Moments

Product lines

The preschool MOMENTS products gather together some of our best known play equipment to address universal play themes and create space and enjoyment.

Items with a clear theme such as trains, ships and castles are a great inspiration for children's imaginative and role-model play. They provide the opportunity for exactly the type of shared or individual play that helps develop basic, yet fundamental life-skills.

The rocking motions of the MOMENTS springers and seesaws make play fun an stimulate the vestibular sense and promote balancing skills too.

Material Specifications

KOMPAN MOMENTS playground equipment, the hallmark of our playground tradition, is designed according to a set of specially defined specifications to meet the demands of future playgrounds all over the world.

The main specifications are:
·           Unique design
·           High level of industrial design (uniform quality)
·           High resistance against wear, climatic impact  and vandalism
·           Low maintenance demands
·           Environmental focus

Choice of materials and production technologies

The choice of materials for each component is based on a set of rules that implicates:

1.        Mechanical demands such as strength, elasticity, impact and wear resistance.

2.        Physical demands such as climatic strength (moisture, rot, ozone, UV radiation, corrosion, and temperature fluctuations), colourability and manufacturability.

3.        Environmental demands such as recycling potential - meaning parts that have no critical contents, e.g. heavy metal based UV stabilizers.

4.        Visual demands such as surface texture, range of gloss, lowest possible degree of fading under exposure of sunlight within the frames of the environment standards (3), no major color changes due to wear=less maintenance (colored-through materials).

5.        High consideration to the users with regard to resilience and textures of surfaces, heat conduction, rounding of edges, etc. 

KOMPAN's product development strategy is not limited by any demands of in-house manufacturing, which means that we are free to incorporate state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies.

Metal

All metal parts are dimensioned for heavy-duty, industrial application. Types of metal used are steel, stainless steel and brass. All joints above the ground are screws or bolted joints.

Surface treatment - To protect steel parts against corrosion, they are all subjected to one of the following basic treatments:

·           Hot-dip galvanising (all fabrication prior to galvanisation).
·           Delta-Magni treatment
·           Electro-coating of paint (EC-painting)
·           Wet painting after EC-painting
·           Powder coating

Springs - Springs are made of steel qualities that meet DIN 17221. The springs are subjected to shot peening to prevent crack formation and fatigue fracture. Spring durability and expected life in use are tested on a sampling basis to ascertain that the spring will function after more than 5 years of normal use. Springs are fitted with patented anti-pinch clamps of cast nylon or specially developed spring fittings.

Slide beds - Slide beds are available in stainless steel. All edges are folded and are thus inaccessible. 

Swing components - Swing suspensions are made of polyamide and consist of double ball bearing system with swivel. Crossbar of hot-dip galvanised steel. Seats are fastened with a small-link, stainless steel chain according to DIN 766B, or with a rope.

Plastic

A variety of plastics are used, selected for suitability, strength and environmental properties. The plastic components are identified by means of international standard abbreviations, allowing optimum recycling. All plastic components retain their properties in the temperature range of -30°C to 60°C. All plastic materials are UV and ozone protected to the maximum within the frames of the strongest environmental demands. Only plastic materials and additives in compliance with the EN 71 standard are used. 

Polyamide (PA6) - Applications: Curved handholds, footholds, Do-Nut, Wood-Do, net connectors, spacers, swing suspensions, 45° brackets, hair of brushes etc.

Synthetic rubber (PUR, TPE, EPDM and SBR) - Applications: Swing seats, steps and rungs on slide access ways and bridges, binoculars, edges on crawl-through openings, flaps for openings etc.

Polypropylene (PP) - Applications: Nets and ropes, gear shifts, colored manipulative devices, sand scoops, sand pipes, base of brushes, straps etc.

Polycarbonate (PC) - Applications: Various basins and funnels, etc.

Polyethylene (PE) - Applications: Slides. 

Acryl (PMMA) - Applications: Mirror. 

Polyethylene panels - Panels made of colored-through high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is a material with very good wearing and impact strengths. Available in a number of standard colors, which are all approved in accordance with the European Standard EN 71-3 and tested for UV stability. HDPE is a thermoplastic material and can therefore be granulated and recycled in connection with disposal.

