and development lab is utilized by our engineering team, customers and industry committees to conduct unique testing that simulates real world conditions.

We employ a variety of state-of-the-art test equipment in-house to ensure our products meet all industry requirements for content, structure and performance.

  • AAR Compliant Gages
  • Air Underwater Pressure Testing
  • Angle Finders and Thickness Gages
  • Coordinate Measuring Machines
  • Custom Gages
  • Decibel Meter
  • Digital and Manual Calipers
  • Digital Micrometers
  • Durometer
  • Electronic Surface Gage
  • Laser Scanning System
  • Magnetic Particle Inspection
  • Optical Comparator
  • Plug, Radius, Chamfer, Thread and Ring Gages
  • Rockwell and Portable Hardness Testers
  • Tactile Comparators (SCRATA)
Hercules Failure and Fatigue Tester – Built to Support Our Commitment to Quality and Product Innovation

Strato is building a new generation of test equipment to support the design and evaluation of new products that are tough enough to withstand even the most demanding conditions.

The first addition to our arsenal of new test equipment is Hercules, the ultimate failure and fatigue testing device.

Hercules can perform tension and fatigue tests for an array of draft and truck components, rollover protection and other safety components at levels consistent with current operating conditions and expected operating conditions in the future.

In addition, Hercules provides for greater extension and retraction pressures than other commercially available testing devices.  This helps us identify design, material or process issues that could cause unacceptable product reliability or life requirements.

  • Measurements: 106” x 72” x 94”
  • Weight: 35,000 pounds
  • Maximum tensile force: 2.7 million pounds
  • Maximum compression force: 2.3 million pounds
  • Capable of performing ultimate tensile tests on knuckles, couplers, and yokes
  • Capable of running fatigue tests on knuckles and coupler bodies
  • Rapid cycle testing
  • Knuckle fatigue cycle rate can reach 600,000 cycles in eight days
  • Detects when a test part has failed using a crack detection algorithm
  • Advanced control system monitors pressure, temperature, cylinder travel, cycle count and force
  • Equipped for remote observation of test cycles using a PC, laptop or mobile device
  • Eight cylinders can operate as one unit or in four separate banks
  • Operational since October 2011 
Hercules Failure and Fatigue Tester