UV 10/12/2018
SAE J2527 (former SAE J1960) and SAE J2412 (former SAE J1885)
With a wide range of weathering equipment (more than 45 chambers), SGS France laboratories are able to ensure an immediate start of following standards (generally required by Ford) : Interior parts : SAE J2412, BO 116-01 Exterior parts : SAE J2527 with quartz/Borosilicate and Borosilicate/Borosilicate filters, ASTM D7869 Whatever the duration is (in hours or in kJ/m²), our lab can offer more than 65 places at the same time in each chamber. For painted parts, it is even possible to perform adhesion tests (according to FLTM BI 106-01 for example) after UV ageing and immersion in water during 24 hours according to FLTM BI 104-01. For any queries, please contact our team at the following address : fr.contact.sercovam@sgs.com
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Accelerated ageing 04/12/2018
Accelerated ageing with carbon arc light source (SWOM)
With 2 unique devices in Europe, SGS France laboratories are able to offer Sunshine Weatherometer tests (SWOM) by using specific carbon arc chambers. This old technology is still required by some asian OEM and consist of producing UV spectrum by creating an electrical arc between carbon electrodes. The 2 Atlas chambers available by SGS labs are : - CDMC (enclosed carbon arc) - CXW (open flame carbon arc) The main standards that require such chambers : - Fiat 50451, 50451/01 - Nissan M0135 and M0141 - ASTM G152 and G153 - Toyota TSM0501G, TSL 0601G, TSH 1582G and TSH 1585G - JIS D0205 - Suzuki SES N 3292 - ISO 4892-4 For any queries, please contact our team at the following address : fr.contact.sercovam@sgs.com
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QUALITY - OEM APPROVALS AND ACCREDITATIONS 29/10/2018
RENEWAL OF EMISSIONS ACCREDITATION
More than ever, SGS France Testing laboratories are the recognized partner of French and International OEMs. Among our latest accreditations news: laboratory skills have been confirmed by the renewal of RENAULT Group accreditation for emissions analysis on automotive interior parts. This accreditation covers smell tests according to D493001, D493046, RNE-B-00096, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and formaldehydes according to D423109, D403004, D493027, D493085, RNES-B-00114. All these standards can be performed on materials, as well as on final part. For any queries, please contact our team at the following address : fr.contact.sercovam@sgs.com
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EMISSIONS MEASUREMENTS ON FINISHED PARTS 09/10/2018
NEW EMISSION CHAMBER FOR ODOUR AND COV MEASUREMENTS
The SGS France Testing Laboratory, in Cestas, has added since July. a second VCE1000 emission chamber of 1m3 The tests carried out in the emission chamber are in accordance with the following norms and standards: VDA 276, VDA276-1 (VDA276 and VDA 276-1), ISO 16000-9 (ISO 16000 9), Renault D493027 (VOC D49 3027), D493046 (Odor D49 3046) and D493085 (Aldehydes and ketones D49 3085), RNES-B-00096, RNES-B-00114, PSA D105520, Volvo VCS10272769 (1027 2769 or VCS 1027,2769), Volkswagen PV 3942 (PV3942), BMW GS97014-3.... VOC emissions, or Odor, analyses from finished parts are performed during their conditioning in test chamber type VCE1000. What about the technic ? Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as the determination of aldehydes/ketones (formaldehyde...) or olfactory ...
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OET 28/06/2018
New Onboard Electronic Testing laboratory
SGS France Transportation has just opened its new Onboard Electronic Testing lab in Cestas. With 2200 m² of additional surface, SGS France laboratories have integrated following state-of-the-art equipments : - 9 shakers from 10 kN to 120 kN all combined with climatic chambers (up to 10°C / min) - Half sinus shock devices simulating strong shocks on the roads - 13 climatic chambers specifically dedicated to E&E endurances at extreme temperatures (-70°C / +180°C) During these solicitations, parts are monitored and powered with strong power supplies. In terms of performances, we also check dielectrical rigidity, insulation resistance, contact resistance, slow motion test, etc. For any queries, please contact our team at the following address : fr.contact.sercov...
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Corrosion test 17/04/2018
SGS France corrosion laboratories: state of the art equipments in Europe
With more than 45 chambers operating 24/7 all year long, SGS France corrosion laboratory (former SGS SERCOVAM) is positioned as one leader of salt and gas corrosion test institute on European market. Specialized in CCT (Cyclic or alternated Corrosion Test) like Renault / Nissan ECC1 D172028 (RNES-G-00005 v1.0), ASTM G85, VDA 621415, PV1210, CEI 60068-2-52…, our test engineers and technicians will also bring their expertise on Neutral Salt Spray (NSS) standards like (ISO 9227, ASTM B117, M0140(RNES-G-00001 v1.0), RTCA DO160, DASSAULT DGQT0.8.3.0011) under acknowledgment of major OEM of transport industry such as Renault, Airbus or Dassault, CASS test (D23 1001, DIN 50021) as well as OEM standards like GMW 14872, PV 1209, VCS1027,149, STD423-0014, DASSAULT DGQT0.8.3.0194. Our laborato...
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UV Photoageing 30/03/2018
New UV photoageing standard
Our SGS France laboratories (former SGS SERCOVAM) are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer UV photoageing standard RENAULT D271380, which is equivalent to Alliance standard RENAULT-NISSAN RNES-B-00106. This meets the expectations of validation plans dedicated to painted metallic parts. This new standard is thus completing our range of UV testing services which are, among others : • Renault : D471431 or D271911 • PSA : D471431 or PSA D271389 • VW : PV3929, PV3930, PV1306, PV1323 • Renault / Nissan : Nissan M0141 • TOYOTA : TSL 0601G • FCA : FIA 50471/01, Fiat 50451 • Others : ISO 4892-3, ASTM G154, ASTM D4587, ISO16474-3, ISO4892-2 method A, ISO 16474-2, ISO 4892-2 method B cycle 5 et 6, DIN 75220 Need a quote or additional precisions ? Contact us at fr.contact...
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13/03/2018
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UV photoageing – SGS acquires more chambers 10/11/2017
For better TAT !
SGS France Transportation laboratories have invested once again into several UV photoageing chambers (UVCON, QUV, QSUN Xe3, XR35, CI3000) in order to perform, among others, following standards : • Volkswagen : VW PV3929, PV3930, PV1306, PV1323 • PSA D275439 • Renault / Nissan : Nissan M0141 • FCA : FIA 50471/01, Fiat 50451 • SAE J2527 (SAE J1960), SAE J2412 (SAE J1885), ISO 4892-3, ASTM G154, ASTM D4587, ISO16474-3, ISO4892-2 method A, ISO 16474-2, ISO 4892-2 method B cycle 5 et 6, DIN 75220 These standards are mainly dedicated to non metallic materials (grained, raw or painted materials) from automotive, rail, aeronautic and boat industries, and simulate weather and light aging on interior and exterior parts.
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Railway Industry 13/06/2017
Expansion of the field of tests
SGS, through its laboratories dedicated to the transportation sectors, expands the scope of tests on materials, components and railway organs. • Paint materials and marks (NF F19-201 + train manufacturers requirements) • Rubber for floor coverings (NF F31-812 + train manufacturers requirements) • Fibre reinforced thermosetting plastics (NF F01-281 + train manufacturers requirements) • Fabrics (SNCF ST-051) • Electronic equipment used on rolling stock (EN50155 + train manufacturers requirements) • Composite and laminated panels with decorated surface made of thermosetting resins (NF F31-447 + train manufacturers requirements) • Compact rubber extruded and molded parts (NF F00-071 & NF F00-072 + train manufacturers requirements) • Front windscreens for train (EN15152 + train manu...
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AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY 16/03/2017
RENEWAL AIRBUS CERTIFICATION
SGS France Transportation has successfully renewed its AIRBUS accreditations for the Cestas laboratories. They cover the following test methods: • EN 2561 Carbon Fibre reinforced plastics -Unidirectional laminates - Tensile test parallel to the fibre direction • EN 2562 Carbon fibre reinforced plastics - Unidirectional laminates - Flexural test parallel to the fibre direction • EN 2563 Carbon fibre reinforced plastics - Unidirectional laminates – determination of apparent interlaminar shear strength • EN 2564 Carbon fibre laminates - Determination of the fibre, resin and void contents • ISO 11341 Paints and varnishes – Artificial weathering and exposure to artificial radiation - Exposure to filtered xenon-arc • Radiation - Only Method 1 Cycle A • ISO 1518 Paints and varnishes - S...
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AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY 28/02/2017
NADCAP ACCREDITATION - NMT (COMPOSITES)
SGS France Transportation has successfully obtained the NADCAP accreditation for its laboratory of Cestas according to the AC7122 / I - Non Metallic Materials Testing Laboratories - Class A: Composites standard in order to meet the requirements of the aeronautics industry. This accreditation covers the following scope: • AC7122 / 1 Rev B - Nadcap Audit Criteria for Non-Metallic Materials Testing - Mechanical Testing 1.1.1 Tensile Ambient Temperature 1.1.3 Tensile Strain Measurement 1.3.1 Shear Ambient Temperature by SBS 1.4.1 Flexural Ambient Temp • AC7122 / 2 Rev A - Nadcap Audit Criteria for Non-Metallic Materials Testing - Physical Testing 2.2.1 Density / Specific Gravity 2.3.1 Resin / Fiber / Void Content by: Acid Digestion • AC7122 / 4 Rev A - Nadcap Audit Criteria for ...
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INDUSTRIAL VEHICLE INDUSTRY 22/11/2016
TESTS ON TRUCKS AND OFF-ROAD VEHICLES
SGS Sercovam has nearly 30 years of experience in the validation of equipment and materials for the truck industry, agricultural vehicles, construction and handling vehicles. The diversity of our activities allows us to test the quality and performance of the cabin components (seat, steering wheel, glazing, instrument panel, etc.), as well as exterior parts (headlights, body paint, stickers, whinshield wippers according to the manufacturer's standards (ISO, SAE, JIS, DIN, ASTM).
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PACKAGING TEST 16/09/2016
PERMEABILITY TO OXYGEN (O2) AND PERMEABILITY TO WATER VAPOUR (H2O)
Packaging is the interface between the external environment and the product to protect, the choice of packaging materials is critical to ensure food or pharmaceutical products preservation, water resistance and good isolation of sensitive electronics. In order to evaluate the packaging material barrier properties which used to package any type of product, still covered by the accreditation, the SGS SERCOVAM laboratories perform oxygen and water vapor permeability tests according to the following standards: - NFISO 2528: Determination-sheet products of the transmission coefficient of the water vapor-method of the capsule - NT 54-130: Plastic sheets or composite packaging - Transmission of water vapor - Method of the bag - ASTM E96: Standard Test Methods for water vapor transmission of...
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Medical/Biomedical Industry 14/09/2016
Dressings – Compresses – Bandages – Drapes
In order to help you in your bandages, compresses, drapes SGS SERCOVAM laboratories offer a complete range: • Moisture vapour transmission rate of permeable film dressings according to NF EN 13726-2 • Aspects of absorbency for primary wound dressings according to NF EN 13726-1 • Conformability for primary wound dressings according to NF EN 13726-4 • Measurement of peel adhesion for self-adhesive tape according to NF EN 1939 • Tests for nonwoven compresses for medical use according to NF EN 1644-1 • Tests for medical compression and light support textile bandages according to NF EN 14704-1 and NFS 97-115 • Determination of tensile strength and elongation according to NF EN 9073-3 • Bioburden test according to European Pharmacopoeia 8.0 SGS SERCOVAM is already involved in the vali...
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Materials Testing 14/06/2016
CHARACTERIZATION & TESTING OF COMPOSITES MATERIALS
Looking for weight reduction, organic matrix composites are booming in the transportation industries. SGS Sercovam labs have opened a dedicated unit for testing, analyzing and characterization of composites materials: In transport industries, composites with organic matrix are used to reduce weight of components, that’s why they are booming. In this context, SGS SERCOVAM laboratories have created a brand new division dedicated to tests and analyses of composite materials : - Mechanical characterization : additional machine of 250 kN with thermal chamber (-80°C to 350°C), alignment system complying with NADCAP requirements, new generation of video extensometer, specific tools to perform following tests : o Tensile test : ISO527-4 and -5, ASTM D3039, NF EN 2561, NF EN ...
