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American National Safety Institute (ANSI)

The American National Safety Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit membership organization that manages and regulates the development of voluntary safety standards for products and systems in the United States. Founded in 1918, ANSI and its members have laid the groundwork for national standardization and assessment frameworks in industries encompassing…

Association for Contract Textiles (ACT)

The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) is a not-for-profit trade association that represents corporations and individuals that design, produce, sell, and use textiles for commercial interiors. Founded in 1985, the organization has four membership categories: Principals members or textile wholesalers to the interior design industry Associate members or manufacturers of…

ASTM C1027 Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample ASTM C1027 Visual Abrasion Resistance of Glazed Ceramic Tile The ASTM C1027 test method is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures abrasion resistance of the surface of glazed ceramic tiles. The scope of testing involves abrading the surface of…

ASTM C1243 Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample ASTM C1243 Resistance to Deep Abrasive Wear of Unglazed Ceramic Tile by Rotating Disc The ASTM C1243 test method is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures the potential resistance to wear of unglazed ceramic tiles for floor applications. This…

ASTM C241 Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample The ASTM C241 test method is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures the potential resistance to wear caused by foot traffic for stones of all types including granite, limestone, marble, and sandstone. This test is used when assessing the…

ASTM C501 Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample ASTM C501 Resistance to Wear of Unglazed Ceramic Tile by the Taber Abraser The ASTM C501 test method is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures the potential resistance to wear of unglazed ceramic tiles using a taber abraser. The…

ASTM D2486 Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample ASTM D2486 Scrub Resistance of Wall Paints The ASTM D2486 test method is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures the resistance of paints to erosion caused by scrubbing. This test is used when assessing the potential durability of wall…

ASTM D3389 Taber Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample ASTM D3389 Coated Fabrics Abrasion Resistance (Rotary Platform Abrader) The ASTM D3389 test is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures a coated fabric’s ability to withstand abrasion using the rotary platform abrader method. Abrasion resistance testing is one of…

ASTM D3884 Taber Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample The ASTM D3884 test is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures a coated fabric’s ability to withstand abrasion using the rotary platform method with two abraders. Abrasion resistance testing is one of several components used when assessing the durability…

ASTM D4060 Taber Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample The ASTM D4060 test is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures the abrasion resistance of coatings applied to a rigid surface, such as paints, varnishes, stains, and other coatings. The scope of testing involves mounting a test specimen flatly…

ASTM D4157 Wyzenbeek Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample ASTM D4157 Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Oscillatory Cylinder Method) The ASTM D4157 test method is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures a textile’s ability to withstand abrasion using the oscillatory cylinder method. Named after the inventor of the…

ASTM D4966 Martindale Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample The ASTM D4966 test method is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures a textile’s ability to withstand abrasion using the Martindale method. Named after the inventor of the testing machine, this test method is often referred to as the…

ASTM D5252 Wear Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample ASTM D5252 Operation of the Hexapod Tumble Drum Tester The ASTM D5252 test method is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures a carpet’s surface appearance retention using the hexapod tumble drum. This test is one of several components used…

ASTM D7255 Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample ASTM D7255 Abrasion Resistance for Leather (Rotary Platform, Abraser Method) The ASTM D7255 test method is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures a leather’s ability to withstand abrasion using the rotary platform abrader method. Abrasion resistance testing is one…

ASTM E1353 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The ASTM E1353 Cigarette Ignition Resistance of Components of Upholstered Furniture is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that assesses the combustion resistance of upholstered furniture components when exposed to smoldering cigarettes. Furniture components that this test method applies to are…

ASTM E648 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The ASTM E648 test is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures the fire resistance of interior floor coverings that are exposed to a flaming ignition source in a graded radiant heat energy test chamber. This test simulates a scenario…

ASTM E662 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The ASTM E662 Specific Optical Density of Smoke Generated by Solid Materials test is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures the visual density of smoke generated by a burning or smoldering material. Results obtained from this test are used…

ASTM E84 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample ASTM E84 Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials The ASTM E84 test is a standard of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that measures the burning properties, or fire resistance, of building materials that may be exposed to flames using the Steiner tunnel chamber…

