TFL sets new fogging standards

One of the key emission tests that leather is required to undergo by the automotive industry is its propensity to fogging, that is, its ability when heated to emit substances that form a haze-like layer on the windscreen of a car. In December 2003, the European Committee for Standardization, CEN, released a new European Standard test method to determine the fogging characteristics of leather.

One of the key emission tests that leather is required to undergo by the automotive industry is its propensity to fogging, that is, its ability when heated to emit substances that form a haze-like layer on the windscreen of a car. In December 2003 the European Committee for Standardization, CEN, released a new European Standard test method to determine the fogging characteristics of leather. The new EN method clearly reveals the limitations of the reflectometric procedure and there are some practical changes when compared with the DIN procedure. While the EN 14288 Standard retains the basic elements of the traditional DIN 75201 Standard, it has been introduced to update the procedures and bring them into line with industrial practice. It takes into account tanner’s economic needs and gives results which can be confidently used to meet customers’ needs. The EN 14288 Standard is also in the process of being introduced as an ISO Standard, namely ISO 17071.