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Household & Bazaar

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Index:

Product Ranges and Services

Product ranges

  • School supplies-stationery
  • Packaging
  • Candles
  • Plastic films
  • Toothbrushes
  • Batteries
  • Sponges
  • Razors (shavers)
  • Pet accessories
  • Fertilizers
  • Cookware and kitchenware
  • Disposable dishes
  • Coffee filter
  • Charcoal
  • Brushes
  • Gloves
  • Aluminium products
  • Litter

Services

  • Performance:
    • Durability, absorption, adhesively, resistance
  • Use test and expert panels
  • Chemical analysis
  • Audits
  • Physical tests:
    • Physical and mechanical characteristics
  • Sensorial
  • Safety tests
  • Technical Specs validation and markings

 

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Candles

Sooting behaviour EN 15426

  • This test applies to a candle wick with a diameter less than 100 mm or equivalent section, intended to be used indoors
  • This European Standard provides a simple measurement for evaluation of sooting emission of candles
  • The soot emitted by the candle is collected on a glass plate during the defined period
  • The loss of light intensity resulting from the presence of soot is quantified in a measurement chamber

Fire safety EN 15493  

  • This standard helps to ensure a reasonable level of safety in use, enhancing human security and reducing the risk of fire
  • Relevant parameters:
    • Height of the flame
    • Stability of the candle: ensures that the candle will not tip over on an inclined plane of 10°C
    • Secondary ignition of the candle: verify the absence of spontaneous flames other than those of the wicks provided for this purpose
    • Self-extinction at the end of combustion
    • Wick smoking more than 20 seconds
    • Wick incandescent over 20 seconds
    • Spontaneous re-light of the candle

Safety labelling EN 15494

  • Labelling check (on candle or on its packaging) to verify the presence of the warning symbols and information requirements as per the mentioned standard (in the form of symbols or text) :
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Burn candle out of reach of children and pets
  • Always leave at least xx cm (distance recommended by the
    manufacturer) between burning candles
  • Do not burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire

School supplies, stationery

Pens, ball pens:

  • Writing characteristics 
    • Number of colours
    • Total unit weight
    • Length
    • Diameter
    • Ink amount
    • Line width
    • Fall resistance at 0,85m
    • Stroke/line width after fall
    • Ink aggressiveness - 1 (low aggressive) to 5 (very aggressive)
  • Resistance to crushing body/cap
    • Crush strength body pen
    • Average breaking strength
  • Washability of the ink
    • The test consists of applying a stain (with all the colors of the product) on a cotton support referenced 10A. After a drying period of 24 hours, half of the band is washed at 40°C with a neutral charge of 2.5 kg, the other half of the strip is retained as control sample.
    • After washing and drying of the half of the band, a color assessment and evaluation of the different stains allows to highlight the washability of the ink contained in the felt
  • Aging in oven
    • Aging during 7 days at 40°C and 70% humidity
  • Length of writing measurement
    • Compliance to 300 m writing
    • Flexibility of pen/felt: maximum force flexibility of pens
    • Drying time
    • Material nature: Infrared spectrometry (IR)
  • Notebooks:
    • Writing sheets characteristics
      • Number
      • Paper weight
      • Thickness of sheet
      • Visual examination of the sheets
      • Testability of blocks pages
      • Average weight of a sheet
    • Opacity of the paper
      • Opacity is the ability of the sheet to oppose transparency. It is determined based on diffuse reflection method (NF Q 03.040). This measure consists in comparing the luminance values obtained using a colorimeter:
        • On one sheet placed on top of a black background
        • A minimum of 30 sheets package
      • The opacity percentage is the percentage of luminance of a sheet compared to 30 sheets (considered as 100% opacity)

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Napkins

Absorption & resistance

  • Mechanical characteristics EN12625-4 and 5
    • Using a dynamometer, at a known rate, we establish the resistance of a sample of 50 mm wide on dry paper according to EN 12625, in the transverse direction and machine direction
    • The test is also performed in wet by using a Finch (which allows to humidify the paper sheets in the most reproducible way as possible. These measures have a great influence on the performance and the ease of use of the product

