CSI Testing Laboratories specializes in flammability testing of aircraft materials and components. We also offer extensive testing services in other general textile, fabric, and polymer flammability testing and evaluation. CSI Testing possesses the technical expertise, the know-how, as well as the state-of the art test equipment to serve our clients with their flammability testing needs.

A variety of approved test methods and protocols have been developed across the world, to measure flammability parameters for all kinds of materials and/or assemblies. CSI Testing Laboratories being an active participant in FAA International Fire Testing Working Group. Participant member of ASTM, NFPA and TAPPI, maintains abreast, and provide assistance for test methods.

Our quality assurance policy certifies the efficiency of a company’s testing service processes through its management system. Accuracy and repeatability of the testing process is guaranteed, along with strict confidentiality.

Aviation and Aircraft
The laboratory includes a specialized team of technicians, and test engineers to ensure strict adherence to our client’s requirements. We have developed a reputation for strict confidentiality along with fast accurate results using industry approved methods. Tests in this industry include Bunsen Burner Flammability, Heat Release, Smoke Density, and Wire flammability.
CSI Testing Laboratories carries out its work employing state-of-the-art equipment to assist clients in not only achieving regulatory compliance, but also precisely reporting results as measured, where critical points for corrective action are necessary.
Our company is an active participant in the development and ongoing revisions to test methods and equipment. Our Product Manager is currently a group leader in a development team for the improvement of the Heat Release Rate Apparatus for improved results accuracy and simplification. We keep abreast of all changes, and keep you updated with the most recent developments to the test methods and equipment.
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National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)
The organization is the leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source of public safety. NFPA has developed, published and disseminated hundreds on consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility of fire and other risks.
CSI Testing Laboratories has committed a strong effort to develop detailed test procedures based on the NFPA test methods to accurately evaluate materials within the scope of the test acceptance material.
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American Society for Testing and materials (ASTM)
A great number of flammability test methods have been developed and compiled by ASTM over the years. The overriding purpose has been to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access, and build consumer confidence.
CSI Testing Laboratories have developed equipment and detailed test procedures to meet the requirements of many of these test methods. Have actively participated as a member in the organization and remain committed to providing contributions to the organization work.
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International Standards Organization (ISO)
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Automotive
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is bound, under Title 49 of the United States Code, Chapter 301, Motor Vehicle Safety, to issue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Regulations to which manufacturers of motor vehicle and equipment items must conform and certify compliance. A number of FMVSS became effective for vehicles manufactured on and after January 1, 1968. Subsequently, other FMVSS have been issued. New standards and amendments to existing standards are published in the Federal Register.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Title 49 Code of federal Regulations Part 571 (Post Crash Standards) Standard No. 302 Flammability of Interior Materials for Passenger Cars, Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles, Trucks, and Buses.
This standard specifies burn resistance requirements for materials used in the occupant compartments of motor vehicles. Its purpose is to reduce deaths and injuries to motor vehicle occupants caused by vehicle fires, especially those originating in the interior of the vehicle from sources such as matches or cigarettes.
Many of the materials used in the passenger compartment of cars are required to meet the requirements of a federal government standard, FMVSS 302 or 49 CFR 571.302. This standard limits the horizontal burn rate of materials to 102 mm/minute (4 inches per minute), when tested under the conditions specified in the standard.
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Federal Test Method Standard (FTMS) & Code Of Federal Regulation (CFR)
U.S. governmental flammability laws, rules and interpretation that govern wearing apparel can be found in Part 1602-1632 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
The United Stated Federal Government mandates that everyday wearing apparel, including normal work clothes are required to meet the Federal Flammability Standard: 16 CFR Part 1610, except for hats, gloves and interlinings. All wearing apparel sold in the U.S. must be made of fabric from Class 1 or 2. No wearing apparel can be made of fabric rated Class 3, when tested per the above test specification.
The standard, administered by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, was originally adopted in 1953 as the Flammable Fabrics Act along with its amendments. The purpose of the standard was passed to assure a measure of consumer safety in regards to fabric fires, and to reduce the danger of injury and loss of life by providing, on a national basis, standard methods of testing and rating the flammability of textiles for clothing use.
The standard measures: a) ease of ignition and, b) speed of flame spread. The Act establishes three classes of flammability based on ease of ignition and flame spread time.
Class 1 “Normal Flammability” – for fabrics generally accepted in the trade as having no unusual burning characteristics, with a flame spread of 4 seconds or more.
Class 2, “Intermediate Flammability” – applicable only to fabrics with raised fiber surfaces that may be used in clothing. Flame Spread for lass 2 is 4 to 7 seconds and the base fabric ignites.
Class 3, “Rapid, Intense Burning “ – recognized in the trade as unsuitable for clothing. Flame spread is less than 4 seconds and dangerously flammable.
Other specific parts included within these laws are:
Part 1615–Standard for the flammability of children’s sleepwear, sizes 0 to 6X
Part 1616–Standard for the flammability of children’s sleepwear: Sizes 7 through 14
Part 1630–Standard for the surface flammability of carpets and rugs (FF 1-70) 71).
Part 1631–Standard for the surface flammability of small carpets and rugs (FF 1-70)
Part 1632–Standard for the flammability of mattresses and mattress pads (FF 4-
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Others
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