Canadian Playground Advisory Inc. provides the only training program in the world for the use of the Triax2015. These courses are provided in Toronto, Canada and some selected locations around the world.

Canadian Playground Advisory Inc. recommends the following test devices that are in some cases used in conjunction with the devices manufactured by Canadian Playground Advisory Inc.

TRIAX 2015 Impact Tester

TRIAX 2015 Impact Tester – Playground & Sports Turf Fields

The TRIAX 2015 system is the latest evolution of playground surface impact test systems fully compliant with American (ASTM F1292) European (EN1177) and many other (CSA, AUS) standards for the measurement of shock (G) and head injury criteria (HIC) values as would be experienced during an impact of a head on a surface system. Since 1988, continuous engineering development combined with ongoing participation in worldwide standards development has resulted in a device that produces accurate and consistent measurement results in both field and laboratory use.

The ASTM F355-16 E Missile, which the Traix2015 complies with, is being proposed for the testing of Sports Fields for impact attenuation under a test procedure that has been published by Canadian Playground Advisory Inc.(CPA) This test procedure requires that the missile be dropped from the same height above the field in a triangular pattern. This test procedure also requires the installation of suspending blocks, manufactured by CPA to ensure the missile impacts in the consistent triangular pattern. There is also the requirement to determine the depth of the infill or system depth and the depth gauges manufactured by CPA are recommended for this.

CPA also provides training in the test procedure and the use of the suspending blocks and the reporting software.

The TRIAX 2015 Impact Tester: manufactured by Alpha-Automation Inc., in Trenton, New Jersey, USA and available for purchase through TRIAX2015.com

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TRIAX 2015 A- Missile System

TRIAX 2015 A- Missile System

The TRIAX 2015 A-MISSILE system is the latest evolution of the TRIAX family of playing surface impact test systems that is wireless and fully complaint with the ASTM F355-10 procedure. A standard for the measurement of shock (Gmax) values since 1988, continuous engineering development, combined with ongoing participation in worldwide standards equipment has resulted in a device that produces accurate and consistent results in both field and labratory use.   

The TRIAX 2015 A- Missile System: manufactured by Alpha-Automation Inc., in Trenton, New Jersey, USA and available for purchase through TRIAX2015.com

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TRIAX 2015 Swing Seat Tester

TRIAX 2015 Swing Seat Tester


TRIAX 2015 Swing Seat Impact Tester a free hanging spherical head form for impact testing of swing seats and related articles, compliant with ASTM F1487, En1176-2 and AS4685-6. Compatible with new TRIAX 2015 and the existing TRIAX 2010 hand held units. This allows for the testing of swing seat impact in the laboratory, factory or field.

The TRIAX 2015 Swing Seat Tester: manufactured by Alpha-Automation Inc., in Trenton, New Jersey, USA and available for purchase through TRIAX2015.com

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 CPA Triangle Cable Support Fixtures

CPA Swing Seat Test Support Bracket

The Swing tester itself consists of the spherical missile and handheld data collection device and the sphere will have to be held in place to perform the testing. The test requires that the leading edge of the swinging element (swing seat) and the sphere make direct contact. CPA manufactures a fixture that can be used to hold the sphere in place while the testing is being performed. The support attaches to almost any swing support beam and the multiple adjustments allow for the sphere to move up or down, forward or back and from side to side to meet many configurations of swings on the market today.

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CPA Triangle Cable Support Fixtures

CPA Triangle Cable Support Fixtures

The ASTM F355-16 E Missile, which the Traix2015 complies with, is being proposed for the testing of Sports Fields for impact attenuation under a test procedure that has been published by Canadian Playground Advisory Inc.(CPA) This test procedure requires that the missile be dropped from the same height above the field in a triangular pattern. This test procedure also requires the installation of suspending blocks, manufactured by CPA to ensure the missile impacts in the consistent triangular pattern. There is also the requirement to determine the depth of the infill or system depth and the depth gauges manufactured by CPA are recommended for this.

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EVERPLAY Manual Drop Device

EVERPLAY Manual Drop Device

Many standards such as ASTM F1292 and ASTM F3313 require that the person performing the impact testing find the least favourable location on the surface under test. In some cases this is obvious with areas of high wear or damage, but it is often difficult to make this determination without physically dropping the E missile. The Manual Drop Device allows for the substitution of the metal block that hangs from the Triax2015 tripod and suspension cable and hold the E missile in the hands for the person performing the test. This allows the tester to raise or lower the missile or move around the playground, field or any other surface under test and gather data. This data can be used to direct the location of the formal testing to the relevant standard.

CPA also provides training in the test procedure and the use of the Manual Drop Device and the reporting software.

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EVERPLAY Reference Pad

EVERPLAY Reference Pad

Every scientific test device requires calibration and the Traix2015 is no different. Most of these devices require annual calibration; however with the use of the EVERPLAY Reference Pad the need for calibration is extended to two years.

The reference pad is a thermally stable mat that provides repeatable and reproducible values for g and HIC in controlled conditions. Using the reference pad prior testing validates that the Triax2015 is operating with factory calibration requirements and testing can proceed. The use of a calibration mat is a requirement of many ASTM standards such as ASTM F355, ASTM F1292, ASTM F1936, ASTM F3313, etc. This pad has demonstrate stability and consistency over more than 20 years.

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ROTATIONAL PENETROMETER

Rotational Penetrometer

Canadian Playground Advisory Inc. is pleased to recommend the use of the Rotational Penetrometer manufactured by Benficial Designs. This device is the best choice to measure the firmness and stability of an Accessible Route.

Background and Use

The Rotational Penetrometer is a precision instrument for measuring the firmness and stability of ground and floor surfaces, such as trails, playgrounds, and carpets. The Rotational Penetrometer is the only device of its kind-- a reliable, objective, portable instrument for testing surface firmness and stability.

The Rotational Penetrometer's effectiveness has been proven through research. An inter-laboratory study was conducted according to ASTM E691, and the Penetrometer was shown to produce repeatable and reproducible measures. These measurements have been shown to correlate with the amount of work required to propel a wheelchair (as measured by ASTM F1951) and the amount of physiological energy required by persons with and without disabilities attempting to negotiate a surface. For copies of the background research, please visit Beneficial Designs.

Without the Rotational Penetrometer, surface owners and manufacturers have to ship samples of their product to independent labs for testing, and spend valuable time waiting for results. The cost of purchasing the Rotational Penetrometer is roughly equivalent to the cost of having a single surface tested - but the Rotational Penetrometer can be used again and again. With the Rotational Penetrometer, manufacturers can repeatedly test their surfaces on-site. The Rotational Penetrometer can also be a useful tool for new product development and for assessing maintenance issues. Owner/operators will be able to determine to properties of the surface systems they are using in playgrounds, trails and sport fields.