Testing

BIRNS has more than a half century of industry experience as a trusted full service designer, manufacturer and independent testing resource for the subsea and nuclear power industries, with a legacy of innovative contributions in emerging technologies for some of the harshest environments on earth. 

We provide the industry’s highest volume of cost-effective, in-house hydrostatic and helium pressure testing. Thus, BIRNS man-rated penetrators are the only ones in the industry that can be ordered with inclusive pricing and lead times for stringent ABS/DNV certification.

BIRNS has a state-of-the-art, high performance hydrostatic pressure testing system, with a range of vessels rated to 20,000, 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000 psi.  Our system also has a robust, high volume helium testing capability, exceeding stringent ABS/DNV requirements for man-rated penetrator testing.  The breakthrough new system provides an enhanced, streamlined, efficient means with which to test a wide range of products for both rigorous safety and demanding performance requirements.

BIRNS has provided industry-leading hydrostatic pressure testing for man-rated electrical penetrators and complex connector solutions since 1995, with the addition of saltwater testing in 2006.  However, our ongoing investment in custom-engineered testing systems has exponentially increased BIRNS’ existing capabilities, and significantly reduces and helps accurately forecast both lead time and costs.  Our hyperbaric device has a unique control panel for diverse, comprehensive testing on up to three circuits and in six chambers simultaneously, allowing several different tests to be run on multiple products. 

BIRNS performs electrical testing (to 10kV) and hydrostatic pressure testing (to 20,000psi) per MIL-STD-1344, triple optical loss testing and custom tests like mechanical pull testing (to 16,000 lbs.) in straight or side loading and numerous tests per UL requirements. BIRNS tests all of its products to meet or exceed ABS standards, as well as other stringent industry safety and design requirements – including Det Norske Veritas, Underwriters Laboratories and Lloyd’s of London.  Customers can indicate specific testing preferences.