Newry based product testing company showcasing its work at major UK Space Conference

Newry based testing company, Resonate Testing is attending this week’s Space Comm Expo, where it will highlight the importance of battery testing within the space industry. Pictured is the Lithium-Ion Battery Testing process.

TOM Mallon, Managing Director of Resonate Testing, the Newry based commercial test house, has stressed the need for effective and comprehensive testing on batteries with the increase of modern technology dependent on advanced battery technology.  

Commenting ahead of attending this week’s Space-Comm Expo which is taking place in Farnborough International Exhibition Centre on the 6th and 7th March, Tom said, “Battery testing is crucial. The more our society moves towards renewable sources of energy, the greater the need for effective battery storage solutions and comprehensive and thorough testing.

“With the emerging space sector hub developing in Northern Ireland and the need for batteries that can withstand extreme forces in the technology used, it is of paramount importance that they undergo the correct testing. 

“As Space opens up to greater exploration and exploitation and the electrical system becomes more complex and power-hungry, the use of advanced battery technology on satellites and other technology has increased year-on-year.  Whilst on the ground, the emphasis is making sure all the systems work as desired, as once they go into orbit it is problematic to carry out repairs. 

“Getting from the surface of the earth to space is not easy. The extreme forces on take-off reach around 6G, that is six-times the magnitude of the earth’s normal gravitational pull.  So, every item on the launch vehicle and onboard technology from the smallest bolt, largest panel or battery array must be able to withstand those extreme forces and function properly.”

Resonate Testing has been providing high quality testing and certification services to companies globally since 2015 and has been able to utilise its expertise in the aviation industry to provide its services to the emerging space sector hub in Northern Ireland and further afield.  

Tom continued, “We have vast experience in the aviation testing sector and have positioned our team of engineers to adapt their expertise to service the Space industry.  The company, which is part of the NI Space cluster, undertook testing for a camera system used during the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.  In the upcoming twelve months, we have a range of space sector projects in the pipeline, such as testing satellites and a system to collect space debris, in addition to our day-to-day commercial testing across a wide range of industries. 

“One of the main stays of our company is battery safety.  Most battery arrays are made up of lots of lithium-ion units which are easy to charge, capable of storing large amounts of energy and delivering voltage up to three times higher than conventional batteries.”

Tom is keen to spread the message when it comes to battery safety, whether they are in orbit or powering an e-bike, mobile phone or electric vehicle. He said, “We know what can happen when batteries fail. Even though we are expanding our work within the Space sector, we will continue to provide objective testing and evidence-based data to all our client companies, irrespective of whether they operate in space or closer to home.

“We have one of the best testing facilities anywhere in the British Isles.  Our engineers have decades of experience between them and can create bespoke solutions often within time frames that competitor companies cannot compete with.  We are looking forward to attending the Space-Comm Expo this week to showcase the testing facilities we can provide for the space sector.”

The Space-Comm Expo is a significant event for the UK Space sector.  Currently, the UK contributes 6.5% to the global space market and the UK government is aiming to grow this sector to 10% by 2030. This Expo is the first large scale event of its kind dedicated to the commercial future of space.

The event unites the UK and international space communities, such as government, industry, and academia and will give Resonate Testing the opportunity to showcase the company’s latest innovations, share inspiring stories, and publicise the important advancements that are happening within the space sector in Northern Ireland to a wider audience. 

The Resonate Testing team will also be exhibiting at the highly anticipated Paris Space Week which takes place later in the month from 12th – 13th March at the Paris Event Centre.  This will also provide the company with a great opportunity to explore advancements in space technology and connect with fellow industry experts.  

Managing Director of Resonate Testing, Tom Mallon was invited onto BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme on Thursday 4 January following the Japan Airlines aeroplane collision earlier this week at Haneda airport in Japan on Tuesday 2 January 2024.

Speaking to BBC presenter, Declan Harvey, Tom discusses the rigorous flammability testing that aircraft go through, how technology has changed, and how safety has improved over the years.

Click here to listen to Tom’s dialogue: https://youtu.be/T4e7QA1GVro?si=0jpsgqNCgTvO0pHU

To listen to the full BBC radio clip, click here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001tt5t

Newry Based Testing Facility, Resonate Testing has issued a warning on the importance of battery safety this festive period. Pictured is Managing Director Tom Mallon.

