Product Testing


All NoTrax products are subject to the following applicable tests, conducted by independent laboratories prior to their introduction to the market:

ASTM D3574 - Test H Ball Drop
: Measures the rebound height the ball travels after impact to the mat; the higher the bounce the greater the rebound of the material. A low rebound in a floor mat would be a sustained foot imprint of the mat after a person walks off of the mat.

ASTM D3574 - Compression/Deflection: This test assesses the anti-fatigue properties of floor mats. This measures the force per sq. inch after compressing the material by a percentage normally 25 or 65%. The position is held for 60 seconds and then measured.  This is a comparative measure to tell how supportive the floor mat is; meaning when you step on the mat does it bottom out with no push back or does it feel supportive beneath your feet. 

ASTM D1894 - Static Coefficient of Friction:  This measures the force to slide a weighted object resting on the sample. The coefficient is calculated by dividing the force to slide by the weight of the object. (If the object weighs 50 lbs. and it takes 40 lbs. to slide it horizontally the COF is .80) 

ASTM D2240 - Durometer:  A tool that penetrates from the top surface to measure the hardness. There is no real life correlation it is based on the calibrated Durometer. 

ASTM D2859/DOC FF1-70 (PillTest) - Flammability: Federally required flame test for all flooring materials via the CPSC. Uses a small pill that ignites for 3 minutes, the flooring must self-extinguish.

D1004 - Tear Strength:  The force to rip a material that has been started to tear. Can be done as received and after aging cycles. 

ASTM D412 - Elongation/Tensile Strength:  The tensile strength is the pound per sq. inch required to break a material in half by pulling a 1 inch strip from opposite ends. The amount it stretches before breaking is the elongation.

ASTM E648 - Critical Radiant Flux: Test for commercial flooring that measures the amount of energy/heat required to keep a material on fire. Commercial fires produce heat and materials tend to burn more readily with heat. The higher the energy required to keep something burning the more flame resistant the material is.

ASTM D6540 - Accelerated Soiling Test: Designed to simulate the soiling that occurs from foot traffic during normal use.

Accelerated Wear Test (S.I.M. Floor Machine): Designed to simulate the wear an entrance mat will receive under normal foot traffic. The results show the relative wear and crush resistance of the mat.

Water Retention: Designed to simulate the moisture retention of an entrance mat.

ASTM D3884-92 - Abrasion Resistance: This is an accelerated wear test with results measured in weight loss.

AATCC Test Method 147 – Antibacterial Assessment of Textile Materials: The objective is to detect bacteriostatic activity on textile materials. 

ASTM E2149 – Antimicrobial Activity: This test method is designed to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of non-leaching, antimicrobial-treated specimens under dynamic contact conditions.

ASTM G22-76 - Bacterial Resistance: Designed to evaluate bacterial activity in plastic materials.

ASTM G21 - Fungal Resistance: Standard practice for determining resistance of synthetic polymeric materials to fungi.

National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) -  NFSI performs independent evaluation of slip resistance on floor mats, coatings, cleaning agents, etc., and provide information to end-users to aid in their purchasing decisions. In order to become NFSI certified, proposed products must pass comprehensive laboratory and field testing.