What Makes a Good Candle?
S-E-A’s Chemical and Candle Laboratory Director, Bob Moss, presented on behalf of the National Candle Association to numerous retail organizations about the basics of candle composition and associated industry standards. The webinar (see link below) discusses various candle components and reveals how these components ultimately contribute to the fuel. The concept of a “quality” candle is then evaluated from the point of view of the consumer, retailer and manufacturer. Bob also reviews the current ASTM standards for candles, warning labels, containers and accessories. He closes with a discussion on candle failures he has seen in the lab and the importance of retailer/manufacturer communication with regard to testing protocols.
In an article published by In-House Defense Quarterly, Randy Watson provides a brief and candid history of the investigation of arson related cases and the impact of NFPA 921. Randy is a senior fire investigator, training coordinator, and branch manager at S-E-A, and the current chairman of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Investigations.
After years of planning, the new S-E-A Columbus and corporate campus is open for business. The impressive new facility at 7001 Buffalo Parkway sits on a 48-acre site next to the Anheuser-Busch brewery. The new four-building and testing campus boasts over 100,000 sq. ft. stretching across 13 acres. Occupying a prime sight location near I-71 and I-270, the new facility and adjacent land allow the company to better serve the legal, manufacturing and insurance industries through professional testing and analysis.
A central additive to the new facility is an array of progressive vehicle testing grounds, which include a 70,000 sq. ft. outdoor asphalt vehicle test pad, an off-road vehicle course, an earthen hill with various grades, and a rollover test pit. These new details will be used to better test a variety of vehicles and equipment on an elevated scale. Additionally, the facility houses an updated test sled facility that is considerably longer (at least 50%) than the previous version, enabling higher-speed testing and better control of the sled motion.
The campus also boasts expanded chemical and materials laboratories and candle testing facility, many exam rooms, and private bays for confidential testing on behalf of clients.
Automotive Testing Technology International describes vehicle-related additions to S-E-A’s new headquarters. An asphalt vehicle test pad, off-road vehicle course, earthen hill, rollover test pits, and a longer sled facility will enable S-E-A to offer a multitude of vehicle tests from the comfort of its own property.
Tara Amenson, an S-E-A biomedical engineer and Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), highlights the importance of evaluating installation and use, proper fit and restraint, and vehicle compatibility of child car seats when analyzing injury outcomes. She goes on to discuss NHTSA’s Ease of Use rating program and the LATCH system.
New Video puts S-E-A`s product and candle testing capabilities at front and center.
For over 45 years, S-E-A has provided forensic analyses to clients all over the world. Born out of our extensive experience searching for causes of failure, we have become quite adept at testing products and identifying potential failures. This video highlights one area of our product testing capabilities, but the associated expertise and technology applies to all kinds of products, from barbells to children`s toys and from infant car seats to ATVs.
The Worthington, Ohio Police Department and S-E-A teamed up for the “Click It or Ticket” initiative to provide an impactful vehicle crash demonstration to the public. Anthropomorphic Test Devices (crash dummies) were instrumented with a variety of sensors and placed into test vehicles, both belted and unbelted. S-E-A’s Automated Steering Controller and Brake and Throttle Robot were installed in the truck, which was then remotely guided at 40 mph into the car resulting in a head-on impact. To see a local news station’s coverage (10TV), please click the video.
S-E-A’s Fawzi Bayan and John Swanson discuss the luminance imaging photometer and 3-D laser scanner in USLAW’s Spring/Summer Magazine. These technologies enable forensic investigators and engineers to virtually document accident scenes and, when in the hands of S-E-A’s visualization experts, can be used to create lucid demonstratives in support of litigation.