We operate laboratories with high-quality equipment where especially type and system tests of products for protection against fire are carried out.
Our worldwide reputation results especially from the extensive expertise and experience of our engineers, in addition to the use of modern technology and innovative test methods.
Testing the water distribution of sprinklers
Laboratory for Fire Alarm Technology
The VdS laboratory for fire detection technology examines the entire range of products, which are used in the area of fire detection – from smoke alarms for private areas up to fire alarm centres, from individual alarm components up to the correct and compliant interaction of all devices within a fire alarm system.
Laboratory for Fire Extinguishing Systems
Stationary extinguishing systems are complex combinations of devices such as storage, fire detection, control, triggering devices and manifold pipe systems etc. To ensure reliable operation all the components used are tested by the various VdS guidelines and - if available - according to EN standards.
Laboratory for Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation Systems
The deadliest + most destructive danger in case of fire: Not the flames themselves, but the highly toxic smoke. These facts make smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems, which immediately dissipate the poisonous gases that contaminate everything and the heat stored in them in the event of an emergency, an essential component of every safety concept.
Users, insurers and authorities want to be sure that the complex systems will function reliably at all times in an emergency.
Laboratory for Hold-Open Systems
The services in our laboratory for hold-open systems include, amongst others. inspections of all system components in accordance with the requirements of the German Institute for Building Technology (DIBt). These include power supplies, systems for fire detection, hold-open devices and systems, surveillance of closing areas (light barriers etc.) and release mechanisms for releasing the connected hold-open devices for fire-resistant closures.
The VdS laboratories are also approved ETI-agents for the areas of electrical and mechanical locking systems for doors in emergency escape routes and door closers with automatic opening.
Laboratory for EMC Tests
A VdS approval confirms the interference immunity of products against various environmental influences. The VdS infrastructure which is unique in Europe as well as our advanced and continuously improved service benefits (e.g. high frequency tests up to three Gigahertz, low-frequency disturbances on power lines, studies of radio-transmission-sercurity) can also be used even in the development stage.
Laboratory for Mechanical and Climatic Environmental Simulation
The VdS electrodynamic shaker serves for a wide range of test specifications as vibration up to 2,000 Hertz, single and continuous shocks or broadband noise. In addition to selection, implementation and documentation of tests, we can manufacture in our own workshop individual holders and brackets as preparation for tests. With us, producers benefit from the high quality of the facilities and in-house developments of the VdS laboratories and the expertise of our teams.
Laboratory for Software Tests
The reliable programming of security equipment is tested and certified by VdS quality and safety, we examine the source code as well as the program documentation. We confirm reliability of interfaces, watchdogs and the necessary modularity in critical areas such fire protection and protection against burglary and theft.
Our highly specialised test engineers put particular attention on a clear structure, a fail-safe program run and comprehensive development documentation.
Would you like further information?
Our experts will be happy to support you with comprehensive advice and assistance:
Detection technology: +49 (0)221 77 66 - 6444
Extinguishing technology: +49 (0)221 77 66 - 6449