Absorption characteristics

  • Measure the absorption performance of the products by placing them in the test conditions (inclined plane and distribution of liquid in one point), simulating actual use.
  • The test involves injecting saline water on a paper until the first drop escapes from the product. The leak is detected automatically by conductivity detector. The result is given as an absorption in ml per sheet which also brings in g/g.
  • These values are used to actually measure the "wiping" performance of the product, this taking into account not only the absorption but also the product's ability to spread the humidity

Food contact

  • Suitability for food contact
    • Formaldehyde in paper-Photometry
    • Heavy metals in paper - ENV 12497 / ENV 12498
    • PCP - GC/MS - ISO 15320
    • PCB - EN ISO 15318
    • Glyoxal in paper- Photometry - DIN 54603
    • Color fastness (for evaluation of staining) EN 646 :
      • With isooctane
      • With acetic acid 3%
      • With sodium carbonate 5g/L
      • With aqueous solution
    • Organoleptic inertia - EN 1230-2
    • Antimicrobial agents EN 1104
    • Optical Whiteners EN648

Cookware, kitchenware

Silicones

  • Food contact
    • Overall migration, specific migration
    • Volatile Organic Matter (VOM)
    • Tin specific migration
    • Peroxides test
    • Temperature resistance
    • Check resistance to heat ( 250°C) and cold (-40°C)
    • Anti slip + thermal insulation (pot holders)
    • Consumer use test which simulates gripping wet or greasy dishes with silicone holder (as example)
    • Leakage
    • Evaluate leakage after filling the silicone with water
    • Resistance to dishwasher
    • Evaluate resistance of silicone products after 25 dishwasher cycles by degree of deterioration

Cookware pots

  • Characteristics:Weight, dimensions, diameter
  • Suitability for microwave and oven
  • The product is submitted to successive transitions within microwave and oven pre-set at 250ºC, then it is immersed in water at room temperature
  • Temperature resistance
  • Check the cookware ability to withstand the heat
  • Dishwasher resistance
  • Assessment after 25 dishwashing machine cycles
  • Whiteness
  • Color and color after aging
  • Non-decorated ceramic food contact:Heavy metals release from ceramics to check suitability for food contact

Glasses

  • Physical characteristics
  • Weight, size, diameter, height, thickness, etc.
  • Glass density
  • Definition from its volume and weight
  • Stability
  • Determination of glass surface in contact with the table with a plan meter
  • Dishwasher resistance
  • Assessment after 25 dishwashing machine cycles
  • Corrosion
  • Visual assessment after 150 dishwashing machine cycles
  • Food contact
  • Specific migration of Cadmium, Chromium, Lead
  • Impact resistance
    • Swinging:The objective of the test is to determine the impact resistance of glass during a fall by swinging on a bench. This is to highlight a possible defect of the glass during foreseeable use (fragility of some predominant parts)
    • Pendulum method:A shock is performed on the glass with a pendulum. The impact energy is a function of the angle at which the pendulum is released. For each of the references, the impact strength is determined by the minimum angle to be used to break the glass

Cutlery

  • Global characteristics
    • Weight, dimensions, diameter, dimensions, height, thickness, etc.
  • Dishwasher resistance
    • Assessment after 25 dishwashing machine cycles
  • Food contact tests
    • Check food contact suitability of cutlery by analyzing chemical composition of steel

