SnapAV invests $ 2.3 million in the Charlotte Quality & Innovation Lab – rAVe [PUBS]
SnapAV announced a $ 2.3 million investment in its Charlotte, NC-based Quality and Innovation Lab that significantly expands the company’s product development and testing capabilities with new equipment, more space and a larger workforce. The new equipment will allow faster and more accurate testing of wireless communications and power protection products. Several completely new lab areas help experts examine the reliability and compatibility between displays, AV equipment, IoT devices and more.
âOur mission to improve product quality is never over,â said Harry Dhaliwal, Engineering Director of SnapAV. “This latest investment provides seasoned test engineers and experienced installation professionals in the lab with sophisticated tools to test everything from device longevity and optimal operating temperatures to cross-platform compatibility and drivers for the integration of third-party products.
With major investments in test equipment for power and network equipment such as the Wattbox, Araknis and Pakedge products, the professionals who run the Charlotte Quality & Innovation Lab can now work faster, smarter and more efficiently for analyze more attributes and perfect more products. Added tools and features include:
- Power Supply: A new programmable AC power source from Chroma Systems allows control of voltage and simulated transients on the input side of products, while a programmable Loadbox allows testing of various AC and DC loads, ‘call and capture of detailed data on the quality of the output power.
- Networking: Extensive Spirent TestCenter mainframe capabilities and supporting infrastructure to enable 10 Gbps and PoE ++ validation.
- Wireless: A new Octobox wireless communication test chamber that can perform hundreds of different stress tests in hours instead of weeks.
The expansion also added several new areas for testing specific products and applications. In the emerging arena of the Internet of Things (IoT), a collection of wall-mounted and rack-mounted devices are integrated into SnapAV products, testing interoperability and performance in the real world. The new automation center speeds time to market through the use of automated scripts. Once these tests are complete, the hands-on work begins to perform use case testing, fix bugs, and ensure all issues are resolved.
The new insulated acoustic test room features sound insulation in walls, ceiling and doors to create ideal conditions for testing amplifier and speaker products. For the first time, SnapAV product testers can perform in-house assessment of outdoor products on the outdoor patio, which is pre-wired for testing outdoor surveillance products, displays, speakers and network equipment. Additionally, the existing media distribution area has been extended with more wall space to allow testing with a wider selection of display models and on a larger scale.
âOur goal is to innovate in every category and move the industry forward with rapid product development and responsive firmware and software updates that make the work of our partners easier and the experience of our end users better. Dhaliwal added.
The company has several quality and innovation labs across North America and is in the midst of a multi-year initiative to invest in multiple labs and deliver new capabilities that allow even greater responsiveness and support to partners. The expansion of all quality and innovation labs is at the heart of SnapAV’s partners’ commitment to provide the most reliable, easy-to-use, and accessible products in the industry.