Quality and testing
Quality can be broken down into different parts. As a manufacturer of explosion-proof materials you are required to provide operational management with a quality certificate in accordance with standard NEN-EN 80079 – 34. For Index Elektro, this means that our business operations are certified in accordance with ISO 9001-2015 and with ATEX and IECEx standards NEN-EN 80079.
In addition, all our products and enclosures are provided with ATEX and / or IECEx certificates. To meet the requirements of this certification, all of these products must pass a number of quality tests. All these tests are performed by us according to special protocols. These checks are in turn assessed via the quality system.
To be able to deliver quality, products and enclosures must comply with all standards, regulations, requirements of our customers and of course with the requirements set by Index Elektro.
To guarantee this quality, each individual product is exposed to a large number of tests. Part of these tests are carried out at our site in Zuidland, another part takes place at our factories worldwide. To give you an impression of this, we have highlighted a number of tests.
Impact resistance test (impact test)
The purpose of this sample is to determine whether a product can withstand an external impact. For this we drop a weight on the product from a certain height. Depending on the product and certification, both the height and weight are determined.
Mechanical lifetime test
For products with mechanical movements, it is determined how many times the movement can take place without defects. That is why we can guarantee that our limit switches can switch smoothly 8 to 10 million times.
This test determines the influence of UV radiation on the product. After the product has been exposed to UV radiation for a period of time, it is checked whether the impact resistance and the IP value have changed.
All products are visually inspected upon arrival on the basis of the required test protocols. Attention is paid to damage and deviations. After approval, vulnerable parts are immediately provided with a protection which ensures that everything remains in optimum condition during the further production process. If necessary, our laser engraving machine immediately provides the required (Ex) marking.
All products are checked again before shipment so that we can be sure that we are using the right items, the right numbers and the right address. This check is also done with a protocol that records all data. We also pay a lot of attention to the packaging of the products so that we are sure that it will arrive at the customer undamaged.