Disposable tableware

  • Global and specific characteristics of disposable tableware:
    • This determination is intended to describe the products and their packaging. It allows to check the compliance of a product relative to its labelling. The test is to describe the product according to its nature. The color of the product is indicated. For the plates we also indicate any decoration present.
    • Knife: Blade length, blade thickness, number of teeth of the blade
    • Fork: Number of teeth, tooth length and tooth thickness
    • Spoon: Length, width and volume of shovel
  • Thickness and weight of plates
  • Weight, dimensions, burr:
    • After measuring size and weight characteristics on 5 samples, the molding plane is checked to verify the possible presence of a burr to the joint plane or at injection of the product.
  • Breaking resistance knife/fork:
    • This is an indicator of the strength of the product under conditions reproducing the constraints suffered during use
  • Flexibility:
    • The test evaluates the flexibility of plastic cutlery at a 2 points flexion performed with a dynamometer. This is a usage parameter. The higher is the measured force, the more rigid would be the cutlery. This test can lead to rupture of the product and allows to evaluate weak points
  • Resistance to slow puncture on plates:
    • Determination of the resistance to slow puncture using a conical punch. Assessment of the force required to perforate the material
  • Resistance to compression of cups (vertical and horizontal):
    • Compressive strength aims to determine the crush resistance of a product or its packaging by a compression test with a dynamometer. This is an indicator of the strength of the product. These forces can simulate the stresses experienced by the product during use (Example: horizontal compression for plastic cups and cartons for vertical compression)
  • Shore hardness:
    • The test consists in measuring the hardness of a plastic product on its surface. Hardness is the property of the material to resist the penetration of another material. The unit of measure is associated either to Shore A (soft plastic) or to Shore D (rigid and hard plastic)
  • Color and whiteness:
    • Used to assess the absolute and comparative with trichromatic coordinates of a product and its level of whiteness. Using the calculation of delta E, we will evaluate and qualify the color difference between two references
  • Tear resistance initiated by pendulum (paper plates):
    • The pendulum method gives the force (in cN) required to propagate a tear already initiated using a tear tester
  • Absorption, Cobb method (paper plates):
    • This test is used to determine water absorption (Cobb index) at different time: 30s. 60s. 120s. 300s. 1800s, based on EN 20535 standard. It checks the water repellency of products intended to come into contact with liquid foodstuffs
  • Aging in oven of plastic tableware (70°C):
    • This method allows to study the behaviour of products after aging at 7 days at 70°C.
  • Nature of material by IR spectrometry:
    • IR technique is used to check the composition indicated on the packaging or to explain product features caused by its composition (temperature resistance, etc.)
  • Paper and paperboard – French Note DGCCRF:
    • Photo initiators UV inks (cartons)
    • Heavy metals ENV 12497 / ENV 12498
    • PCP ISO 15320
    • PCB EN ISO 15318
    • Glyoxal
    • Formaldehyde
    • Organoleptic inertness EN 1320ç
    • Optical whiteners EN 648
    • Color fastness EN 646
    • Antimicrobial agents EN1104
    • Dry extract EN 645 / EN 647 / EN 920

Stoves, pots

  • Characteristics of kitchen utensils
  • Non-stick features of cookware
  • Thickness of non-stick coating in pans
  • Dishwasher resistance
  • Heat resistance: EN 12983-1
  • Combustion resistance: EN 12983-1
  • Fatigue strength of the handle: EN 12983-1
  • Resistance to torsion
  • Resistance to flexion
  • Shore hardness
  • Bottom stability (40 thermal shocks): EN 12983-1
  • Suitability for food contact tests on uncoated stainless steel
  • Resistance to torsion:
    • This test checks the resistance to twisting of the handle during a load test according to EN 12983-1, and the strength of the grip. This test follows the heat resistance test
    • When a load of 1 kg is applied on each end, any deformation should be observed. The angles should not exceed 10°C
  • Resistance to flexion:
    • Evaluation of the resistance of the junction handle / container by a bending test, by applying 10 kg positioned at 10 mm from the handle end. The mechanical stresses are then concentrated on the junction
  • Fatigue resistance of the handle:
    • Verify the holding of the handle and its attachment after 15000 aging cycles with a critical load of half times its water capacity
    • The product is first conditioned by subjecting it to heat resistance test
  • Bottom stability test (thermal shocks):
    • The bottom should not become convex after thermal shock
  • Stability on inclined surface 5°C:
    • The product must be stable when placed empty and without cover on an incline plane of 5° in the most unfavourable position, with the exception of products whose intrinsic design prevents them to comply with this requirement, woks for example
  • Performance, measurement of heat diffusion rate of stove:
    • This test consist in raising the temperature in the center, on the edge of the pan and on the junction between the stove and the handle in a vacuum heating test on an induction plate with a power of 3100 W
  • Non-stick cooking product (burnt milk) – (NF D 21-511 May 1989):
    • A dose of milk is placed on the preheated cooking article and it is heated until the milk is burnt. Afterwards, it is tried, by successive means to remove the burnt milk from the surface
  • Food contact response to aging:
    • Corrosion resistance (based on XP CEN/TS 12983-2 July 2005) (stoves with non-stick coating)
    • Mixture of tomato sauce, brown rice and salt (acid pH) is boiled for 20 minutes, 3 times a day for 5 days
    • The utensil is then washed in the dishwasher. The coating must show no blistering