As the festive season approaches and the usual scramble for those last-minute gifts becomes a full-scale assault on your senses and your pocket, often overlooked but essential elements of today’s Christmas gifts are batteries.

From mobile phones, drones to electric bikes, so much of today’s world depends on high-capacity batteries most of which are made from lithium-ion.

As the world move towards more carbon neutral stance with power generated by more sustainable sources, the requirements for effective power storage have increased; however, with the increase in use comes an increase in risk. 

Generating electricity creates heat, which can lead to battery fires — or even explosions., manufacturers test their products to the point of failure to ensure that they are safe in normal use and to see what abuse they can tolerate.

Newry firm Resonate Testing is at the forefront of battery testing. Whether it is testing batteries that will power satellites in Space, or dealing with more earth-bound technology, Managing Director Tom Mallon, is keen to stress the need for effective testing. 

He said: “Battery testing is crucial. Most batteries are made up of lots of lithium-ion cells which are easy to charge, capable of storing large amounts of energy and delivering voltage up to three times higher than conventional batteries.

“If the battery or cell is damaged that energy can be released through a process called thermal runaway which releases tremendous amounts of energy in the form of heat which leads to fire and also the release of toxic vapour.  This can have devasting consequences and tragically we have seen the results with a number of deaths in the UK caused by house fires started by battery fires.”

Another source of ignition could also be in accidental damage to your mobile phone battery. Tom explained: “If you’re used to carrying your phone in your back pocket and you were to sit on it breaking the battery that same process of thermal runaway could start and cause severe burns.”

He is keen to spread the message when it comes to battery safety whether they are in orbit or powering an e-bike or mobile phone, he said: “We have one of the best testing facilities anywhere in the British Isles. Our engineers have decades of experience between them, and we know what can happen when batteries fail.”

“My advice when buying your powered devices is to check that it has a proper UK kite mark and if you are buying replacement batteries to buy them from a reputable supplier and use only the charger provided by the manufacturer.”

In the interview with BBC Newsline reporter, Eve Rosota, Resonate Testing's Managing Director, Tom Mallon discusses all things Lithium-Ion batteries.

Battery technology and Lithium Ion (LI ion) batteries in particular, have undergone a massive and ongoing expansion, over a short space of time. Batteries now power countless items that support everyday life from portable computers, cordless tools, mobile telephones, watches and toys, to wheelchairs, bicycles and motor vehicles.

Watch the full video here to find out how to use and store batteries safely.

European Space Agency Astronaut, Tim Peake and Irish Aeronautical Engineer and an award-winning STEM advocate, Norah Patten visiting the Resonate Testing stand at the UK Space Conference.

In the run up to the UK Space Conference on the 21-23 November 2023, UTV reporter, Stewart Robson interviewed Tom Mallon, Director of Resonate Testing on the growing opportunities for Northern Irish manufacturers and product testing in the UK Space industry, as well as the other benefits that the UK Space Conference will bring to Northern Ireland business.

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The UK Space Conference took place from the 21-23 November 2023 at the ICC Belfast.

Ahead of the UK Space conference, Tom Mallon, Director of Resonate Testing spoke to BBC Economic and Business Editor, John Campbell about Resonate Testing’s facilities and what they can offer the UK Space industry.

We also hear from NI SPACE cluster Manager, Robert Hill on the incredible opportunities available to companies in Northern Ireland within the wider UK Space sector.

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Newry based company to showcase its expertise in Space Industry Testing

The Newry based firm Resonate Testing, which is a mechanical and environmental test facilitator, has already made a name for itself in the sector having worked with Irish Space Systems Engineering company Realtra, on high profile projects such as the James Webb Space Telescope launch vehicle. Pictured is the Webb Separation from the Arianne in space.

LEADING commercial test house, Resonate Testing is set to showcase its space industry testing expertise at the UK Space Conference, which is being held at the ICC, Belfast from 21st to 23rd November 2023.

The Newry based firm, which is a mechanical and environmental test facilitator, has already made a name for itself in the sector having worked with Irish Space Systems Engineering company Realtra, on high profile projects such as the James Webb Space Telescope launch vehicle.

Whilst servicing all industrial sectors, the company’s work within the space sector has steadily increased in recent times with further projects planned over the next twelve months. 

