General Materials Laboratory

 
     The General Materials Laboratory is one of SASO's laboratories. The laboratory is equipped with the best technologies and modern instruments and provided with excellent specialized technicians with the participation of experts from inside and outside SASO.
 
 
Units of General Materials Laboratory
     The laboratory consists of  10 units divided according to the nature of tests. Samples are distributed among these units according to the type of testing decided in the product's standard . These units are as follows:
  
First: Plastics Testing Unit
 
     Plastics Testing Unit has a number of instruments that help verify products' conformity with Saudi standards. They are as follows :
1. Vicat softening point tester
2. Pipes pressure testing machine
3. Plastic pipe samples' notch apparatus
4. Methyl chloride tester
5. Impact tester for plastic pipes and panels
6. Melting flow rate apparatus
7. Density meter
8. Pipes densitometer
9. Light transmittance meter for glass and plastics
10. Scratch tester for plastics
11. Plastics' resistance tester for stress and crack
12. Longitudinal (heat) reversion tester for plastics
13. Melamine grinding machine
14. Apparatus for determining carbon content
15. Carbon dispersion test apparatus
16. Spectrophotometer for the analysis of urea-formaldehyde in melamine
17. Measuring apparatus of the inside and outside diameter of electrical conduits
18. Thermal resistance tester for electrical conduits
19. Activated carbon's volume tester


Second: Environmental Testing Unit
 
     Environmental Testing Unit has a number of instruments that help verify products' conformity with Saudi standards. They are as follows :
1. Humidity tester
2. Accelerated weathering tester
3. Salt spray testing machine
4. Rubber's resistance to Ozone degradation apparatus
5. Heating oven
6. Blast furnace
 

Third: Furniture Testing Unit
 
     Furniture Testing Unit has a number of instruments that help verify products' conformity with Saudi standards. They are as follows :  
1. Chair 's castor stress tester + impact test (Testing chair stress by moving the chair back and forth + back strength test)
2. Shock testing device  for chairs + table's strength test 
3. Rotary doors of cabinets and drawers testing apparatus
4. Chair's swivel tester
 
 
Fourth: Footwear Testing Unit
 
     Footwear Testing Unit has a number of instruments that help verify products' conformity with Saudi standards. They are as follows :
1. Shoe bending tester
2. Shoelaces tester
3. Glue strength tester for shoes
4. Shock tester for shoes
5. Electrical shock resistance tester for shoes
6. Water vapor permeability device for shoes
7. Shoe flexibility tester
 
 
Fifth: Packaging and Wrapping Testing Unit
 
     Packaging and wrapping Testing Unit has a number of instruments that help verify products' conformity with Saudi standards. They are as follows :
1. CO2 transmission rate tester
2. Oxygen (O2) transmission rate tester
3. Paper and carton porosity measuring device
4. Color spectrophotometer
5. An instrument used to find the amount of HCO2 in plastic bottles of soft drinks
6. Paper and carton hardness tester
7. Paper tearing apparatus
8. Drop tester for packages
 
 
Sixth: Medical Syringes Unit
 
     Medical Syringes Unit has a number of instruments that help verify products' conformity with Saudi standards. They are as follows :
1. An instrument to analyze the push force of medical syringes
2. An instrument to analyze the removal force of needles and detect leaks of gases and liquids

 
Seventh: Mechanical Tests Unit
 
     Mechanical Tests Unit has a number of instruments that help verify products' conformity with Saudi standards. They are as follows :
1. 100 kg tensile strength testing instrument
2. 1 ton tensile strength testing machine
3. 10 tons tensile strength testing machine
4. Compression testing machine for plastics and carton 
 
Eighth: Water and Thermal Insulation Testing Unit
 
     Water and Thermal Insulation Testing Unit has a number of instruments that help verify products' conformity with Saudi standards. They are as follows :
1. Thermal conductivity device
2. Penetration grades tester for bituminous products
3. Viscosity measuring instrument for bituminous materials
4. A tester for softening point of bituminous materials
5. Cell size measuring device
6. Permeability test
7. Water pressure test gauge
 
 
Ninth: Paints Testing Unit
 
    ​Paints Testing Unit has a number of instruments that help verify products' conformity with Saudi standards. They are as follows :
1. Viscometer
2. Scratch tester
3. Drying time meter
4. Paint flexibility tester
5. Flash point tester
6. Pencil hardness tester
7. Gloss meter
8. Transparency meter
9. Abrasion Resistance tester
10. Spray gun
11. Grindometer
12. Mixing device
13. Impact tester
14. Density cups
15. Accelerated weathering tester
16. Salt spray testing machine
17. Light permeability tester
18. Viscosity cups
19. Suction apparatus
20. Paint adhesion gauge
21. Paint application instrument
22. Paint thickness gauge
23. Paints' waterproofness tester
24. Light booth
 