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Railway Industry 11/02/2016
Laminates to decorated surfaces ( NF F31-446 and NF F31-447 )
The NF and NF F31-446 F31-447 standards define the required tests to validate laminated panels decorated interior trim train. To qualify these products, a series of tests is required: One should check the overall look of the product, the quality of the sets and marking or the absence of unpleasant odor . The holding time in this aspect is verified by the abrasion resistance ( NF ) , the impact strength , cracking , scratching . The dimensional stability is evaluated by the standard ( NF T54-361 ) and its resistance to boiling water ( NF T54-355 ) , water vapor, staining by domestic products ( T54-357 NF ) or immersion / emersion cycles in water at a controlled temperature of 70 ° C. The color fastness to artificial light (UV Aging) is also an essential aspect of this type of validation...
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BUILDING INDUSTRY & SWIMMING-POOL 04/11/2015
NF P90-308 : SWIMMING-POOL - SAFETY COVERS AND SECURING DEVICES FOR BURRIED POOL - SAFETY REQUIREMENTS / TESTS ON PRODUCTION SITE
SGS Sercovam offers more than lab testing on swimming pool covers. We include in our offer the complete validation of the finished product installed in a swimming-pool and issue certificates of conformity according to the NF P90-308 (2013). This additional service now enables SGS to provide global support for different pool cover manufacturers and their suppliers. These tests verify the safety covers in accordance with the law of January 3, 2003 demanding for buried or semi-buried pools using this type of equipment. These tests apply in particular to safety covers, cover bar, submersible cover, automatic or manual shutters, movable floors. This service completes our classical tests laboratory, like mechanical UV and corrosion tests which SGS Sercovam already performs for the pool se...
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NON-ROAD AND TRUCK INDUSTRY 04/11/2015
Tests on electric and electronic equipment (ISO 16750)
The ISO16750 standards define test methods for qualifying electrical and electronic equipment used in road vehicles and non-road vehicles (machinery, agricultural, industrial vehicles). The ISO16750-2 standard describes the electrical measurements and constraints to be met by equipment tested, including verification of the protection against short circuits, withstand voltage, insulation resistance. The ISO16750-3 standard aims to verify the mechanical stresses which can damage equipment by vibration and shock, by chipping test, or abrasion resistance to check markings and labeling. The ISO16750-4 standard describes the environmental constraints and associated tests, particularly through climatic ageings (hot, cold, humidity), salt spray or gaseous corrosion, solar radiation, dust and wate...
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Non-Road and Truck Industry 26/08/2015
Tests on 60 V and 600 V single-core cables (ISO 6722)
The ISO6722 standard describes a list of tests to qualify electrical cables and housings for road vehicles. Dimensionally, are checked diameters of cables and conductors as well as the thickness of the insulation. The electrical properties of the cable are also controlled. The strength properties of the sheath, shock resistance, strip force, bending on mandrel at low temperature (winding), scrape abrasion resistance are also checkpoints performed in SGS Sercovam laboratories. The products are also subject to environmental and chemical ageing through climate aging (hot, cold, wet), resistance in hot water, ozone, compatibility with vehicle fluids (oil ...). Finally, the flame propagation is a criteria verified by SGS Sercovam on the cables according to the ISO6722 standard.
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Quality - Automotive OEM Agreements and Accreditations 24/07/2015
New and renewed Automotive OEM accreditations for SGS Sercovam
SGS SERCOVAM labs are more than ever recognized partners of automotive OEMs. Among others: • The updated list of RENAULT accredited test standards on polymers, including material validation • TOYOTA accreditation certificate for all exterior and interior painted parts testing (TSH3130G & TSH3131G) • VOKSWAGEN accreditation certificate for emission testing according to VW 50180/50179 (PV 3015, PV 3341, PV3925 and PV 3900) You will find the certificates issued by the OEM in the pdf link of this article. SGS Sercovam also benefits from an ISO 17025 accreditation.
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Validation of medical devices packaging with sterile barrier 20/07/2015
Bubble Test
SGS SERCOVAM laboratories complete their offer on the validation of sterile medical devices packaging complying with ASTM F2096 (ASTMF2096) ) [Detecting Gross leaks in Packaging by internal Pressurization (Bubble test)] and ASTM D3078 (ASTMD3078) [Determination of Leaks in Flexible Packaging by Bubble Emission] standards. SGS SERCOVAM is already involved in the validation of your packaging such as blisters, bags… according to ISO 11607 (ISO11607) specifications with seal strength tests as per NF EN 868-5 (NFEN868-5), integrity tests as per ASTM F1929 (ASTMF1929) and peelability tests. Moreover, our laboratories have integrated new ICH pharmaceutical chambers. They are completing a fleet of more than 100 chambers to run accelerated aging tests on medical packaging according to ASTM F1980...
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DEFENCE EQUIPMENTS 20/07/2015
Qualifications as per MIL STD, GAM EG 13…
SGS SERCOVAM have references from numerous industrial companies in the defence fields. SGS SERCOVAM carries out industrial testing as much for big manufacturers as manufacturing companies (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The 6,000 m² of our tests centers incorporate powerful equipment dedicated to the characterization, qualification, certification of your products according to MIL-STD, GAM EG 13, STANAG (NATO)…standards or according to your own testing methods and / or specifications Among the types of proposed trials (no exhaustive overview) : Resistance to salt and <a href=http://www.bpcf.co.uk/category/omega-replica-uk/>omega replica uk</a corrosion gas according to GAM-EG-13 fascicle 04, MIL STD 810 G (Meth. 1009 8, 518.1) ; STANAG 4370 Mechanical testing ; traction / comp...
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AEROSPACE TESTING 01/09/2014
Aerospace : test, certify and qualify all your materials and equipments
SGS SERCOVAM performs testing services for major aircraft manufacturers as OEMs such as Airbus, Boeing, Dassault, Eurocopter, Daher Socata, Bombardier, etc. and for all of their suppliers. Its laboratories are regularly audited and qualified by their representatives and COFRAC following ISO 17025, guaranteeing to industry actors test sequences identical to those carried out by OEMs. The multitude and complementarity of equipments are an important strength in all the testing domain, to characterize, to register or qualify all your materials and your equipment (Textiles, Composite Materials, Metal, Paints, Adhesives, Rubber or electronic components such as sensors and cables) according to standards / test methods such as AIRBUS-AITM, EADS-IGC, RTCA / DO-160, ADET, AECMA, MIL-STD-810, GAM ...
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01/09/2014
Les laboratoires SGS SERCOVAM ont obtenu le renouvellement de l’agrément relatif au Crédit impôt Recherche pour les années 2014, 2015 et 2016. En effet, certaines des dépenses de R&D que vous sous-traitez à SGS SERCOVAM sont éligibles au titre du Crédit Impôt Recherche (CIR). Gràce à son agrément par le Ministère de la Recherche, SGS SERCOVAM peut réaliser pour votre compte des études et des recherches dont le montant pourra être inclus dans le calcul du CIR de votre entreprise. Téléchargez l'agrément CIR de SGS SERCOVAM par le lien dédié, ou demandez une copie de notre agrément à fr.contact.sercovam@sgs.com
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UV Photoaging 01/09/2014
Kalahari test and Florida test
Among the 30 weather-o-meter chambers of SGS SERCOVAM laboratories, 4 of them are specially dedicated to Kalahari and Florida tests. These devices are ISO 17025 accredited, and answer to international norms (like ISO 4892-2), as well as OEM specifications (like Volkswagen PV 3929, Volkswagen PV 3930, etc.). These methods allow us to simulate artificial weathering from dry / hot climate (e.g. Kalahari, South Africa or Arizona), but also moist hot climate (e.g. Florida). These tests apply to all kind of exterior parts like plastics (grained or painted), elastomers or textiles and could last from 1500 up to 4800 hours.
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TESTS ON MEDICAL DEVICES - IMPLANTS 07/07/2014
BIOCOMPATIBILITY TESTS AND ANALYSIS OF TOC / HTC
SGS SERCOVAM can test biocompatibility of medical devices according to: • ISO 10993-12 (ISO10993-12): Biological evaluation of medical devices -part 12: sample preparation and reference materials • ISO 10993-17 (ISO10993-17): Biological evaluation of medical devices - part 17: establishment of allowable limits for leachable substances • ISO 10993-18 (ISO10933-18) : Biological evaluation of medical devices - part 18: chemical characterization of materials In addition to these measures, analyzes of TOC and HCT may be performed to validate the cleaning of implants: • Analysis of Total Organic Carbon (TOC) according to NFEN 1484 (NFEN1484): Waters analysis- Guidelines for the determination of total organic carbon (TOC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) • Analysis of Carbonic Total hydrocarbon...
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Vibration 30/06/2014
60kN vibration device
SGS SERCOVAM labs integrate an additional vibration equipment 60 kN equipped with an environmental chamber for (-50° C / +180°C). This device completes the 7 vibrators (from 10 to36 kN) equipped with vibrating tables and climatic chambers or chamber with rapid temperature change. Download from the link below the document containing our range of testing for electric and electronic parts, and in particular combined testing with the vibratory stresses (micro cuts, power measures, etc ...)..
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CORROSION TESTING 04/11/2013
SALT SPRAY, CYCLIC CORROSION TEST, AUTOMATED ALTERNATE CORROSION
SGS SERCOVAM labs increase continuously the number of corrosion devices. 6 news chambers have been added in the corrosion lab already equipped with more than a 30 corrosion test chambers - 3 news SALT SPRAY CHAMBER , volume of 2m3, according to RENAULT or PEUGEOT D171058 (D17 10 58), NF EN ISO 9227, C20-711, C20-711, NFEN60068-2-11, TOYOTA TSH1552G, NISSAN M0140, GM/OPEL GM4298P, FORD BI10301, FIAT 50180, BMW AA-P184, . - 3 news AUTOMATED ALTERNATE CORROSION, volume of 2 m3 : one for NISSAN CCT1 test METHOD, one according to VOLVO VCS1027149 (VCS 1027,149) SGS SERCOVAM Corrosion testing labs allows to perform many different corrosion tests : for exemple : ECC1 RENAULT D172028 (RENAULT D17 238 ECC-1), • TCAC PSA D135486 (PSA D13 5486), - SWAAT Test (Sea Water Acidified Test) ASTM G85 ...
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OEM accreditations 04/11/2013
OEM accreditations : have you heard about it ?
Since 25 years, SGS SERCOVAM laboratories work closely with main international automotive OEMs. In addition to ISO 17025 accreditations (UV photoageing (NF ISO4892-2, DIN 67530, DIN 75220 ….), emissions (DIN 75201, …), smell (VDA270)…) (ref. 1-1526 and 1-2014, please refer to www.cofrac.fr), SGS SERCOVAM also delivers results on test methods for which we have been recognized as “validated or homologated” by many OEM’s such as : o PSA / Renault Nissan : more than 150 accredited test methods in many domains such as UV photoaging (D271911, D271389, D471431, …), emissions (D105495, D405535, D493027, D493085, D451333, D451727…), smell (D493001, D493046, D105517, …), aspect (RLT 1428, D141055, D241699, D245359, D241702, D421775, D422036, D441900, D451010, 4703003, T30-123 …), corrosion (D17105...
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THERMAL SHOCK TESTING 04/11/2013
SPLASH WATER TEST : ICE WATER SHOCK TEST WITH ARIZONA DUST
Thermal shock testing by spraying cold water, also called “Splash Water” or “Ice Water Shock” can simulate operating conditions in winter when the vehicle is riding on wet roads. SGS SERCOVAM labs increase their number of splash water Chamber and are now able to perform splash water test with dust or Arizona dust. SGS SERCOVAM labs have the equipment to perform these tests in accordance with the methods for electrical and electronic equipment according to: - ISO16750-4 Road vehicles -- Environmental conditions and testing for electrical and electronic equipment -- Part 4: Climatic loads - Ice Water Shock Test - CL15a (CL15 / a) included in PEUGEOT specifications PSA B217130 - CH06 (Air-Liquid Thermal Shock) included in Renault specifications RLT 3600802 (RENAULT 36 00 802) and et IEC...
