German Plastics Center SKZ Expands its Services
The German Plastics Center SKZ, Würzburg, is expanding and optimizing its test portfolio by valve testing and test methods for slow crack growth of polyolefins.
The permanently increasing demands on plastic pipes and the resulting further developments also pose new challenges for the testing technology. Particularly with regard to the testing of pipes for their suitability for alternative installation methods, such as installation methods without trenching, new questions arise concerning the resistance to external point loads or the service life of up to 100 years. In the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 1075 these specific features are taken into account and by means of corresponding tests it is ensured that the pipes available on the market comply with the relevant quality standards. Therefore SKZ has applied to DAkkS for the accreditation to perform point loading tests, penetration tests as well as thermal ageing tests using the flow method.
Furthermore with the strategic acquisition of the Valve Testing business segment of the testing laboratory of SVGW in Zurich, Switzerland, SKZ expanded its testing portfolio by another major test area. Thanks to this investment SKZ is now in a position to test component properties of valves for water and building installations according to current national and international standards. The testing range comprises hydraulic, mechanical, bending moment, tightness and long-term tests as well as pressure loss, volume flow rate and water hammer tests including pipe coupling and hydrant tests. Besides we can carry out corrosion tests as well as chemical analyses of the valve materials. Testing of heavy metals in the valve material and of galvanic coating is also possible.
Effective 29 July 2015 SKZ – TeConA GmbH, the Testing, Quality Assurance, Certification division of SKZ, changed its company name to SKZ - Testing GmbH. We are sure that this internationally comprehensible name will contribute to position SKZ and its service range even more clearly.
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