Friday, 23 August 2013

New Rig Increases Flexibility at Independent Test Lab

The ASSA ABLOY Test Lab has procured a new rig, which will enable the independent facility to test larger door sets, for a wider range of accreditations and testing standards.

Designed to accommodate the growth and demand in the market for folding sliding doors and large inline sliding patio doors, the improved testing apparatus can handle doors of up to 3m tall and up to 5m wide.

This increase in capacity allows the Lab to seek accreditation for additional door set test standards, significantly improving its capabilities. Amongst the standards it can now test for is the Burglar Resistance standards (EN1637-1630) to classes 1, 2 & 3, which is increasingly required on specifications.

In addition to the extended scope that the new test rig will provide the Lab with, it is also easier to set up and operate. The benefit of this is twofold – improving efficiencies and output, as well as increasing safety when loading and working on the equipment.

Speaking on the new rig, Ian Bridge from the ASSA ABLOY Test Lab said: 
“We are really pleased with the installation of the new rig and the additional capabilities we can now offer to systems houses and manufacturers. After receiving positive feedback from UKAS following its accreditation visit, we look forward to offering testing for the Burglar Resistance standards for a more diverse range of door sets.

“As a standard that is increasingly specified under the Secured by Design accreditation, we feel it is important to be able to offer this classification across a broad spectrum of products. This includes folding and inline sliding doors, which are enjoying a real period of growth at the moment.”

The ASSA ABLOY performance testing laboratory offers over 160 individual testing criteria across 13 product categories. Comprehensive reports and sample photography are supplied to all clients.

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