Fully equiped

Sioen’s R&D centres and labs are fully equipped with the latest testing equipment. Testing for tear and breaking strength, flame retardancy, chemical resistance, water column, colour fastness, ageing and so on are all performed in-house, and Sioen can stand comparison with the world’s top research institutes in this area.

The ability to conduct flame tests (EN 367), and thermal radiation tests (EN ISO 6942) in-house has led to Sioen being one of the first European producers certified for the new EN 469:2005 standard for fire fighter clothing, and helps Sioen to play a leading role in fire retardant garments. Sioen has its own ballistic laboratory including a shooting range and evaluation equipment.

Sioen maintains impressive testing labs where products are tested for every kind of resistance relevant to their particular use: rain, wind, sub-zero temperatures (protective garments for cold storage workers among others), tear strength, UV-resistance, abrasion, ageing, crack resistance, flash fire (firefighting equipment), bullet and stab protection (protective jackets for police/military). While final testing to obtain certificates often has to be done by certified agencies, every item is first tested in-house.

In-house testing equipment

Sioen maintains impressive testing labs where products are tested for every kind of resistance relevant to their particular use. While final testing to obtain certificates oft en has to be done by certified agencies, every item is first tested in-house. Our labs can stand comparison with the best labs worldwide.

Surface conductivity
Determination of the surface conductivity of an antistatic fabric
Xenon test
Determination of the colour fastness
Wash test — home/industrial
Determination of the washing durability of the garments
Tensile strength test
Determination of mechanical performance
Martindale test
Determination of the abrasion resistance
Puncture resistance (EN 863)
Determination of mechanical performance
Spray test
Determination of the water repellency
Flame spread (ISO 15025)
Determination of the limited spread of flames
Hydrostatic pressure test
Determination of resistance to water penetration
Crumple flex test (EN ISO 7854:1997 method C)
Determination of repeated flexing resistance of waterproof material
Heat transfer flame
Determination of the heat transfer index
Heat transfer radiation
Determination of heat transfer radiation
Tear strength test
Determination of mechanical performance
Ballyflex tester (ISO 7854/B)
Determination of flex cracking resistance of waterproof material
Rain tower test (EN 14360)
Besides the selection of the materials and their water-resistant properties, the waterproofness of the seams, also the design of the garment has an important role.
Ballistic test
Stab test
Floatation test
Rotating shock bin
Chainsaw rig
Biaxial testing