|Are your Class 4 Fasteners up to Standard?
Buildex pioneered the use of “real world”, outdoor exposure testing for fasteners commencing in 1994. Two outdoor sites currently operate, in the corrosively aggressive locations of King Island (TAS) and Newcastle (NSW). Unlike traditional accelerated laboratory testing, only outdoor test sites expose the fasteners to the combinations of corrosive influences that exist in the “real world” eg:
• Chlorides (Marine)
• Humidity (Condensation)
• Acid Rain (Industrial)
• Ultra Violet (UV)
• Compatibility with roof sheeting being fixed
|Each outdoor site contains two exposure racks. The open rack simulates conditions on a roof.
||The sheltered rack simulates under-roof and non-rain washed situations
Buildex has nearly 20 years experience with real world testing. Many of our products have been developed and improved as a direct result from what has been learned during the testing.
These photos of Buildex and competitors screws are from an exposure panel which been taken from the outdoor test site at King Island (TAS). All screws on the panel came from a sheltered rack at the test site, and were exposed for a 16 month period between August 2005 and November 2006.
The photos clearly illustrates that many competitor fasteners which pass laboratory testing, have failed miserably when exposed to “real world”, outdoor exposure testing. This even includes competitor fasteners that have claimed to have achieved “deemed to comply” via Table 2 , Part 2 of the Standard AS3566.2 – 2002.