1983 marks the year Skandia, Incorporated was founded. In line with its mission statement of Making Aircraft Quieter, Safer and More Comfortable, a flammability engineering and testing laboratory was started as a department within Skandia. The creation of this new department was to help aircraft manufacturers, interior shops and completion centers conform to newly required flammability standards.
As we are about to start a new year, 2023 marks 40 years of unmatched success, leadership and experience in the flammability engineering, testing and certification industry.
And four decades of experience is precisely why Skandia is known across the globe for its thoroughness and overall customer satisfaction with flammability testing including OSU, smoke and toxicity testing services.
Today, Skandia has a full staff of flammability professionals which includes 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 recognized by both Boeing and Airbus as approved and preferred flammability vendors.
Jennifer Asbury, Skandia’s Flammability Supervisor and DER sees reasons other than staff tenure that’s brought about Skandia’s success over the years. Those reasons draw on Skandia’s deeply experienced team. “Skandia has always strived to be a single source provider, a one-stop-shop for our customers. 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’s knowledge gained over the years gives them 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,” says Asbury. “It gives us tremendous diversity in our approach to problem solving.”
Providing clients with attention and customer service that goes above and beyond is at the center of adding value to Skandia’s customer experience and their team’s focus. Finding the best solution is not always easy in the world of flammability engineering and testing. It is the commitment for unmatched customer service that has given the entire Skandia flammability team the competitive advantage they have earned in today’s market.
To help maintain the demanding delivery schedule customers expect, Skandia keeps commonly used materials in stock at the lab for test specimen fabrication. Materials such as foam, fasteners, panels and adhesives. All of which make the certification process run smoother
Additional capabilities of the Skandia Flammability lab surround heat release, smoke emissions and toxicity testing. Employing state of the art heat release and smoke emissions testing chambers, the quality of Skandia testing meets current ISO standards.