A polar bear on our toilet?
400 kilogrammes – that’s the weight of a full-grown polar bear. According to the EU standard, that’s the weight that wall-hung WCs and bidets have to be able to bear. Rigorous tests are carried out on the computer and at Geberit’s building technology and acoustics laboratory. Nothing goes into production before these tests.
Wall-hung urinals and washbasins have to be able to support a weight of 150 kilogrammes, while support handles have to be able to support 100 kilogrammes. Needless to say, both our ceramic sanitary appliances and the load-bearing installation systems have to comply with these standards. How do we determine their load-bearing capacity? Not using polar bears, that’s for sure. We start off by examining the statics on the computer using simulation programs – but that is not enough.
Zero tolerance with tolerance values
The only thing that counts in the end is the real test in Geberit’s building technology and acoustics laboratory, where our experts carry out between 80 and 120 statics tests each year and also test new installation systems. Using a 3D measuring arm, a force framework and a pressure cylinder, we analyse how products respond to different loads. Only if the test results do not exceed the tight tolerance values does a new development go into series production. We have to be absolutely ruthless in this respect. You never know, maybe you will want to plonk yourself down on the toilet with a little bit more vigour one day.