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Field Test Lab Dedicated to Problem-Solving

Field Controls has unveiled its new test lab, located at its headquarters in Kinston, North Carolina. The 5,000 square foot facility features five dedicated test bays with 25 foot ceilings. The lab is designed to conduct multiple tests simultaneously, including water heater energy efficiency studies, sidewall venting testing, AFUE analysis, product life cycle testing, wind load, weather, combustion, and air flow tests. “We perform analysis, problem-solving, and equipment testing for our OEM customers,” says Tony Schrank, Sr. VP of Engineering. “This facility gives us the space and capacity to perform a wide range of standard and customized tests to meet our customers’ needs.” Some of the specialized equipment in the lab includes a test stand built by ETL for energy efficiency evaluation of water heaters, a Yamatake Heat Value Gas Chromatograph for monitoring natural gas heating values, and a California Analytical Instruments flue gas analyzer. All data is captured via custom software on PCs that are integrated into the test. Field Controls is able to develop virtual 2D and 3D designs and then quickly build a prototype for test units in their prototype construction center. Typical testing in the Field Controls lab centers on problems and products related to IAQ, venting, combustion, and draft. For more information, contact Tony Schrank at tschrank@fieldcontrols.com, 252.522.3031.lab interior

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