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Home improvement, DIY

Your industry, our focus

Home Improvement and DIY

Product Ranges

Home improvement

Coatings, paints, adhesives & glues

  • Global characteristics: weight, dimensions, grammage, etc.
  • Physical-chemical: consistency, colour, odour, 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: Colour fastness, washability, spongeability, 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, colour, 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, Ecodesign: according to ecodesign 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
    • Colour 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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