The facility is located at SULO's Somersby production plant and is controlled on a daily basis by onsite quality assurance staff. The testing facility was accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities in early 2008, allowing SULO to perform regular in-house product testing as defined by the MGB standards and also the ability to conduct third party testing.
Product samples are subject to a strict inspection and testing schedule to ensure full compliance to both the EN840 and the AS4123 standards, ensuring all bins are consistently manufactured to a high standard.
Sample MGBs are put through a drop test, an impact test and stress test. Further testing on weight and volume, consistent wall thickness, axle and handle diameter, strength of the bins' hinges and axles, and UV stability are conducted on a regular basis.
Detailed results from each test are recorded, reviewed and filed. NATA conduct regular onsite audits to ensure full compliance is maintained. All records and testing methods are reviewed and marked against specific criteria.