Exova Warringtonfire, in the fire safety testing and consultancy provider industry, has completed a major rebuild of facilities at its Gent laboratory, which will increase both testing capability and capacity and offer more flexibility for customers.
The laboratory has invested in new equipment to be used in testing large partitions, screens, doors, floor and ceiling assemblies and also long-loaded structural beams. This includes a combination furnace which can run tests in both the vertical and horizontal plane, and with a high level of computer control. The frame can also bear weights up to a total of 25 tonnes. Investing in more space for specimens anticipates the effect of the European interpolation rules that allow for a broader field of application if elements are tested to larger dimensions.
The investment also means the lab can test two ducts at a time to the EN 1366-1 and the BS 476: Part 24:1987 test standards with a variety of combinations using vertical and horizontal specimens either individually or together.
Rob Veitch, divisional managing director at Exova Warringtonfire, commented: “We are committed to the provision of technically demanding services to our customers and this investment significantly increases the testing capabilities of the laboratory. With increased capacity we can be more flexible and offer a more comprehensive service, while maintaining the high quality and on time delivery our customers expect.”