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Accreditations and approvals

Accreditations and approvals

Traditionally, imat-uve has various accreditations, certifications and OEM approvals, which ensure a norm-compatible and reliable order processing.

On top of successful re-accreditations on a regular basis, imat constantly broadens testing capabilities within a flexible scope. Recently with emissions and paint testing to name just two.

This means that imat has been approved by the German accreditation body “DAkkS” within set limits to independently include new testing procedures in our existing accredited portfolio, thus enabling us to quickly react to market requirements.  

Accreditations

Accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 Germany

  • All locations in Germany
  • Scope:
    • selected tests of airborne organic pollutants in the context of indoor air measurements and test chamber analysis
    • selected physical, physico-chemical and chemical tests of raw materials, pre- and end products as well as component parts of the automotive industry, in particular of polymeric materials and products from renewable raw materials
    • temperature, humidity, solar simulation (halogenide spotlight), hot light aging, mechanical continuous stress as well as in their combination environmental simulation tests (qualification tests) and measurements of length, brightness, color and force and three-dimensional deformation and change of pre- and end products as well as component parts of the automotive industry
    • implementation of functional tests of sports, protection and technology of synthetic turf coverings and synthetic turf systems
    • specific tests of plastics and textiles

 

Accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025 Shanghai

  • Location Shanghai (China)

 

Accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025 Shenyang

  • Location Shenyang (China)
  • Scope:
    • Colour fastness against ageing caused by environmental influences of laquer- or other material surfaces, textiles, components and component constituents, predominantly for the use in motor vehicle interior.
    • Environmental tests with temperature, humidity, solar simulation and in combination (qualification tests) on pre- and end-products as well as automobile industry components.
    • Photogrammetry
    • Shaker and vibration tests
    • Stiffness / peel strength

 

Accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025 Atlanta, GA

  • Location Atlanta, GA (USA)
  • Scope:
    • The tests listed in the certificate relate to odor and emissions, color, gloss, climate tests/aging and mechanical abrasion and strain.

 

Certification according to ISO 9001

  • Location in Mönchengladbach
  • Scope:
    • Design, development and testing along the complete process chain in the field of technical product, esp. automotive, aircraft and mobility as well as training and supply of personnel for the technical Industry

 

Certification according to VDA 6.2

  • Location in Mönchengladbach
  • Scope:
    • Design, development and testing along the complete process chain in the field of technical product

 

Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Taiwan

Certification according to Vehicle Safety Certification Center (Taiwan)

  • Location in Mönchengladbach (Germany)
  • Scope:
    • Flammability tests

 

OEM-Approvals

BMW

Emissions

  • GS 97014-2 Emissions measurement in SHED chambers (CARB test)
    • D- Mönchengladbach, D- Stuttgart, CH- Shanghai
  • GS 97014-3 Emissions measurement with air exchange in a testing chamber (summer test)
    • D- Mönchengladbach, D- Stuttgart, CH- Shanghai
  • BGI 505-23 Determination of N-nitrosamines
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • VDA 278 Organic emissions using thermal desorption-GC-MSD
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • AA-0061 Determination of formaldehyd emission
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • VDA 270 Determination of the odor characteristics of trim materials in motor vehicles
    • D- Mönchengladbach

Environmental simulations

  • BMW PR 306.5 Solar simulation for trim parts
    • D- Heimsheim

Daimler AG

Opel

Emissions

  • GMW 3205 Test Method for Determining the Resistance to Odor Propagation of Int. Materials
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • GMW 3235 Fogging Characteristics of Trim Materials
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • GMW 8081 Static Headspace GC-MS for Interior Materials
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • GMW 15634 Determination of Volatile and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds from vehicle Interior Materials
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • GMW 15635 Determination of Aldehyde and Ketone Emission from Interior Materials (HPLC)
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • GMW 14236 Determination of the Release of Formaldehyde f. Molded Parts for the Vehicle Interior
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • ISO 12219-4 Interior air of road vehicles--Part 4: Method for the determination of the emissions and volatile organic compounds from vehicle interior parts and materials-- Small chamber method.
    • D- Mönchengladbach, CH- Shanghai

Test of materials

  • GMW 14695 Determining the cohesive strength of felts and similar materials
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • GMW 3013 General Requirements for Handling of Technical Terms of Delivery for Plastics
    • D- Mönchengladbach