Larger hollow plastic parts - Slide beds, plastic spring ride bodies, etc. are made of polyethylene and rotation-molded.

Nets and ropes - Nets and ropes are made of UV-stabilized PP (polypropylene) with inner steel cable reinforcement. Ultimate tensile strength of the rope is at least 2,500 kg. The net connectors are KOMPAN-designed and made from a specially formulated injection-molded PA (polyamide) in order to perform the maximum strength and UV stability. Ropes exposed to substantial wear are coated with a thick layer of PUR (polyurethane).

Bars - Bars are made of polypropylene with a core of electro-galvanized or stainless steel. They are used as space bars, handholds and as safety device at slides and other openings.

Wood

Wood is harvested from plantations with sound re-forestation programs. The variety of wood is specially selected for use in playgrounds.

Resin-coated panels - KOMPAN employs a specially manufactured plywood panel with a textured resin coating for places exposed to extensive wear such as floors and seats. Resin-coated panels are used for a specially selected range of products.

High-pressure laminate panels - High-pressure laminate (HPL) is used for floors, steps and other places exposed to extensive wear. HPL is a homogenous material with a very high wearing strength. HPL consists of wood fibers and a thermosetting binder, which is then compressed under high temperature and high pressure. The finished material is rot and fungal attack proof. HPL is approved in accordance with the EN 71-3 standard, cf. above.

Posts - are made of good quality pine (Pinus Sylvestris), full-squared, planed, with rounded edges and without dead knots. Pressure impregnated with Tanalith E according to EN 351-1 and EN 335-2 under carefully controlled conditions to ensure minimal environmental impacts. Post tops are domed or provided with a nylon cap. Heavy load connections to the posts are made by through bolts, and the Wood-Do compensates for the expansion/contraction of the wood. Steel footings are made of a heavy-duty KOMPAN-designed rolled steel profile and connected to the posts by four long glue-embedded threaded steel bolts. The glue process is subjected to 100% quality control by testing every single post. The steel footing elevates the timber 200 mm over surface level (marked with a knot) in order to reduce the impregnation strength. The rectangular indentation 100 mm from the flange is a "punch out" piece that enables fitting of e.g. panels to the posts by means of a T-bolt. The steel footings are, like all other KOMPAN steel parts, fabricated prior to hot-dip galvanization. All footings are detachable from the posts and are available for in-ground anchoring as well as for surface installation.

Dimensioned wood and boards - Handrails for staircases, bridges and bearer battens for floors are produced in pine, full-squared, planed and with rounded edges.

Crossbars - All crossbars for nets have a 30° angle profile on the top to discourage walking on the crossbar.

Rungs - of ladders are made of hardwood.

Test

KOMPAN's products and materials are not only tested according to the current safety standards in Europe and North America, but fulfills also our own strong demands for user safety, proven play value and technical performance.

Product testing safety standards

KOMPAN products are designed to fulfill the relevant safety standards/guidelines in each market, and since we are a worldwide supplier, our products are typically approved by more than one institute/authority. 

The major safety standards/guidelines are EN 1176 (S), ASTM 1487-01 (S), CPSC (G) and CSA (S). All products marketed worldwide have the internationally recognized TÜV certificate for accordance to the EN 1176 standard.

Strength/durability tests

All products must go through a static load test in order to achieve TÜV and ASTM certification. In addition, KOMPAN maintains its tradition of also testing our products dynamically since our experience is that the repeated moving loads provided by playing children are much more crucial for the durability than a heavy static load. 

Vandalism resistance is also an area where KOMPAN has defined our own guidelines, which in short terms can be expressed as follows: The products must be able to withstand the forces and impacts that can be provided by the human body without using tools. To reduce the immediate risks for product safety in the event of vandalism, KOMPAN's products are designed with steel reinforcement in ropes and rubber components, and use ductile plastic materials that prevent sharp edges when damaged.

Field tests

Before launch, KOMPAN products are field tested at specially selected, heavily used playgrounds for extended periods of time. The focus of these tests is to evaluate technical performance, as well as play value and child development.

Material tests

KOMPAN's choice of materials is followed up by testing the materials according to relevant standards within related areas such as building industry (flammability and corrosion) and toy directives (toxicity), and we have also defined our own standards, e.g. friction and wear of flooring surfaces.