Accredited testing laboratory according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart operates a testing laboratory whose competence has been confirmed by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS). The scope of accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018 covers the following fields:

  • Selected analytical and application test methods for surface, paint and coating technology;
  • Corrosion, climatic, physical, layer thickness and resistance tests on coated materials;
  • Determination of parameters for raw paint materials, coating materials, coatings, plastics, polymers and material surfaces, e.g. within the scope of damage analyses;
  • Determination of fogging and burn behavior of materials for automotive interiors,
  • Determination of odor behavior
  • Cleanliness tests
  • In vitro cytotoxicity tests.

Where formally possible, the Fraunhofer IPA test laboratory practices the flexible Cat I scope.  This empowers the testing laboratory to include further standardized test procedures in the above-mentioned accredited test areas in a prompt, flexible and unbureaucratic manner.

At the same time, the testing laboratory attaches the utmost importance to the reliability of its test and measurement procedures as well as to meeting the expectations and requirements of its customers.

 

The tests are performed in different laboratories belonging to the institute; these are operated by the following working groups:

In the Department of Coating Systems and Painting Technology:

 

In the Department of Ultraclean Technology and Micromanufacturing:

Cleanliness Technology

Accreditation certificate D-PL-11140-07-00

Annex to the Accreditation certificate D-PL-11140-07-00

Annex to the Partial Accreditation Certificate D-PL-11140-07-02

Medical device testing

Annex to the Partial Accreditation Certificate D-PL-11140-07-01

Material testing

For many years, Fraunhofer IPA has been successfully operating an ever-growing quality management system according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.

DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 was developed with the aim of improving people’s confidence in the work performed by laboratories. By rigorously implementing DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 requirements, we achieve valid and reproducible results and demonstrate our expertise in the areas accredited by Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH. (Registration number of the accreditation certificate: D-PL-11140-07-00 with the partial certificates D-PL-11140-07-01 and D-PL-11140-07-02.)

The main DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018 requirements applicable to our quality management system are summarized below:

Confidentiality and impartiality

  • We carry out all activities for you impartially.
  • Everything we do is treated confidentially.

Clear definitions within the quality management system

  • All testing activities that we perform for you, including the test equipment used, the authorized members of staff concerned, and the premises, are clearly defined.
  • The organization, structure, responsibilities and authority of our accredited department within Fraunhofer IPA are precisely described.
  • We are constantly improving our quality management system for you.

Work geared to customer needs

  • Any products or services obtained externally are verified and approved by us.
  • All requests, quotations and contracts are reviewed following established processes. Of course, we will inform you if we consider your proposed procedure to be outdated or inappropriate, as well as of any contractual discrepancies.
  • If you submit a complaint to us, it will be handled according to a standardized process that we arrange with you.

Accredited test procedures, measurement uncertainty, traceability and verification

  • Subject to the flexibilization according to Category 1, we can now add further standardized test procedures - in line with your request - to our already accredited test areas in a prompt, flexible and unbureaucratic manner.
  • Where possible, all measurement and test results that you receive from us are metrologically traceable.
  • We also calculate the margin of measurement uncertainty for our test and measurement results for you if this is feasible. If you wish, this can be taken into account in a statement of conformity.
  • All tests with a valid version of a normative basis are verified to make certain that the required standard of performance is achieved.

Monitored test procedures and staff competence

  • Regular internal audits and external assessments (e.g. by DAkkS) ensure that the requirements of DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 are implemented in our quality management system and when we carry out our test procedures.
  • The competencies and qualifications of our personnel are specified in all areas and are regularly monitored.

Validity of your results

  • We undertake a variety of measures to ensure the validity of your results. Depending on the procedure, these include the use of reference materials with control cards, the execution of round robin tests and proficiency tests with other accredited laboratories, and comparisons in our own laboratory.

Risk and opportunity analyses

  • We conduct regular opportunity/risk analyses in various areas of our quality management system in order to continuously improve our services for you.

Range of services in accredited area - material testing

Range of services in accredited area Range of services in flexibly accredited Category I

Corrosion and climatic tests

Description

According to

Status

Group

Textiles - Tests for colour fastness - Part B06: Colour fastness and ageing to artificial light at high temperatures: Xenon arc fading lamp test DIN EN ISO 105-B06  2020-12 Painting Process Engineering
Paints and varnishes - Determination of resistance to humidity - Part 1: Condensation (single-sided exposure) DIN EN ISO 6270-1 2018-04 Applied Coating Technology
Paints and varnishes - Determination of resistance to humidity - Part 2: Condensation (in-cabinet exposure with heated water reservoir) DIN EN ISO 6270-2  2018-04 Applied Coating Technology (Coated metal substrates)
Painting Process Engineering (Coated plastic substrates)
Corrosion tests in artificial atmospheres - salt spray tests (alternative: with neutral sodium chloride solution (NSS method))
DIN EN ISO 9227 2017-07 Applied Coating Technology
Paints and varnishes - Determination of resistance to cyclic corrosion conditions - Part 1: Wet (salt fog)/dry/humid, cycle B DIN EN ISO 11997-1 2018-01 Applied Coating Technology
Paints and varnishes - Methods of exposure to laboratory light sources - Part 2: Xenon-arc lamps, method A DIN EN ISO 16474-2 
2014-03 Painting Process Engineering

