The Potential Damages of Industrial Products from Sunlight

Feburary 26, 2018

Do you think the sunlight would not cause much damages to your products?

Sunlight is a major cause of damage to a number of materials, including plastics, textiles, coatings, and other organic materials. The type of damage, such as loss of physical properties, chalking, cracking, peeling, fading, and color change. For durable materials, like most coatings and plastics, short-wave UV is the primary cause of polymer degradation. However, for less durable materials, like many dyes and pigments, longer wave UV, and even short-wave visible light, can cause significant damage.

For many manufacturers, it is crucial to understand the effects of prolong sunlight exposure to your products.

Solution to Help you with Durability Testing of your Product: Accelerated Weathering Tester

Accelerated weathering testers are designed to simulate natural sunlight, and are widely used for research and development, quality control and material certification. These testers can provide fast, repeatable and reproducible results. The QUV Accelerated Weathering Tester and the xenon arc are the most commonly used accelerated weathering and light stability testers. These testers are based on two completely different approaches.

Xenon arc testers, such as the Q-SUN® Xenon Test Chamber, reproduce the entire spectrum of sunlight including ultraviolet (UV), visible light and infrared (IR). The xenon is essentially an attempt to reproduce sunlight itself. While on the other hand, QUV testers do not attempt to reproduce the full spectrum of sunlight, but, rather, just the damaging effects of sunlight.

MahaChem is the authorised distributor for Q-lab testers in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. If you would like more information regarding the machine, contact us via email.

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