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ESSAIS SUR CAOUTCHOUCS VULCANISES OU THERMOPLASTIQUES 21/08/2013
RESISTANCE A L'OZONE
SGS SERCOVAM incrémente son parc d’enceinte de vieillissement à l’ozone. http://superjumpseattle.com/contactus.html Pour rappel, ce type de vieillissement a pour but de déterminer la résistance au craquelage des caoutchoucs vulcanisés ou thermoplastiques, lorsqu’ils sont exposés, sous une déformation en traction statique à de l’air contenant une concentration déterminée d’ozone à une température déterminée. Les deux objectifs principaux sont : 1 - d’améliorer la capacité de prise en charge de campagnes de validation à forte quantité d’éprouvettes. 2 – d’améliorer les délais de réalisation notamment, dès lors que deux clients souhaitent réaliser un essai au même moment mais avec des conditions de concentration en O3 ou de température différentes.
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BTP - PISCINES 21/08/2013
NF P90-306 ET NF P90-308 : ELEMENTS DE PROTECTION POUR PISCINES ENTERREES - BARRIERES DE PROTECTION ET COUVERTURES DE SECURITE
SGS SERCOVAM partenaire des industriels de la piscine réalise la validation des matériaux et équipements de protection des piscines enterrées suivant les normes françaises NF P90-306 et NF P90-308. La tenue des éléments métalliques à la corrosion est testée suivant la norme ISO9227 entre 96 et 240 h. Les variations de résistance au choc, à la flexion suivant l’ISO179-1 et l’ISO178 sont effectuées sur les produits à base de PVC-U, PMMA, PC après les essais de photo-vieillissement suivant les normes ISO4892 ou EN513. Les exigences de couleur, de jaunissement et de transparence sont également effectuées suivant les normes ISO7784, ASTM D1925 et EN410. Les textiles enduits...
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Corrosion 05/03/2013
Validation of paints for marine industry & Boating - Offshore
SGS SERCOVAM is the testing laboratory specialized in the paints and protective systems validation dedicated to nautical equipments, boats and offshore structures. Standards mainly practiced are: ISO20340: Paints and varnishes - Performance requirements on paint systems for the protection of offshore structures and associated structures. ISO12944-¬ 6: Paints and varnishes - Corrosion protection of steel structures by protective paint systems - Part: 6 Performance testing laboratory. These standards define specific aging conditions, such as aging durations but rely on neutral salt spray test methods such as ISO9227 or ISO7253 or according to the standard ISO6270 condensation test method to define the device used and the protocol. Concerning the standard ISO20340, salt spray tests are al...
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Corrosion 05/03/2013
Validation of electrical equipment, electrical and electronic
SERCOVAM SGS performs environmental testing on equipment, electrical, electronic, electrotechnical on based on national and international NF, EN, ISO, IEC defined by CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization). The resistance to salt spray according to NF-EN-IEC60068-2-11: Test Ka aims to compare the resistance to deterioration due to salt spray specimens of similar products. It enables to evaluate the quality and uniformity of protective coatings on connectors, cables, varnish protectors on electronic boards… The test described in standard NF-EN-IEC60068-2-52: Test Kb: Salt mist, cyclic associates to neutral salt spray (35°C / 5% NaCl) dry heat phases and can generate different corrosion phenomena from those observed in classic continuous salt spray corrosion. NF...
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ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENTS 04/03/2013
MICROCUT DETECTION
SGS SERCOVAM performs detection of electrical microcuts (micro power cuts) on your products during different mechanical tests, including vibration, Our equipment monitors up to 12 channels simultaneously with the following features: o Event monitoring bandwidth : up to 1 ms (± 10 ns), o DC power on each channel up to 100 mA o Maximum voltage measured on contacts under test : 100 mV ± 2mV o Recording of the 1st short pulse detected: Voltage, pulse width o Registration of the contact resistance of each channel during the test SGS SERCOVAM performs standards and / or specific test methods such as (non-exhaustive overview): CdC Renault 36 05 019 (3605019): Platinum cable for relays and/or fuses CdC Renault 36 05 218 (3605218): Crimp (electrical) CdC PSA B21 7050 (B2170...
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AUTOMOTIVE TESTING 09/01/2013
ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENTS REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTOMOTIVE VALIDATION
Dans le cadre de la validation des pièces destinées au marché automobile, constructeurs RENAULT et PEUGEOT CITROEN ont défini des spécifications décrivant la simulation de contraintes environnementales climatiques ou chimiques auxquelles peuvent être soumises les pièces électroniques et électriques embarquées sur les véhicules. Les principaux référentiels mis en application par SGS SERCOVAM sont les spécifications PSA B217130 (PSA B21 7130) et RENAULT 3600802 (RLT 36 00 802). Les laboratoires de SGS SERCOVAM sont en mesure de réaliser les essais de tenue en température (CL01, CL10), les vieillissements par choc thermique air/air (CL06), les chocs thermiques à l’eau glacée ou Splash water(CL15 ou CH06), les essais de tenue aux vibrations (VI/04 ou VI/06 ou MS/04 et MS/06), les caractérisa...
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SGS 08/10/2012
SERCOVAM devient SGS SERCOVAM
Pour afficher son appartenance au groupe SGS, leader mondial du contrôle, de l’analyse et de la certification, les laboratoires d’essais SERCOVAM s’appellent désormais SGS SERCOVAM. Pour tous les clients SERCOVAM, c’est une opportunité d’accéder non seulement aux prestations des laboratoires SGS SERCOVAM, mais aussi à une offre élargie de services d’inspection, d’analyse en laboratoires et de certification et de bénéficier d’un réseau unique de 1350 bureaux et laboratoires répartis dans le monde entier. Cette intégration au groupe SGS s’inscrit dans la continuité de l’activité des laboratoires d’essais SERCOVAM et des valeurs partagées par les deux sociétés et toutes entières tournées vers la satisfaction de nos clients, les interlocuteurs restent les mêmes et sont à disposition pour tou...
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VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS 08/10/2012
VOC MICROCHAMBER
The growth in the popularity of this type of test in a number of industrial fields, and particularly in the automotive, construction and decoration products, and packaging sector, has led SERCOVAM to increase the measuring capacities of its materials analysis laboratory. SERCOVAM owns 2 VOC microchambers. Search for COV can be performed according to ISO 16000-25, ISO DIS 12219-3, ASTM D7706-11. The micro-chambers, the 1m3 emission chamber according VDA276 and CLIMPAQ according to ISO16000-9 allow to search for VOC evaluation done directly on the material or sample taken in a part.
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21/09/2012
SERCOVAM a reçu d’AIRBUS l’attestation de qualification pour les essais en brouillard salin selon les normes ASTM B117 et ISO 9227. Cette qualification référence SERCOVAM en tant que laboratoire indépendant qualifié Airbus dans la base de données accessible par tous leurs fournisseurs. En complément de ceux-ci SERCOVAM élargit actuellement l’étendu de son référencement aux essais mécaniques. Des essais croisés ont été récemment réalisés selon le PTP2012 composites pour les essais suivants : o NF EN 2561 : Plastiques renforcés de fibres de carbone-Stratifiés unidirectionnels-Essai de traction parallèlement à la direction des fibres o NF EN 2562 : Plastiques renforcés de fibres de carbone-Stratifiés unidirectionnels-Essai de flexion parallèle à la direction des fibres.. U...
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20/07/2012
Sercovam is now part of the SGS group
Sercovam is changing both leadership and shareholding structure. Frédéric Puccini, who founded the company in 1987, wished to be released from his role as chairman and transfer his shares to SGS France, under the management of Fabrice Egloff. Frédéric chose SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company as it allows Sercovam to maintain the delivery of services to our clients according to the same values that have driven this company since its inception : quality, rigour, customer service and innovation. Frédéric Puccini, founding chairman of Sercovam, explains that 'by joining SGS, our quality and expertise on the market is being recognized. It also means drawing on a unique, global network to make this expertise accessible to greater numbers. I am ...
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FOOD CONTACT TESTING 26/06/2012
COFRAC ACCREDITATION ON MIGRATION AND PERMEABILITY
SERCOVAM is “COFRAC” accredited on program 79 (dedicated to tests and analysis for materials in contact with food). Its Packaging testing laboratory offers to food industry the ability to test contact compatibility between food and numerous plastics and varnishes by performing overall migration into aqueous and fatty environment according to NF EN 1186 and regulation No. 10/2011, thus meeting the requirements of companies BRC certified. In addition, and still covered by the accreditation, tests of permeability to water vapor and to oxygen can be performed to determine the transmission coefficients according to the following standards: - NFISO 2528: Determination-sheet products of the transmission coefficient of the water vapor-method of the capsule - NT 54-130: Plastic sheets or compos...
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Cleanliness of components of fluid circuits 11/05/2012
Extraction of contaminants by ultrasonic technique - ISO 16232-4
SERCOVAM Cleanliness laboratory is able to perform a third method for extraction of contaminants of parts according to ISO 16232 specifications: in addition to extraction made by agitation (according to ISO 16232-2) and extraction by rinsing (according to ISO 16232-3), the extraction of contaminant can be performed by ultrasonic technique according to ISO 16232-4. This technique of extraction by immersion in an ultrasonic bath fits small parts or with complex geometry. It also allow the analysis when both external and internal surface have to be examined. Following the extraction, the analyses are performed in accordance with gravimetric characterization (ISO 16232-6) and with particle sizing and counting by microscopic analysis (ISO 16232-7).
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TESTS SUR PRODUITS DE GRANDE CONSOMMATION (P.G.C.) 11/05/2012
TESTS ON TOILET FLAP (NF XP T12-207)
The norm NF XP T12-207: Sanitary appliances - Flaps toilet help to check, asses and measure all the technical specifications and to validate the durability of WC flaps. The cleanability, the resistance to static and dynamic loads, the corrosion resistance of fasteners and hinges (ISO9227 - NF X41-002), the stain resistance by chemical cleanings, the resistance to moist heat and hot water or the coating adhesion by grid (ISO 2409) are required to ensure the quality of the flaps of toilets. SERCOVAM laboratories support and perform all of these tests according to the NF-207 XPD12.
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TESTS ON FOOD PACKAGING 04/05/2012
OVERALL MIGRATION TESTING IN AQUEOUS AND FATTY ENVIRONMENT / CONTACT WITH FOODSTUFFS IN AQUEOUS AND FATTY ENVIRONMENT
SERCOVAM met désormais nouveaux laboratoires à votre service capables de réaliser en toute conformité les essais de migration des matériaux et objets destinés à entrer en contact avec les denrées alimentaires. Ces essais répondent aux besoins grandissant des industriels du secteur agroalimentaire, fabricants ou utilisateurs d’emballages. Ces essais permettent de déterminer la quantité de composés contenus dans les emballages qui vont migrer et contaminer les aliments. Cette migration peut avoir des effets non négligeables sur les propriétés organoleptiques (altération du goût) et toxicologiques (risques pour la santé humaine). Des directives Européennes fixent les limites réglementaires de migration et définissent les méthodes d’essais nécessaires à leurs vérifications : - Directive 82/7...
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Cleanliness of components of fluid circuits 21/03/2012
ISO 16232 Cleanliness test / Measurement of particulate contamination
Pour accompagner les équipementiers automobiles, fabricants de systèmes complets, SERCOVAM est en mesure de réaliser les essais de propreté des composants des circuits de fluides (ou contrôle de contamination particulaire) requis dans de nombreux cahiers des charges de pièces destinées aux circuits d’air, de liquide de refroidissement, de carburant ou encore d’huile. (ex : RLT 3407012, 3407005, 3407024, 3407025, 3407006, PSA/RLT D401765, Volvo STD 107-0002, VCS5091,159, VW PV 3347 etc.) A la suite de la réalisation des principales méthodes d’extraction (agitation selon ISO 16232-2 ou rinçage selon ISO 16232-3, PSA D705432), les impuretés (jusqu’à 5 microns) contenues dans les pièces sont collectées par filtrage du fluide de décontamination puis caractérisées par une analyse gravimétriq...
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TESTS SUR PRODUITS DE GRANDE CONSOMMATION (P.G.C.) 21/03/2012
TESTS ON MICROWAVE OVEN (EN 60705)
The standard EN60705: microwave ovens for household use - Methods for measuring the ability to function enables verification of technical specifications and various main and auxiliary functions of the product. Validation of the oven is performed by practical use of it, through checking of various functions (heating, cooking, thawing ...) on single or cooked food in accurate laboratory conditions. These assessments are associated with measures of power output, efficiency and homogeneity. SERCOVAM performs all or part of the validation of microwave ovens and combined microwave ovens according to this standard.
