IronRidge: Test Engineer

Test Engineer, Solar Panel Mounting Hardware

 

 

For over two years I informed critical design decisions

for more than ten IronRidge products, helping boost

the company into the top three competitors within the residential solar hardware market.

Accomplishments
  • Designed and executed test programs for over ten IronRidge products.

  • Assessed manufacturing quality of our products at factories in China and Taiwan.

  • Made purchasing decisions for over $20k in equipment and materials for the test lab.

  • Developed intimate familiarity with UL and ASTM testing standards.

  • Designed structural loading fixtures.

Operating a

tensile testing machine.

 
 
 
Lead Test Engineer for IronRidge's Flagship Product

I led the test program for IronRidge’s largest product launch to date, the Universal Fastening Object (UFO). I designed and executed the product's test program while incorporating ASTM and UL testing standards, as well as field research insights into it. I also visited manufacturing plants in China and Taiwan to improve upon our components’ designs for manufacturing.

UFO Fastener Evolution

XR1.1 Product Family

UFO

Fastener

Rail

Splice

Grounding

Lug

Rail

Fastener

Rev 1

Rev 2

Rev 3

Rev 4

Installed hardware

 
 
 
Product Testing

I assessed components’ performance with respect to: structural integrity, electrical bonding continuity (grounding), usability, and environmental resistance (moisture, temperature and UV). My testing influenced the design of aluminum, steel and polymer components, in addition to the selection of protective environmental coatings.

Structural

Integrity Testing

Load

Electrical

Bonding Testing

(electrical continuity through rail)

Ultraviolet Light Resistance Testing

Humidity/Corrosion Resistance Testing

Structural

Integrity Testing

Structural

Integrity Testing

 
 
 
Testing Fixture Design

I designed a set of loading fixtures for our universal testing machine utilizing finite element analysis, capable of withstanding 10,000 pound loads. I designed the fixtures to accommodate a variety of our components and to allow for easy operation while performing repeated trials within a test.

Loading

Fixture

 
 
 
 
Test Report Template Design

I used my graphic design skills to create IronRidge’s test report templates from scratch.

 
 
 
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