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SATRA slip resistance test machine now a true global solution

Slip testing for Chinese domestic market

28th June 2018

SATRA engineers have updated the SATRA STM 603 slip resistance machine so that it can now test to the Chinese standard ‘GB GB/T 3903.6-2017 Footwear-Test methods for whole shoe-Slip performance’ along with the existing European and international standards and the industry accepted SATRA TM144 test method. The inclusion of the Chinese GB test makes the STM 603 machine a global solution for testing slip resistance.

One of the characteristics of the GB test is the requirement to report the static, pre-movement, coefficient of friction between the footwear sample and the floor surface. This is reported separately in addition to the sliding coefficient of friction.

SATRA’s first investigations into slip can be traced back to the first half of the last century when the organisation conducted studies using ramps and other simple test devices. Biomechanical research on the slip resistance of footwear began in 1974. In the 1980s, SATRA started working with the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to develop a test standard for routine slip resistance testing of footwear. During this period the forerunner to the modern SATRA STM 603 slip test machine was designed, the first prototype having been built in the 1970s. The SATRA TM144 test method was first published in 1992 and established a test protocol for slip testing widely accepted in the footwear industry throughout the world. It formed the basis of EN ISO 13287 and more recently the US standard ASTM F2913-11.

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