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New facilities for the preparation of intumescent paint test samples

07/09/2017
Manufacturers of intumescent paint to have access to a large workspace containing specialist equipment for the controlled application of protective coatings to steel
The Applus+ fire laboratories have recently unveiled a new facility in which manufacturers of structural protective coatings will be able to apply their products and prepare samples for testing. This is highly significant since imperfections in the paint-application process can lead to negative outcomes during testing.
 
Manufacturers conducting their tests at Applus+ will now have access to a large, spotless laboratory, fully equipped for the application of multiple layers of paint – a laborious process that can be extremely time-consuming depending on the number of layers and how thick they are.
 
The new facility spans some 750 square metres, with a minimum height of 9 metres. This enables the use of a 5-tonne crane throughout the site and therefore facilitates the moving of steel girders and columns. The facility incorporates a ventilated chamber for the controlled application of multiple layers of paint. In addition to the main workspace, there is an 80-square-metre area on the first floor set aside for client use, containing lockers, showers and a dining area, as well as a further 80 square metres of office space on the second floor.
 
With this new facility, paint manufacturers have a vast, clean and confidential space at their disposal for the preparation of test samples. 
 
Applus+: a benchmark laboratory for the fire-resistance testing of intumescent Paint
 
The Applus+ fire laboratories have more than 30 years’ experience in carrying out fire-resistance tests to international standards. We test against all key sector standards for structural-protection elements, in particular the standards for intumescent paint, such as EN 13381 part 8, BS 476 parts 20, 21 and 23, the Yellow Book and ETAG 018.
 
 
For more information please contact Francisco Calderón fcalderon@kreab.com Tel.:+34654642160
 
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