Cincinnati Sub-Zero Acquires HALT & HASS Systems

CINCINNATI, OH, July 06, 2011

Cincinnati Sub-Zero (CSZ) Products has announced the asset acquisition of HALT & HASS Systems Corporation (HHSC) of Denver, CO. The HHSC product line will be assimilated into CSZ’s Industrial Division which will manage ongoing product development, marketing, manufacturing, sales, and service activities. The addition of HALT (highly accelerated life tests) and HASS (highly accelerated stress screens) test systems will broaden CSZ’s product line and provide customers with a tool to help shorten new product development time, decrease production and warranty costs, and improve product reliability.

Currently in use by most major manufacturing organizations, HALT and HASS chambers provide extreme temperature and vibration capabilities used during the product design and manufacturing cycles to compress the time normally required to identify design and process weaknesses. HALT techniques are important in uncovering many of the weak links inherent to the design and fabrication process of a new product. HASS techniques are incorporated during the production phase to find manufacturing process defects that could cause product failures in the field. Performance levels of these chambers include temperature ramp rates up to ±100ºC/min with vibration levels of 1.0 to 90 grms. Sound levels, liquid nitrogen consumption and power usage are the lowest in the industry.

Steven J. Berke, president and CEO, said, “The acquisition of HHSC strengthens CSZ’s position as a leading manufacturer of environmental test equipment by providing customers with a full range of environmental test chambers to improve product reliability. These systems exhibit the design maturity that years of manufacturing experience combined with advanced HALT & HASS techniques can achieve.”

About HHSC

HHSC was a spin-off of Hobbs Engineering, formed in 1978 to provide technology seminars and consulting in accelerated reliability. Dr. Gregg Hobbs, founder and former President of HHSC and Hobbs Engineering, also was the inventor of HALT and HASS techniques.

About CSZ

CSZ was formed in 1940 and is the parent of three separate divisions. The medical division provides temperature management products to the healthcare industry, and the testing division is an A2LA accredited test laboratory providing contract environmental and vibration testing. CSZ’s industrial division provides temperature-cycling chambers, humidity chambers, accelerated stress-testing chambers, thermal-shock chambers, altitude chambers, AGREE vibration chambers, and industrial freezers.


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