Skandia, Inc. Draws on Decades of Engineering Experience to Lead Aviation Burn Testing and Certification Market

Skandia, Inc. Draws on Decades of Engineering Experience to Lead Aviation Burn Testing and Certification Market

Skandia, Inc. Draws on Decades of Engineering Experience to Lead Aviation Burn Testing and Certification Market

Skandia, Inc. celebrates four decades of running the company's flammability lab, opened in 1983 and now known across the globe for its thoroughness and customer satisfaction in flammability testing, including OSU, smoke and toxicity testing services. In line with its mission statement of making aircraft quieter, safer and more comfortable, the creation of the department within Skandia was to help aircraft manufacturers, interior shops and completion centers conform to newly required flammability standards.

Fully staffed with flammability professionals, including four DER and four DAR representatives, Skandia's lab employees have an average tenure of 15.5 years employment in the flammability department.

Jennifer Asbury, Flammability supervisor and DER, notes additional reasons that have brought about Skandia’s success over the years. “Skandia has always strived to be a single-source provider, a one-stop-shop for our customers. We can write the test plans, fabricate test specimens, as well as perform all the testing in-house. Customers bring us their needs, and we partner with them, achieving a certified and approved outcome.”

Skandia’s knowledge gained over the years gives them the expertise to work with TSO parts and materials such as 16G dress-cover replacements for aircraft seats. “The depth of our collective industry experiences is pretty amazing,” says Asbury. “It gives us tremendous diversity in our approach to problem solving.”

Finding the best solution is not always easy in the world of flammability engineering and testing. It is the commitment for unmatched customer service that has given the entire Skandia flammability team the competitive advantage it has earned in today’s market. To help maintain the demanding delivery schedule customers expect, Skandia keeps commonly used materials in stock at the lab for test specimen fabrication — materials such as foam, fasteners, panels and adhesives — all of which make the certification process run smoother.

Additional capabilities of the Skandia Flammability Lab include heat release, smoke emissions and toxicity testing. Employing state-of-the-art heat-release and smoke-emissions testing chambers, the quality of Skandia testing meets current ISO standards. Skandia is also recognized by both Boeing and Airbus as approved and preferred flammability vendors.

Providing clients with attention and customer service that goes above and beyond is at the center of adding value to Skandia’s customer experience and its team’s focus. Skandia’s nearly 40 years of flammability testing and certification experience performed and validated by knowledgeable and qualified staff will give confidence to any OEM, interior shop or completion center. It is the experience that makes for a better outcome — and faster certification.

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