Shock & Awe

The telescoping design of Architectural Testing Inc.'s shock tube—which houses a driver (at far right) capable of generating up to 3,000 psi of air pressure—means the company can shape a "blast profile" as precisely as a particular fenestration test might require.

For an extra-large apparatus such as the aptly named Mega Rack 500—which is for the seismic testing of glazing systems—or the shock tube, the company works with steel-fabrication specialists.

An air cannon is used to fire variously sized timber pieces at windows for impact testing. Like almost all of ATI's equipment, it was designed and manufactured in-house.

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