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89219-901, Joinville, SC

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Test Laboratory

   The test laboratory was implemented at TAF in 2008, in order to ensure the compliance of its products and processes and meet the requirements established by dealers.

   Seeking to handle the various requirements of its customers, currently laboratory contains equipment for executing more than 18 tests, distributed to the electrical and hydraulic products line. All this equipment was developed as per specific standards made available by customers or customers validated by the ABNT.

   The main tests which are executed internally for the products of the electrical and hydraulic line are listed in sequence:


Impact Test:  


Applied in the electricity and sanitation measurements boxes. The equipment was developed by TAF in order to check the resistance against vandalism of the body and cover.


The test specimen of 1 kg is launched on the body or cover from a height of 2 meters, representing a direct impact of 40 kg. 



Water Penetration Test (IPX3):


Applied to the electricity measurement boxes. This test aims to portray the box for meter in situations when exposed to rain, checking the presence of water inside it.


The box for meter is positioned at a distance of 50mm related to the water jet, the test lasting 10 minutes. Afterwards the cover is removed to see if there are water traces inside it.



 Glow Wire (Flammability) Test:


Applied in the electricity measurement boxes. This test aims to check the insulation of the material. A sample test specimen must be removed, fastened in the equipment and the temperature controller activated. When the established temperature is attained, the test specimen comes into contact with the glow wire for 30 seconds. After this, the flame (when existing) must be extinguished at most 30 seconds for the test to be able to be validated. In the case of dripping of the material, it must not spread flame on the silk paper positioned below the glow wire




UV Protection Additive Check Test:


Applied in the hydraulic and electricity measurement boxes. The natural polycarbonate, in the form of granules, must already contain in its composition the ultraviolet (UV) protection additive. The main function of this additive is to delay the premature aging of the cover, when it is exposed to inclement agent (in this case sunlight), besides reduce the internal temperature of the box. The evaluation procedure is very simple, positioning the cover or natural body in the light cabin, reflecting shadow at the bottom of the cabin the presence of the UV additive is found.




Torque Test:


Applied in the hydraulic and electricity measurement boxes. This test aims to show ruptures, cracks and deformation of the metallic inserts when undergoing excessive force in their installation.




Dimensional Tests:


Applied in the hydraulic and electricity measurement boxes. TAF has several measurement instruments in order to ensure the compliance of the quotas and tolerances established by the customers






Traction / Deflection Test:


Applied in the hydraulic and electricity measurement boxes. The purpose of these tests is to ensure the integrity of the unit tested when undergoing extreme situations related to its application, as for example, attempts at fraud by tearing off the cover.



Test of Resistance to High Temperature Loads:


Applied in the hydraulic measurement boxes. To execute this test, the box is placed inside the oven with a temperature of 50°C simulating the position of use, applying for 05 minutes on each one of the side surfaces the weight of 50kg or of 130 kg, in accordance with the specification. At the end the start measurement is checked to detect a possible variance of flection.



Pigment Dispersion Test:


Applied in the hydraulic and electrical measurement boxes. Laboratory analysis in order to portray the homogeneity of the raw material used in the manufacturing process of the bodies and covers of the hydraulic and electrical measurement boxes.




Pressure test in the brass sleeve:


The hydrometer boxes have in the body an injected brass sleeve, in order to interlink the connection of the sanitation dealer with the customer connection. The sleeve undergoes a pressure of 10bar applied during 24 hours, and then it is checked visually to detect possible anomalies.




AMD System Functional Test:


This test aims to complement the inspection of the product during injection and assembly, simulating the tripping of the circuit breaker in the case of a short circuit, showing the compliance of the AMD system.