Safe transport of dangerous goods – B&W International cases receive 4H2 certification

For decades now, the outdoor.cases produced by B&W International – the specialist case manufacturer based in Ibbenbüren, Germany – have been synonymous with security, stability and quality. Not only are they dustproof and waterproof, they are also able to withstand even significant impact – making them ideal for use in military environments. Already suitable for transporting high-value appliances, type 6000 cases are now also capable of carrying dangerous goods. This feature has been certified through extensive testing conducted by Germany’s Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM).

Known as 4H2, the new certification that the cases have earned is only awarded once a product has passed a range of type examination tests based on Chapter 6.1 of the ADR (European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road). A case is subjected to various phases of testing in this process. Following the comprehensive type examination, its material properties are identified. The type 6000 case shell – made from high-quality polypropylene – and the automatic air pressure compensation valve proved the security and quality standards that this case delivers. These are features that are shared by other B&W International outdoor.cases too, including type 5500 and type 6800. After the properties of the type 6000 case had been analysed, the next stage involved a stacking test and a drop test, during which the case was cooled to a temperature of -20°C. The case was able to withstand a stacking load of 400 kilograms when lying flat – and it also emerged successfully from the drop test conducted in its frozen state, in which it was dropped in five positions from heights of up to 1.80 metres. Once the tests were complete, looking inside the case revealed that both the exterior and interior had remained intact – living up to the manufacturer’s mission statement.

Thanks to BAM having awarded them 4H2 certification, type 6000 cases are now suitable for military applications that involve handling dangerous goods on a day-to-day basis. This type of accreditation is required by the UN, and provides information about the type of dangerous goods packaging and its materials, whether it involves packaging group X (significant danger), Y (moderate danger) or Z (low danger), the gross weight that the packaging and contents must not exceed, the substance category, the year of manufacture, the country in which the certification was granted, the certifying body, the certification number, and the abbreviation denoting the manufacturer and testing institute.

Technical data of outdoor.cases type 6000:

– Made of polypropylene (PP)
– UN certification 4H2 from BAM
– STANAG 4280, DEF STAN 81-41, MIL-STD-810-G and ATA 300 certified
– Automatic air pressure compensation valve
– Strong, dustproof, waterproof in accordance with IP67
– Cold and heat-resistant from -30°C to +80°C
– Rubberised handle
– Stackable
– Two eyelets for padlocks (Ø 7 mm)
– 30-year guarantee

About B&W International

The case manufacturer B&W International, based in Ibbenbüren in Germany, has been setting standards in terms of the reliability, quality and security of tool cases and bags since 1998. In-house production in modern premises ensures optimum production flows and the ability to deal with individual customer requests quickly and cost-effectively. The company was one of the first specialist case manufacturers to achieve ISO certification. As well as tool cases and bags, B&W International also makes bike.cases for the safe transport of bicycles and outdoor.cases for protecting sensitive electronic equipment. 42 people work at the Ibbenbüren site in development, management and logistics. B&W International has a total of approximately 90 employees worldwide, with its own subsidiaries in Spain, Great Britain, China, India and the USA. Its products are sold by sales partners worldwide.