Needle Flame Test Apparatus is the commonly used equipment for testing solid insulating material for fire hazard testing. This test apparatus is covered in IEC 60695-11-5 and commonly referred for various devices in many standards such as IEC 60335-1, IEC 60695-11-3, IEC 60695-11-10, IEC 60695-2-2, IEC 60598-1, IEC 60512-20-1, IEC 60749-32, ASTM D635-18, UL 94, UL 1694, BS 6458, and IS 11000-2-2.
The SCR ELEKTRONIKS Needle Flame Test Apparatus is designed to cover all the referring standards in addition to IEC 60695 – 11 – 5 and UL 94. The entire operation is automatic and there is zero room for sequence error because the micro-controller based dedicated PLC is pre-programmed as per IEC suggested sequence. It’s built using extruded aluminum so as to ensure better aesthetics. All the parts & workmanship is conservative and built to last as per our tradition in test equipment since 1975. We provide parts for the entire life of the equipment which is why leading companies such as Philips, TUV, NRTC, Nemko, Whirlpool, CSIR, BIS, Intertek, Franke Faber, Panasonic and other leading companies depend on SCR Needle Flame Test Apparatus for certification & conformity assessment.
As per IEC 60695-11-5 (Test Flames – Needle Flame Test Method – Apparatus, Confirmatory Test Arrangement and Guidance), the test specimen is arranged in a position of normal use such that ignition is most likely to occur during the test. The test flame (12 mm±1mm) is applied to the surface of test specimen and removed after the specified time. In case of ignition of the test specimen the duration of burning is measured. The test specimen is considered to have satisfactorily withstood the needle flame test if there is no flame and no glowing of the test specimen and no ignition of specified layer also flames or glowing of the test specimen extinguish within 30s after the removal of needle-flame.
The needle flame test determines the effect of a small flame which may result from fault conditions.
For complete description, please refer IEC 60695-11-5, even if you have product specific standards such as IEC 60598 for Luminaire, IEC 60335 for Safety of Electrical Appliances and so on. please also refer UL 94 (Test for Flammability of Plastic Materials for Parts in Devices and Appliances), ASTM D635-18 (Standard Test Method for Rate of Burning and/or Extent and Time of Burning of Plastics in a Horizontal Position) and BS 6458 (Fire Hazard Testing for Electrotechnical Products Part 2: Test Methods Section 2.2: Needle-Flame Test).