The EUnited PM-Test is the undisputed European reference for the performance of road sweepers with regard to dust particulates. Also outside Europe, more and more customers request the EUnited PM-Test certificate before purchasing a sweeper. All leading manufacturers have tested their machines according to the EUnited requirements and thus show their efforts to support the municipalities in their fight for clean air. Meanwhile, about 80 different road sweeper models have been tested and are listed on the EUnited website.
Now the official European standardisation committee CEN is about to standardise a sweeper performance test for dust particulates. The EUnited PM-Test procedure was chosen as the basis for the future EN standard. Thus, the test procedure itself will be spread even wider. Nevertheless, also in the future, sweeping machines may only be marked with the EUnited PM-Test label, if they meet the performance criteria determined by EUnited.
EUnited developed the PM-Test procedure in co-operation with the globally acknowledged Canadian Testing Institute PAMI. For performing the tests EUnited Municipal Equipment has mandated SGS Institute Fresenius, one of the leading European test centres. Only vehicles that have successfully passed the severe test may receive the EUnited PM-Test label. Up to three stars on the label show, how much a sweeper outperforms the minimum test requirements.
The success of this EUnited PM-Test initiative is based on the fact that all leading European manufacturers have agreed to carry out the same tests, to develop the procedures together with renowned scientists and to verify them by an experienced test house on behalf of EUnited Municipal Equipment. Thus, the EUnited PM-Test label provides reliable information for the customer.
The new test not only defines minimum requirements to pass the test, but enables to group the performance of the tested sweepers in 3 levels. These levels are indicated by stars from one to three. Sweepers marked with one star have to comply with the high standard specifications of EUnited. The second and third star are a premium: the labelling with two stars indicates that – at comparable sweeping efficiency – the concentration of particulates in the air after the test was at least one third below the defined maximum concentration. For sweepers marked with three stars the test results showed a concentration of particulates even two-third below the limit value. The label will be provided exclusively by EUnited Municipal Equipment for sweeper models for which the detailed results of the test performed by a qualified test institute proof that it fulfills the defined requirements. All models which have passed the test will also be listed on the EUnited Municipal Equipment website. 2012 will be a year of transition: Many manufacturers started testing according to the new test procedure and first models are marked accordingly. As the testing of all models needs time, the old label is still used for the year of 2012 for those sweepers which have passed the old but not yet the new test procedure. From 2013 onwards labeling by EUnited Municipal Equipment will only be based on the new test.
The efforts in the revision focused on the repeatability. The test takes place now in a controlled environment, excluding the effects of weather conditions. Sweepers run a defined test track four times under realistic working conditions including the passing of a curb. The results are measured regarding the airborne concentration of particulates resulting from the sweeping of defined test material and also the removal efficiency. The test allows the use of dust suppression systems for sweepers equipped with this technology and can be applied equally to truck-mounted or self-propelled sweepers as well as attached or towed sweeping equipment. All details of the sweeper are recorded.
Almost all European road sweeper manufacturers are a member of EUnited Municipal Equipment. The list of members who have already performed the new test for some of their models includes Aebi Schmidt, Ausa, Boschung, Brodd, Bucher Municipal, Comac, Dulevo, Faun, Fayat Group (Mathieu, Ravo, Scarab), Hako, Johnston Sweepers, Kärcher, Nilfisk-Egholm, M-U-T, Sicas Euroclean, Tennant and Trilety. All these companies have agreed to use the EUnited PM10-Test to test and mark their relevant machines. By this a unique European-wide comparable test has been established.
Promotion Video EUnited Municipal Equipment - German Version
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