surface finish testing

Performance Lab

Over 3,000 samples received and 5,000 tests performed every year. More than 200 tests carried out for interior furnishing, window fixtures, flooring and glass sectors. Our chemical-physical testing laboratory offers a highly qualified service, dedicated to customers and anyone who wants to evaluate the characteristics of a finished product.

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The chemical-physical testing laboratory of ICA Group was founded in 2002 to test coating performance. Today the area entirely dedicated to these activities, called Performance Lab, benefits from the input of a team of highly qualified chemists and is equipped with cutting-edge equipment for the evaluation of the coating product both in its liquid state and once it has been applied and has dried.

The Performance Lab receives more than 3,000 samples per year and carries out almost 5,000 tests over the same period, which are based on over 200 different tests for the sectors of interior furnishings, window fixtures, flooring and glass. Each test is carried out in compliance with the main national and international standards (UNI, EN, DIN, ISO, etc.).

The staff is constantly kept up to date on the regulatory aspects of the industry, both by attending professional courses and conferences and through continuous contact with the most prestigious research institutes, universities, industry associations and with the leading companies in the wood furniture and glass sectors. Thanks to their expertise acquired over the years, some of the chemists of this laboratory also participate in UNI working groups for the drafting of regulations concerning the evaluation of coated surfaces.

The direct contact with both the R&D and production departments allows Performance Lab to offer its client base a highly qualified support for the selection of the most appropriate coating cycle in order to ensure compliance with current performance requirements.

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The service offered by the Performance Lab is dedicated to ICA Group customers and anyone who wants to evaluate the characteristics of their finished product (furniture, fixtures, wooden flooring, flat glass, hollow glass, etc.). Thanks to the direct contact with the team of R&D formulation specialists and with customers, the chemical-physical testing laboratory plays an active role both in the development of new application technologies and in the control of product compliance with the major industry specifications (LEED, IKEA, ANSI BIFMA, FIRA, etc.).

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Thanks to tests based on European and international standards and to internal methods developed over the years, the Performance Lab is able to evaluate the most diverse chemical-physical features of coated surfaces: hardness, chemical resistance, external durability performance and indoor emissions of products used in interiors.

Due to state-of-the-art equipment (rheometer, DLS particle size analyzer, DSC, IR spectrophotometer, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, GC-FID, GC-MS with auto-sampler, HPLC, FT-IR microscope, DMA), which analyze with the greatest precision all the characteristics of the coating in liquid state, ICA Group is able to optimize the formulations also from a chemical perspective and to evaluate with scientific precision the qualitative consistency of the various components.

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Do you want to improve the quality of your products?

We check the level reached and develop together the most suitable coating process to increase their final performance.

Don’t know which tests to do?

Tell us your needs and we will recommend you the most suitable tests for the features you want to evaluate.

Do you want to achieve compliance with specific rules?

We support you step by step in order to reach your final goal without wasting your energy with many different interlocutors.

Don’t know how to get a product with a higher performance surface finish?

We analyze the current reliability of coated surfaces, and we tell you how to overcome any weakness.

Do you want to be sure of the final quality of a coating product when you choose one?

All our products are subjected to severe tests both in their liquid state and once they have been applied and dried, before being placed on the market.

Out tests on different types of materials

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