The Integration and Mechanical Verification Laboratory, managed by the Mechanics Department, provides the basic and specific infrastructures necessary for the assembly, integration and verification of the medium-sized mechanical systems that are developed in the Instrumentation Area. This laboratory has an area of 42 m2 conditioned to work with mechanical devices and systems, containing a variety of general purpose measurement and test equipment, and with the usual infrastructures of a R&D laboratory. It has air conditioning, compressed air, computer network, three-phase, single-phase and uninterrupted power supply, telephone network, access control system, security systems, etc. In this laboratory there are several specific elements for integration, measurement and mechanical verification, such as gauges, cryostats, vacuum pumps, temperature and pressure data acquisition systems, torque meters, submicron measuring equipment, vibration measurement and analysis equipment, etc. And, as auxiliary infrastructure, it also has multiple mechanical tools, workbenches, shelves, storage trolleys and manipulation elements.
The purpose of the AIV Room is the assembly, integration and verification of instrumentation for large telescopes.
The CAD/CAE room concentrates the special facilities for mechanical engineering design and calculation.
The mechanical engineering team of the IAC has experience and knowledge to undertake the design, manufacture and assembly of high precision structures, mechanisms and opto-mechanical systems
The astronomical observation in the infrared range of the spectrum requires the use of cryogenic systems where high vacuum and very low temperature technologies are combined.