Measurement of coating thickness

Description

According to

Status

Group

Non-magnetic coatings on magnetic substrates - Measurement of coating thickness - Magnetic method DIN EN ISO 2178 2016-11 Applied Coating Technology
Non-conductive coatings on non-magnetic electrically conductive base metals - Measurement of coating thickness - Amplitude-sensitive eddy-current method DIN EN ISO 2360 2017-12 Applied Coating Technology
Paints and varnishes - Determination of film thickness (section 5.4.4 method 6A - Cross-grind/Cross-cut method) DIN EN ISO 2808 2019-12 Painting Process Engineering

Physical tests

Description

According to

Status

Group

Colouring materials - Conditions of measurement and evaluation for the determination of colour differences for paint coatings, similar coatings and plastics method B DIN 53236 2018-02 Painting Process Engineering
Environmental testing - Part 2: Tests - Test Xb: Abrasion of markings and letterings caused by rubbing of fingers and hands DIN EN 60068-2-70  1996-07 Painting Process Engineering
Paints and varnishes - Cross-cut test DIN EN ISO 2409  2020-12 Applied Coating Technology (Coated metal substrates)
Painting Process Engineering (Coated plastic substrates)
Paints and varnishes - Determination of gloss value at 20°, 60° and 85° DIN EN ISO 2813  2015-02 Painting Process Engineering
Paints and varnishes - Visual comparison of colour of paints DIN EN ISO 3668   2020-05 Painting Process Engineering
Paints and varnishes - Determination of the resistance of coatings to pressure water-jetting DIN EN ISO 16925  2022-06 Painting Process Engineering
Paints and varnishes - Determination of stone-chip resistance of coatings - Part 1: Multi-impact testing DIN EN ISO 20567-1  2017-07 Painting Process Engineering
Paints and varnishes - Scratch test using a spring-loaded pen DIN EN ISO 22557  2021-02 Painting Process Engineering
Testing for paint wetting impairment substances (LABS-conformity) VDMA Specification 24364 2018-05 Wet Application and Simulation Technology

Resistance tests

Description

According to

Status

Group

Textiles - Tests for colour fastness - Part X12: Colour fastness to rubbing DIN EN ISO 105-X12  2016-11 Painting Process Engineering
Paints and varnishes - Determination of resistance to liquids - Part 3: Method using an absorbent medium DIN EN ISO 2812-3  2019-08 Painting Process Engineering
Paints and varnishes - Determination of resistance to liquids - Part 4: Spotting methods DIN EN ISO 2812-4  2018-03 Painting Process Engineering
Paints and varnishes - Determination of the scratch resistance of a coating system using a laboratory-scale car-wash DIN EN ISO 20566 2021-06 Painting Process Engineering
Paints and varnishes - Determination of the resistance to rubbing using a linear abrasion tester (crockmeter) DIN EN ISO 21546  2021-02 Painting Process Engineering

Determination of fogging characteristics

Description

According to

Status

Group

Determination of the fogging characteristics of trim materials in the interior of automobiles DIN 75201 2011-11 Painting Process Engineering

Determination of burning behaviour

Description

According to

Status

Group

Determination of burning behaviour of interior materials in motor vehicles DIN 75200 1980-09 Painting Process Engineering

Determination of odour characteristics

Description

According to

Status

Group

Determination of the odour characteristics of trim materials in motor vehicles VDA 270  2018-06 Painting Process Engineering

Determination of the toxicity of products from research and industry with biological test methods

Description

According to

Status

Group

Biological evaluation of medical devices - Part 5: Tests for in vitro cytotoxicity (here without conformity assessment for medical devices)  DIN EN ISO 10993-5  2009-10 Cleanliness Technology

Analysis of Technical Cleanliness

Description

According to

Status

Group

Road vehicles - Cleanliness of components and systems, 9.2.3 Light Optical Analysis ISO 16232  2018-12 Cleanliness Technology
Inspection of Technical Cleanliness, Part 1,  8.2.2 Light Optical Analysis VDA Volume 19  2015-03 Cleanliness Technology

Range of services in the accredited area without flexible accreditation

Selected analytical tests

Description

According to

Status

Group

Identification of the binder type by IR Spectroscopy internal Standard Operating Procedure - Analytics and Material Testing
Determination of glass transition temperature and melting point by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) internal Standard Operating Procedure - Analytics and Material Testing

Range of services in accredited area - medical device testing

Range of services in the accredited area without flexible accreditation

Tests for in vitro cytotoxicity

Description

According to

Status

Group

Biological evaluation of medical devices - Part 5: Tests for in vitro cytotoxicity DIN EN ISO 10993-5  2009-10 Cleanliness Technology

Cleanliness tests

Description

According to

Status

Group

Cleanroom technology - Cleanliness of medical devices in the manufacturing process, B3.3 Particulate impurities, Light Microscopy (automated with image processing) VDI 2083, Part 21  2019-10 Cleanliness Technology