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Q-Lab Phone Numbers

USA: +1-440-835-8700
Florida & Arizona Test Services: +1-305-245-5600
UK/Europe: +44-1204-861616
Germany: +49-681-857470
China: +86-21-5879-7970

About
George Grossman founded Q-Panel Lab Products in 1956. The company changed its name to Q-Lab in 2006.

About Us

Q-Lab Corporation is a global provider of material durability testing products since 1956. We design and manufacture standard test substrates as well as weathering, light stability, and corrosion testers. In addition, contract test services which include accelerated laboratory testing are available at Q-Lab Florida, Q-Lab Arizona, and Q-Lab Deutschland. Outdoor exposure testing for weathering, lightfastness and corrosion are available at Q-Lab Florida and Q-Lab Arizona.

Our weathering products and services are used by material scientists and technicians in numerous industries including: additives and colorants, adhesive and sealants, automotive, building materials (such as roofing and siding), fabrics/textiles, food and beverages, graphic arts/inks, paints and coatings, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, plastics and packaging, and renewable energy (such as solar).

Our modern corporate headquarters, R&D, and manufacturing facilities are located in Westlake, a beautiful suburb of Cleveland, Ohio USA. Q-Lab sales and distribution facilities are located in Manchester, England, Saarbrucken, Germany, and Shanghai, China. Q-Lab's A2LA accredited laboratory and outdoor testing facilities are located in Homestead, Florida (Certificate Number 0859-01) and Buckeye, Arizona (Certificate Number 0859-02). We've also just opened a new accelerated testing lab at our Saarbrücken, Germany location (Certificate Number 0859-03).

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The Q-Lab Name & History

George Grossman, Founder

A young pilot in the US Air Corps returned to civilian life after serving his country. His name was George Grossman, and he began a new career selling supplies and equipment to paint labs in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Wherever he went, George made it a practice to ask his customers, "What do you need that you can't get from your current suppliers?" Many customers told George that they needed a consistent, reproducible test surface. They wanted to make sure that if a coating failed during testing, it was because of a bad paint and not because of a contaminated substrate.

George founded Q-Panel Lab Products in 1956 to fulfill this industry need. When designing the first test panels, George was looking for a way to place a logo on his product that would not be obscured when the lab technicians sprayed the panels with paint. He decided that a "Q" shaped hole would do the trick. Plus, it would represent the quality and quick delivery that George wanted for his panels.

50 years later, Q-Lab Corporation has established the global standard for affordable, reliable, and easy to use weathering, lightfastness, and corrosion test equipment and test services. This philosophy and customer-first approach has made us "the most trusted name in weathering".

Read more about the entire history of Q-Lab in pictures below.

  • George-1956

    1956 – Q-Panel Co. is founded in Cleveland, USA to fill a need for standard test panels for paint research. The company name is eventually changed to Q-Lab in 2006.

  • 1960

    1960 – Q-Lab's first new factory is built in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • qct-1965

    1965 – QCT “Cleveland Condensation Tester” introduced by Q-Lab. This precursor to the QUV provides condensation only, but no UV.

  • QUV-1970

    1970 – QUV Accelerated Weathering Tester introduced. This revolutionary design by Q-Lab combines condensation and fluorescent UV. Today, the distinctive shape is recognized throughout the world.

  • QUV-1977

    1977 – Publication of the first of many ASTM and international specifications that reference the QUV tester.

  • 1980

    1980 – European sales office and warehouse opened in the United Kingdom, near Manchester.

  • 1981

    1981 – Q-Lab moves to a new, larger factory in Westlake, Ohio.

  • QUV-1983

    1983 – QUV becomes world’s most widely used weathering tester, based on number of units in use.

  • UVB-1984

    1984 – UVB-313 lamp introduced. This Q-Lab design is the first lamp specifically designed for a fluorescent weathering testers.

  • UVA340-1987

    1987 – UVA-340 lamp introduced. This Q-Lab innovation is still the best available simulation of short wavelength sunlight UV.

  • QUV-spray-1989

    1989 – QUV Spray Option introduced to supplement the QUV tester’s condensation system. Spray produces mechanical erosion on wood coatings, and thermal shock on plastics.

  • SOLAR EYE 1992

    1992 – SOLAR EYE irradiance control introduced to completely stabilize UV irradiance.  Q-Lab’s proprietary power supply produces 75% higher UV output and longer lamp life.