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TESTS ON PACKAGING / PACKAGING TESTING 12/03/2012
DROP TEST BY FREE FALL
During transportation, the complete and filled transport packages may undergo constraints like several shocks by dropping related to handling problems. SERCOVAM has a test device capable of dropping up to 100 kg of packaging according to standards: - ISO 2248 (ISO2248) or NFEN 22248 (NFEN22248): Complete, filled transport packages. Vertical impact test by dropping, - ASTM D5276 (ASTMD5276): Standard Test Method for Drop Test of Loaded Containers by Free Fall - EMB1 GAM (GAM-EMB-1) Test 12: Vertical Shock by free fall - GAM EG13 (GAM-EG-13) Fasicule 43: Shock - ATA 300 § B.2.1. Air Transport Association of America Specification 300 - ETSI EN 300 019-1-2 §5.5 : Environmental Engineering (EE) ; Environmental conditions and environmental tests for telecommunications equipment ; Part ...
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Defrosting / Temperature gradient / limit temperature 24/02/2012
BACKLITE TESTING
SERCOVAM laboratories propose you to check the defrosting effectiveness of your backlites, rear quarter panels and windshields. These tests are done in a 14 m3 climatic chamber. By cooling down the parts to low temperatures, our specialists will measure the efficiency of hot wires along time, by means of videos and pictures. The power consumed so as the interior or exterior surface temperatures could also be measured. A temperature cartography on supplied parts or a resistance test of hot wires in extreme conditions can be additionally performed on demand. These tests are performed, among others, according to RENAULT 36-07-007 §5.1.3, 5.1.4 and 5.1.5, RENAULT 36-07-221 and PSA B258510.
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TESTS FOR AUTOMOTIVE, PACKAGING AND CONSUMER GOODS INDUSTRIES 27/12/2011
BUTADIENE / 1,3-BUTADIENE
The Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry SERCOVAM performs research of 1,3-butadiene for the packaging, automotive and consumer goods industries present in plastic materials. This analysis, carried out by gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry, is recommended, among other substances, in the standards and specifications for automotive industry : - NFEN 13130-4 or DINEN 13130-4 (NFEN13130-4 or DINEN13130-4): Materials and articles in contact with foodstuffs — Plastics substances subject to limitation — Part 4: Determination of 1,3-butadiene in plastics (performed for specific migration for packaging and consumer goods industries), - DBL 5404: Parts from Thermoplastics for areas directly or indirectly in contact with the passenger, the cooling of the engine intake air, heating and v...
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TESTS ON FOOD PACKAGING , KITCHEN ACCESSORIES, WHITE GOODS 09/12/2011
MIGRATION TESTING OF FOOD PACKAGING IN AQUEOUS AND FATTY ENVIRONMENT/CONTACT WITH FOODSTUFF IN AQUEOUS AND FATTY ENVIRONMENT
Le Laboratoire d’Essais Emballage propose aux différents acteurs du marché agroalimentaire (fabricants d’emballages agroalimentaires ou prescripteurs marché) mais aussi aux fabricants d’ustensiles et d’objets culinaires et d’électroménagers, de réaliser des essais de migration spécifique selon les normes en vigueur : - NFEN 13130-3 (NFEN13130-3) : Matériaux et objets en contact avec les denrées alimentaires - Substances dans les matières plastiques soumises à des limitations - Partie 3 : détermination de l'acrylonitrile dans les aliments et les simulants d'aliments - NFEN 13130-4 (NFEN13130-4): Matériaux et objets en contact avec les denrées alimentaires - Substances dans les matières plastiques soumises à des limitations - Partie 4 : détermination du 1,3-butadiène dans les matières pla...
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TESTS ON FOOD PACKAGING , WHITE GOODS 03/10/2011
BISPHENOL A (BPA)
SERCOVAM performs search of Bisphenol A (BPA), plasticizer in baby bottles, polycarbonate bottles, receipts, crockery, household appliances, ... to meet the regulations and standards in force: - Directive 2011/8/UE of the Committee on 28 January 2011 amending Directive 2002/72/EC regarding the restriction of the use of bisphenol A in plastic baby bottles for infants. - Regulations (EU) No. 321/2011 of the Committee on 1st April 2011 amending Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 regarding the restriction of the use of bisphenol A in plastic bottles for infants.. - Directive 2002/72/EC of 6 August 2002 relating to materials and plastic articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs. - NFEN 14372: Child use and care articles - Cutlery and feeling ustensils - Safety requirements and test. -...
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ADHESIVE TESTING 20/07/2011
FINAT TESTING - ADHESIVE, ADHESIVE TAPE AND SELF-ADHESIVE LABELS TESTING
Les industriels de nombreux secteurs d’activité font depuis de nombreuses années aux services des laboratoires SERCOVAM pour la validation de la qualité des étiquettes auto-adhésives d’identification, décoratives ou de protection temporaire. SERCOVAM s’appuie sur les plans de validation définis par le client en fonction de l’utilisation de son produit, mais également selon les normes définies par la Fédération Internationale des Fabricants et transformateurs d’Adhésifs et Thermocollants sur papiers et autres supports (FINAT) et aussi selon les normes internationales en vigueur (ISO, EN, NF, DIN, ASTM) : - FINAT FTM 1 (FTM1) : Pouvoir adhésif (pelage 180°) à 300 mm par minute - FINAT FTM 2 FTM2): Pouvoir adhésif (pelage 90°) à 300 mm/min - FINAT FTM 3 (FTM3): Force d’anti-adhérence (délam...
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TESTS ON PACKAGING 20/07/2011
HEAVY METALS
The Packaging Testing Laboratory SERCOVAM can check the amount of lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium (Chromium VI) in packaging to meet the Directive 94/62/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 20 December 1994 on packaging and packaging waste. This analysis is performed using an X-ray fluorescence device and can do a screening of the items prohibited by regulations.
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TESTS ON PACKAGING 07/07/2011
FOOD CONTACT - RESIDUAL SOLVENTS IN PACKAGING
SERCOVAM performs the analysis of residual solvents by chromatography and static headspace according to: - the standard NFEN 13628-2 (NFEN13628-2) : Packaging - Flexible packaging material - Determination of residual solvents by static headspace gas chromatography - Part 2 : Industrial methods. - the opinion of November 7, 1995 of the Superior Council of Public Hygiene of France relating to materials in contact with foodstuffs for inks and varnishes for the printing of packaging for food contact. This analysis is usually performed on printed flexible packaging (plastic film, paper and cardboard, aluminum sheets ...) and to determine the amount of residual solvents from printing inks.
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PACKAGING TESTS 07/07/2011
PAPER AND CARDBOARD & DETERMINATION OF RESISTANCE TO GREASE
The packaging testing laboratory of SERCOVAM performs tests of grease resistance on cardboard and paper (eg box of dry pet food ...) for food packaging manufacturers and food industrials. This test determines the time of transparency or time-through a paper and / or cardboard under the action of a specific grease. The test is performed according to standard NF Q03-051 (NFQ03-051): Paper and board - Determination of resistance to grease .
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Regulations 14/06/2011
Prohibited substances and subjected to authorization
The main objectives of the development process of automotive products include continuous improvement in quality but also safety and reducing environmental impact throughout the lifecycle of the vehicle. In these recent years, automakers must follow different regulations which restrict or prohibit the use of substances to ensure human health and environmental protection. To reduce the waste generated by vehicles at the end of life and improve their recycling, a certificate of conformity according to Directive 2000/53/EC (End-of-Life Vehicles, ELV) is required for all parts or materials delivered to each car manufacturers, stating that no piece should contain heavy metals. In parallel, harmful substances listed in Directive REACH (1907/2006/EC) are subject to restrictions. SERCOVAM can as...
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Volatile Organic Compounds 27/05/2011
Labelling of products for construction and decoration
The construction and decoration products contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that can be harmful to the health of occupants of buildings in which they are installed. The decree establishing mandatory labelling of products for construction and decoration on their emissions of volatile pollutants has been released in March 2011 (Decree No. 2011-321 of 23 March 2011 on the labelling of construction products or floor and wall coatings and paints and varnish on their VOC emission rate). From 1 January 2012, these products must bear a label that will indicate to the user, in a simple and readable way , the emission level of volatile pollutants produced. The emission level for each pollutant is classified from A (very low emissions) to C (high emissions), as the principle already used for h...
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EMISSIONS MEASUREMENT 26/05/2011
ODOR AND VOC MEASUREMENT ON A COMPLETE PART
The materials in our environment (home, transports,...) are source of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and of odour which are impacting the quality of indoor air. Emissions analysis coming from complete part are performed using an emission test chamber VCE1000. The compounds emitted by the whole part are collected by sampling the air in the chamber and is analyzed (GC/MS, GC/FID) by liquid (HPLC) or gas chromatography for the VOC, and by the sensory panel SERCOVAM for the smell. Those analysis are in accordance with requirements of standards as VDA 276, VDA276-1 (VDA276 et VDA 276-1), ISO 16000-9 (ISO 16000 9), … Automotive manufacturers have developed test methods to assess emissions from parts of the vehicle interior (seats, carpets, dashboard, door panel, headliner ...) Ren...
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UV aging 26/05/2011
UV photoaging for automotive interior parts
All materials that are part of the vehicle cabin such as plastic (painted or dyed), leather (natural or synthetic), skins, trims, textiles, films, wood, etc ..., are influenced by the UV photoaging during their life cycle. These permanent or intermittent irradiations generate the following degradations: - visual: brightness (DeltaL at 20 °, 60 ° or 85 °), colour (measurement of DeltaE through single or multi-angle L * a * b spectrocolorimetry), contrast (grey scale), simple visual comparison - Mechanical (when the radiation penetrates more the material) - sensory (smell, touch). With a various range of equipment (CI 3000, CI 35, XENOTEST 150, XENOTEST 450, CXW, CDMC, Climatron, XR35 ....) in constant evolution according to the needs of our customers, UV SERCOVAM laboratories, ...
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EMISSIONS MEASUREMENT 25/05/2011
FOGGING TEST
These tests characterise the phenomenon whereby volatile products given off by passenger cell materials condense on windows, and particularly on the windscreen and rear window. Using this equipment, SERCOVAM can quickly produce sets of results for customers that are characterised by measurement such as the brightness, gravimetric analysis, light transmission and haze. This testing complies with the international standards and the test methods specified by the main car manufacturers, as for example: - for RENAULT or PEUGEOT according to D451727 (D45 1727) - with international standards according to DIN 75201 or DIN75 201 (DIN 75 201-A and DIN 75 201-B or DIN 75201-A or DIN 75201-B ; the test method SAE J 1756 (SAE J1756) or EN 14288 or ISO6452 (ISO 6452) - for FORD according to B0 11603...
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PAINTED PARTS FOR AUTOMOTIVE MARKET 11/05/2011
REQUIREMENTS TO VALIDATE PAINTED PARTS
RENAULT and PEUGEOT car markers specify validation requirements for painted parts, for interior parts or exterior parts car equipments. The principal tests to perform in the context of those specifications are: • Resistance to corrosion according to salt spray test method D171058 (D17 1058), or Linear corrosion test Method NF EN 3665 or cupro-acetic salt spray / CASS Test D23 1001 (D231001) ; • Resistance to water to specify the blistering or not of the paint. The tests methods performed can be the immersion in water or in humidity according to D271327 or D271571 (D27 1327 or D27 1571) ; • Resistance to chipping or stone impact according to D241702 (D24 1702) or 1428 or D241699 (D24 1699), D141428 (D14 1428) ; • Different kind of aspect test to specify the appearance such as the measurem...
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ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT TESTING 11/05/2011
ROHS / WEEE / ELV AND ROHS 2 TESTING
All new electrical and electronic product (manufactured or imported) marketed in the European Union must comply with the RoHS directive (small and large household appliances, computer equipment and telecommunications, consumer equipment, lighting equipment, electrical and electronics tools, toys, leisure and sports equipment, vending machines). RoHS or WEEE tests are performed on products, components or materials and to verify the amount of prohibited substances : • Lead, Hexavalent Chromium, Cadmium, Mercury, Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) The search for these substances is imposed in the following guidelines: • Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 27 January 2003 and its amendments relating to the limitation of th...
