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Testing is our core strength, and we specialize in developing customized tests to meet the needs of your technology. We leverage TEEX facilities and other Texas A&M University System resources with the engineering expertise of the Texas Center for Applied Technology to ensure your product is ready and reliable when entering the market. The TEEX TESTED® mark is our latest offering for designing and executing testing for disruptive and innovative technologies, and is a sign that a technology performs reliably as intended under acceptable, repeatable and real-world conditions.
Value of TEEX TESTED®
Through our strategic partnership with Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT), TEEX PDC offers private industry and small businesses the ability to leverage the resources of The Texas A&M University System for affordable, quality testing. When your product or technology is TEEX TESTED®, you can be assured that every test will result in third-party, unbiased validation of success or failure.
Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated safety services company, announced that its Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System has been tested and evaluated by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Product Development Center (“TEEX PDC”) at TEEX’s Emergency Services Training Institute to verify compliance with the current interpretation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 29 CFR 1910.146. The patent-pending system from Z-Systems, already successfully deployed in Europe, will likely serve as a further supplement to existing confined space safety operations.
Total Safety’s exclusively-licensed Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System utilizes a central control center that continuously identifies workers within permit-required confined spaces; maintains visual contact and a clear line of two-way communication with workers inside and outside the permit space; monitors the atmosphere of the permit space for toxic or dangerous gases; and sounds appropriate alarms if an incident occurs.
Total Safety engaged TEEX PDC to review and provide an independent third-party evaluation, and to coordinate and document operational tests utilizing the parameters of TEEX TESTED®. The TEEX PDC TESTED trademark ensures products or technologies entering the marketplace perform reliably with integrity and durability, as intended, under acceptable, repeatable real-world conditions.
In 2011 Texas experienced around 31,453 fires that burned over 4 million acres. During that time, 2,947 homes were lost and over 2,700 other structures were lost or damaged. The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Product Development Center is coordinating the testing of a product, called TetraKO, a fire suppression agent marketed by EarthClean Corporation, in partnership with the Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's (TEES) Texas Center for Applied Technology.
TetraKO is the only EPA-approved, designed for the environment, fire suppressant. The test will evaluate this new, high-impact, water efficient fire chemical for use in the State of Texas. TEEX conducted the first phase of testing in College Station in 2013, determining TetraKO’s compatibility with fire apparatus on the ground and during aerial application. This second phase of testing will evaluate the product’s ability to retard a fire’s progress during a wildfire scenario.
"This is an exciting opportunity for three Texas A&M University System members to work together to find new solutions for wildfires in Texas, U.S. and the world, “said Caleb Holt, TEEX Product Development Center Manager.
Storm Resistant Systems (SR Systems LLC) of Linden, Ala., headed by CEO Scott Drummond and General Manager Steve Zimmerman, blew into College Station in April with a special request.
The company manufactures components designed to help structures withstand hurricanes and tornadoes, and wanted to test its products in an F5 tornado. But who could create a tornado on demand?
Enter the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service's (TEEX) Product Development Center (PDC) and its collaborators across The Texas A&M University System. After an initial meeting in January, SR Systems' Zimmerman explained to PDC Coordinator Caleb Holt that the company needed empirical, unbiased testing to validate its product. In other words, SR Systems needed a tornado.
As part of an agency known for simulating huge fires, explosions and destroyed cities for training purposes, the request did not seem unusual. Before long -- through connections with Dr. Dean Schneider in the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's (TEES) Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT) and Dr. Peter Keating in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University -- plans for a man-made tornado were in the works.
The site was the TEES High Bay Structural and Materials Testing Laboratory on campus, where a tri-directional pressure test the equivalent of an F5 tornado was generated.
Draeger Safety Inc. called on the TEEX Product Development Center (TEEX PDC) for testing and evaluation of its portable gas detection and personnel tracking system for workers who perform confined space entry. The company engaged TEEX PDC to coordinate and document operational tests utilizing the parameters of TEEX TESTED®, an unbiased product testing service of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).
TEEX PDC evaluated and tested Draeger’s Confined Space Equipment at TEEX’s renowned fire and rescue training facility, Brayton Fire Training Field, to verify compliance with the current interpretation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OHSA) 29 CFR 1910.146. Draeger’s sensor technology and user-friendly products monitor gas concentrations and are designed to supplement existing confined space safety operations.
The independent, third-party evaluation was conducted last spring, in conjunction with TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute and the Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT) of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.
The TEEX TESTED® trademark ensures products or technologies entering the marketplace perform reliably with integrity and durability, as intended, under acceptable, repeatable real-world conditions, said TEEX PDC Manager Caleb Holt. To ensure the integrity of TEEX TESTED®, all procedures, data collection, test design and test execution must be performed by TEEX PDC, TCAT and appropriate Texas A&M University System partners, as required on a test-by-test basis.
Forever Safe Shelters (Forever Safe) is a developer of an above ground “Safe Shelter.” Forever Safe’s wind resistant structural technology system serves as a tornado shelter/safe room. Additionally, Forever Safe’s shelters are precast, modularized components that allow for significant advantages in budget and installation. To determine the pressure bearing capabilities of Forever Safe’s primary component panels, two static load tests were performed: out-of-plane bending and punch-through tests. Forever Safe Shelters also underwent missile testing, ballistics testing and just to see if it could withstand the extreme, a van was dropped on the shelter from 50 feet. After the full extent of being TEEX TESTED® Forever Safe Shelters are ready to weather the toughest storms.
United Shutdown Safety’s (United Safety) is introducing their electronic confined space management system, TEQ Shield to the U.S. industrial safety market. Per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.146 standard for permit-required confined spaces, United Safety’s TEQ Shield aims to comply with the
current interpretation of the standard. To evaluate and provide a third-party evaluation, United Safety engaged Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Product Development Center (TEEX PDC) to coordinate and document an operational test utilizing the parameters of TEEX TESTED®.
United Safety toured and reviewed the confined space training props at TEEX Disaster City®. United Safety utilized three days for the operation testing of the TEQ Shield, one day for facility set-up and one day of operational testing and system breakdown and facility clean-up. Furthermore, to test the TEQ Shield at full scale United Safety utilized of all TEEX Confined Space props to engage 12 entries at one time.
Use of the Registered Trademark
At the conclusion of a TEEX TESTED® project, you will be provided a final report in which TEEX PDC will affix the TEEX TESTED® mark. Use of the TEEX TESTED® mark will require one of the following disclaimers:
“The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) developed aspects of this report and data for (Insert name of company). No other recipient of this document may rely upon the data or any representations made in this report for any purpose. TEEX hereby disclaims and any recipient of this report waives any warranties whether express or implied including without limitation any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Any recipient of this report accepts the report ‘as is’ and acknowledges that TEEX has no responsibility or liability to the recipient. TEEX does not in any way endorse the Product.”
“The (system, product or technology) has been TEEX TESTED® to (Insert Standard or parameter). This testing does not constitute an endorsement by TEEX.”
When your technology is TEEX TESTED®, we will work with you to publish the report at www.TEEXPDC.com.