 
Tenth: Children's Toys Testing Unit
 
     Children's Toys Testing Unit has a number of instruments that help verify products' conformity with Saudi standards. They are as follows :
1. Compression head tester
2. Tensile tester for children's toys
3. Durability tester
4. Impact tester
5. Rattles tester
6. Sound volume tester
7. Torque meter
8. A tester for the speed of a projectile
9. Sharp edge tester
10. Sharp point tester
11. (45) degree flammability tester
12. Digital thermometer

 
A list of products that are tested in the lab :

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Product's Name

Standard No.

Required Time for Testing

1

Water tank- Polyethylene

Syrian 2454/2001

30 days

2

Fiberglass panels

ASTM-D790

20 days

3

Plastic window

ASTM 5199/99

ISO 10319/97

50 days

4

Plastics-Greenhouses

2000/1736

50 days

5

Polyethylene for agricultural mulches

1401-1402/98

30 days

6

Plastic pipes for electrical wiring

254/255

15 days

7

Plastic panels- Polycarbonate

1862/1863/2001

50 days

8

Ceramic raised pavement markers

99/1483/1482

30 days

9

Plastic raised pavement markers

ASTM D-4280-96

30 days

10

Engineered stone

2270/2271/2004

60 days

11

School board

Saudi 2582-1586

30 days

12

Bench surface

ASTM-D 543-95709-92

Saudi

13

Desert cooler

35-36

50 days

14

Wooden doors

1254-1756

15 days

15

Hot dip galvanized coating weight

SASO ISO 1461-2007

15 days

16

Polypropylene bags for agricultural purposes

1623-1624

20 days

17

Fiber ropes

2412-2005

15 days

18

Types of fiberglass insulation

Saudi 1052-1051

15 days

19

Electricity meter box

SASO 775/94

SASO 774/94

45 days

20

Nipples of babies' bottles

SASO 1877/2001

SASO 1878/2001

BS 6920/ 2000

15 days

21

Medical syringes

SASO 679/94

30 days

22

 

SASO 682/94

30 days

23

High-density polyethylene sheets

ASTM D 4801-95

15 days

24

Skived tape

ASTM D 3308-91A

 

25

Gypsum plasters

SASO 886/94

 

26

Asbestos

Handbook of Fillers

 

27

Paper tubes

TAPP1_T808_68

TAPP1_411_89

TAPP_411_89

15 days

28

Thermal insulation (window film)

Identification and Analysis of Plastics

10 days

29

Al-Salam Shoes

SASO 885/94

SASO 886/94

30 days

30

Military shoes

DIN_EN 344_93

30 days

31

Office furniture

SASO 1341

SASO 1342

SASO 1343

SASO 1344

GSO 1601

SASO 1445

GSO 1609

SASO 1309

SASO 1308

SASO 1307

SASO 1310

SASO 1499

GSO 1592

60 days

32

Testing non-flammable paints

ASTM E 1678102

40 days

33

Ozone resistance test

ASTM D 1149/1998

34

Skirtboard rubber

ASTM D 746/1992

35

PVC pipes

SASO 14/15

45 days

36

Polyurethane thermal insulation

SASO 1393/1998

25 days

37

Polypropylene pipes

SASO 1738

45 days

38

Polystyrene thermal insulation

SASO 1554/1555

25 days

39

Polyisocyanurate thermal insulation

SASO 1519

25 days

40

Polyethylene pipes

SASO 1402/1401

45 days

41

Polyethylene bags

SASO 572

20 days

42

Conduits for electrical installations

SASO 254/255

20 days

43

CPVC pipes

SASO 1517/1518

45 days

44

Fiberglass reinforced polyester lighting poles

SASO 533

45 days

45

Athletic footwear

DIN_EN 345_93

SASO 885/90

SASO 886/90

ISO 20344-04

ISO 20345_04

ASTM_D 297

ISO 20347

30 days

46

Melamine dinnerware

671/1991

15 days

47

Powder adhesive

SASO 2093/2002

30 days

48

Silicone adhesive

MMA_A_A180C 189

30 days

49

PVC pipes' glue

TT_S_230184

TT_S_00154/86

30 days

50

Silicon-based solvent cements

ASTM D 2564_88

30 days

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General Materials Laboratory