  • QUV-1992

    1992 – Q-Lab receives patents for unique AUTOCAL system for UV calibration.  Q-Lab also offers radiometers of its own design and manufacture.

  • Q-FOG 1992

    1992 – Q-Panel introduced the Q-FOG cyclic corrosion tester to its portfolio, giving customers a more realistic way to perform salt spray tests than traditional, steady state exposures.

  • Q-FOG 1992

    1994 – Q-Lab develops proprietary embedded microprocessor controller – the first of its kind in a weathering tester.

  • QUV-1995

    1995 – New Q-Lab Weathering Research division in Miami, Florida offers contract testing services for QUV testers.

  • Arizona

    1996 – Q-Lab Arizona site is built near Phoenix, offering natural desert exposure testing.

  • Q-TRAC

    1997 – Q-TRAC natural sunlight concentrator testing is offered at Q-Lab Arizona for accelerated outdoor testing.

  • 1998 – Q-Lab introduces the Q-SUN Xe-3 flat-array lightfastness and weathering tester, a breakthrough in price/ performance ratio for xenon arc testers.

  • 1998 – The Q-SUN Xe-1 is launched. It provides the same state-of-the-art xenon technology as the Xe-3 tester, but in a compact, table-top model.

  • Q-Lab Florida

    1999 – Q-Lab Florida moves to a new 120,000 m2 site, with 1,000 m2 hurricane-proof building.

  • QUV-2005

    2005 – Next generation proprietary embedded controller introduced.  Virtual Strip Chart allows logging of test data via Ethernet.

  • Calibration-2005

    2005 – Q-Lab calibration service for radiometers is awarded ISO 17025 Accreditation.

  • Shanghai

    2005 – Q-Lab opens an office in Shanghai for technical support in China.

  • Q-Lab Corporation

    2006 – Q-Panel Lab Products changed its name to Q-Lab Corporation to reflect the wide range of instruments and services it provides, and the industries it serves.

  • Q-SUN B02

    2007 – Q-Lab introduced the Q-SUN B02 xenon-arc test chamber, setting the new standard for affordability in rotating drum photostability testers.

  • German Office

    2008 – Q-Lab opens a new German office, to help support its growing business in Europe.

  • Westlake

    2008 – Q-Lab's new headquarters was built in 2001 with a large addition completed in 2008 that houses R&D, manufacturing, calibration, and corporate administration.

  • 40th anniversary

    2010 – Q-Lab celebrates the 40th anniversary of the QUV accelerated weathering tester. Read more here .

  • Best place to work

    2012 - Q-Lab named one of Northeast Ohio's best places to work by The Cleveland Plain Dealer on its list of "2012 Top Workplaces." To view our profile, click here.

  • Q-Lab opens an accredited, fully equipped contract testing facility at its Saarbrücken, Germany

    2012 – Q-Lab opens an accredited, fully equipped contract testing facility at its Saarbrücken, Germany location. The new laboratory provides accelerated weathering, lightfastness, and corrosion testing; as well as color, gloss and other visual evaluations.

  • ARTS

    2012 – The Q-PANEL Automotive Refinish Training System is introduced. It consists of a mounting cart and primed, contoured panels that simulate real automotive hoods and fenders.

  • 2012 - The Q-SUN Xe-2 xenon test chamber is released. With a full range of optical filters, it meets all major weathering standards. It is the simplest, most reliable and easiest to use rotating rack xenon arc tester available.

  • 2012 - Q-Lab introduces an advanced water repurification system for QUV and Q-SUN testers. The system doesn’t just recirculate water, it repurifies it. This can conserve up to 1,000 liters of expensive, purified water per day.

  • 2013 – Q-Lab president Doug Grossman celebrates his 40th anniversary with the company. Under his leadership, Q-Lab has become the world leader in weathering test products and services.

  • 2014 – The Q-FOG CRH cyclic corrosion tester is released. The new CRH tester features RH control, shower spray, and meets most major automotive and international corrosion test standards.

  • 2014 – Q-Lab’s European office in Bolton, UK celebrated their grand re-opening. The renovated Q-Lab facility includes a brand new ISO 17025-accredited calibration lab and a fully-operational demo test showroom.