Cable and pipe seal provider Roxtec has more than doubled its fire resistance testing capacity with the commissioning of a new laboratory. The new facility creates conditions for continuous development of safety products.
The fire lab is located at the Roxtec headquarters in Karlskrona, Sweden. It plays a key role in the product development and pre-certification process for the sealing solutions. Roxtec engineers and technicians can prepare the tests in the new lab with exactness. Every test object must be tested as an entire system in a realistic environment. The test object is built, with transit installations in walls, bulkheads, floors or decks, and attached to the furnace. The process is followed closely and monitored via computers in the control room.
Customers and classification society representatives can be invited to witness tests from the observation room. The tests verify the seals’ maintenance of integrity and insulation in accordance with strict standards. The results are helpful for both customers and engineers.
“Our new fire lab fulfills the three goals of the investment,” said Mikael Helmerson, CEO of Roxtec. “It provides a very good working environment and has a state-of-the art purification system taking care of the emissions from the test furnace. It also increases our capacity so that we can support our product development and our customers in the best way possible.”