The UK Space Conference is a three-day conference providing a platform for the space sector to exchange ideas, plans and partnerships that encourage development and success in the emerging space age.  Resonate Testing’s Managing Director Tom Mallon sees this as an apt opportunity for companies working in the sector, and the NI SPACE Cluster, to really put themselves on the map and showcase what they can do to a wider audience.  

He said, “The space sector, like the universe itself, is ever expanding and the local cluster has a fantastic opportunity to highlight the expertise available locally for the global market.  This is an exciting time to be working within the space sector – we have recently been involved in carrying out testing relating to the SALTO project which aims to accelerate the development of Europe’s first reusable launchers.”

Tom and his team have decades of experience that they can bring to bear to develop sophisticated bespoke test solutions for clients during the product development, validation and verification stages.  He continued; “We work in industries and sectors that demand compliance with a range of internal, customer specifications or regulatory standards and support industries that require demonstration of capability and robustness, rather than simply taking someone’s word for it.”

Although Tom has his feet firmly planted in the ground, he believes that Resonate Testing is well placed to take advantage and support the burgeoning UK Space sector.

He added, “I firmly believe this is the ‘coolest’ work that we carry out.  As a region and a company, I believe we have the talent, capacity and know-how to develop and contribute to the UK Space sector and sector further afield.”

Knowing the value of his team and what they bring to any project he concluded, “We have a true mix of the talents and a desire and capability to provide first class service to industry standards.  We don’t just think outside the box, we usually redesign it first.”

Robert Hill of NI SPACE is equally determined to take advantage of the opportunities that the space sector has to offer the NI Space cluster. He said, “This really is a key moment for businesses involved in the sector.  For the first time the spotlight will be on local companies, like Resonate Testing, and we must ensure that the message that the NI SPACE cluster is capable and ready to help develop the sector locally, nationally and internationally is loud and clear and heard by the UK Space Conference audience.”

The UK Space Conference is a significant biennial event for the UK Space sector.  The event unites the UK and international space communities, such as government, industry and academia and the Belfast conference will showcase the latest innovations, inspiring stories, and important advancements in Northern Ireland.

Resonate Testing has been providing high quality testing and certification services to companies globally since 2015 and has been able to utilise its expertise in the aviation industry to provide its services to the emerging space sector hub in Northern Ireland and further afield. 

Resonate Testing and Queen's University

Resonate Testing has joined with The Queen’s University of Belfast, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, to support a project to help deal with the problem of so-called space junk.

The partnership with the Northern Ireland Research Cube Sat programme (NIRCSAT) aims to develop a cost-effective system to deal with the increasing problem of orbiting debris in space.  The project aims to design and develop an innovative solution for space debris removal.

Over the years the amount of material orbiting the earth has increased, from non-functional spacecraft, abandoned launch vehicle stages, mission-related debris, and particularly numerous in Earth orbit, debris from the breakup of derelict rocket bodies and spacecraft.

Space debris represents a risk to spacecraft and if not dealt with, may stop future launches or damage existing satellites.

Resonate Testing’s Managing Director Tom Mallon said, “Projects such as this are vital to the ongoing and future exploitation of space. If we don’t clean up after ourselves, we may reach a point where we are effectively earth-bound. With our extensive testing experience in the aerospace and space sectors, we are confident that we will be able to help with the development of an innovative space debris removal system and we recognise the potential impact this project could have on the space industry.”

Queen’s University Professor Gasser Abdelal, the lead on the project, commented, “This is a serious issue and this concept, which has been supported by Resonate Testing is one possible solution. We need to act now and try to tackle the space debris problem to ensure further space development is not compromised.”

This innovative project and other topics will be up for discussion at the UK Space Conference which is taking place at the ICC Belfast from 21 to 23 November 2023.

With the new and ever-improving technology that is prevalent across many areas of our lives, chances are that a large proportion of the devices that we use are battery powered. Whether it is our mobile phones, watches, laptops, battery power tools and even our bikes and cars, people are opting for convenience through the likes of battery-powered portable chargers. They are opting for more sustainable technologies and as a result, the batteries contained within these devices have undergone a rapid transformation in recent years and innovation in the sector has accelerated.

In particular, there has been a focus on the lithium-ion batteries that are used in rechargeable devices, and according to the International Energy Agency, automotive lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery demand increased by about 65% in 2022.

