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Home improvement

Coatings, paints, adhesives & glues

  • Global characteristics: weight, dimensions, grammage, etc..

  • Physical-chemical: consistency, color, odor, homogeneity, preservation, density, flow time, viscosity, etc..

  • Physical & mechanical tests: shear strength, resistance tests, abrasion resistance, shock resistance, cross-cut, etc..

  • Chemical tests: heavy metals, vinyl chloride content, formaldehyde, non-volatile matter, VOC Emissions, VOC content, food contact, etc.

  • Performance Tests: Color fastness, wash ability, sponge ability, drying time, spreading rate, hiding power, stain resistance, etc.

  • Benchmarking & claim substantiation

  • Specifications checking (Conformity control regarding technical data sheet)

  • Environmental tests: Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging

  • Use tests/Fitness for use: ease of application, cleaning-up, resistance to chemicals, etc

  • REACH: restricted substances and SVHCs, Toxicological studies, physical-chemical properties

  • Microbiology & Biocidal activities

  • Ecolabel Testing

  • Acoustic Testing: Tests on Soundproofing and sound absorbing materials, walls, textiles, paints, tiles, paddings

 

Coverings (flooring and walls)

  • Global characteristics: aspect, dimensions, color, spacing, cutting edges, etc.

  • Physical & mechanical tests: tearing and shear strength, resistance tests, abrasion resistance, bending, fatigue, impact, scratch resistance, etc.

  • Performance Tests: resistance to chemicals, stain resistance, absorption, sliding, clip resistance, adhesion, etc

  • Use tests / Fitness for use: ease of installation, cleaning-up, withdrawal, etc.

  • Benchmarking & claim substantiation

  • Specifications checking (Conformity control regarding technical data sheet)

  • Chemical tests: heavy metals, vinyl chloride content, formaldehyde, VOC Emissions, etc.

  • REACH: restricted substances and SVHCs.

  • Microbiology & Biocidal activities

  • Environmental tests: Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging

  • Acoustic testing: Tests on soundproofing and sound absorbing materials, walls, textiles, paints, tiles, paddings

 

Small hardware

  • Global characteristics

  • Physical & mechanical tests: tearing and shear strength, resistance tests, bending, fatigue, scratch resistance on coatings, etc.

  • Environmental tests: Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging.

  • Chemical tests: Heavy metals, REACH restricted substances and SVHCs.

  • Performance tests: Wall plugs pull out strength, resistance to shearing under load, etc.

  • Use tests/Fitness for use: ease of use, withdrawal, handling, etc...

 

E&E – Power tools, garden power, climate

  • Notified Body and Certification Body Services (GS, CB, TCB, etc)

  • International Type Approval Services: Recognition within the framework of CB IECEE procedure for different countries worldwide

  • Material testing: Including flammability tests for various materials (e.g. glow wire test, needle flame, V-0, V-1)

  • Physical & mechanical tests: Life time and permanent load tests - electrical and mechanical, mechanical stress shock, etc.

  • Electrical Safety Tests:

    • Safety tests for CE, CB-Scheme, GS-Mark and Type Approved-Mark

    • Document and construction checks

    • Expert opinion

    • EMF: Electromagnetic Fields

    • Photometric measurement

    • Photobiological Safety

  • EMC tests

  • Radio/wireless

  • Acoustics

  • Vibration test and measurement

  • Battery/Charger tests

  • Spot tests

  • ErP, Eco-design according to eco-design directive/energy efficiency measurement

  • Environmental tests:

    • Corrosion tests

    • Salt Spray

    • Harmful gas SO2

    • UV aging

    • Climatic tests from -40°C to 180°C

    • Dust and water IP tests

    • Temperature shock (Rate of temperature change < 20 sec, from-70 ° C to 180 ° C)

    • Temperature and altitude

    • Overpressure

  • Chemical tests: PAHs, RoHS, REACH, etc.