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TESTS ON TOYS 11/05/2011
HEAVY METALS AND PHTHALATES
SERCOVAM performs the search for heavy metals (Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Lead, Mercury, Selenium in different materials of toys (plastic, metal, wood ...) using a X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) device. This test is usually completed for soft PVC toys or other plastic materials, by a search of phthalates by gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC / MS): • di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP). For toys that can be mouthed by children, additional substances will be sought: • di-iso nonyl phthalate (DINP), di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP). These tests are imposed by the test methods and guidelines: • Standard EN71-3: Safety of toys-Part 3: Migration of Certain Elements • Di...
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Construction - Traffic signal equipment 11/05/2011
UV aging test according to ISO 4892-2
SERCOVAM is recognized by the ASCQUER (Association for the Certification and Qualification of Road Equipment) as an accredited laboratory to perform artificial photo-ageing on the road equipment under the rules of certification NF (NF058/NF- 058). The SERCOVAM laboratory, which is in charge of accelerated UV aging, is also accredited by the COFRAC to achieve the standard ISO4892-2 required in the specification EN12899-1 Fixed vertical road traffic signs.
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AGREEMENTS 10/05/2011
The French Corporate Tax Credit for Research Expenses (CIR)
Most of the R&D expenses you spend with SERCOVAM can be declared for the French “R&D Tax Credit” (Crédit Impôt Recherche – CIR). You can find more info on "CIR" at: http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/cid20358/le-credit-d-impot-recherche-cir.html Download our CIR agreement by the link below or ask for it at : contact@sercovam.com
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THERMAL SHOCKS 11/04/2011
SPLASH WATER TEST - ICE WATER SHOCK TEST
SERCOVAM Testing Laboratories, equipped with more than a hundred devices, offer the opportunity to practice different types of aging: classic climatic aging tests, aging with rapid changes in temperature (VRT) or Thermal Shock. As part of the Thermal Shock test type (passage of a cold temperature to warm temperatures in very short time), we are able to age parts during thermal shock air-air, fluid-fluid (liquid / liquid) immersion, fluid-fluid (liquid / liquid) circulation, and air-fluid spray (air / liquid spray) tests. The thermal shock tests by spraying water ice, also called Splash Water or Ice Water Shock can simulate operating conditions in winter when the vehicle is riding on wet roads. SERCOVAM laboratories have the equipment to perform these tests in accordance with the methods: -...
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PACKAGING TEST 10/04/2011
PERMEABILITY TO OXYGEN (O2) AND PERMEABILITY TO WATER VAPOUR (H2O)
Packaging is the interface between the external environment and the product to protect, the choice of packaging materials is critical to ensure food preservation, water resistance and good isolation of sensitive electronics. SERCOVAM offers its customers a personal highly qualified in the tests of permeability to oxygen or water vapor (H2O) to assess the barrier properties of packaging materials and more particularly to measure the diffusion coefficient of gas permeability of films or blister: • Oxygen permeability according to ASTM F2622: Standard Test Method for Oxygen Gas Transmission Rate Through Plastic Film and Sheeting Using Various Sensors • Oxygen permeability according to principles ASTM D3985: Standard Test Method for Oxygen Gas Transmission Rate Through Plastic Film and Sheetin...
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XB wear tests / Abrasion tests 07/04/2011
XB ABRASION
The XB abrasion, originally designed for cell phone industry, is now used for all electrical and electronic equipments (buttons, switches, controls …) whose prints could be erased under a repeated action of fingers and other hand parts. The XB test device, unlike Crockmeter for example, allows determining the resistance of printings and markings on curved surfaces or parts. Accelerated wear is produced by the friction of the XB artificial finger through a normalized fabric, dry or wet with a fluid, fabric which is itself in contact with the tested specimen. The XB can also perform the finger nail test.The applied force and the number of impacts or of cycles depend from the product specification. This XB device is in compliance with : NF-EN60068-2-70 (NF EN 60068-2-70) or IEC 68-2-70 (IE...
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BURNING BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS 07/04/2011
GLOW WIRE TEST
The glow wire test is intended to assess the fire hazard of a material under the effect of heat stress that can be produced from sources of heat or glowing elements. The material under test is brought into contact under a given pressure, with a glow wire heated to high temperatures: depending on the test method, characteristics of inflammation, burning time, time of perforation are reported. The major test methods are : CEI 60695-2-10 (NF EN 60695-11-10) : Glow-wire apparatus and common test procedure ; CEI 60695-2-11(NF EN 60695-2-11) : Glow-wire flammability test method for end-products; CEI 60695-2-12 (NF EN 60695-2-12) Glow-wire flammability index (GWFI) test method for materials; CEI 60695-2-13 (NF EN 60695-2-13) Glow-wire ignition temperature (GWIT) test method for materials ; RENAU...
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Rubber testing 07/03/2011
OZONE RESISTANCE TEST
One of several accelerated aging tests conducted by SERCOVAM is the crack resistance of vulcanized rubbers and thermoplastic subjected to ozone , at a temperature of up to 40 ° C (Rubber degradation by ozone). French standard NF T46-019 replaced by an international version ISO 1431-1 (ISO1431-1) describes this type of static strain aging in specimens tested. Other international standards are : DIN 53509-1, ASTM D1149, ASTM D1171. This test is used for many industrial sectors such as rail (NF F01-281), construction, automotive, footwear … it can check the resistance of rubber floors, seals, hoses, pipes or ducts, shoe soles ... For the automotive industry, each manufacturer has developed its own standard to describe this type of aging: - Renault and PSA D47 1100 D47 1100 (D471100) - G...
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BUILDING INDUSTRY TESTS 03/12/2010
PVC PROFILES FOR THE FABRICATION OF WINDOWS AND DOORS
SERCOVAM laboratories test PVC-U profiles for doors and windows manufacturers according to European standard EN12608 involved in obtaining certification by the authorized technical centres of building industry. Engineers and technicians provide their experience to people from the industrial sector of doors and windows frames in the field of tests allowing checking the durability of PVC elements as an aesthetic and mechanical point of view. Climatic and artificial UV aging laboratories characterize the products according to the standards EN477 - Determination of impact resistance by falling weight at -10 ° C, EN478 - Characterisation of the appearance after conditioning at 150 ° C, EN479 - Determination Recall hot at 100 ° C and EN513 - Determination of resistance to artificial ...
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CONSUMER GOODS 27/09/2010
Shower enclosures Testing
The specification EN 14428 describes the requirements and test methods to characterize the resistance of shower walls. These tests are performed in whole or part by the SERCOVAM testing laboratories. The purpose of this standard, the application of which is critical for manufacturers of shower wall and bath screens, is to check the mechanical strength (including shock) of the walls and verify the resistance to corrosion. It’s also defined to verify how reacts the surface of materials in contact with several chemicals used to clean the shower or after repeated thermal cycles simulating the phases of wetting and drying of surfaces walls. Engineers and technicians from the mechanical, weathering and corrosion test laboratories of SERCOVAM perform these tests to meets the needs of manufactur...
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CONSUMER GOODS 27/09/2010
Shower hoses for (PN10) sanitary tapware (NF EN 1113)
SERCOVAM Laboratories test the shower hoses for (PN10) sanitary tapware according to the norm EN1113. The visible surfaces of chromium-plated and Ni-Cr shower hoses are subjected to accelerated ageing, like corrosion test and thermal-shock aging according to the norm NF-EN248. Dimensional and functional characteristics must be previously checked. Then, mechanical characteristics will be controlled according to a strength resistance test under a load of 500 N and a bending endurance test of the hose. Our hydraulic experts must verify the hydraulic performance, through waterproofness test under pressure, with high temperature, and liquid thermal shock by circulation between 20 and 70°C.
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CONSUMER GOODS 27/09/2010
Bath and shower trays (NF EN 14516 et NF EN 14527)
EN14516 and EN14527 standards describe test methods required for bath and shower trays validations, allowing to check cleaning behaviour and durability of products, are performed by SERCOVAM laboratories. Some dimensional and functional characteristics must be previously controlled. The stability of the floor will be checked with heavy static loads (up to 100 kg). To sous des charges statiques importantes (au-delà de 100 kg). To control the cleanibility , the surface of the tested product is tested with several aggressive chemical fluids according to specific conditions. Resistance to temperature changing of the shower tray and the bathtub will be validated by using a test device cycling spraying phase with hot and cold water strictly regulated in temperature and flow. After 100 cycles,...
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PACKAGING TEST 28/06/2010
TEST OF RESISTANCE TO PERFORATION / DART TEST
Dart test aims to determine the energy required to damage by impact films and plastic sheets under the effect of a projectile in free fall under given conditions. This energy is expressed by the mass of the projectile dropped from a specified height and breaking 50% of the samples tested. Two test methods are used depending on the impact resistance of plastic sheets or films tested This test is performed according to test methods: • NFENISO 7765-1 (NF EN ISO7765-1) : Plastics films and sheeting – Determination of impact resistance by the free-falling dart method – Part 1 : Staircase method • ASTM D1709 (ASTM D 1709) : Standard Test Methods for Impact Resistance of Plastic Film by the Free-Falling Dart Method
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PACKAGING TEST 23/06/2010
SLIDING - DETERMINATION OF FRICTION COEFFICIENTS
SERCOVAM laboratory can assess the sliding of materials such as plastic, paper, cardboard ... by measuring the coefficient of static friction or dynamic of sheet, sliding on themselves or other materials. The frictions are checked according to the following test methods : • NF EN ISO 8295 (NFENISO8295 - NF T 54-112, NFT 54-112) : Plastics - Sheets - Determination of the slippage - Measuring of the friction coefficients • NF Q03-082 (NFQ03-082): Paper and board - Paper, board, corrugated board and their components - Determination of the coefficient of static friction and estimation of the coefficient of dynamic friction (Dynamometer method) • NF Q03-083 (NFQ03-083) : Paper and board - Paper, board, corrugated board and their components - Determination of the coefficient of static friction (...
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RAIL INDUSTRY TESTS 23/06/2010
FIBRE REINFORCED THERMOSETTING PLASTICS
Sercovam test laboratories validate material characteristics, mechanical and cosmetic parameters of thermosetting plastics used for the railway industry. These tests are performed in accordance with French and international norms defined by the main protagonists of this line of business. The test program essentially leans on the standard NFF01-281 Railway rolling stock – Fibre reinforced thermoseting plastics. This norm classifies plastic parts depending on its use, its positioning and its exposure to the user and the environmental conditions. According to the category of the part defined, several quality requirements must be checked through tests such as those described in the following norms and test methods : NF T51-113, NF T30-015 (ISO 9352), NF T30-049, NF T51-058, NF T57-105 (ISO ...
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RAIL INDUSTRY TESTS 23/06/2010
LAMINATED GLASS AND TOUGHENED SAFETY-GLASS PANELS
SERCOVAM test laboratory perform most of characterization tests required for glass and glass panels decsribed inside the technical SNCF specification ST-M 059 and french norms NFF31-250 on laminated glass and NFF31-129 toughened safety-glass panels. Some of these tests described in these standards refer to tests also defined in norms usually practised for the building sector like the standard NF EN 1036. Our laboratories perform mechanical tests like shock tests, climatic ageings, or solar simulation done for the laminated glasses.
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RAIL INDUSTRY TESTS 27/04/2010
SHOCK AND VIBRATION TESTS
The international standard ISO EN 61373 (IEC 61373 and NF F01-373) Shock and vibration tests defines parameters to validate equipment, parts or compounds used in the rail industry which can be subjected to vibration or shock during their use. The procedures and test conditions for testing shock and bump are specified in standards ISO Environmental testing IEC 60068-2-27 (Test Ea) and ISO IEC 60068-2-29 (Test Eb); the test conditions for vibration tests are described in ISO IEC 60068-2-64 (Test Fh) or ISO IEC 60068-2-6 (Test Fc) Vibration (sinusoidal), among others. The SERCOVAM vibration lab equipment pool includes 7 vibration electrodynamics’ shakers, capacity up to 36 kN and can be coupled with tables to perform random and sinusoidal signals according to three axes (x, y, z). These vibr...
