Warringtonfire invests in calorimetry prediction software package

London, UK – September 08, 2020 – Independent fire-testing company Warringtonfire, which is part of the Element Group, is now offering a service to predict intermediate scale Single Burning Item (SBI) test results using the small scale Cone Calorimeter test. 

Warringtonfire’s new capability follows a recent investment in a state of the art Cone Calorimeter and a predictive software package at its Warrington, UK laboratory, and is a response to the introduction of the European harmonised Reaction to Fire classification system. 

In cases where the new classification system requires SBI testing, there can be a need to test medium scale specimens of up to 1500mm x 1000mm, but this can be impractical at the R&D stage because of production and shipping costs for that size; and because some specimens that scale can’t be manufactured during the R&D phase. Instead, Warringtonfire’s test and predictive software approach utilizes specimens measuring 100mm x 100mm and provides a method of predicting a FIGRA and THR result that can be compared to the classification parameters in EN 13501-1 for construction products, excluding floorings and linear pipe thermal insulation. 

Rob Veitch, EVP of Fire & Building Products at Element, said: “This cost effective tool is based on extensive research by Warringtonfire’s engaged experts, with further work being conducted to validate the predictive tool using our test equipment. 

“As we see European testing begin to take precedent over historical British Standard tests, this service provides our customers with an excellent way to predict likely performance without investing in manufacturing that could be expensive or difficult to produce specimens. This new package will allow our customers to perform extensive research programs, without compromising on product variations, to ensure that value engineering is maximized.” 

Warringtonfire offers a comprehensive range of impartial and independent fire safety services that are a globally respected mark of quality assurance. From developing fire safety design strategies, through testing and certification of passive fire protection products, to inspection, commissioning and certification of completed projects, Warringtonfire can help with all aspects of fire safety.



About Warringtonfire 

Warringtonfire, part of the Element Group, specializes in providing a comprehensive range of independent fire testing, assessment, engineering and certification services to international markets from a network of accredited sites across the globe including Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. 

We exist to help our customers to make certain that the materials, products and systems that they make are safe, quality, compliant and ultimately fit for purpose, leveraging our 40 years of testing experience and our global testing capabilities. 

About Element 

Element is one of the world’s leading independent providers of materials and product qualification testing, inspection and certification services to the global Aerospace; Transportation & Industrials; Energy; and Fire & Building Products sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option. 

On December 31, 2019 Element acquired PCTEST, significantly scaling Element’s position in the high growth connected technology and IoT end markets, to provide leading global technology customers with wireless device and application testing and certification services through laboratories in the US, Japan  and Korea. 

We exist to help our customers make certain that their materials, products and systems are safe, quality, compliant and ultimately fit for purpose, leveraging almost 200 years of testing experience and our global testing capabilities.  

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