A lot of testing is being done in the industry according to all kinds of standard protocols. Especially in the machine testing industry there is a high level of standardization of tests; Such as the IEC 60456 protocol for machine testing and awarding Energy labels. This international standard is used in Europe, a derivative is being used in the USA under AHAM standard and in Australia and in other parts of the Southern hemisphere the AS/NZS Standard is applied to award the EnergyRating.There have been numerous of test methods which were used for detergent testing. The last few years we have seen more movement towards standardization and consensus. The two main exponents from that are the AISE-protocol and the Ecolabel-standard. And these two standards are also moving closer together.
Especially the AISE-protocol is a base standard that means it leaves a lot of room to add other stains or testmaterials as well, so that you can better incorporate the protocol into your own protocols. Both protocols incorporate a section on colour management as well.
Testmaterials for Standard Tests
For dishwash tests the most important standard is the IkW standard test protocol. This requires a lot of testmaterial preparation in-house. CFT has developed her own method using standardized soiled tiles which are commercially available and can form a welcome addition to IkW test.
Other consumables for Standard Tests