ARL Brings Antarctica to Austin

The images conjured up when you think of Austin, Texas, seldom include penguins and glaciers, but that’s precisely what’s on the mind of engineer Ronald Ross of Austin-based Polar66

Ross creates complex weather stations that have dotted the moonscapes of Antarctica for well over a decade now. These stations not only measure the weather and collect other scientific data, but also come equipped with cameras that monitor everything from glacier movement to penguin colonies. Given the time and expense involved in getting the stations set up in Antarctica, reliability is key. 

“The equipment needs to work 24/7/365 […] many of the scientists want to collect a continuous set of data. What that means is whenever a problem or exception is encountered the system needs to be able to recover itself without anyone being around because once we deploy we may leave within a day or so and may not return ever,” says Ross.

ARL has been proud to support Polar66’s work, namely through supplementing the company’s temperature testing capabilities with our own set of environmental chambers. As is the case with many electronics, individual parts may be rated to withstand the rigors of Antarctic environments, but it’s important to test various subassemblies to make sure the system as a whole will function properly when it matters most. 

As there’s no shortage of things to learn from the farthest reaches of our planet, Ronald’s work will continue and ARL will be right beside him – albeit from a much warmer location.  

Contact ARL today and let us know your reliability testing needs!

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Recognized as one of the top product reliability labs in the country with a unique balance of testing, consulting and on-site staffing services, Austin Reliability Labs (ARL) is a place where we recognize the hard work and passion that goes into the design and development of your product and want to find any problems in an effort to perfect it. We also understand a reputation is something that builds over time, so we focus on establishing long-term partnerships with each of our clients. With that in mind, we not only specialize in writing and developing all of the tests that we perform, but, unlike other labs, we provide pass / fail reports on all of our tests and decipher the results for you in order to maximize your product’s success. In addition to our on-site staffing and consulting services, ARL’s full array of reliability testing services include: HALT / HASS, Battery Life Tests, Qualification Tests, Environmental Tests, Mechanical Tests, Additive Manufacturing Tests and Custom Tests.

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