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 Mechanical and Construction Products Laboratory


      The laboratory of mechanical and construction products conduct tests on these materials according to Saudi or international standards adopted in this field. SASO supports the laboratory with the latest equipment, and benefits from the best companies specialized in manufacturing inspection apparatus of mechanical and construction products, as well as training technicians on operation and maintenance. In addition, the laboratory was also supported by the best apparatus, experts and specialists that allow to carry out all necessary tests to analyze and study all mechanical, physical and chemical properties of mechanical and construction products for many entities in the public and private sectors as well as conducting necessary research in this field. The laboratory was designed to accommodate a large area and specialized units for the quality of these apparatus so that their calibration and maintenance are not affected by the surrounding external factors in accordance with the requirements of ISO IEC 17025: 2017. 

The laboratory consists of five units divided by the nature of the tests. Samples are distributed among these units according to the type of test prescribed in the product standard. In addition, the laboratory has a sample preparation room. They are as follows: 

First: Sanitary ware Unit: 
This unit conducts tests to detect the physical and mechanical properties of sanitary ware and plumbing parts in accordance with Saudi or international standards adopted in this field. The laboratory has the latest apparatus and techniques used in the field of sanitary ware and plumbing parts. The laboratory supports national policies on water consumption rationalization through active participation in sample testing, in addition to preparing and updating various Saudi standards, as well as conducting research and studies.

This unit also includes a number of apparatus that help to ensure that the products meet standards, which are as follows: 
  • - Taps lifespan device.
  • - Flow device for taps and flexible shower hoses.
  • - Tensile and bending machine for flexible shower hoses and spray hoses.
  • - Safe load testing machine for Western water closets and basins.
  • - Drainage device for Western water closets.
  • - Leakage and capacity device for Western water closets.

Second: Paints Unit:
This unit conducts tests to detect the physical and chemical properties of emulsified and oil-based paints and varnishes.

The unit also includes a number of apparatus that help to ensure that products meet standards, which are as follows:
  • - Viscometer.
  • - Scratch tester.
  • - Paint flexibility tester.
  • - Flash point tester.
  • - Pencil hardness tester.
  • - Gloss meter.
  • - Transparency meter.
  • - Abrasion resistance tester.
  • - Grindometer.
  • - Impact tester.
  • - Density cups.
  • - Accelerated weathering tester.
  • - Paint application instrument.
  • - Paint thickness gauge.
  • - Light booth.

Third: Steel and Aluminum Products Unit: 
This unit conducts tests to detect physical, mechanical and chemical properties of many products of aluminum, rebar, food insulated containers, flasks, lighting poles, covers and gratings of manhole, and cutlery.
The unit also includes a number of apparatus that help to ensure that products meet standards:
  • - Tensile testing device.
  • - Hardness testing device.
  • - Chemical analysis device.
  • - Bending device.
  • - Zinc coating thickness measuring device.
  • - Asbestos detection device.

Fourth: Cement Products and Tile Unit: 
This unit conducts examination and testing on several products, namely:
  • - Cement of all kinds.
  • - Ceramic tile of all kinds.
  • - Block of all kinds.
  • - Ceramic and concrete pipes.
  • - Concrete cubes and cylinders as well as pavements.
  • - Gypsum of all kinds (gypsum boards or powder).
  • - Natural and artificial marble.
  • - Bituminous waterproofing.
  • - Aluminum panels for internal finishes and exterior cladding.

The unit also includes a number of apparatus that help to ensure that products meet standards:
  • - Cubes and blocks breaking machine.
  • - Compression device for cement and concrete specimens.
  • - Rupture test device for gypsum board.
  • - Rupture test device for ceramic tile.
  • - Thermal impact device.
  • - Ceramic deep abrasion device.
  • - Ceramic surface abrasion device.
  • - Water absorption device for tile.
  • - Concrete setting time device.
  • - Cement fineness test apparatus.
  • - Cement normal consistency device.

Fifth: Cooking Stoves and Cylinders Unit:
This unit conducts examination and testing on several products of gas cylinders, fire extinguishers and cooking stoves as follows: 
  • - Hydraulic pressure resistance test and burst pressure test for pressure vessels such as fire extinguishers, gas cylinders using blasting device.
  • - Volumetric expansion measurement of different gas cylinders using gas volume meter.
  • - Performance tests of fire extinguishers.

The unit also includes a number of devices that help to ensure that products meet standards: 
  • - Tensile device.
  • Pressure blasting machine.

Sixth: Mechanical workshop:
The mechanical workshop includes a range of equipment and cutting machines such as lathes, milling, planers, grinding and shearing machines, etc. welding and presses equipment, metal forming equipment, and measuring devices and filing equipment.