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PACKAGING TESTS 22/01/2010
TRANSPORT TEST - VIBRATION
Transport creates many constraints that can significantly alter your products if their packaging does not provide optimum protection. If your products travel in France or are destined for export, SERCOVAM ‘s laboratories perform tests for transport simulations to guarantee this protection during a distribution channel in France or export according to national and international norms: NF H00-060 (France), Specifications ISTA and ASTM D4169 (American area and international). This vibrator, in accordance with ASTM D999 and NF EN ISO 2247, is able to recreate the vibrations caused during a transport by road, air and sea, to determine if the packaging plays its protective role perfectly, especially when it comes to sensitive products (sterile products, implants ...) or fragile products (bottle...
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New service 16/12/2009
Urgent ? Ask for an Express Test, without extra charge !
In the modern industrial world of increasingly demanding lead times, it is important to be able to depend on a partner company which is quick to respond, reliable and efficient. If your test needs to be performed urgently, and you know when the specimens or parts will become available, take advantage of SERCOVAM’s innovative new service: EXPRESS TESTS.* To speed things up even more we deliver a summary test report that speaks plainly of what you need to know: the result. The quality of the test carried out by SERCOVAM is not compromised in any way. To find out more about this new service, call us on +33.5.57.97.02.33
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Analysis 16/12/2009
New European regulation REACH
The launch of the new European regulation REACH has led SERCOVAM to increase its capacity to measure ; its Materials Analysis Laboratory is equipped with two GC / MS, of a chain of gas chromatography, HPLC , IRTF, DSC, TMA, ... to meet the needs of manufacturers. These allow the search for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), the determination of formaldehyde, aldehydes and ketones, and heavy metals for example (although these examples are neither exhaustive nor restrictive), according to the test methods or requirements of purchasers of the guidelines, and following the requirements of the Directive.
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Packaging 16/12/2009
Tests on markings - Resistance tests
SERCOVAM can implement many specific test protocols to allow its customers to validate marking inks used on packagings from cosmetic, wine & products, medical sectors… including the following tests: - Marking resistance to UV according to NF Q64-022 standard: reproducing a sun exposure test in “window display” or in car - Abrasion resistance according to NF EN ISO 5470-1: simulating rubbing during a shipping - Rubbing resistance according to NF EN ISO 105-X12: fading tests - Marking resistance to climatic ageings allowing to determine: o Marking resistance during shipping or storage phases according to NF EN ISO 9142 o Resistance of adhesive labels in hot and humid atmosphere (e.g. bathroom) according to EN 60068-2-30...
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LEATHER GOODS - LUGGAGE 05/11/2009
ROLLING ENDURANCE
SERCOVAM perform several endurance and mechanical stress to qualify the durability and strength of luggage products and suit-cases Our laboratories focus in particular to verify the thickness of baggage, seam resistances, carrying handles and various handling organs resistance, openings and zippers endurance based on the standard NF H48-003 (10/75) – Hand – Specification and tests. Endurance tests on complete products are performed by rolling the baggage on a Sercovam rollerbench which can qualify the wheel’s resistance to abrasion of conventional bags and trolleys. This test is done with speed parameters between 3 and 10 km/h on surfaces with various abrasive grains depending on customer needs.
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MECHANICAL TESTS 26/10/2009
Instrumented impact test / Multiaxial impact test
SERCOVAM is equipped with all the equipment needed to perform the standard mechanical tests including a falling weight impact tester. The instrumented impact test allows to determine the breaking energy and the behaviour to shocks by puncture of materials under test. Tests are mainly performed according to ISO 6603-2 (ISO6603-2) or ISO 7765-2 (ISO7765-2), at ambient, cold or hot temperature (from -70 to + 150 °C). With an adaptation of the strikers, the tests can be performed following ASTM D3763, GM 9904P, GM W14797, GM W14867, GM N10083, PSA B62 0300, BMW GS 97006-2, GS 97045-2, VW TL 526 39, SAAB STD 3772, STD 3775, STD 3803, …
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Exposure to sunlight (without UV) 22/09/2009
84 m3 SUNLIGHT EXPOSURE CHAMBER
Sercovam increase the number of insulation test chambers. The Cestas laboratory already owned two test chambers for high temperatures tests methods, equipped with infrared or halogen heat lamps (cabin size 14m3 and 27 m3) for insulation test without UV ageing. ; a new test chamber, around 84m3, which enable a multi-points regulation, thanks to 6 infrared heat lamps panel able to perform more than 47000 W , will be used to perform specific thermal behaviour in our laboratory in , near Sochaux. With those 3 tests devices, we are now able to perform insulation resistance without UV on all kind of automobile parts, (fixed on unit, on ½ car’s unit, complete car unit), as bumpers, side expenders, pillars ,dash board, or all interior panels …. Those tests are performed according to car...
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PACKAGING TESTING 16/09/2009
TEST OF PERMEABILITY TO WATER OF PACKAGING
Plastics let the gas diffuse through themselves. This characteristic is essential to choose packaging or building insulation materials and to ensure the protection of a product. Sercovam’s qualified team carries out permeability and characterization materials tests to evaluate the diffusion level through packaging as films, sheets or containers according to ISO 2528: Sheet materials - Determination of water vapour transmission rate – Dish Method and : Standard test methods for water vapour transmission of materials or for the validation tests by the U.S. Pharmacopeia USP Chapter 671 of the containers of pharmaceutical products. The principle of these methods can also be applied to sealing materials such as adhesives, under-roof screens or other building products according to NF EN ISO 1257...
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TESTS ON PACKAGING 14/09/2009
STORAGE SIMULATION
SERCOVAM simulates approximate conditions of warehouse storage following thermal conditions according to transport and environmental test norms: • NF EN ISO 2233: Packaging - Complete, filled transport packages and unit loads -Conditioning for testing • ASTM D4332: Conditioning containers, packages, or packaging - Components for testing test laboratories have more than 100 climatic rooms, up to volume 30 m3, allowing to test both the packs of small capacity and pallets. Moreover, SERCOVAM has corrosion rooms to simulate a storage in a container during maritime transport according to NFENISO 9227: Corrosion tests in artificial atmospheres - Salt spray tests, and condensation rooms to simulate extreme conditions of moisture according to ISO 6270-2: Determination of resistance to humidity -...
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Volatile Organic Compounds 02/09/2009
VOC determination: increasing demand…
The increasing demand for this type of test, particularly in the automotive sector, has incited SERCOVAM to increase the measuring capacities of its materials analysis laboratory. SERCOVAM own now 3 GC (gas chromatography) devices and a HPLC analytical chain. The emission evaluation can be done directly on the material or by sampling a part, according to following test methods : VDA 277, VDA 275, VDA 278, RLT D423109, PSA D105495, PSA D405535, RLT D403004, VW PV3925, Volvo 1027.2714 or TOYOTA TSM0508G ….. For big parts sampling can be done in an emission room, according to the following test methods: VDA 276-1, RLT D493027 mixed per example with RLT D493046, VOLVO VCS10272769, NF EN ISO 16000-6 … SERCOVAM obtains technical validation from the car makers, and participate actively to nume...
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VIBRATION TESTS 02/09/2009
RESISTANCE TO VIBRATION TESTS
Vibration tests are designed to simulate a harshness test environment (in operating or transporting) to strain numerous kind of parts, from industry sector. SERCOVAM has seven electrodynamic shakers that drive the vibrating signal defined by norms like ASTM D999, NF EN ISO 13355, ASTM D4728, RENAULT 3602802 VI/0* conditions, or in customers’ specifications. SERCOVAM has unidirectional shakers, shakers with table so that the part is positioned as in the vehicle, and shakers topped by climatic chambers, which adds the thermal constraint to the vibration test. Here are the technical characteristics : - Force : from 10 to 36 kN - Frequency range : 10 to 2000 Hz - Displacement : 1 or 2 inches - Temperatures : from -40 to +140 °C - Signal types : sinusoidal vibration, random vibration, and ...
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CYCLED PRESSURE 17/06/2009
NEW FLUID CYCLED PRESSURE TEST BENCH
The SERCOVAM’s Cycled Pressure test laboratory has just been reinforced with a new Fluid Cycled Pressure test bench to validate parts from cooling system (pipes, fittings, radiators, heat exchangers, jars, etc.). These characteristics confirm the competence of SERCOVAM in the hydraulic sector by carrying out tests requested by specifications for injection ramps (B222820 § 9.2 (B22 2820)), air conditioning / aerothermals (B273620 (B27 3620)), heating radiators (3202014 § 4.26 - 32 020 14) or rubber fittings for cooling circuits (B315530 - B15 5330) by its performances of pressure (until 10 bars), varieties of signal types (triangle, trapezoid and sine), flow (until 6000L / h), internal temperature (until 140 ° C) or external temperature (until 180 ° C) and possible oscil...
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CYCLED PRESSURE 17/06/2009
FLUID AND AIR CYCLED PRESSURE LABORATORY
Thanks to an important number of test devices, the SERCOVAM’s Cycled Pressure test laboratory is able to meet needs in fluids circulation tests required in many industrial sectors, including automotive and aeronautical’s. With 4 benches of cycled pressure, thermal shock liquid / liquid, fluid pulse, static pressure, owns a wide range of devices allowing to check the mechanical resistance of: - On the one hand, components from fuel systems (pipes, ramps), from oil systems (heat exchangers, jars), from cooling systems (jars, radiators) by circulating oil or glycol until 145 ° C, a pressure until 10 bars and a flow until 6000 l / h (or 30 bars in pulse without flow, e.g. RLT 3404816 (34 04 816), PSA B315240 (B31 5240)), controlled and coupled to external climatic atmosphere to 180 &...
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RAIL INDUSTRY TESTS 17/06/2009
JOINTING STICKING (NFF01-811)
The French standard NF F01-811 Railway rolling stock – Jointing Sticking describe several tests methods used to check functional characteristics of jointing sticking and help to define the technical choice and how to carry out the glue effectuation. This standard is especially defined for the industry. Sercovam test laboratories validate these properties, like mechanical characteristics of the customers sticking assemblies solutions : - Adhesives – Determination of tensile lap-shear strength of rigid-to-rigid bonded assemblies according to NF EN EN1465 ou ISO4587 (T76-107) - – Test methods for fatigue properties of strctural adhesives in tensile shear according to ISO9664 (T76-111) - Adhesives – Determination of peel resistance of high-strength adhesive bonds – Floating roller method ...
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RAIL INDUSTRY TESTS 26/05/2009
RUBBER FOOR COVERINGS
The French standard NF F31-812 Railway rolling stock – Rubber floor coverings describe several test methods required to validate floor covering especially for the railway industry. Sercovam test laboratories validate the intrinsic properties of rubber materials, like mechanical characteristics according to ISO 37 or NF T46-002 (Determination of tensile stress-strain properties), NF T46-007 (Determination of tear strength) or ISO48 or NF T46-003 (IRHD hardness). the resistance to ozone cracking (ISO1431-1 or NF T46-019) is also one of the main rubber property tested by Sercovam. Our U.V. Laboratory use a large park of weather-o-meter test devices using xenon arc lamps complying with the artificial . light ageing parameters described in the test method ISO4892-2. The determination of abra...
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RAIL INDUSTRY TESTS 25/05/2009
TEXTILE TESTS
SERCOVAM test laboratories test and validate textile and fabrics products especially for the railway industry according to French and international standards (NF, EN, ISO or DIN). These tests can be associated to the SNCF technical specification ST051. It describes mechanical properties tests on fibres, wires, fabrics, rubber or plastics coated textiles according to several test methods (ISO4674-2, ISO13934-1). Furthermore, we can perform specific fabric tests like resistance to wear (M.I.E. resistance), rubbing and friction tests (ISO105-X12, ISO105-D02), fluid resistance (ISO105-E01, ISO105-E04 and ISO105-E07), Colour fastness to artificial light test (ISO105-B02 and ISO105-B04)… Sensorial characteristics of fabrics becomes one of the main criterion to choose a product. The olfactory ...
