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What is EN 14427:2012?

EN 14427:2012 is a technical standard that sets out the requirements and test methods for handheld spray guns used in professional and non-professional settings. The standard aims to ensure the safety, performance, and durability of these devices, which are commonly used for painting, cleaning, and applying various liquids.

Scope and Objectives

The scope of EN 14427:2012 covers a wide range of handheld spray guns, including airless, HVLP (high volume low pressure), and LVLP (low volume low pressure) guns. It specifies the general requirements for these devices, including their construction, materials, and performance. The standard also provides guidance on testing methods to evaluate attributes such as atomization, flow rate, leakage, and triggering action.

Key Requirements

EN 14427:2012 outlines several key requirements that handheld spray guns must meet in order to comply with the standard:

Safety: The devices should be designed and manufactured in a way that minimizes the risk of injury to the user and others.

Performance: The spray guns should deliver consistent and accurate results, ensuring efficient coating application or liquid distribution.

Durability: The devices need to withstand the wear and tear of regular use without significant deterioration in performance or safety.

Ergonomics: The design should consider factors such as weight, balance, grip comfort, and ease of operation to optimize user experience.

Testing Methods

To ensure compliance with EN 14427:2012, manufacturers conduct various tests on handheld spray guns. These tests evaluate attributes such as:

Atomization: Measuring the size and uniformity of sprayed particles to determine the quality of coating application.

Flow rate: Assessing the volume of liquid delivered per unit of time, which affects the efficiency and speed of work.

Leakage: Checking for any leakage or drips that may reduce performance, waste material, or lead to safety hazards.

Triggering action: Examining the trigger mechanism's functionality, including its sensitivity, responsiveness, and ease of use.

Complying with EN 14427:2012 provides assurance to users that the handheld spray guns they purchase meet certain safety, performance, and durability standards. It also facilitates fair competition among manufacturers and enables consumers to make informed decisions based on product compliance.


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