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Furniture testing with vision Intertek expands its testing laboratory in Fuerth

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The global player wants to make its furniture testing more practically relevant through the use of innovati- ve testing facilities such as robots. As Adem Dur- maz, Business Development Director Hardlines, says, functionality and usability should flow into the test reports in increasingly stron- ger ways, even beyond the

RAL GZ 430 requirements. This can be achieved through intensive collaboration with the German Community of Furniture Goods (DGM)

Intertek has thus invested in its new 500m2

prehensive mechanical furniture laboratory, as well as further laboratory space of 700m2

com- . The-

se will be used for testing such things as the ser- viceability of materials and surfaces, the corrosion tendency, usability or climate effects.

As a testing institute the testing is namely done according to national or international laws, standards and regulations. In addition to safe- ty, the usability and functionality of the products are becoming increasingly important to the consu- mer. To support manufacturers and distributors, in such a way that consumers truly gain something from the products and remain satisfied. Intertek goes beyond normative requirements with the testing in Fuerth.

Following an extract from an interview with Adem Durmaz:

Q: Mr Durmaz, Intertek‘s present investment in its new global furniture testing hub is apparently only the beginning. Durmaz: Yes, indeed. We firmly believe we have established such a good One Stop Shop here that the number of

requests we recei- ve - not only from the furniture branch but also from their suppliers - will grow by leaps and bounds. We are working flat out not only on developing our manpower but also on extending our machinery in terms of inno- vative testing facilities.

Q: […] A robot arm is used here for the first time in furniture testing...

Durmaz: Yes. Technology has become very ad- vanced, so testing methods also need to be de- veloped further. A movement made up of various forces is involved in opening a folding door - not just horizontal or vertical forces or a semi-circular movement. This must be taken into account in testing procedures. We simulate this with a six-axle robot arm, whereby the force used, becomes increasingly less be- cause the fittings

assist in the mo-

vement and their mechanism needs freedom to do this.

Adem Durmaz, Business Development Director Hardlines, Location Fuerth:

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