Doors, gates and accessories: The testing laboratory of the MPA NRW as competence centre

In the sphere of doors, gates and accessories the clients like to use the MPA NRW as competence centre. Besides the offered tests of permanent operability, smoke tightness, fire resistance, sound and thermal insulation that are also offered as full package, the personal contact to the client is becoming increasingly important. Since the European regulations harmonisation the approval regulations for door manufacturers have become more complicated. The standard EN 13241-1 alone refers to over twenty further standards. The clients are glad when the MPA NRW keeps track of this for them. As a result, they save time and money when they introduce their products to the market. The offered testing services cover all tests required by EN 13241-1 and in addition also voluntary tests like burglar retardant features on doors, gates and accessories.

The MPA NRW tests single-leaf doors, sliding doors, lifting doors, roller doors, revolving doors, multifunctional doors and door accessories.

In order to test components exposed to extraordinary climatic conditions the MPA NRW possesses a climatic chamber with a temperature range of minus 70 to plus 70 degrees centigrade. The dimensions of the chamber: width 5 meters, length 6 meters and height 4 meters.

The department of the MPA NRW has been accredited by the highest building authority as a centre for testing, surveillance and certification. It has been accredited by the DAkkS according to ISO/IEC 17025. It has also been accredited as testing centre for smoke control doors, protective armours and burglar retardant doors by DIN CERTCO. For this product field the MPA NRW has also been accredited as a centre for product certification by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS) - it is the national accreditation body for the Federal Republic of Germany, with headquarters in Berlin - according to DIN EN 45011.