In 2023, Skandia will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its foundation in 1983 – marking 40 years in the flammability engineering, testing and certification industry.
The company’s flammability engineering and testing laboratory department was created to help aircraft manufacturers, interior shops and completion centres conform to then newly required flammability standards.
Skandia’s flammability testing includes OSU, smoke and toxicity testing services. Today the company has a full staff of flammability professionals, including four DER and four DAR representatives. These Skandia DERs and DARs have an average tenure of 15.5 years’ employment in the flammability department. Skandia is recognised by both Boeing and Airbus as approved and preferred flammability vendors.
“Skandia has always strived to be a single-source provider, a one-stop-shop for our customers,” said Jennifer Asbury, Skandia’s flammability supervisor and DER. “We can write the test plans, fabricate test specimens as well as perform all the testing in-house. Customers bring us their needs and we partner with them, achieving a certified and approved outcome.”
Skandia has the expertise to work with TSO parts and materials such as 16G dress cover replacements for aircraft seats. “The depth of our collective industry experiences is pretty amazing,” said Asbury. “It gives us tremendous diversity in our approach to problem solving.”
The company said providing clients with attention and customer service that goes above and beyond is at the centre of adding value to the customer experience and the team’s focus. To help maintain the demanding delivery schedule customers expect, Skandia keeps commonly used materials – such as foam, fasteners, panels and adhesives – in stock at the lab for test specimen fabrication, to make the certification process run smoother.
Additional capabilities of the flammability lab surround heat-release, smoke emissions and toxicity testing. With its heat-release and smoke emissions testing chambers, Skandia said the quality of its testing meets current ISO standards.