Product Safety Testing

Product Safety Testing

Product Safety Testing

A visit to the Testing Lab at Lifetime Products is like a scene from the Nutty Professor... robotic arms at work, the sound of weights crashing onto chairs, the smell of strange chemicals....  Slip on your safety glasses-- you'll want to see this!

Since we rigorously test every single product we manufacture, the testing lab is always bustling. With over 200 products and many more prototypes, our testing lab engineers are constantly whacking, swinging, and smashing-- to make sure each product meets our high standards. All of Lifetime’s products are tested for strength and safety-- new designs and redesigns of our products. New designs are tested over and over again, and the testing lab engineering work closely with the design engineers, giving data and feedback that improves the product. Even the most common products undergo this process. One great example is our folding chairs. Think about the impact that your folding chairs endure... constant weight on the seat and back, cloth and skin rubbing the surface, strain on the hinges, and weathering from going outdoors and indoors.

Some of the tests that are applied to Lifetime's folding chairs are impact, weathering, and strain. For example, one impact test uses heavy weights that are dropped repeatedly on the chair seat. Most Lifetime chairs stand up to this abuse for 100,000 cycles! The weathering tests are done by placing the chair in heavy UV-lights and exposing them to water and salt for long periods of time. This chair, like many Lifetime chairs, are tested to meet BIFMA business and institutional furniture manufactures association standards. This means the are all thoroughly tested relative to safety durability and structural performance-- making most Lifetime Folding chairs durable and safe for commerical-use. With over 17 million folding chairs sold worldwide, Lifetime has only had 4 reported safety incidents. 

The folding chair is just one simple, yet cool example of what goes on in our testing lab. Since here at Lifetime we make many other products that are meant to last outdoors, our engineers perform some much more creative tests for envrionmental factors. Some recent things the've been up to: permanent marker stains and removal on plastic, wind tests up to 80 MPH on our storage sheds, flammability of plastic, snow loading on storage sheds, and swing tests on our metal swing sets (not as much fun as it sounds... they place weights on the swings instead of engineers). As Lifetime continues to research, re-engineer and invent new products that make everyday life easier, the way we test products is ever-changing! Which means more creativity, simulation, and of course, science! Now finally, time for an evil laugh-- Bwwwahh ha ha! Thanks for visiting the lab.

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Position at Lifetime Products: Former PR/Communications Manager - but ALWAYS a fan of Lifetime products!  (Katie's blog posts were written while she was Communications Manager at Lifetime.)

My favorite Lifetime Products: 4ft x 2ft fold-in-half table, 30" Personal Table, Camping table, 6' fold-in half tableRound Picnic Table, Fold-up Utility Trailer.

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