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Junction box of the Abox-i series with accessories

DLG-APPROVED: Resistance to ammonia

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A test mark “DLG-APPROVED for individual criteria” is awarded for agricultural products which have successfully fulfilled a scope-reduced usability testing conducted by DLG according to independent and recognised evaluation criteria. The test is intended to highlight particular innovations and key criteria of the test object. The test may contain criteria from the DLG test scope for overall tests, or focus on other value-determining characteristics and properties of the test subject. The minimum requirements, test conditions and procedures as well as the valuation bases of the test results will be specified in consultation with an expert group of DLG. They correspond to the recognized rules of technology, as well as scientific and agricultural knowledge and requirements. The successful testing is concluded with the publication of a test report, as well as the awarding of the test mark which is valid for five years from the date of awarding.

The DLG-APPROVED test „Ammonia resistance“ includes technical examinations in the laboratory and in the NH3 test chamber of the DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs in Gross-Umstadt. Brand-new samples of all materials used were tested. The testing was based on the DLG test specification for the study of ammonia resistance, version 2.0/2012. Other criteria were not tested.

Evaluation – short version

The brand-new materials are tested regarding their ammonia resistance according to DLG-APPROVED test methods. The tested materials have met the requirements regarding the examined criteria.

Table 1: Overview of results

Component   Test result Evaluation
Abox-i junction box resistant +
SNI stepped nipple resistant +
AST attachment spout resistant +
BST ventilation spout resistant +
DMS double membrane spout resistant +
DMS/sw double membrane spout resistant +
insulating plug resistant +


Junction box Abox-i series with accessories

Description and technical data

The materials tested here are components of the junction box from the Abox-i series. The box is also installed in animal houses, and can thus be exposed to elevated levels of ammonia in the housing environment.

Table 2: Technical characteristics (according to manufacturer)

Junction box Abox-i series  
Rated voltage 690 V
Rated current 57 A (125A)
Length 110 – 250 mm
Width 110 – 250 mm
Height 67 – 115 mm
Partitioning units 62 – 352 mm
<b>Partitioning units</b>   <b>Dimensions (L x W x H)<b/>
SNI stepped nipple Ø 30 x 20 mm
AST attachment spout Ø 30 x 23 mm
BST ventilation spout Ø 25,5 x 13 mm
DMS double membrane spout Ø 25,5 x 14 mm
DMS/sw double membrane spout Ø 30 x 15 mm
insulating plug Ø 14 x 5 mm

The method

Resistance to ammonia

The ammonia resistance of the materials was determined by a laboratory testing according to the DLG test standard for agricultural use. With the DLG laboratory test for NH3 resistance, it is possible to determine the ability of the test sample to withstand the effects of animal house air over a usage period of at least 20 years. The test was carried out in a gassing chamber under the following climate conditions:

Test duration1500 h
Air temperature70 °C
Relative humidity70 %
Ammonia concentration750 ppm

For assessing the NH3 resistance, the test samples were examined visually, gravimetrically and through a measurement of the material thickness before and after the climate testing.

The measurement of shore hardness only yielded relevant and tangible results for the accessory parts. The materials were tested on the basis of at least two samples.

The test results in detail

Resistance to ammonia

During the test, all tested components and materials were resistant. No visual or functional properties of the materials were restricted after the fumigation in the ammonia-containing environment.

All deviations of the measured parameters were within the measurement uncertainty or the evaluation thresholds. Thus, it can be assumed that the materials are able to sufficiently withstand a NH3-containing atmosphere, as it would be the case for exhaust air in pig houses for example.

Tabelle 3: Veränderungen durch die NH3-Beaufschlagung – Leergehäuse

Component Visual assessment Weight Width Height Thickness Evaluation
Box/cover with seal and screw no change 0.2 % -0.5 % 0.7 % resistant
Double membrane spout no change -0.8 % < 0.1 % resistant
Junction box Abox-i series resistant

Table 4: Change through the NH3 exposure - accessories

Accessories Visual assessment Weight Shore hardness Evaluation
SNI stepped nipple no change < 3.0 % < 5.0 % resistant
AST attachment spout no change < 3.0 % < 5.0 % resistant
BST ventilation spout no change < 3.0 % < 5.0 % resistant
DMS double membrane spout no change < 3.0 % < 5.0 % resistant
DMS/sw double membrane spout no change < 3.0 % + 6.5 % resistant
insulating plug no change < 3.0 % < 5.0 % resistant


The brand-new materials were tested regarding their ammonia resistance in the laboratory and in the NH3 test chamber of the DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs in Gross-Umstadt according to DLG-APPROVED test methods. All tested materials have met the requirements regarding the examined criteria. Thus, the entire component is to be classified as resistant to ammonia-containing air.

Applicant and manufacturer

G. Spelsberg GmbH + Co. KG
Im Gewerbepark 1
D-58579 Schalksmühle

Telephon +49 (0)2355 892-0
Fax +49 (0)2355 892-299

Test performed by

DLG e.V.,
Test Center
Technology and Farm Inputs,
Max-Eyth-Weg 1,
D-64823 Gross-Umstadt

DLG test framework
DLG test framework version 2.0/2012

Specialist department
Livestock systems

Department Head
Dipl.-Ing. Susanne Gäckler

Test engineers
Dipl.-Ing. agr. Iris Beckert*
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Sander Schwick, M.Sc. *

* Author


DLG TestService GmbH - Groß-Umstadt location • Max-Eyth-Weg 1 64823 Groß-Umstadt Germany • Tel.: +49(0)69 24 788-611 •