Flammability Tester, Flexiburn, gets a James Heal Re-design & Product Upgrade [Now Released!]

Do you conduct flammability testing?

If yes, then you need effective testing – for quality control, research, and certification purposes.


Textile flammability is not a simple function, where the 'burning behaviour' of the material can be predicted under all circumstances. The subject is complex; and has resulted in the development of a wide spectrum of test methods, some of which are specific to particular end-uses. 
Peter Goodwin, Technical Specialist, James Heal

We’ve explored this topic in our recent technical article:

Flammability Testing: A Burning Issue?

Introducing Flexiburn:

Multi-purpose Flammability Tester with TestWise Pro™

For busy laboratories, test equipment such as James Heal’s recently re-designed and upgraded FlexiBurn, can ensure that testing is carried out in accordance with national and international standards.

As well as improved usability, FlexiBurn now uses James Heal’s flagship TestWise software, making it quick to learn and even easier to operate:

  • Save time: pre-loaded standards provide test parameters for automatic set-up
  • Greater accuracy: clear instructions to ensure frames, burners, threads and test specimens are placed correctly to meet the standard and relevant regulations

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Vertical flammability tester, for testing ease of ignition and the flame spread properties of a variety of textile materials:

  • Apparel
  • Curtains
  • Drapes – evaluate the flame resistance of curtains and drapes
  • Nightwear – flame retardancy and the anti-flame properties of nightwear
  • Toys – assure the safety of small toys and children’s playthings
  • Protective clothing
  • Technical fabrics
  • Building and other materials

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Key Features & Benefits to your laboratory:

  • The position of the gas burner changes according to the standard – a robotic arm designed for precise positioning of the burner
  • Virtually every method requires a different test frame – regardless of size and pin configuration, our frames are easily interchangeable
  • Pre-programmed Control Module for our flammability tester – to guide you through the complex world of flammability standards and test methods
  • Robust Control Module which stores test data
  • A printer can be connected directly to the module to print test reports, or the data can be sent to and stored on a remote PC
  • Comprehensive range of easily interchangeable gas burners, interchangeable test frames and test materials
  • When used with the optional radiator assembly, FlexiBurn complies with EN 13772 ‘Burning behaviour – curtains and drapes – measurement of flame spread with large ignition source’

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Which standards can be performed on FlexiBurn Vertical Flammability Tester?

The following standards can be carried out on FlexiBurn:

BS 5438
Methods of test for flammability of vertically oriented textile fabrics and fabric assemblies subjected to a small igniting flame.

BS 5722
Specification for flammability performance of fabrics and fabric assemblies used in sleepwear and dressing gowns.

BS 5867-2
Fabrics for curtains, drapes and window blinds – flammability requirements – specification.

BS 6249
Materials and material assemblies used in clothing for protection against heat and flame. Specification for flammability testing and performance.

BS 7837
Specification for flammability performance for textiles used in construction of marquees and similar textile structures.

CAN/CGSB -4.2 No 27.10
Flame resistance – vertically oriented textile fabric or fabric assembly test.

EN 1101
Textiles and textile products – Burning behaviour-curtains and drapes – detailed procedure to determine the ignitability of vertically oriented specimens (small flame).

EN 1102
Textiles and textile products – Burning behaviour-curtains and drapes – detailed procedure to determine the flame spread of vertically oriented specimens (small flame).

EN 1103
Textiles – fabrics for apparel – detailed procedure to determine the burning behaviour.

EN 13772
Textiles and textile products – Burning behaviour – curtains and drapes – measurement of flame spread of vertically oriented specimens with a large ignition source.

EN 14878
Textiles – Burning behaviour of children’s nightwear – specification.

EN 1624
Textiles and textile products – Burning behaviour of industrial and technical textiles – procedure to determine the flame spread of vertically oriented specimens.

EN 1625
Textiles and textile products – Burning behaviour of industrial and technical textiles – procedure to determine the ignitability of vertically oriented specimens.

EN 71-2
Safety of Toys Part 2 – Flammability

IMO Resolution A471 (X11)
Test Method for determining the resistance to flame of vertically supported textiles and films.

IMO Resolution A563
Test Method amendments to A471 (X11)

IMO Resolution MSC.61(67)
International code for application of fire test procedures.

ISO 15025
Protective clothing – Protection against flame – method of test for limited flame spread.

ISO 6940
Textile fabrics –Burning behaviour – determination of ease of ignition of vertically oriented specimens.

ISO 6941
Textile fabrics – Burning behaviour – measurement of flame spread properties of vertically oriented specimens.

Burning behaviour of slippers.


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