  • FFU: Fit-For-Use / Performance tests

 

Household and bathroom accessories

  • Global characteristics

  • Physical & Mechanical tests: bending, fatigue, scratch resistance on coatings, resistance after aging, adhesion and abrasion resistance, holding and loading resistance, etc.

  • Environmental tests: Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging

  • Chemical tests: REACH restricted substances and SVHCs

  • Performance Tests: including chemical resistance to bleach and household cleaners, absorption tests on carpets, sliding tests, slip resistance

  • Use tests/Fitness for use: ease of use, installation, withdrawal, handling, etc.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Notified Body Services (CE certification: per products in scope)

  • Physical & Mechanical tests:

    • Gloves: abrasion, cut, tear and perforation resistance, water permeability, dexterity, chemical permeation, etc.

    • Swimming goggles and buoyant aids: impact resistance, buoyancy, etc.

    • Apparel: textile performance tests, flammability, etc.

  • Chemical tests: REACH restricted substances and SVHCs, food contact tests, chemical permeation tests, method development, etc.

  • Environmental tests: Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging

Outdoor

Outdoor: Garden furniture

  • Standard EN 581-1, 2, 3 for outdoor furniture- seatings and tables.

  • Physical & Mechanical- Performance tests:

    • Edges, shearing points, openings

    • Strength

    • Durability (Fatigue tests)

    • Stability

    • Cross cut adhesion (coatings)

    • Moisture content (wooden products)

    • Hardness tests

    • Color fastness and other performance tests for textile parts

    • Flammability of textiles

  • Environmental tests: Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging.

  • Chemical tests: REACH restricted substances and SVHCs.

  • Use tests/Fitness for use: Ease of use, installation, withdrawal, handling, etc.

  • Outdoor furniture intended to be used by young children (Standard NFD 60 300 )

 

Outdoor: Gardening (tools, accessories, fertilizers, pest control)

  • Global and dimensional characteristics:

    • Fittings/garden nose taps

    • Sprinkler

    • Suspension rod

    • Garden tools

    • Garden guns / lances

  • Garden gloves (see Personal Protective Equipment section)

  • Adaptability of garden accessories

  • Thickness of coatings

  • Use test

  • Climatic tests: Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging

  • Chemical tests: REACH restricted substances and SVHCs, Toxicological studies, physical-chemical properties

  • Growth tests on bulbs/plants/flowers

  • Physical-chemical and chemical tests on fertilizers and pest control

  • Efficacy tests on insecticides

 

Outdoor: Pool (chemicals & accessories)

Accessories:

  • Global and dimensional characteristics

  • Thickness of coatings

  • Use tests

  • Climatic tests: Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging

 

Pool chemicals:

  • Microbiology & biocidal activities

    • Disinfection tests

    • Bactericidal activity

    • Chlorine

    • Bromine

    • Compressive strength (tablets)

    • Active oxygen

    • Hydrogen peroxide content

    • Boric acid

    • Anti-algae

 

Outdoor: BBQ

  • Physical & mechanical testing

  • Food contact tests

  • Electrical tests (for electrical BBQ)

  • Use tests

  • Climatic tests: Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging

  • Barbecues burning solid fuels (construction and safety test: Standard EN 1860)

  • Solid fuel characterization

    • Humidity

    • Ash content

    • Volatile matter content

    • Calorific value

    • Elemental analysis (C,H,N,S).

    • Halogen content: Chlorine, fluor

    • Major and trace content of metals.

    • Organic compounds content (PCB /PCT, PAH, hydrocarbons…).

    • Granulometry, etc.

Car

Car (accessories, E&E car parts, chemicals)

  • Physical & mechanical testing

  • Electrical tests (for electrical and electronical car parts): electrical safety, radio/wireless, EMC, etc.

  • Climatic tests: Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging

  • VOC emission tests on car components

  • Chemical and performance tests on detergents, surface cleaners and air fresheners

 

 

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