In response to the increase in demand, the guidelines surrounding the safety of Li-Ion batteries has become a key concern in the industry. This is in part due to their categorisation as a ‘Class 9 Dangerous Good’ as a result of potential fire hazards when in use. There has been an uptick in reports of such cases, particularly in North America, in which e-bikes and electric scooters have caught fire during everyday use. With incorrect usage and/or transportation being blamed for these cases, the need for robust battery testing measures of products prior to launch to ensure they are fit for purpose, has never been more important.

And this is where the team at Resonate Testing come in.

With extensive experience in rigorous testing across a wide range of sectors, Resonate Testing is fully committed to supporting its global client base, and has the technical knowledge, market-leading facilities, and equipment to do so. Its capabilities for testing currently include:

In recent years, the company has experienced a surge in demand of battery testing including battery abuse, safety, performance, fire and flammability and validation testing – all on a range of different battery chemistries. As a result, it has recently invested in building additional capacity solely dedicated to battery testing.

With a fully equipped, specialised fire testing facility, testing of various battery and battery packaging, according to fire testing requirements, can be accommodated. 

Resonate Testing also pays close attention to the relevant UN legislation that is now in place to govern the handling and shipping of these Li-Ion batteries and can carry out a range of electrical and mechanical tests that are laid out within UN 38.3 for the transportation of dangerous goods. 

And as the industry continues to change, there are many standards developed for each industry with similarities, but also with subtle differences. Thanks to its extensive technical knowledge, Resonate Testing can help in determining the appropriate direction and the most applicable test cascade. 

Resonate Testing’s Battery Assurance Team (BAT) is on a continuous improvement path to demonstrate that it provides up-to-date expertise to its clients.  Most recently taking part in the Battery Abuse Testing training at University of Warwick’s Energy Innovation Centre. During the extensive course, the team gained hands on experience of battery abuse testing in a EUCAR level 7 test chamber, and covered topics that are at the cutting-edge of battery testing, including understanding different approaches to battery abuse testing, the hazards created during battery failure events and how to manage these hazards.

So, whether you’re within the ebike, escooter, electric vehicles, portable electronic equipment or energy storage sectors to name but a few, when you choose Resonate Testing as your testing partner, you can be assured that you are receiving the highest standards in testing services.

For more information on Resonate Testing’s battery testing, click here: https://bit.ly/44yfU9m, or to speak to the team about your next project, call +44(0)2890 736 390 or email info@resonatetesting.com.   

Newry-based testing house, Resonate Testing has successfully been reaccredited for the  United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) internationally recognised test house standard, ISO 17025. The company, which has been in operation since 2015, is committed to high quality testing, possessing a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge in vibration, environmental, fire and flammability testing. 

Resonate Testing works across a range of industries where compliance demonstration, high-quality testing and certification services are essential, including the space, aerospace,  automotive, and research and development (R&D) sectors. 

The ISO 17025 standard plays an important role in supporting the provision of accurate and reliable results for laboratory testing, calibration, sampling, and measurement services. Resonate Testing’s latest reaccreditation to the standard reconfirms its commitment to quality and compliance to its worldwide customer base.

Ian Stewart, Quality Manager at Resonate Testing oversaw the audit and said, “Being awarded the ISO 17025 accreditation is a fantastic achievement for our team and a significant endorsement of the quality of our service, people and our facilities. We are continually looking for ways to enhance our offering to clients, and this accreditation reinforces that we are able to offer the highest possible service. A big thank you to all the team for their support throughout this process.”

Earlier this year, Resonate Testing was also awarded a flexible scope of accreditation by UKAS for its dynamic and climatic testing, in recognition of the successful practical application of their engineering knowledge and experience. With the receipt of this flexible scope of accreditation, the company will continue to go beyond the traditional standards of accredited testing as they build upon the capabilities of its people, facilities, and high-quality services.

Commenting on the company’s recent success, Managing Director of Resonate Testing, Tom Mallon said: “We are delighted to have received another successful surveillance assessment from UKAS, which is a welcome acknowledgment of our world-class testing capabilities. We look forward to building upon this success andincreasing the scope of our ISO 17025 accredited testing in the near future.” 

To find out more about Resonate Testing’s accreditations, contact us on +44(0)28 9073 6390 or email info@resonatetesting.com.

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