CAL 117-2013 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 The California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 is a California fire safety law that measures the smolder resistance of cover fabrics, barrier materials, filling materials, and decking materials used in upholstered furniture when exposed to a lighted cigarette. There are four sections of test…

CAN/ULC-S102 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The CAN/ULC-S102 Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials and Assemblies test is the Canadian standard for the relative surface burning characteristics of interior finish materials, products, and assemblies used in building construction. Results obtained from this test are used by code officials in the acceptance of…

CAN/ULC-S104 Flammability

The CAN/ULC-S104 Fire Tests for Door Assemblies test is the Canadian standard for measuring fire resistance of door assemblies and individual components like doors, frames, hardware, glazing materials, and other parts.…

CAN/ULC-S109 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The CAN/ULC-S109 Flame-Resistant Fabrics and Films test is the Canadian standard for measuring burning characteristics of fabrics and films that are flame-resistant either inherently or with the addition of a chemical treatment. Results obtained from this test are used by code officials in the acceptance of…

Colorfastness to Light ACT Icon

Explore Materials and Sample The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) is a non-profit trade association that sets up industrial standards related to contract fabrics. Their guidelines specify the testing that is necessary for a textile to be certified depending on its construction and intended use. The lightfastness test is examined…

FAR 25.853 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The FAR 25.253 is a standard of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for determining the flammability of aircraft seat cushions that serves as a source of guidance when complying with the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR). The purpose is to establish maximum burn rate for materials used…

Federal Specification CCC-W-408D

Federal Specification CCC-W-408D is a series of standard performance tests established by the General Services Admiration (GSA) to determine the physical properties of vinyl coated wallcoverings. Compliance with this standard—or series of tests—is one of several components used when developing suitable wallcoverings for manufacture, as well as assessing the suitability…

Flammability ACT Icon

Explore Materials and Sample The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) is a non-profit trade association that sets up industrial standards related to contract fabrics. Their guidelines specify the tests that are necessary for a textile to be certified depending on its construction and intended use. The flammability test examines how…

FMVSS 302

Explore Materials and Sample The FMVSS 302 test is a standard of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) for evaluating flammability of materials as conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, a faction of the U.S. Department of Transportation). Results obtained from this test are used by…

High Traffic Abrasion ACT Icon

Explore Materials and Sample The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) is a non-profit trade association that sets up industrial standards related to contract fabrics. Their guidelines specify the tests that are necessary for a textile to be certified depending on its construction and intended use. The abrasion test examines the…

IIC Rating

IIC, or Impact Insulation Class, is an acoustical rating that measures the sound insulation and transmission of impact noise, such as vibrations or footsteps, on a floor-ceiling assembly. The IIC rating of a floor product is expressed using whole numbers and is based on the entire assembly on which it…

IMO A.471 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The IMO A.471 certification is the International Maritime Organization’s criteria for the flame resistance of vertically supported textiles and films, including curtains, draperies, and other free-hanging fabric. Certification can also be done through IMO A.563. The scope of testing involves subjecting a vertically oriented test specimen…

IMO A.563 Flammability

The IMO A.563 certification is the International Maritime Organization’s criteria for the flame resistance of vertically supported textiles and films, including curtains, draperies, and other free-hanging fabric that have qualities of fire resistance equal to or better than those of wool with a mass of 0.8kg/m2. This certification can also…

IMO A.652 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The IMO A.652 certification is the International Maritime Organization’s criteria for the flame resistance of upholstered composites for seating, and it is suitable for testing products on ships sailing in International Waters. It was created for the specific purpose of testing the ignitability of seating materials,…

IMO A.653 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The IMO A.653 certification is the International Maritime Organization’s criteria for the surface flammability of bulkhead, ceiling, and deck finish materials, and it is suitable for testing products on ships sailing in international waters. It was created for the specific purpose of testing the ignitability of…

IS0 12947-2 Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample The ISO 12947-2 Abrasion Resistance of Fabrics by the Martindale Method is a standard of the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) that determines a textile’s ability to withstand abrasion using the Martindale method. This test method is used for wovens and nonwovens but is not used…

ISO 10361 Wear Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample The ISO 10361 Vettermann Drum Test is a standard of the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) that determines the surface appearance retention of textile floor coverings using the hexapod tumbler. This test is one of several components used when assessing the potential performance of carpet products…

