We have produced a simple guide to explain the test protocol. The FFMA welcome any suggestion or feedback.
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Outline of tests performed
The Issue - Coffin strength scenario
Test this by loading the coffin with a specified load, then they check for deformation or failure. If the coffin remains within the agreed parameters it passes.
The Issue - Slip functionality scenario:
A ) Intertek test by placing the coffin on rollers to see if it moves freely without any snagging.
B ) The same procedure but on roller bearings.
If the coffin snags or sticks it fails.
The Issue - Auto charger scenario
To simulate the auto charger, the coffin is placed against a solid load and pressure is applied to the end of the coffin with various loads. If the coffin distorts or breaks beyond the agreed tolerance it fails.
The Issue - TABO - Mechanical Insertion Machine
The TABO charger only exists in a dozen or so crematoria, but none the less, suppliers understand that once the coffin is sold, they don’t know where it is going to ends up. On equipment to replicate the TABO charger, check the coffins performance. If it snags or sags on loading pins, it fails.
The Issue - Ignition/radiant heat scenario
When the Coffin is presented for cremation, the cremator door opens and it’s exposed to very high temperatures. The Coffin cannot catch fire until it is securely in the cremation chamber. Test sample material. They expose the sample to the heat source for a given length of time and temperature. If it catches fire, it fails
The Issue - High volume of Ash scenario
Take representative of coffin and burn back to Ash. By calculation, knowing the type and size of coffin and the size of the person, they can predict the size of the ash volume generated. If the material is submitted on calculation gives more than 6 litres, then it would be a fail.
The Issue - Handle breakage scenario
Some Coffins claim their handles are suitable for carrying. Those that do need to be independently tested to ensure an overall standard. Load the handle with the agreed weight. If it breaks or deforms beyond the agreed parameter, then it would be a fail
The Issue - Ash Residue scenario
Take a sample of the coffin material and test burn on a ceramic surface. If the ash is not free from unmanageable residue or anything that may cause an issue, it is a fail.
The Issue - Coffin Leakage scenario
Take sample of material folding this into a cone and filling it with a solution to replicate bodily fluids. If it leaks, it fails.