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So, what is EN362?
PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS AND TEST METHODS FOR CONNECTORS
SYSTEMS CONSISTING OF A LINE INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED (TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY) TO A STRUCTURE AT THE TOP ONLY, ON WHICH A TRAVELING DEVICE IS ATTACHED. WHILE CLIMBING OR DESCENDING, THE USER CONNECTS TO THIS TRAVELING DEVICE - IN THE EVENT OF A FALL, THE TRAVELING DEVICE SHOULD GRIP THE LINE AND ARREST THE FALL.
THERE ARE 2 MAIN PERFORMANCE TESTS IN EN362:
Depending on the type of connector, a variety of tensile strength tests are performed in numerous directions. Loading is applied in just one direction when a connector has only one conceivable direction of loading (for example, when one end of the connector is permanently coupled to another component). However, testing is essential in both the major (length) and minor (width) axes when predictable misuse could result in loads being applied in directions other thanthe 'main' direction. Furthermore, if connectors do not automatically lock on closure, testing is done with the gate both closed and open.
Tensile loads are applied and held for 3 minutes in EN 362, whereas in EN 12275, the stress is increased to the point where it breaks. As a result, knowing which standard the connector has been verified to is critical when comparing devices.
A neutral salt-spray test is performed on metallic components used in fall prevention devices to demonstrate a minimum resistance to environmental corrosion (especially rust). Products are kept in a sealed chamber that is filled with a salt-water mist that might cause rust on exposed metals. After 24- or 48-hours of exposure, the products are inspected for corrosion and functionality.
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