Products: Quality, Safety, Certification

Safety, environmental compatibility, quality: everything you need to know about the product testing activities of TÜV Rheinland and TÜV Rheinland LGA.

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Wearables

Wearables

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Testing fireworks

Testing fireworks

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Production of products in an textile factory in Asia

Production of products in an textile factory in Asia

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Toy testing

Toy testing

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Testing photovoltaic solar thermal collectors (PVT)

Testing photovoltaic solar thermal collectors (PVT) in TÜV Rheinland’s solar laboratory. Photo: TÜV Rheinland.

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Testing photovoltaic solar thermal collectors (PVT)

Testing photovoltaic solar thermal collectors (PVT) in TÜV Rheinland’s solar laboratory. Photo: TÜV Rheinland.

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Driving rain test bench for BIPV units

Driving rain test bench for BIPV units – overview with rain. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Driving rain test bench

Driving rain test bench for testing the leak-tightness of on-roof, transverse layout BIPV units. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Isolation testing on photovoltaic modules

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Climate Chambers for Environmental Simulations with Solar Modules

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Photovoltaics: Light-Ageing Test Stand for Thin-Film Modules

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Testing the Electrical Safety of Photovoltaic Modules in a Water Bath

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Spectral Measuring Station for Solar Modules

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Sun Simulator for Photovoltaic Modules

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Climate chamber for photovoltaic modules

A special climate chamber with UV light for the artificial aging of photovoltaic modules in TÜV Rheinland’s solar laboratory. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Tensile tests

Tensile tests: The strength of components, adhesives and connections on solar modules, for example, is tested by TÜV Rheinland at its laboratory center in Cologne. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Load testing for photovoltaic modules

Load testing for photovoltaic modules to simulate the type of heavy snow load encountered on a sloping roof. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Test stand for describing the performance of concentrated photovoltaic modules

A newly developed test stand for describing the performance of concentrated photovoltaic modules in TÜV Rheinland’s Cologne Solar Testing Center. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Solar Simulator for Concentrator Photovoltaic Modules

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Light string's temperature rise testing

Light bulbs that still work can overheat due to burnt out ones, resulting in a high danger of fire and injury. Another effect is a drastic increase of the light string's power consumption. Experts from TÜV Rheinland simulate the failure of single light bulbs and measure the light string's temperature rise. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Thermal image roof solar collector

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Testing inverter photovoltaics on a house

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Solarlab Cologne mechanical load

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Testing of sunglasses

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Testing of sunglasses

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Testing of contamination in textiles in the chemical laboratory

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Testing of office chairs

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Playground testing

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Playground testing

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Checking of fitness equipment

Checking that fitness equipment is maintained in proper condition is an essential part of the testing of fitness centres. Only when a fitness centre fulfils all the criteria is it certified with the TÜV Rheinland “Prae Fit” seal of fitness. With over 400 gyms and studios having passed its tests, TÜV Rheinland is one of Germany’s leading certifiers of fitness centres. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Checking of fitness equipment

Fitness centres have to comply with an extensive catalogue of tests in order to receive a TÜV Rheinland test mark. In addition to the proper condition and safety of the equipment, TÜV Rheinland focuses on the qualifications of the employees, the quality and emergency management of the centre as well as hygiene. Only when all test criteria are up to standard is the fitness centre awarded the TÜV Rheinland “Prae Fit” seal. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Test of Water Toys

Tests of water toys at TÜV Rheinland in 2010: The experts purchased inflatable water toys and air mattresses directly on the beaches of holiday resorts, and then tested them. Of the 88 tested products, 43 articles are not permitted to be sold within the European Union, because they do not fulfil the applicable safety requirements. For 29 products, the greatest problem is the high concentration of plasticisers.

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Test of Water Toys

"Dummy test" at TÜV Rheinland: Swim seat rings for babies are classified as swimming teaching aids and as personal protective equipment. Therefore, they are not permitted to be designed as water toys – otherwise, they are forbidden to be sold in the European Union. Amongst other things, permissible swim seats for small children must offer increased security against capsizing, provide evidence that children can be freed if they tip over, must demonstrate a clear size system organised by age group and body weight, and most importantly, must display warning information for parents that the child must remain under constant supervision.

