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Testing and Certification of Cables and Cords at the VDE Institute

In electrical engineering, cables and cords are products of central importance for power distribution and energy use. Due to their important function, special attention must be paid to safety. If they are damaged, it can be extremely dangerous. The VDE Institute tests and certifies cables and cords for energy, signal and data transmission and thus makes a significant contribution to the required safety and quality.


Stephanie Werner

The VDE TEST LAB for fire behavior

The VDE Testing and Certification Institute can offer a state-of-the-art test center for the fire behavior of cables and cords in Offenbach.

With this laboratory, the VDE Institute covers both the CPR (Construction Products Regulation) which is the testing of all cables installed in buildings, as well as the testing of motor vehicle cables, railway lines and many other fields of application.

Thanks to highly effective exhaust gas cleaning system, the testing of cables and cords containing halogen is also possible.

The VDE Institute has set the highest standards for safety and environmental protection with the development of the VDE TESTLAB for fire behavior. Highly modern exhaust gas cleaning system prevents the release of possible pollutants into the atmosphere.

Our range of services includes amongst other things:

  • Single cables fire tests acc. to EN 60332
  • Bunched cables fire tests acc. to EN 50399
  • Determination of smoke density acc. to EN 61034 and EN 50399
  • Test for the insulation content acc. to EN 50200 and EN 50362 as well as the function acc. to IEC 60331
  • Determination of the content of poisonous gases, e.g. hydrohalic acid or gas acidity, acc. to EN 60754-1/-2
  • Determination of the freedom from halogen and toxicity index acc. to various standards
  • Tests done on busbar trunking systems and plastic pipes

Testing and Certification

Electrical appliances with VDE-tested and certified cables

We offer you following product testing:

Electrical appliances with VDE-tested and certified cables

Cables and cords:

Power cables, electric power lines, HAR electric power lines, heating pipelines, parallel heating pipelines, communication cables with copper or fiber optic cable, data cables, halogen free cables and cords, cables and cords with improved behavior in fire, special cords

Guidance systems and components for cables and cords:

Installation conduit, installation ducts, cable bearer systems, insulation hoses, protective hoses and pipes, insulation tapes, heat shrinking components, cable compounds
Tools for working under voltage:

Pliers, cable cutters, assembly tools for screws and nuts, sectional tools, cable knives, low voltage heavy duty fuses, set screw wrenche, personal protective equipment

Safety devices:

Insulation mats, insulation blankets, casings, cramps, fittings

Wide range of services for cables and cords at the VDE Institute

We offer you following services:

Wide range of services for cables and cords at the VDE Institute

Insulating material tests:                                                                                  

ageing test on insulating materials, hardness tests for Shore and Vickers on tools, definition of thermal long-term characteristics of insulating materials, bending test of any kind of cords, tensile strength and ultimate elongation, coat thickness measurement

Voltage tests:

DC voltage to 420 kv, impulse test (e.g. 1,2/5 µs) to 420 kv, AC voltage to 300 kv

Environmental tests:ozone resistance tests; air, oil or oxygen ageing


Additional Services

  • Performing retesting on high voltage detection and operation systems
  • Expert’s report on legal and standard compliance of electrotechnological products in your offices
  • Testing for standard conformity during the development process

Internationally approved Inscpetions

Testing and Certification of cables and cords at the VDE Institute according to international standards

Tests of cables, cords, insulating materials, installation ducts and conduits, insulation tubes, heat-shrinking components, insulation tapes, insulated tools, personal protective equipment and voltage detectors: These products will be tested taking into account the guideline requirements on the basis of national and international standards. Additionally, we offer testing along the complete development process. Also in the field of long-term evaluations of insulating materials we are an approved body. We are the German approbation body for the HAR agreement since its ratification in 1974.


VDE-tested cables and cords

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Testing of cables and cords according to Construction Products Regulation (CPR)

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Testing and certification of data cables

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