Mecelec Design Ltd has been designing and manufacturing test rigs for a variety of industries for many years. Rigs are normally bespoke to a product and normally fall into one of two categories, production testing or development testing.
Historically, the test rig aspect of the Mecelec Design portfolio was founded upon the automotive sector, specifically thermal testing, i.e. calorimetry of radiators, gas coolers, and heater cores, evaporators and condensers. This work quickly evolved into fatigue testing, i.e. pressure cycling and thermal cycling. The most sophisticated test stand produced to date was a full air conditioning test system calorimeter which included nine off refrigeration sets, arranged in a cascade configuration. The project was successfully installed in Luxembourg. See the case study of our Automotive – Air Conditioning Environmental Chamber.
In recent years, Mecelec Design Ltd has applied its test rig skills to the Aerospace industry, and in particular to Airbus, where we have produced elements of a large undercarriage test facility, specifically the hydraulic engine-driven pumps, simulated aircraft pipework and related control systems. See our case study Aerospace – Undercarriage Test Rig.
An additional aspect of our skill set is the integration of complex test equipment into larger facilities, typically where there is a need to comply with ATEX Explosive Atmosphere Regulations. These installations are normally electromechanical configurations where we have supplied complex control systems interfacing with valve gear and instrumentation of varying types.
Generally, whether it is a production or development facility, test rigs involve a wide range of engineering disciplines. Our portfolio of capabilities includes such disciplines as refrigeration, hydraulics, pneumatics, tooling design and instrumentation integrated with complex control systems of our own design and supply.
Mecelec Design Ltd undertakes newbuilds (turnkey packages) and also offers reconditioning and re-engineering services for existing equipment in need of upgrading and modernisation.
Upgrades can range from addition of modern safety systems to complete overhaul packages, returning the equipment to as-new standard, fully compliant with current legislation.