Methods of testing for maximum loads

At Pressalit Care we test our products so we can be completely sure that they can withstand even extreme real-life conditions. We push the products to the very limit to identify any weaknesses by subjecting them to rigorous tests. Therefore, we can guarantee the values we provide. The products comply with the requirements in DS/EN 12182:2012

For example, the illustration below shows our test method for a support arm. The load which the product can withstand increases the further back on the support arm one tests it. However, we have decided to state the lowest values, which means that the lifespan of the product is even longer in use, as the load is often applied closer to the wall.

All tests have been conducted by mounting the products on a solid wall, which is what Pressalit Care recommends. The lifespan of the product is not affected in any way by the wall type. However, the overall solution will inevitably be influenced by the condition and material of the wall, so reinforcement should always be used if the wall is not stable. See also http:// us.pressalit.com/for-professionals/assisted-bathrooms/test-methods

Dynamic test We test the products dynamically by subjecting them vertically 10,000 times to a load lasting 2 seconds. The weight specifications on our products state how many pounds the products can withstand at their outermost points using this test method.

Lateral test In addition to the above testing methods, we subject our support arms and armrests to a lateral test to find out whether they can withstand being used by, e.g. , a wheelchair user when moving himself. The lateral test involves pressing the product 10,000 times at a 45° angle for 2 seconds at a time.

Static test We also conduct a static test on our products, and we therefore know exactly how many pounds each product can carry for 1 minute. The statistical test is also carried out on the weakest part of each product.