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Know Your Enemy

Sunlight, heat and moisture can cause serious product deterioration – such as color change, fading, cracking, peeling, oxidation, or loss of strength. Damage occurs both outdoors and indoors, and its severity can vary greatly in different climates. Even materials that are resistant to sunlight alone, or to moisture alone, often fail when exposed to sunlight and moisture in combination.

Do you know how well your products will last in every location where they are used?

Introduction to Weathering & Light Stability

Q-Lab offers standard and custom seminars around the world to help explain the fundamentals of weathering and light stability testing, including:

  • How light, heat & moisture damage materials
  • Why you should test
  • Outdoor and laboratory testing
  • Correlating test results
  • The right test for your needs

These seminars provide you with a practical, non-technical overview of weathering science and testing and help you learn when to use outdoor or laboratory exposures to answer your light stability and weathering questions. The seminars compare the strengths and limitations of xenon arc testers and fluorescent UV (QUV) testers, the two most commonly used lab weathering technologies. Your Q-Lab presenter will describe various weathering options and help you understand what types of testing are right for your specific applications.

Understanding weathering can help increase your profitability and help you:

  • Avoid costly product failures
  • Meet new specifications
  • Improve existing products
  • Bring new products to market

Who Should Attend?

You should consider a seminar if you are new to weathering and light stability testing, or if you would like a refresher course and update about current exposure options. Seminars are designed for those involved in:

  • materials research and development
  • quality control
  • operating lab weathering equipment
  • exposure analysis.

On-Site Training Available

For one inclusive price, seminars can be presented at your facility or at a location of your choice. The on-site training benefits your entire staff, allowing individuals to share ideas and ask questions specific to your company's requirements.

Call Q-Lab at +1-440-835-8700 or email us at info@q-lab.com to inquire about an on-site seminar, or view the seminars already scheduled in your area below:

(Webinar) Correlation in Accelerated Weathering and Corrosion Testing

Posted: 5/27/2020 Thursday, 4 June
Register: 8 am EDT | Register: 12 pm EDT

Accelerated weathering and corrosion testing is widely used to rapidly evaluate the durability of materials when exposed outdoors to sunlight, heat, water, and salt. A common goal of this testing is to develop correlation between the performance of materials in the laboratory and in the field. Developing relationships between accelerated and outdoor results in the form of Acceleration Factors can be challenging due to the complexity of weathering and corrosion behavior, although a combination of outdoor and laboratory testing can help to reach that goal. An understanding of the limitations and opportunities of accelerated laboratory testing can help you get the most out of your test program.
During this webinar, we will discuss:

The “myth of reciprocity” and challenges in developing numerical correlation factors between accelerated and natural testing
How to choose different accelerated test types for different goals, from quality control to new product development
Determining correlation by rank ordering
Case studies demonstrating correlation between outdoor and accelerated laboratory weathering and corrosion testing, including:
Printing inks
Flexible intermediate bulk containers
Automobile coatings
Vinyl siding
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(Webinar) Q-PANEL Standard Test Substrates

Posted: 5/27/2020 Thursday, 11 June
Register: 8 am EDT | Register: 12 pm EDT

Protective and decorative coatings - including paints, plating, adhesives, sealants, and rust inhibitors – undergo a wide range of testing for research, development, and quality control purposes. For these tests on coatings to be reliable and reproducible, the substrates to which the coatings are applied must be reasonably consistent from test to test. This ensures that test results accurately represent the performance of the coating itself, rather than the material being coated or the interface between them.

To meet this need, Q-Lab offers a variety of Q-PANEL steel and aluminum test substrates, recognized as the world standard for consistent and uniform test surfaces. Thousands of labs around the world use millions of these test panels every year for tests including color development, weathering exposures, salt spray and corrosion testing, physical properties testing, and quality control.

This webinar will outline the 50-year history of the Q-PANEL, discuss standard steel and aluminium offerings, and cover the range of specialty panels available.
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Relative Humidity and Wet/Dry Transitions in Salt Spray Corrosion Tests

Posted: 5/27/2020 Thursday, 18 June
Register: 8 am EDT | Register: 12 pm EDT

Many of the salt spray corrosion test methods developed over the last 10-15 years have included controlled relative humidity and precisely-defined transitions between wet and dry conditions. In this webinar, we will discuss why this has occurred and show some examples of test results that were significantly impacted by differences in wetting and drying rates. We will talk about the concept of deliquescence, why it is important, and how it is controlled in some of these newer test methods.
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(Seminar) Saarbrücken, DE - Atmospheric Corrosion (AC101)

Posted: 2/20/2020

Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Location: Casino BCC, Innovationsring 19, 66115 Saarbrücken, Deutschland
Cost: 195,- €
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(Seminar) Saarbrücken, DE - Introduction to Weathering (W101)

Posted: 2/20/2020

Date: Wednesday, 16 September, 2020
Location: Casino BCC, Innovationsring 19, 66115 Saarbrücken, Deutschland
D-66115 Saarbrucken, Germany
Cost: 195,- €
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Virtual Training and Webinars

Our technical experts regularly host educational, interactive webinars about weathering, corrosion, and light stability testing in many languages. You can access this content on-demand in a variety of languages by visiting Q-Lab.com/webinars.

Other

  • Smrithi Kumar educating an audience in Asia about lightfastness testing in the textile industry

  • Rich Kish giving a seminar on structuring a simple but effective weathering exposure test program

  • A seminar specific to weathering test methods in the automotive industry, also being delivered by Rich Kish

  • Q-SUN essentials training on proper machine installation, maintenance and operation for the footwear industry

  • Vendor training by Smrithi Kumar in Asia on Q-SUN tester use and operation, for the textile industry.

  • Many of our seminars include both lectures as well as practical, hands-on training.

  • Ron Roberts and Sunny Sun present at the International Automotive Weathering and Corrosion Technology Symposium.

 

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