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In this issue, our lab focus article features our consumer goods testing facilities in the United States.

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Our United States network of testing laboratories has grown organically as well as through acquisitions. The oldest laboratory in our US network was established in 1880 and became part of SGS in 1982, while the most recent lab was established in 2017. From east to west, our seven Consumer Goods and Retail testing laboratories are located across five states providing services that ensure safety, compliance and quality to global supply chains every day:

  • New Jersey (Flag-Ship & 2 additional locations)
  • New York 
  • Georgia
  • Wisconsin
  • California

Total number of employees

Approximately 400

Total square footage of testing facilities

Approximately 170,000 square feet

Services overview

We offer a comprehensive range of services. Each laboratory performs safety, performance and quality services for products unique to that location.

Fairfield, New Jersey

  • Products covered:
    • Textiles, apparel, accessories, toys, juvenile products, playground equipment, cookware, ceramic and glassware, packaging, candles, furniture, food contact, DIY, detergents and household cleaners, seatbelts
  • Key services:
    • Physical and performance testing
    • Benchmarking and national brand equivalency (NBE)
    • Stability testing
    • Chemical testing
    • Transport testing for packaging
    • Reference lab for US regulations and standards
    • Life cycle assessments/carbon footprint consultancy
    • Auditing and Inspections

Branchburg, New Jersey

  • Products covered:
    • Mobile phones, tablet devices, wearable devices, M2M devices, modules, and IoT devices
    • Key services:
    • OTA Antenna Performance, coverage includes
    • aGPS
    • LTE (4G), LTE-Advanced, MIMO
    • WiFi 802.11
    • UMTS (3G), WCDMA, HSDPA,
    • CDMA (3G), 1XRTT, EVDO
    • GSM (2G), GPRS, EDGE

Union, NJ:

  • Products covered:
    • Cosmetic
    • Personal care
  • Key services:
    • Human safety & efficacy testing
    • Use tests
    • Claim support tests
    • Sunscreen tests
    • Dermal patch tests
    • Photobiology tests

Farmingdale, New York

  • Products covered:
    • Furniture, furnishing, textiles, mattresses
    • Plastics, films, Composites
    • Building materials, wire & cable
    • Interior materials for public transport vehicles including buses, rail car, civil aviation aircraft, and marine vessels
  • Key services:
    • Fire and flammability tests in adherence to AHJ requirements and building codes officials
    • Physical testing: Strength, abrasion, light fastness, water resistance, stain resistance, and dimensional stability
    • Smoke toxicity testing

Suwanee, Georgia

  • Products covered:
    • Medical, ITE, accessories, toys, lighting, cell phones, hazardous location, machinery directive, industrial equipment, household appliances, batteries
  • Key services:
    • National Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) for US Certification
    • CB/CE Testing EMC
    • SAR/HAC
    • Product safety
    • Energy Star & CEC
    • Battery testing
    • Hazardous location
    • Reference lab for US regulations and standards
    • Protocol testing

Appleton, Wisconsin

  • Products covered:
    • Nonwovens: Wipes, adult incontinence products, diapers, feminine care products, surgical gowns and drapes, filters, etc.
    • Paper: Tissues, toweling, napkins, paper plates/cups/food storage, shop towels, packaging, copy paper, etc.
  • Key services:
    • Full range of physical testing
    • Analytical testing
    • Microscopy evaluation
    • Product evaluation
    • Flushability of wipes
    • Regulatory testing: Wood pulp and fiber identification for species identification, compliance with endangered species act
    • National brand equivalency

San Diego, California

  • Products covered:
    • Cellular telephones, tablet devices, wearable devices, chipsets, M2M devices, modules
  • Key services:
    • Operators Conformance/OTA Service
      • VzW
      • Sprint
      • USCC
  • GCF/ PTCRB E-UTRA Conformance
  • OTA Antenna Performance, coverage includes
    • aGPS
    • LTE (4G), LTE-Advanced, MIMO
    • WiFi 802.11
    • UMTS (3G), WCDMA, HSDPA,
    • CDMA (3G), 1XRTT, EVDO
    • GSM (2G), GPRS, EDGE

Overview of products covered

Our testing services cover the widest range of consumer products which impact everyday life.

Some examples:

  • Batteries
  • Candles
  • Cosmetic, Personal Care
  • DIY
  • Electrical and electronic products – household appliances, lighting, medical devices, mobile/cell phones, tablets, wearable devices, ITE, M2M devices, IoT devices
  • Food contact materials
  • Furniture 
  • Hazardous location equipment
  • Household cleaners 
  • Industrial equipment 
  • Machinery directives 
  • Packaging 
  • Seatbelts
  • Textiles, apparel and accessories 
  • Toys and juvenile products

Accreditations

The staff at our US facilities has extensive experience and expertise and our laboratories have earned accreditations including ISOs 17025, 17020, 17065 and 9001. The labs are also certified by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Additional accreditations have been granted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, the Standards Council of Canada, Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Global Certification Forum, CBTL by The IEC System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrical Equipment, PCS Type Certification Review Board, Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB), UN DOT Hazardous Packaging Lab Approval, USCC and VzW.

For specific technologies and applications SGS has also been approved by A2LA, CTIA, GCF, Bluetooth SIG WiFi Alliance, Wireless Power Consortium, Orange and Sprint

For further information, please contact:

SGS USA
291 Fairfield Avenue
Fairfield, NJ 07004
t: +1 800-777-TEST (8378) / +1 973-575-5252