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Toy Testing

With more than 100,000 inspections and tests of toys annually, TÜV Rheinland is one of the leading testing houses for toys worldwide. Not only does toy testing take place in the German laboratories, but also in 20 locations in Hong Kong and China. The tests include both chemical tests – with regard to plasticisers, for example – as well as physical and mechanical inspections.

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Durability Testing of Leisure Appliances

In order to ensure that air beds do not already lose air on their first trip to the swimming pool or beach, TÜV Rheinland experts put airbeds through their paces – in terms of quality and safety. The stitching is loaded with weights in order to test its tear strength. However, the experts at TÜV Rheinland advise that air beds should never be used as swimming aids, in deep water or without supervision.

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Purchase of Inflatable Bathing Articles

TÜV Rheinland test of inflatable bathing articles in summer 2010: the test purchases were made in Italy, the Netherlands and France.

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Purchase of Inflatable Bathing Articles

TÜV Rheinland test of inflatable bathing articles in summer 2010: the test purchases were made in Italy, the Netherlands and France.

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Weighing out Samples on a Precision Balance

Before identifying the isotopic signature of samples, they need to be weighed out on a precision balance. The analysis is a scientific means of accurately locating the country of origin of foodstuffs, for example.

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Testing of Entertainment Electronics

Testing of entertainment electronics: In the TÜV Rheinland Group’s testing laboratories in Japan and Germany, electronic entertainment devices and communications technology are tested for their suitability for use, EMC and electrical safety. When testing televisions, the quality of reception, picture quality, colour quality and the audio capabilities of the appliances are examined.

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Safety Tests for Jogging Prams

The European safety standard EN 1888 is a uniform set of safety requirements and test methods for prams which is valid across Europe. These are tested meticulously by the experts at TÜV Rheinland in order to transport small children safely in prams. For example, measurements and weight are painstakingly inspected and prams are put through a practical test in order to inspect quality and safety.

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Acoustic Laboratory

In TÜV Rheinland’s testing laboratories, experts also measure the noise characteristics of products as shown here in Yokohama, Japan and check that they adhere to permitted maximum values.

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Endurance Tests

Products also have to successfully pass a constant load test in the TÜV Rheinland test laboratories. For example, suitcases are transported a distance of 15 kilometres on a jolt-ramming machine for around three and a half hours in order to check whether the wheels can withstand high loads on a day by day basis.

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Testing Entertainment Electronics

When testing entertainment electronics, the product experts from TÜV Rheinland and TÜV Rheinland LGA focus on electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility and suitability for use. In the case of televisions, the reception properties and picture quality are tested for colour units, contrast, geometry and resolution.

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Product Tests Worldwide

The TÜV Rheinland experts check products for safety and quality across the globe. The company operates large product testing laboratories in China, Japan, Germany and Hungary. Products which have been tested can be identified by the GS “Safety tested“ label, by the ToxProof seal for products which are low in hazardous substances or by the quality certificate from TÜV Rheinland LGA.

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Solar power plants

Experts of TÜV Rheinland escorts the construction and operation of solar power plants worldwide.

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Thermographic measurement of solar power plants

TÜV Rheinland tests and certifies solar power plants for investors and project partners around the world. The experts, who have many years of experience in this field, certify the bankability of plants on the basis of a comprehensive and innovative list of criteria. The purpose of the certificate is to give investors and plant operators maximum transparency and safety for top-quality, state-of-the-art photovoltaic systems, and therefore for profitable, safe and long-term operation. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Test stand for photovoltaic spectral measurement

For manufacturers of crystalline and thin-film photovoltaic modules, TÜV Rheinland can now measure the spectral sensitivity and quantum efficiency of photovoltaic modules. A new spectral measuring station has been specially set up for this purpose in the solar testing centre in Cologne. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Light-ageing test stand for thin-film solar modules

TÜV Rheinland operates a number of light-soaking test stands for thin-film modules. Light-ageing is required as part of the design certification for terrestrial thin-film photovoltaic modules in accordance with IEC 61646 to make the rated output of modules comparable. Photo: TÜV Rheinland

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Hailstorm Test

At TÜV Rheinland's testing centres, solar modules are subjected to a whole lot of tests, including a simulated hailstorm test, to see whether a violent thunderstorm might cause damage to them or even make them break.

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Module Fracture Test

Solar module testing also involves a fracture test, which simulates the impact of falling objects. This test determines whether there is any risk of injury caused by falling fragments. The impactor used weighs 45.5 kg.

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Sun Simulator

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