Baltimore, MD – HP White Laboratory, Inc., the world’s largest independent test laboratory for armor, today announces the opening of Cooper Main, a new Environmental Test Facility for personal and vehicular armor. The new laboratory houses four Environmental Conditioning Chambers capable of achieving temperature ranges from minus 75 degrees C to 150 degrees C, and humidity ranges from 10% to 98% for hard and soft armor samples up to 39.4”x35.5”x39.4”. What’s more, the new facility provides a 575-square-foot sample storage room maintained at between 25-degrees C and 20%-50% humidity for compliant storage of samples awaiting testing.
HP White now provides vehicular and personal armor manufacturers with one-stop environmental conditioning and ballistics resistance testing required by multiple standards and regulations, including National Institute of Justice (NIJ), MIL STDs, UL 752, STANAG, military hard and soft body armor standards, and a host of other domestic and foreign protocols that require environmental conditioning. Manufacturers and suppliers can validate armor packages for research and development, certification, and acceptance testing. For hard and soft armor manufacturers whose armor must pass environmental conditioning requirements, Cooper Main represents significant cost and time efficiencies.
HP White is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) to the NIJ 0101.06, Sec.5 Flexible Armor Conditioning Protocol as part of the lab’s ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Scope of Accreditation (NVLAP Lab Code: 200825-0). HP White is one of a select few NIJ-approved ballistic testing laboratories accredited to conduct required environmental conditioning of both soft and hard personal body armor, in addition to ballistics resistance testing required for NIJ 0101.06 body armor certification.
HP White’s new Environmental Test Facility is named Cooper Main in honor of the company’s longest standing employee, Lois Cooper, who has been employed by HP White Laboratory for 53 years. Over her tenure, Cooper has held a variety of positions throughout the organization, ranging from ballistics technician to controller.
“Lois Cooper’s strength and longevity are hallmarks that underscore the HP White brand,” said Mike Parker, president, HP White Laboratory. “Over five decades Cooper demonstrated uncommon loyalty and adaptability to best serve customers’ needs and the lab’s.”
HP White Laboratory, Inc. was founded in 1936 by Mr. Henry Packard White as a ballistic research and development facility. In its 75th year of operation, HP White is world renowned as the leading ballistic and ballistic resistance laboratory. The laboratory is located at 3114 Scarboro Road, in Street, Maryland. For more information, contact us or visit www.hpwhite.com, or call 1-410-838-6550.
Lois Cooper joined HP White Laboratory in 1958, following graduation from North Harford High School. Over her 53 years with HP White, Cooper has been a QC manager, ballistics technician, statistician, inventory manager, FSO, and most recently, company controller. Cooper will retire from HP White in the summer of 2011.
About HP White Laboratory, Inc
HP White Laboratory, Inc. is an independent ballistics and ballistics resistance laboratory. For 75 years, HP White has specialized in research and development, validation testing, certification and quality control evaluations of body and vehicular armor systems, sub-components and materials. HP White developed many of the ballistics resistance standards, processes and methods used today to test body and vehicular armor for a full scope of applications (law enforcement, military, personal protection), threats (stab, slice, bullet, explosive), and environments (urban, war time, extreme heat/cold). HP White’s services add value throughout the entire supply chain, from research and development processes and product certification to production lot acceptance and post-production quality control. HP White serves the needs of Federal, State, Local and Foreign Government agencies, and the manufacturers dedicated to saving lives of law enforcement and war fighters, globally.
Mike Parker, President