ISO 10545-6 Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample The ISO 10545-6 Deep Abrasion Tester for Ceramic Tile is a standard of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that determines the resistance to deep abrasion for unglazed ceramic tiles used for flooring. The test involves exposing a rotating steel disk to the surface of the…

ISO 10545-7 Abrasion Resistance

Explore Materials and Sample The ISO 10545-7 Resistance to Surface Abrasion for Glazed Tiles is a standard of the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) that determines the resistance to surface abrasion of glazed ceramic tiles used for flooring. The test method involves exposing the glazed ceramic tile sample to steel…

Janka Hardness

The Janka hardness test is used to determine the strength of wood by measuring the resistance to denting and wear. The test method was developed by Gabriel Janka in 1906 and measures the force needed to embed a 11.28mm steel ball haft its depth into the sample of wood. In…

Low Traffic Abrasion ACT Icon

Explore Materials and Sample The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) is a non-profit trade association that sets up industrial standards related to contract fabrics. Their guidelines specify the tests that are necessary for a textile to be certified depending on its construction and intended use. The abrasion test examines the…

Mohs Hardness Scale

The Mohs hardness scale is a scratch resistance test that can be applied to various minerals. It was created in 1812 by German geologist Friedrich Mohs and is one of several tests used to document mineral hardness. Minerals are rated on a scale of one through ten with each number…

NFPA 260 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The NFPA 260 test is a standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that measures the burning properties, or fire resistance, of upholstered furniture that may be exposed to cigarette ignition. Furniture components that this test method applies to include cover fabrics, interior fabrics, welt…

NFPA 265 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The NFPA 265 Room Fire Growth Contribution of Textile or Expanded Vinyl Wall Coverings on Full Height Panels and Walls test is a standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that measures flammability characteristics of wall materials for building interiors. This test method is also…

NFPA 286 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The NFPA 286 Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire Growth test is a standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that measures flammability characteristics of wall and ceiling materials for building interiors. This test method is also referred to as the…

NFPA 701 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The NFPA 701 test is a standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that measures the flame resistant properties of textiles and films when exposed to an open flame. Results obtained from this test are used by code officials in the acceptance of materials for…

NRC Rating

NRC or Noise Reduction Coefficient is an acoustical rating that takes the average measurement of a material’s ability to absorb sound. It is measured on a scale from zero—indicating that no sound is absorbed and is considered reflective—to one, which indicates all sound is absorbed and is considered absorptive. Measurements…

Physical Properties ACT Icon

Explore Materials and Sample The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) is a non-profit trade association that sets up industrial standards related to contract fabrics. Their guidelines specify the tests that are necessary for a textile to be certified depending on its construction and intended use. The ACT icon for physical…

TARR Rating

Explore Materials and Sample The Texture Appearance Retention Rating (TARR) assesses a carpet’s durability in a commercial setting. Setting up samples to be tested in environments that simulate everyday foot traffic in commercial settings, the longer a carpet remains tufted in its original shape the higher its rating will be…

UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories)

UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories), founded in 1894, is an independent safety science company and standards developer that promotes the production and use of products that are physically and environmentally safe. It seeks to advance the living and working conditions for people, through the application of science, hazard-based safety engineering, and…

UL 1286

Explore Materials and Sample The UL 1286 Safety Standard for Office Furnishings is a test standard of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) that determines if office furnishings that incorporate an electrical distribution system meet necessary electrical, flammability, and safety requirements in accordance with the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70. Office furnishing manufacturers…

UL 723 Flammability

Explore Materials and Sample The UL 723 Surface Burning Characteristic of Building Materials test is a standard of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) that measures the burning properties, or fire resistance, of building materials that may be exposed to flames. Results obtained from this test are used by code officials in the…

Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC)

The Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC) is a board of furniture manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers that conduct research and implement standards on cigarette resistant upholstering methods. The UFAC certification informs consumers that the upholstered product is in accordance with the most recent UFAC methods and passes the test method set…

Wet & Dry Crocking ACT Icon

Explore Materials and Sample The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) is a non-profit trade association that sets up industrial standards related to contract fabrics. Their guidelines specify the tests that are necessary for a textile to be certified depending on its construction and intended use. Crocking is examined by determining…