A Subsidiary of SBCA

Product Testing

Testing Services

  • Product development, forensic, and R&D
  • Steel, concrete & wood, structural framing products
  • Full-scale, real-world system tests
  • Nails, sheathing, insulation, trusses, beams, walls, floors, and more

SBCRI is a state-of-the-art testing and research facility, specializing in product development, forensic, and R&D testing for a wide array of steel, concrete and wood, structural framing products. Our expertise is centered on the light-frame commercial (i.e. up to and including mid-rise) and residential construction market segments.

SBCRI is one of the few facilities in North America that tests structural assemblies with the entire structure built on top of load cells. While challenging, this method is the best way to easily understand the flow of load through the structure. Having this knowledge about any product or connection system, makes efficient resistance design property development much easier.

SBCRI’s testing quality control process is centered on measuring the applied loads placed on any component or structure, measuring the loads as they pass though the element or assembly, and then measuring all the reaction loads at each of the supports. Measuring both load in and load out ensures we accurately account for all the forces exerted on and going through the tested assembly.

You won’t find our attention to detail elsewhere. We’re dedicated to making sure you receive accurate and thorough testing that reflects true-to-life installation. Success to SBCRI means knowing how a product performs in the "real-world", providing accurate design values to resist actual application conditions, and having superior knowledge that the material, method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, equivalent to compared applications in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety. 

Testing Video

This video explains a lateral resistance test we conducted on metal plate connector teeth. This is just one example of the types of tests we can perform at SBCRI. We can test your product so you know how it will perform in the real-world, with thorough true-to-life installation and testing.

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