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CORROSION 12/05/2009
LABORATOIRE CORROSION : CORROSION 4 GAZ
Les laboratoires de corrosion de , équipés de plus de 25 appareils, offrent la possibilité de pratiquer l’ensemble des méthodes d’essais de tous les secteurs industriels. Pour les essais de corrosions gazeuses ou corrosions dites atmosphérique, le laboratoire dispose de 3 chambres permettant de réaliser des essais de corrosion par gaz polluants tels que les gaz SO2, H2S, NO2 et Cl2. Les essais de type 2 gaz, essais 3 gaz et les essais 4 sont notamment appliqués dans l’ensemble des secteurs industriels pour les pièces électroniques, électriques, électrotechniques et ces équivalents dans le secteur automobile. Les principales méthodes sont : - selon la méthode EN/CEI 68-2-60 (DIN EN 60068-2-60) ou C20-760 - selon la EN/CEI 511-11-7 (DIN EN 60512-11-7) - selon le test CH/12 (CH12) du cah...
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TESTS ON FOOD PACKAGING 04/05/2009
SENSORIAL ANALYSES ON PACKAGING
offers customers sensory analysis to verify that packaging doesn’t alter organoleptic properties of food and to control raw materials used in packaging. The olfactory characteristics (own smell emitted by the packaging material) and the transmission of taste for food packaging are evaluated according to international standard NF ISO 13302 (Sensory analysis. Methods for assessing modifications to the flavour of foodstuffs due to packaging) with the COFRAC panel of 12 experts trained daily. At the conclusion of this , a search for specific constituents, typically involved in the alteration of the sensory properties of food products, can be achieved if an odour or taste is strongly perceptible, as the search for : • , • Aldehydes, • Heavy metals • Residual solvents according to NFEN 13628-2...
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TESTS ON FOOD PACKAGING, INDUSTRIAL PACKAGING, LUXURY PACKAGING, MEDICAL PACKAGING 04/05/2009
MECHANICAL RESISTANCE
The mechanical laboratory carries out tests to evaluate strength of materials in packaging to reveal any defects over time. Many tests may be offered including: • , pelability… • Compression • Charpy / Izod Impact according to NF EN ISO 179-2: Plastics - Determination of Charpy impact strenght - Part 1 : Non-instrumented impact test. The following checks can be performed: • Friction coefficients (slide film) according to NF T54-122: Plastics - Sheets - Determination of the slippage - Measuring of the friction coefficients • The tensile strength (in temperature) according to ISO 527: Plastics - Determination of tensile properties • Perforation Resistance according to NF XP T54-198 : Plastics - Industrial polymer-based films and sheets - Mono and multilayered films for packaging - Conventi...
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TESTS ON INDUSTRIAL PACKAGING 04/05/2009
BULK BAG VALIDATION
SERCOVAM carries out the validation of flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) for non dangerous goods according to ISO 21898 : • UV resistance according to ASTM G154 : Standard Practice for Operating Fluorescent Light Apparatus for UV Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials (ASTMG154), • Tensile strength according to NFENISO 13934-1 : Textiles — Tensile properties of fabrics — Part 1 : Determination of maximum force and elongation at maximum force using the strip method (NFENISO13934-1), • Permeability tests on the internal bag according to ISO 2528 : Sheet materials - Determination of water vapour transmission rate - Dish method (ISO2528) These tests verify bulk bag resistance during UV exposure with humidity and specific temperatures.
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TESTS ON FOOD PACKAGING, COSMETIC AND WINE&SPIRITS PACKAGING, INDUSTRIAL PACKAGING, MEDICAL PACKAGING 04/05/2009
AGEINGS
provides several solutions against to insure that packagings protect perfectly products,: • Physical risks: heat, cold, UV. … • Chemical risks: humidity, corrosion… Climatic Climatic ageing laboratory has more than 100 automatic climatic rooms performing dry or wet heat and cold temperatures (1 to 30 m3) according to NFENISO 9142: Adhesives - Guide for the selection of ageing test normal conditions of stuck assemblies in laboratory and CEI 60068-2: Environmental tests. UV ageing The UV ageing laboratory has more than 27 devices. Several exposure conditions can be simulated on packagings during their using. The appearance (colour, gloss, duskiness …) change or damages more important such as cracks, blistering appear will be assessed at the end of exposure according to ISO 4892: Plastics ...
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TESTS ON FOOD PACKAGING, COSMETIC AND WINE&SPIRITS PACKAGING, INDUSTRIAL PACKAGING, MEDICAL PACKAGING 04/05/2009
APPEARANCE TESTS
The appearance test laboratory carries out several test methods to check and validate the packaging appearance resistance (for example: printing inks durability, characterization of labels and marking (yellowing evaluation), checking of the specifications of adhesive tapes for shipping box …): • Friction (using of Crockmeter), wear with fabric contact, cardboard contact, leather contact… • TABER abrasion: ASTM D968 : Abrasion resistance of organic coating by falling abrasive • Fluid compatibility (stress-cracking) • Staining (alkaline and acid sweat, greasy, water…) • Light transmittance / Trouble (Haze): ASTM D1003: Haze and luminous transmittance of transparent plastics • Gloss / Color / Grey scale: ISO 7724-2: Paints and varnishes - Colorimetry - Part 2: Colour measurement • Tri-dimen...
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TESTS ON FOOD PACKAGING, INDUSTRIAL PACKAGING 04/05/2009
PERMEABILITY / TIGHTNESS
Plastics have the ability to let the gas spread. This characteristic is essential to choose packaging materials and to guarantee the preservation of foodstuffs. qualified team carries out permeability and characterization materials tests to evaluate diffusion through packagings according to ISO 2528: Sheet materials - Determination of water vapour transmission rate – Dish Method and ASTM E96: Standard test methods for water vapour transmission of materials. , defects of sealing bags or sealed packages ...(appearing in weather and transport) are characterized: • Airtightness under vacuum room according to ASTM D6653: Standard Test Methods for Determining the Effects of High Altitude on Packaging Systems by Vacuum Method, • Tightness by leak detector • Airtightness in climatic room accord...
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TESTS ON FOOD PACKAGING, COSMETIC PACKAGING 04/05/2009
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
SERCOVAM carries out a lot of chemical analysis to control raw materials used in packagings: • Analysis and identification of raw materials by FTIR coupled with thickness measurements by gravimetry • Thermal analysis on material or sealing layer according to ISO 11357-2: Plastics – Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) – Part 2: Determination of glass transition temperature and ISO 11357-3: Plastics - Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) – Part 3: Determination of temperature and enthalpy of melting and cristallization, • Melt Flow Index according to ISO 1133 : Plastics - Determination of the melt mass-flow and the melt volume-flow rate of thermoplastics, • Ash according to ISO 3451-1: Plastics - Determination of ash.
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RAIL INDUSTRY TESTS 22/04/2009
PAINT COATINGS VALIDATION
SERCOVAM test laboratories validate paint coatings and varnishes developed for the railway industry according to the French standard NF F19-201 Railway rolling – paint materials and marks – general instructions and test methods. All of the appearance and mechanical characteristics of a paint coating applied on a metal plaque will be checked and measured by our specialists : cross-cut or pull-off tests (ISO2409 an ISO4624), cupping test (ISO1520), cylindrical and conical mandrel bend Test ( (ISO1519 et ISO6860), Rapid-deformation (impact resistance) tests - : Falling-weight test, large-area indenter (ISO6272), Chipping resistance, Corrosion test (ISO9227), thermal-shock ageing, resistance to humidity, as well as several kinds of UV ageing in Q-UV device (ISO11507), in Weatherometer xenon ...
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BIOMECANIQUE 15/04/2009
Tests implants dentaires et rachidiens
SERCOVAM conçoit des équipements de tests dédiés aux implants dentaires et rachidiens. Mais le champ d'intervention du centre d'essais ne se limite pas à cette application : le développement de certains sports (VTT, Roller....) a conduit ces dernières années à une augmentation des lésions ligamentaires, notamment sur le genou. Les cas les plus graves conduisent parfois au remplacement des ligaments croisés postérieurs ou antérieurs par des substituts synthétiques à base de polymères. Si différents ligaments artificiels existent depuis de nombreuses années sur le , l'implantation dans des conditions de fiabilité satisfaisantes demeure problématique. Les cas d'échec sont dus majoritairement à des ruptures mécaniques des ligaments artificiels, les cas de synovite, d'élongation excessive ou d'...
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Test on painted parts 14/04/2009
Gravel Shot Blasting
Le test de gravillonnage (mono-impact ou multi-impact) a pour but de déterminer le comportement d'un revêtement de peinture vis-à-vis de dégàts tels que ceux occasionnés par des projectiles de faible masse mais projetés à grandes vitesse (gravillon sur route notamment). Cette résistance est évaluée par la dimension des écaillages produits par la projection de gravillons sur l'éprouvette d'essai, ainsi que par le niveau auquel se produit le (particulièrement lors d’impact à la tôle). Ce test peut également s’appliquer pour des pièces électroniques, mais aussi pour des échangeurs ou radiateurs montés sur véhicules, dont les ailettes sont particulièrement sensibles aux impacts. Méthodes : Secteur Automobile : PSA D241312 - D24 1312 - RENAULT D241702 (self homologation) D24 1702 - RENAULT D2...
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Test on painted parts 14/04/2009
Resistance to the action of mechanical car-wash brushes
The resistance of a coating (paint, varnish, ink, leather, wood, plastic, rubber) may be characterized by the action of brushes with synthetic bristles. The sample is continuously sprayed with a mixture of detergent, water and abrasive powder (alumina type) and is struck with brushes similar to those used in car-wash . After several cycles, the evaluation of surface damage is done by measuring the loss of brightness. Test methods : PSA D245359 – CDC PSA B155050 – RLT D245359 (self homologation RENAULT D24 5359)
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TESTS ON PACKAGING 31/03/2009
TESTS ON PACKAGING FOR MEDICAL WASTE
With experience on medical sector, SERCOVAM carries out services to test and to validate packaging for medical waste according to test methods: • NF X30-500: Packaging for medicinal care waste – Boxes and small collectors for perforating waste – Specifications and tests (NF X 30 500), • NF X30-505: Packaging for medical care waste — Health care waste — Draft standard relative to plastic barrels and jerrycans for health care waste and infections risks (NF X 30 505). SERCOVAM laboratories can perform all the tests (pre-conditioning NF EN ISO 22233: Conditioning for testing, thickness measurement, perforation test, drop test according to NF 22248: Vertical impact test by dropping, lifting test and leak test with water) in full compliance with norms and standards.
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Test on packaging 30/03/2009
Transport tests
With 20 years of experience in high technology sectors, SERCOVAM tests and validates shipping packaging according to international standards. Indeed, the test program ASTM D4169 is practicable in vibration and mechanical laboratories. This transport test simulates storage, handling and environmental constraints that packaging undergo during air, maritime or ground transport in all over the world. SERCOVAM carries out the test methods such as drop and shock test, vibration test, compressive resistance, vacuum method for determining the effects of high altitude … according to standards (Conditioning containers, packages, or packaging - Components for testing), ASTM D999 (Vibration testing of shipping containers), ASTM D6653 (Determining the effect of high altitude on packaging systems by v...
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Tests on Packaging & Domestic Products 13/03/2009
Tests NF H00-320 and NF H00-321 on moisture absorbers
SERCOVAM can valid technical characteristics and performance of moisture absorbers sold in supermarkets, for domestic use, and desiccant bags used in the packaging industry and transport. The adsorption capacity, the regeneration of the desiccant and dehydrating products are tested according to the two standards NF H00-320 and NF H00-321, which define the specifications and tests devoted to these products. SERCOVAM laboratories can also check the emission of dust through the strainers of desiccant bags, the mechanical resistance of retention trays, or the loss of odour intensity on scented products.
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TESTS ON MEDICAL PACKAGINGS 12/03/2009
TESTS ON ISOTHERMAL PACKAGINGS
SERCOVAM laboratories own more than one hundred automatic climatic rooms (1 to 30 m3) performing dry or wet, heat and cold temperature for the pharmaceutical industry, in order to validate isothermal containers or refrigerating containers for health products, according to NF S99-700. This thermal performance qualification method allows to simulate extreme weather conditions during vaccine products transportation for example. An accurate control of internal temperatures of packaging (2°C to 8°C) is carried out to guaranty a cold chain whatever the external conditions are. A complementary drop test according to ASTM D5276 (Standard Test Method for Drop Test of Loaded Containers by Free Fall) or ISO 2248 (Packaging - Shipping Complete and Filled Packaging - Vertical impact test by ...
