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FPRDI Testing Labs Now ISO-accredited
February 20, 2012

Good news to the testing clients of the DOST’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI). Two of the institute’s testing laboratories (the Furniture Testing Center and Plywood Testing Laboratory) now conform to ISO standards, while one (Pulp and Paper Testing Laboratory) renewed its accreditation according to PNS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 or the General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories by the Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO) last January 12, 2012.

According to FPRDI Testing Laboratories’ (FTLs’) Quality Manager Ms. Adela S. Torres, “The benefits of an accredited laboratory include increased reliability and quality of service, customer satisfaction, and better working conditions. Being PNS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited, FTLs can be expected to provide consistently valid test results to its customers.”

“Additionally, customers who had their products assessed by us will no longer need to be re-tested since the standards used by ISO accredited laboratories are globally recognized. This will then save time and money for the exporters,” Torres added.

The FTLs’ accreditation validity is until January 11, 2017. # (Maybell Mariella A. Amador, 20 February 2012)

FPRDI Testing Lab Helps Construction and Wood-based Clients
February 17, 2012

For 55 years now, the DOST Forest Products Research and Development Institute has been helping players in the construction and wood-based industries test how strong their materials are and how fit these are for different uses and conditions.

Thru its Physics and Mechanics Testing Laboratory, FPRDI evaluates the physical and strength properties of concrete hollow blocks, concrete cylinder, pallets, lumber and non-wood forest products such as bamboo and rattan.

FPRDI lab tests pre-fab walls
February 1, 2012

In a country like the Philippines where earthquakes and typhoons are inevitable, it is crucial that housing and building structures are strong enough to withstand intense shakes and blows. Good thing though that the strength of prefabricated walls can now be examined thru the Forest Products Research and Development Institute’s (FPRDI) full-size wall testing facility.

The fully automated wall-testing facility assesses the behavioral responses of wall specimens when subjected to simulated performance tests. Results can be readily seen in a computer.

Designed especially for timber-framed walls, the facility can measure the compressive and shear strength of prefab walls. “The compression test shows how much load the wall can support even in the absence of a beam. This is important for structural walls,” said Dr. Rico J. Cabangon, Chief of the Institute’s Engineered Products Development Section.

Shear test, on the other hand, examines the strength of the wall when a load is applied from its side. “This can determine the wall specimen’s resilience to earthquakes,” Cabangon added.

The facility is the country’s first and only state-of-the-art wall testing laboratory that is government-owned. “With its establishment, local prefab wall manufacturers need not send their materials abroad for testing. This will mean lesser cost for them. The facility also aims to aid the manufacturers in further developing their products based on the information from the tests,” stressed Cabangon.

Established in 2004, the FPRDI wall testing facility was a brainchild of former FPRDI director Dr. Florence Soriano and was funded by the DOST Grants-in-Aid thru the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development. Plans are underway to upgrade it to suit the testing of concrete and steel prefab walls. ### (Apple Jean C. Martin. 18 January 2012)