PSA

Burning

  • D45 1333 Index K
    • D- Mönchengladbach

VW

VW-Certification for D- Mönchengladbach and D- Heimsheim (german)

VW-Certifikation for CH- Shanghai (german)

VW-Certification for US- Marietta (german)

Emissions

According to emission norm VW 50180, valid until 2020

  • PV 3015 Determination of the fogging characteristics (Fogging G)
    • D- Mönchengladbach, US- Marietta, CH- Shanghai
  • PV 3341 MS/FID - Determination of emission of organic compounds (TVOC with HS-GC-FID/MSD)
    • D- Mönchengladbach, US- Marietta, CH- Shanghai
  • PV 3900 Odor/ Odor Leather
    • D- Mönchengladbach, CH- Shanghai
  • PV 3925 Measuring emissions of formaldehyde
    • D- Mönchengladbach, CH- Shanghai

Test of materials

  • VW 50105 Upholstery Cover Materials - basic requirements
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3965 Decorative Surfaces on and in the Vehicle - Visual Color Matching according to DIN EN ISO 3668
    • CH- Shanghai
  • PV 3.14.7 Farben und Lacke- Steinschlagbeständigkeit- DIN EN ISO 20567-1
    • US- Marietta
  • PV 2034 Non-metallic planar materials - Floating roller peel test
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3353 Vehicle interior trim surfaces - Soiling and cleaning behavior
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3361 Upholstery materials - Wear and external pilling characteristics - Velcro closure test
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3928 Planar fabrics of the vehicle interior trim - Determination of external pilling on automobile upholstery fabrics
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3363 Elastomerdichtungen- Prüfung der bleibenden Verformung
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3364 Elastomerdichtungen- Prüfung der Presskraft
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3365 Elastomerdichtungen- Prüfung der Presskraft
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3410 PUR-soft foam - test methods
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3427 PUR-soft foam - Elasticity
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 6720 Sitz- und Lehnenkissen aus PUR-Weichschaumstoff- Visuelle Oberflächenprüfung
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3909 Non metallic planar materials - Measurement of static and permanent elongation
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3931 Hardness testing - PUR integral foam - Steering wheel rim
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3951 Bitumenfolien- Prüfung der Magnethaftung
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3952 Plastic interior components - Testing of scratch resistance (followed by color measurement)
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3961 Upholstery Fabric - Velcro test
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3965 Decorative Surfaces on and in the Vehicle - Visual Color Matching according to DIN EN ISO 3668
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3971 Entdröhnungsbeläge- Bestimmung der Kältehaftung
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3974 Kunststoff-Innenraumbauteile- Bestimmung der Schreibfestigkeit von spritzblanken genarbten Oberflächen im Fahrzeuginterieur
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3330 Elastomer Runddichtringe- Druckverformungsrest (Bleibende Verformung)
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3906 Non-metallic planar fabrics - Testing of abrasion behavior
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3964 Surfaces in the passenger compartment - Testing of cream resistance
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3970 Determination of the potential for mold growth
    • D- Mönchengladbach

Burning

  • TL 1010 Materials for vehicle interiors - Burning behavior, material requirements
    • CH- Shanghai, D- Mönchengladbach

Environmental simulation

  • PV 1200 Vehicle parts - Testing of resistance to environmental cycle test
    • D- Heimsheim
  • PV 2005 Vehicle parts - Testing of resistance to environmental cycle test
    • D- Mönchengladbach, NL D- Heimsheim
  • PV 3905 Organic materials - Ball drop test
    • D- Mönchengladbach
  • PV 3966 PP Components - White cracking properties (Ball drop test)
    • D- Mönchengladbach

Weathering

  • PV 1303 Non-metallic materials - Exposure test of passenger compartment components
    • D- Heimsheim
  • PV 3929 Non-metallic materials - Weathering in dry, hot climate
    • D- Heimsheim
  • PV 3930 Non-Metallic materials - Weathering in moist, hot climate
    • D- Heimsheim

Memberships

  • Various DIN-committees
  • Various VDA-workshops
  • GUS / Gesellschaft für Umweltsimulation (company of environmental simulations)
  • VUP/ Verband unabhängiger Prüflaboratorien e.V. (the German Association of Independent Testing Laboratories)
  • Programming committee of the workshop “Emissions and odors of plastics” at University Kassel
  • DIN-Member
  • VDA-Member
  • Programme committee Dornbirn-GFC / Global Fibre Congress