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EN 16732 Outlines New Specs for Slide Fasteners

03-09-2016 10:19 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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New CEN standards on slide fasteners improve on existing national and international rules.

New CEN standards on slide fasteners improve on existing national and international rules.

European Standards bodies published a new specification for slide fasteners (zips): EN 16732. Based on BS 3084, the standard gives greater quality assurance to all users, domestic and commercial.

European Committee for Standardization Releases Zip Specifications

In December 2015, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) finalized the specifications for slide fasteners (zips): EN 16732. The national standards bodies for the countries within the European Union now have the opportunity to publish their own national language versions of this valuable document. Previously no Europe-wide specification existed, and individual states published their own. However, under a mandate from the CEN, BSI was given the task of producing the specifications, taking into account existing specifications and test methods and producing this comprehensive document which has been accepted by all of the stakeholders.

CEN Standards Take Existing Standards into Consideration

This document has taken into account the following national and international standards, among others:

1. BS 3084:2006, Slide fasteners (zips) — Specification
2. NF G 91-005:1984, Slide fasteners — Methods of testing — Mechanical characteristics
3. ASTM D2061-07, Standard test methods for strength test for zippers
4. EN ISO 7500-1, Metallic materials - Verification of static uniaxial testing machines - Part 1: Tension/compression testing machines - Verification and calibration of the force-measuring system (ISO 7500-1)
5. ISO 2859-1, Sampling procedures for inspection by attributes — Part 1: Sampling schemes indexed by acceptance quality limit (AQL) for lot-by-lot inspection

Improvements to Existing Zip Standards

Those readers familiar with BS 3084:2006 will recognize many of the specifications but will also see where improvements and additions have been made. The standard includes tables of requirements according to the Performance Code as in BS 3084:2006 but with the addition of a torque test for the puller.

- Slide fastener length measurement
- Strength of puller attachment
- Strength of closed-end
- Strength of top stop
- Strength of open-end slide fastener
- Resistance to reciprocation
- Lateral strength of slide fastener
- Lateral strength of open-end attachment
- Strength of slider locking device
- Open-end slide fastener single stringer slider retention
- Torque strength

This new version recognizes that the resistance of the puller towards torque and the single stringer slider retention force are not dependent on the end use of the zip, and therefore these do not have performance codes and have the same expectation regardless of end use.
Similarly, this new version recognizes that color fastness and dimensional stability are important whether the zips are sold for commercial use or singly to individual consumers. Consequently, in this version all zips are expected to perform equally in this regard whether sold to industry or to the public.
Meeting or failing to meet the performance codes and general requirements in these specifications depends on adherence to a sound statistical sampling based on ISO 2859-1 with acceptance/rejection levels based on lot size and AQL.

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SGS Consumer Goods and Retail
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SGS Hong Kong

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