Armacell is the first manufacturer of technical insulation materials to provide CE-certified products. The Armacell plant in Münster, the company’s largest production facili¬ties worldwide, was successfully certified in November. The CE mark is an expression and visible indication of the Armaflex products’ compli¬ance with the Construction Products Directive. The majority of the Armaflex products achieve the class B/BL-s3, d0 in the European fire test and are thus classified as having low flammability.
European product standards for technical insulation materials
From August 2012, only technical insulation products which comply with the European product standards and bear the CE mark may be sold in Europe. A mandatory frame-work will then apply for the key product features of technical insulation materials – such as thermal conductivity, resistance to water vapour transmission, fire behaviour, toler¬ances etc. The transparency achieved will allow specifiers, distributors and installers to make a quick and direct comparison between the products on offer. The European product standards provide greater legal certainty in the specification and installation of technical insulation materials and the CE mark will have a positive impact on pan-European trade.
European fire classification
One important change is that the national fire classifications which have applied so far, such as the German B1 and B2 fire classes or the Spanish M1, will be replaced by standardized European fire classes. The new classification uses the seven fire classes A to F which are already valid for other construction products. For pipe insulation a subscripted ‘L’ (for ‘linear products’) will be added. Another new feature is the informa¬tion on smoke development and burning droplets, which will be marked with ‘s’ and ‘d’ respectively. In the European fire test, the majority of the Armaflex products achieve the class B/BL-s3 d0, the best possible fire class for elastomeric insulation materials.
First technical insulation materials with CE mark
As the first manufacturer of technical insulation mate¬rials on the basis of synthetic rubber Armacell now already provides CE-certified products. The insulation plant in Münster, the largest Armaflex production facilities worldwide, was successfully certified at the beginning of November; further European factories are currently under¬going the conformity assessment procedure. The CE mark and the product designation code, which provides information on the key product properties, can be found on the product cartons.
Armacell and its predecessor Armstrong Insulation Products played a significant role in the European work on standardization for technical insulation materials and were one of the parties steering the process from the mid eighties. As the developer of Armaflex, the first flexible pipe insula¬tion made of elastomeric foam (FEF), the company founded a completely new branch of industry in the mid fifties. Armacell is therefore particularly committed to shaping the process of European harmonization in this sector of industry responsibly.