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Automotive testing 10/03/2009
Dissipation of electrostatic charges / Resistance to dust
Any owner of a motor vehicle has already made the unpleasant experience of the dust that accumulates on the plastics of the passenger cell ... Research teams of automakers are actively working on this issue, which can lead, in terms of perceived quality, to negative customer feedback. Among them, a team from PSA Peugeot - CitroËn has developed a test method (ref. PSA D45 5210) to measure, in laboratory, the ability of plastic to dissipate electrostatic charges, ie "not to retain the dust" (or even its "resistance to dust"). SERCOVAM, attentive to the evolution of testing methods, has invested in the corresponding test bench and won, after audit and cross-testing, approval of PSA on the D455210 method “Plastic - Dissipation of electrostatic charges”. Contact: Sales ...
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Packaging 12/11/2008
Validation Of Medical Packagings
SERCOVAM carries out validation of medical devices’ packagings as blister packs, bags… according to ISO 11607 to satisfy the requirements of the European pharmacopeia. Tests of sealing resistance according to NF EN 868-5, tests of integrity according to ASTM F1929 and tests of peeling allow validate the conformity of a sterile barrier packaging. Moreover, SERCOVAM’s laboratories own more than 100 climatic chambers to carry out accelerated ageing tests of sterile medical device packages according to ASTM F1980. On the other hand, SERCOVAM’s physical-chemical laboratory performs permeability tests to determine transmission rate of water vapour or saturated vapour of certain fluids according to ISO 2528 or American pharmacopeia (USP) on pillboxes, films or other packagings. A know-how acq...
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Consumer Goods 12/11/2008
Household Appliances-Electronics: The appearance tests
SERCOVAM carries out behaviour tests on painted coating for electric household appliance, computers and multi-media industries according to ECCA test methods (European Coil Coating Association) and their equivalents updated according to international standards NF EN 13523. Thickness measurements of coating, peeling tests, salt spray resistance, behaviour in water immersion, fluorescent UV ageing or water condensation tests are performed as soon as possible and with the best guaranteed quality according to your requirements. However, in the huge family of appearance tests on the painted coatings, enamelled sheets or vitrified enamels, there are also resistance to solvents, scratch and abrasion resistance (Taber), stability of colours in wet sulphur dioxide atmosphere, etc.
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Sensorial analysis 11/09/2008
Olfactory sensorial analysis
SERCOVAM's Sensorial Analysis (olfactory and tactile) laboratory features a climate-controlled evaluation room that contains eight rating booths (see photo) and an independent preparation room. The sensorial evaluation, commonly called odour test, is determined by at least five trained and qualified testers whose performance and abilities are regularly checked. The testing considers two criteria: evaluation of the odour intensity and identification of the type of odour. The evaluations are performed on materials or parts, contained in jars or bags. SERCOVAM performs most of the odour test methods specified by the major manufacturers (Renault D493001 or Renault D493046, PSA D105517 , Volkswagen PV3900, DaimlerChrysler DBL5471, Ford BO 131-01, GM GME 60276 ,Toyota TS M0505G, Honda, Nissan M...
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Produits de grande consommation (P.G.C.) 22/07/2008
Meubles & Objets de décoration
SERCOVAM développe l’activité de ses laboratoires vers la validation des équipements de la maison. Les plus grandes enseignes du secteur de l’ameublement, de la déco et vaisselle font appel à ses services pour éprouver la résistance et la qualité de leurs produits à l’épreuve du temps. L’ensemble des essais de la spécification NF XP-D60-050 - Essais des finitions sur ameublement est réalisé dans les meilleurs délais, mais également les tenues et durabilités mécaniques du mobilier et les résistances aux UV des étoffes d’ameublement. Les tenues à la corrosion (ISO 9227) des couverts, ustensiles de cuisines divers et objets décoratifs métalliques ainsi que le comportement des bougies (NF EN 15493 Spécification relative à la sécurité incendie, NF EN 15426 (12/07) Spécification relative à l...
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Quality 18/07/2008
Renewing of RENAULT self-agreement
SERCOVAM has just obtained the renewal of the RENAULT self-agreement that covers the principal tests methods practiced by its laboratories. Audits and cross-tests have been managed by the RENAULT DIMAT and DICAP teams, on these tests methods: 1428 Shot blasting D111054 Suppleness of a piece by impression of a hemispherical punch beads, protective strips, armrests. Various trimming D111157 Adhesives - Flat peeling D111502 Creep resistance by indentation D111503 Suppleness of a piece by impression of a hemispherical punch beads, protective strips, armrests. Various trimming D141055 Materials and organic coatings - Wear due to friction D151343 Visual comparison of colours in light chamber D155083 Colour point - Spectrocolorimeter D171736 Colorimetry D213092 Paints and similar products appli...
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Appearance tests & Abrasion tester 09/05/2008
Cylinder abrasion test
The cylinder abrasion tester makes it possible to validate the wear resistance of flexible vulcanized and plastic , such as plasticized polychlorids of vinyl or thermoplastic polyurethans through the use of a certified abrasive paper on a rotating drum with a standard test cycle. This device is largely used in fields as wide-ranging as the validations of automotive parts (PSA and Renault D44 1119) but also for the footwear and leather industry, working in compliance with the international methods ISO 4649, DIN 53516 or ASTM D5963.
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Appearance test & Textile rubbing 06/05/2008
GAKUSHIN rubbing tester
SERCOVAM’s Appearance Tests Laboratory has been outfitted with a new GAKUSHIN rubbing test device with 4 tracks, so that it can perform a larger range of tests dedicated to the fabric behaviour, and especially towards the Asian car manufacturers. The investment of this new test facility will contribute to increase the capacity of SERCOVAM in textile materials validation. The automotive suppliers working with manufacturers such as TOYOTA, NISSAN, MAZDA or HONDA will be interested in knowing that SERCOVAM is now able to validate their materials according to the specifications and methods JIS L0823 (section 3.2.), Mazda MY MN405, Nissan M0155 (Section 16), M0154 (Section 18.4.), Toyota TSH1544G, TSH1513G.
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Dust-tightness 21/04/2008
Dust Chambers (Talc, Portland Cement, Arizona Dust)
SERCOVAM can test the dust-tightness of your products other dusts than the talcum power described in the ISO-CEI 60529, with the two new 2m3 chambers of its IP tests/fluids laboratory. One of them is dedicated to test the products with Portland cement, according to DIN 40050 – Part 9, and the other one is used with Arizona dust, according to ISO 12103-1 part A2. During these tests, the products can be electrically connected or vacuum pressurized. A cycling system can alternate spraying phases, or can command a constant pulverisation of the dust.
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Touchless Dimensional Measurement 21/04/2008
Speed and Accuracy for the measurement of your products
SERCOVAM owns a touchless metrology system SMARTSCOPE ZIP 300 that combines hardware performance, optical capability, and ease-of-use to satisfy the most complex applications. Specifications : • Measuring table in anodized hardened aluminum and retractable glass • Load capacity 25 kg • Self-calibrated zoom (40x – 200x) for an amazing image quality • Powerful calculation software Measurement capacity (XYZ): 300 x 300 x 200 mm Accuracy : • XY : E =(2.0 + 6L/1000) µm ( L= Measured length) • Z : E =(4.0 + 6L/1000) µm( L= Measured length) with optics and autofocus
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Corrosion 21/06/2007
New ECC1 and four-gas devices
SERCOVAM's corrosion laboratories contain more than twenty corrosion testing instruments and chambers and can perform all the test methods specified in the automotive and aeronautical sectors. Two new chambers were commissioned recently to let us perform the Renault cycled corrosion test, ECC1 (D17 2028 - approved by RENAULT) and a second four-gas corrosion chamber (H2S/SO2/NO2/Cl2) has been brought into service, notably to perform test method EN/IEC 68-2-60. The constant increase in the capacities of our corrosion laboratory means that the specifications required by most manufacturers can be accomodated, for the validation both of materials and of complete parts.
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Climatic tests 20/06/2007
Large-volume climatic chambers
Since 2003, the SERCOVAM laboratories at Etupes (in eastern France) have quadrupled the floor area dedicated to large-volume climatic chambers. The capacity range (3 to 30 m3) and high performance of these chambers makes it possible to test complex and larger vehicle components, exposed simultaneously to extreme thermal cycles coupled with validation and functional endurance testing, both mechanical and electrical. SERCOVAM currently operates more than 10 large-volume chambers and continues to invest in its pool of equipment.
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Painted and chrome-plated passenger cell parts 25/04/2007
Volkswagen requirements specs TL226 and TL528
Volkswagen specifications TL226 and TL528 specify the validation requirements for painted or chrome-plated passenger-cell parts. The principal tests performed on your parts in the context of these specifications are material validations (Fogging, Odour, VOC, Formaldehyde, Combustibility), as well as a certain number of climatic and UV tests which differ slightly if your part is intended for a VW or Audi project. Completion of the validation process for your part may require a rubbing, abrasion and staining test. More rarely, a corrosion test is specified, especially if the part is chrome-plated.
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Corrosion 25/04/2007
Accelerated cycled corrosion (TCAC) PSA D13 5486
TCAC tests evaluate the resistance to corrosion of bare metals or of metals coated in different ways, such as zinc-plated, treated by electrophoresis or painted. For the last few months, a corrosion chamber has been dedicated to performing this test method. The result is rapid delivery of TCAC test results.
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Vibration 25/04/2007
Sine-wave with noise
SERCOVAM's vibration laboratory is now equipped with sine wave with noise software that can, for example, simluate the rotation of the blades of a helicopter or of an aircraft engine. By combining random noise with flat or scanned sine-wave bands, this test simulates the irregularities in noise produced by a rotor or gear system. The noise produced complies with the standards issued by the US Defense Department, MIL STD 810 or STD 202.
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Microscopy 25/04/2007
Paint film thickness
This test method, for which RENAULT has delivered self-approval to SERCOVAM, involves determining the thickness of a single- or multi-layer coating to the nearest micron. A cross-section through the test sample is embedded in a resin. Measurements are then made using a microscope fitted with a digital camera to produce precise images of the coats or films. Compliance with standard NF T 30-123 (method A) guarantees the validity of this examination. It is one of the requirements specified by RENAULT for paint coatings on external plastic bodywork parts.
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Appearance tests 25/04/2007
Martindale abrasion
Circular test samples are rubbed using a standard abrasive material with a specified pressure applied. The motion of the rubber follows a cyclical planar pattern called a Lissajous figure (the resultant of two simple harmonic movements, perpendicular to each other). The resistance to abrasion is estimated based on the number of cycles to failure, on the loss of mass of the test samples, or, for a fabric, on the piling tendency. SERCOVAM has two of these , which ensure compliance with the international standards (EN ISO 12947, EN ISO 12945) and with the specific test methods developed by car manufactuers (RENAULT, PSA, VOLVO, etc.).
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TB 25/04/2007
Design and manufacture of test benches
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Validation plan 25/04/2007
SERCOVAM assistance with your validation programmes
SERCOVAM's Sales department offers a unique : assistance in preparing and executing the validation programmes for your products, for any manufacturer. Customers who consult SERCOVAM about a complete validation programme are accompanied by one of our experts through the various stages of the procedure, with advice given about how to present and deliver the results to the manufacturer. For any further information about this service, contact your technical-sales correspondent (for your country) on +33 5 57 97 02 33.
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Quality 25/04/2007
New COFRAC accreditations
The Fogging and Sensorial Analysis laboratories have been accredited by the COFRAC (French Accreditation Committee). Accredited test : French and international manufacturers (RENAULT, PSA, VW, VDA, DIN, etc.) Extras offered by SERCOVAM: • regular monitoring of the performance of the panel of testers • ultra-conditioned room to ensure that the measurements of the fogging deposits are as accurate as possible • manufacturer homologationl … and not forgetting UV photo-agening, that has been accredited by the COFRAC since 2004
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Rubbers 25/04/2007
Accelerated ozone ageing
Accelerated ozone ageing of rubber-based or elastomer-based parts. Test methods performed: RENAULT and PSA D47 1100
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Inflammability 25/04/2007
Horizontal combustibiliy
Our laboratories are equipped with horizontal combustibility devices that measure the burning rate of a material, by recording the time required for a flame to spread between two marks made on the test sample. Test methods: FMVSS, RENAULT, PSA, etc.
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