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Gloves

Use test

  • This test evaluates the following parameters:
    • Residues after use (on hand, in the case of flocking)
    • Maximum internal temperature
    • Slip on dry supports
    • Slip on wet supports

Dextery

  • Based on standard EN 420, it allows to classify the ease of grip of gloves

Sealing-leakage

  • This method allows to determine overall tightness of household gloves and disposable gloves

Mechanical properties without treatment

  • Measurement of the strength and elongation required to break the 4mm wide test pieces and measurement of 300 and 500% elongation which corresponds to the elasticity of the product
  • Tensile resistance is measured on 5 specimens by using a dynamometer equipped with an extensometer
    Method based on standards:
    • NFT 46001 (sample preparation)
    • NFT 46002 (tensile test)

Mechanical properties after treatment

  • Aging (7 days at 70°C on the product as such, 72 hours at 80°C in bleach and 72 hours at 80°C in diluted dishwashing liquid)
  • The aging resistance is evaluated by calculating the percentage loss of mechanical strength of the product compared to the test performed without treatment
  • Based on standards :
    • NFT 46001 (sample preparation)
    • NFT 46002 (tensile test)
    • NFT 46004 (accelerated aging)
  • Overall migrations
  • Specific migration of phthalates
  • Specific migration of primary aromatic amines
  • Specific migration of nitrosamines
  • Specific migration of formaldehyde
  • Volatile organic matter
  • Conformity with food contact tests

Toys

Directive 2009/48/EC on toy safety, EN 71

  • EN71 Part 1 - Physical and mechanical properties
  • EN71 Part 2 - Flammability
  • EN71 Part 3 - Migration of certain elements
  • EN71 Part 4 - Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities
  • EN71 Part 5 - Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets
  • EN71 Part 7 - Finger paints
  • EN71 Part 8 - Activity toys for domestic use
  • EN71 Part 9, 10, 11 - Organic compounds
  • EN71 Part 12 - N - Nitrosamines and N - Nitrosables Substances
  • EN71 Part 13 - Olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games
  • EN71 Part 14 - Trampolines for domestic use

Regulation (CE) No. 1907/2006 (REACH)

  • Annex XVII
    • Cadmium
    • Phthalates (DBP, BBP, DEHP, DNOP, DINP, DIDP)
    • Azo colorants
    • Nickel release
    • Lead content
    • PAHs
    • PCP, Organotin
  • Annex XIV
    • Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)

Factory Audit Service in China

  • GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Audit Service
  • ISO 9000 (Quality Management) Audit Service
  • SA8000 (Social Accountability) Audit Service
  • C-TPAT (Custom – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism)

Inspection services

  • Sample picking
  • Loading Supervision
  • Factory Inspection: ISO2859, ADL 1.0/4.0

 

Pet accessories

Mechanical characteristics of leashes and collars 

Dimensional characteristics

Food contact tests (Regulation EU 10/2011)

  • Overall migration acetic acid 3%
  • Overall migration ethanol 10%
  • Overall migration olive oil
  • Phthalate content

Litter

  • Absorption performance 1 min, 20 min and 24h
    • Evaluate the product absorption performance over a relatively long period (24 h) This method follows 19-002 NFV standard and BSS 50-565 standard as regards the characteristics of the meshes of stainless metal cones
  • Characteristics of products for pet litter
    • This method determines:
      • Humidity
      • Ashes at 450°C
      • Loss on ignition at 900°C
      • Total carbonates calculated from ashes at 450°C and 900°C
      • Marking compliance with standard NFV 19-001
    • All information used to verify the consistency of the product to its labeling and conformity to the standard NFV 19-001 (labeling requirements) On the other hand, these values can qualify the product level (e.g., the carbonates are inert fillers which are intended to increase the density)

Other tests

  • For vegetal litter:
    • Compostability of litter according to NF EN 13432 and NF EN ISO 14855
    • Formaldehyde in wood
    • Organochlorine and organophosphorous pesticides
    • Microbiological analysis on litter
    • Mycotoxins

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