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Testing

Abrasion Resistance ASTMD-460

The Taber abrasion test is used to gauge the amount of abuse our anodize and powder coat finishes will handle before wearing through. The Taber machine employs rotating wheels that abrade the finish while recording the number of cycles required to grind through it. The number of cycles that it takes to grind through the finish is recorded by the machine. All aspects of the test and protocol are documented and supervised by an independent architectural testing company at the C/S R&D facility.

Slip Resistance ASTMD-2047

All C/S tread inserts are tested and approved for slip resistance in wet and dry conditions. The James Machine utilizes a nitrile rubber sole to duplicate real world scenarios. The ASTM standard deems finishes with a rating of 0.5 or greater to be slip resistant. The ADA recommends a rating of 0.60 or greater for accessible routes. All aspects of the testing and protocol are documented and supervised by an independent architectural testing company.

Cleaning Effectiveness

While there is no ASTM standard for this particular test, C/S Research & Development has created a “real world” test apparatus to quantify how effectively entrance products remove soil and moisture from shoes. The test requires that personnel step through a tray of dirt and travel six paces across the entrance system. The apparatus is comprised of eleven sections that are removed and weighed before and after each test. All C/S entrance products have been tested in various combinations and have proven that they remove up to 98.6% of dirt from shoes on an eighteen foot system.

Rolling Load

The failure of mats and grids in certain markets has highlighted the need for an applicable test to establish how much weight an entrance product can handle when a wheeled load is applied. C/S R&D has developed an apparatus that can apply up to a 1000-pound wheel load to any entrance sample. A solid 5" diameter, polyurethane wheel is rolled on the sample for 1000 passes after which the sample is inspected for damage. It should show no signs of permanent deflection nor damage to the rails. While this is not an ASTM test, R&D has had the test and protocol witnessed and certified by an outside architectural testing agency.