Monthly Archive: October 2015
Quality assurance of any product is an integral part of its production in the market. The reliability and functional purpose of it depends on how effective and accurate the quality testing is done. It can somehow be reflected to when someone bought a dozen of chocolate for an expensive price. No one would buy chocolates that are so costly unless he is sure that they are the best chocolates in town and everybody who has tasted them testifies to the deliciousness they offer. This is what a company should aim for; a product that sells itself. And this can only be done if a product’s marketed functionality is what the consumer will experience. For fireproof safes, the basic testing standards are UL testing rate and impact testing rate.
UL or Underwriters Laboratories is a non-profit association that tests vast numbers of industrialized products to guarantee they perform to an assured standard. To ensure that the manufacturer stick to the standard, the UL will implement unexpected assessments at the manufacturing sites, usually directed numerous times per year. Mounting a safe without a UL mark could be deliberated as unrefined laxity in some groups. It may disrupt insurance criteria or government protocols. In fireproofsafes, a UL listing specifies the standard protection the fireproof safe provides its contents when exposed to fire. The safe is intended to several test situations that will eventually uncoverall edges to a fire. This is being done by placing the safe in a furnace that heats all sides to the temperature surroundings itemized in the assessment standard.
Evidently, UL testing is composed of three different listings to examine and record the equipment used for heat protection on fireproofsafes. These are namely class 350-rated safes, class 150-rate safes, and class 125-rated safes. The UL class 350-rated safes are precisely aimed to protect paper archives. It can either have 1-hour or 2-hour fire rating. The 350 rating means that when the safe is bare to exterior temperatures over 1700°then the interior temperature will not surpass to 350°depending on its customized time limit capacity. The 150-rated safes on the other hand, are made to shield out media stuff like magnetic tapes and photographic films. It’s referred to as 150 since it maintains the interior temperature of the safe until 150° when exposed to 1700° exterior heat temperature. Lastly, the 125-rated safes only differs to the other classes in which 125° interior temperature is its maximum limit whenever exposed to 1700° exterior. This class type specializes in maintaining and storing data safes such as computer disks, and other microfiche products. Both 150 and 125 safe ratings have 1-hour and 2-hour classifications like the one indicated for the 350 safe rating.
An additional impact testing has being conducted along with the mentioned UL rated testing standard. This is because during fire situations, building breakdownscan frequently occur. So it is reasonable to also test, if the safe will be able to withstand the impact when such disasters happen. For a safe to be branded “Impact Rated” it is heated to 1550 °F in a furnace, elevated three floors and then plunged into a mound of bricks and then reverted back to the furnace and reheated. In order to achieve the impact rating requirements, heat inside the tested safe shouldn’t increase above 350 °F and the sample papers or materials left inside must still be clear and undamaged.
These are the most common safe standards that manufacturers need to undergo to satisfy and prove the efficiency of their products. On the other hand, consumers may use these labels as their initial basis whenever choosing and purchasing fireproofsafes.