List of products tested in the laboratory: 

 

Time required for examination Standard No.Product NameS.
Cement Products and Tile Unit

10 working days

ISO_13006Ceramic tiles

1

10 working days

SASO_ISO_10545Methods of testing ceramic tiles

2

10 working days

SASO-ISO-1029Cement tiles3

10 working days

SASO-ISO-1028Methods of testing cement tiles4

10 working days

SASO-1027Natural marble tiles

5

10 working days

SASO-1026Methods of testing natural marble tiles

6

30 working days

SASO-GSO-1914/2009Rapid hardening Portland cement7

30 working days

SASO-GSO-1915/2009Test methods for Portland cement

8

30 working days

SASO-GSO-1914/2009Sulphate resisting Portland cement9

30 working days

SASO-GSO-1914/2009Low Heat Portland cement10

30 working days

SASO-GSO-1914/2009White cement

11

15 working days

SASO-GSO-1910/2009

Methods of testing brick and concrete block12

15 working days

SASO-GSO-1911/2009Solid (concrete) block13

15 working days

SASO-GSO-1912/2009Molded block (concrete)

14

15 working days

SASO-GSO-1419/2002Methods of testing brick and block made of burnt clay15

15 working days

SASO-GSO-1420/2002Brick made of burnt clay

16

15 working days

SASO-GSO-1420/2002Wall block made of burnt clay

17

30 working days

SASO-ASTM-C39Test method for compressive strength of cylindrical concrete specimens18

One working day

SASO-GSO-ASTM-C143Slump test for concrete consistency 19

10 working days

SASO 1252
Preparation of concrete specimens for compressive strength test

20

10 working days

SASO_ASTM_C94Ready-mixed concrete21

10 working days

GSO_ASTM_C1396Gypsum board

22

10 working days

SASO_2752_16Aluminum panels for interior finishes and exterior cladding23

42 working days

SASO_2270Artificial marble

24

40 working days

SASO_ASTM_D6509Bituminous waterproofing

25

Sanitary Materials Unit

5 working days

SASO 1257/1998Sanitary ware - flushing water tanks

26

5 working days

SASO 1259/1998

Sanitary ware- Eastern water closets and traps.

27

5 working days

SASO 1473/2016

Sanitary ware - Western water closets 

28

5 working days

GSO EN 14528/2011Sanitary ware – spray hoses and bidets

29

5 working days

GSO EN 14688/2011

Sanitary ware - wash basins

30

5 working days

SASO 1914/2001

Sanitary ware: shower and spray hoses.

31

25 working days

SASO 2656/2006

Sanitary ware: tapware

32

5 working days

SASO 28266/2013Sanitary ware - closet seat cover

33

Steel and Aluminum Products Unit

10 working days

SASO 1495Steel lighting poles

34

5 working days

SASO 2278Auto parts

35

20 working days

SASO ASTM A615/A615M+A1
SASO ASTM A706/A615M+A1
Rebar

36

20 working days

EN 573
Tin

37

20 working days

SASO ISO 6362Aluminum products

38

20 working days

SASO ISO 2531Ductile pipe

39

15 working days

GSO1755Covers and gratings of manhole

40

20 working days

SASO ASTM A924/A924M
SASO ASTM A755/A755M
SASO ASTM A653/A653M
Steel sheets

41

15 working days

ISO 8442-2
Cutlery
(Forks - spoons - knives)

42

15 working days

SASO 369Cold formed aluminum household utensils

43

15 working days

GSO EN 12546-1Insulated containers (liquid +food)

44

Cooking Stoves and Cylinders Unit

10 working days

SASO-167
SASO-168
Domestic cooking stoves

45

30 working days

SASO-125
GSO-637
Portable dry powder fire extinguishers

46

30 working days

SASO-124
GSO-636
Portable foam fire extinguishers

47

30 working days

SASO-63Portable carbon dioxide fire extinguishers

48

30 working days

SASO-81Portable Bromochlorodifluoromethane fire extinguishers

49

20 working days

SASO-647
GSO-340
Dry chemical fire extinguishing powder

50

10 working days

SASO-ISO-10464
Gas cylinders
(Refillable cylinders) 

51
10 working days
SASO-37Steel carbon dioxide cartridges for fire extinguishers

52

Paints Unit  

35 working days

SASO-470/2016Emulsion paints

53

35 working days

SASO-2881/2017Alkyd oil based paint (gloss, semi-gloss and flat)

54

30 working days

SASO-2060/2018Paint emulsion primer

55

30 working days

SASO-2626/2017Water-based texture paint

56

30 working days

SASO-2627/2018Roof Coating

57

30 working days

GSO 1251/2002Putty(water base) for interior use

58

30 working days

GSO 1252/2002Putty(solvent base) for interior use

59

 


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