In IMPERIAL, when the CAD work is complete, our engineers begin simulation work on our products. FEA software is used to analyze the stress and heat impact to our designs. Our R&D department employs the latest technology and software to analyze the noise and vibration characteristics of our systems. And throughout the various stages of development, our expansive machine shop lets us turn designs into completely functional prototypes.
To ensure product performance and reliability, each product system we design completes a countless amount of life cycle testing. These tests utilize the latest in PLC technology and sensors to control, monitor, and record system performance. On any given test, we may monitor pressure, clamp force or input force. We also complete a large amount of environmental cycle testing in three, large, PLC-controlled environmental chambers with temperature ranges from -40°F to 350°F
Outside of the R&D lab, Imperial has a fleet of hard tails and full suspension bikes at our disposal for field testing. Portable data acquisition units and sensors track "real-life" conditions. We also have pro racers and riders from around the world riding our products and providing feedback.