Additives and Colorants

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    Atlas provides the widest array of testing options to help you accurately determine the light and weather resistance of products and material formulations, including color and appearance properties as well as additive effectiveness and functional performance.

     
    Products colored with dyes and pigments such as textiles, inks/paints/coatings, plastics, foods & beverages, paper, and others can fade or shift color when exposed to sunlight, or even the interior lighting of stores, homes and offices. Protective and functional additives are often added to materials, especially when subjected to the combined stresses of outdoor weather, to improve performance. However, their efficacy in improving product durability and lifetime needs to be accurately determined for both product development and warranty purposes.

    While there are many international standards and test methods available, these are often not applicable to specific materials, or the size and shape of the product may be an important testing consideration. As such, Atlas offers the widest array of natural and accelerated outdoor exposures and laboratory instrument based products and testing services to provide the optimal testing solutions for every need. With over 100 years of weathering testing innovation and experience, Atlas can advise the best testing approaches and exposure and evaluation techniques, whether performed in your lab or one of ours.

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    Natural and accelerated outdoor exposures can be conducted either under glass or directly exposed to the sun and weather. Artificial, laboratory accelerated lightfastness or weathering tests, using optically filtered full solar spectrum xenon arc sources, can be conducted to industry standard test methods in your lab or ours. For oversize product testing, Atlas’ laboratories have environmental chambers equipped with specialized full-spectrum metal halide sources for large area solar simulation.

    Depending on your product and specific needs, Atlas has a variety of laboratory lightfastness and weathering instruments. Our Xenotest instruments are commonly used for textile testing, or small volume testing of paints & coatings, plastics, inks, etc. Atlas Ci-Series instruments are higher powered, larger test specimen size and overall sample capacity instruments and meet most industry standard test methods. The SUNTEST instruments range from benchtop units, useful for testing small test specimens, to floor standing models suitable for larger individual test specimens, or those with more 3-dimensionality than typical flat samples.

    Full solar or window-glass filtered spectra are generally preferred over UV-only testing, especially for color and appearance properties. This is because many photodegradation reactions are the result of far-UV and visible light exposure, and specimen temperatures are closer to those in actual service use. However, if the wavelength sensitivity of your product is well understood, fluorescent-condensation testing with the UVTest may be appropriate, or if required by a standard.

    Atlas’ weathering science experts can advise the proper testing technique, parameters and equipment based on your product characteristics, how and where it is used, and your individual needs.

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    • AATCC TM16.3 Colorfastness to Light: Xenon-Arc
    • AATCC TM169 Weather Resistance of Textiles: Xenon Lamp Exposure
    • AATCC TM16E Colorfastness to Light
    • ASTM C1257 Standard Test Method for Accelerated Weathering of Solvent-Release-Type Sealants
    • ASTM C1442 Standard Practice for Conducting Tests on Sealants Using Artificial Weathering Apparatus
    • ASTM C1501 Standard Test Method for Color Stability of Building Construction Sealants as Determined by Laboratory Accelerated Weathering Procedures
    • ASTM C1519 Standard Test Method for Evaluating Durability of Building Construction Sealants by Laboratory Accelerated Weathering Procedures
    • ASTM C732 Standard Test Method for Aging Effects of Artificial Weathering on Latex Sealants
    • ASTM C734 Standard Test Method for Low-Temperature Flexibility of Latex Sealants After Artificial Weathering
    • ASTM C793 Standard Test Method for Effects of Accelerated Weathering on Elastomeric Joint Sealants
    • ASTM D1148 Standard Test Method for Rubber Deterioration Discoloration from Ultraviolet (UV) or UV/Visible Radiation and Heat Exposure of Light-Colored Surfaces
    • ASTM D1670 Standard Test Method for Failure End Point in Accelerated and Outdoor Weathering of Bituminous Materials
    • ASTM D2565 Standard Practice for Xenon Arc Exposure of Plastics Intended for Outdoor Applications
    • ASTM D3424 Standard Test Methods for Evaluating the Relative Lightfastness and Weatherability of Printed Matter
    • ASTM D3451 Standard Guide for Testing Coating Powders and Powder Coatings
    • ASTM D4101 Standard Specification for Polypropylene Injection and Extrusion Materials
    • ASTM D4303 Standard Test Methods for Lightfastness of Pigments Used in Artists' Paints
    • ASTM D4355 Standard Test Method for Deterioration of Geotextiles from Exposure to Ultraviolet Light and Water (Xenon-Arc Type Apparatus)
    • ASTM D4434 Standard Specification for Poly(Vinyl Chloride) Sheet Roofing
    • ASTM D4459 Standard Practice for Xenon-Arc Exposure of Plastics Intended for Indoor Applications
    • ASTM D4637 Standard Specification for EPDM Sheet Used in Single-Ply Roof Membrane
    • ASTM D4798 Standard Test Method for Accelerated Weathering Test Conditions and Procedures for Bituminous Materials (Xenon-Arc Method)
    • ASTM D4811 Standard Specification for Nonvulcanized (Uncured) Rubber Sheet Used as Roof Flashing
    • ASTM D5010 Standard Guide for Testing Printing Inks and Related Materials
    • ASTM D5019 Standard Specification for Reinforced CSM (Chloro-sulfonated Polyethylene) Sheet Used in Single-Ply Roof Membrane
    • ASTM D5071 Standard Practice for Exposure of Photodegradable Plastics in a Xenon Arc Apparatus
    • ASTM D5383 Standard Practice for Visual Determination of the Lightfastness of Art Materials by Art Technologists
    • ASTM D5398 Standard Practice for Visual Evaluation of the Lightfastness of Art Materials by the User
    • ASTM D5819 Standard Guide for Selecting Test Methods for Experimental Evaluation of Geosynthetic Durability
    • ASTM D6083 Standard Specification for Liquid Applied Acrylic Coating Used in Roofing
    • ASTM D6551 Standard Practice for Accelerated Weathering of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes by Xenon-Arc Exposure Apparatus
    • ASTM D6577 Standard Guide for Testing Industrial Protective Coatings
    • ASTM D6662 Standard Specification for Polyolefin-Based Plastic Lumber Decking Boards
    • ASTM D6695 Standard Practice for Xenon-Arc Exposures of Paint and Related Coatings
    • ASTM D6878 Standard Specification for Thermoplastic Polyolefin Based Sheet Roofing
    • ASTM D7356 Standard Test Method for Accelerated Acid Etch Weathering of Automotive Clearcoats Using a Xenon-Arc Exposure Device
    • ASTM D750 Standard Test Method for Rubber Deterioration Using Artificial Weathering Apparatus
    • ASTM D7869 Standard Practice for Xenon Arc Exposure Test with Enhanced Light and Water Exposure for Transportation Coatings
    • ASTM D904 Standard Practice for Exposure of Adhesive Specimens to Artificial Light
    • ASTM F1164 Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Transparent Plastics Exposed to Accelerated Weathering Combined with Biaxial Stress
    • ASTM F1515 Standard Test Method for Measuring Light Stability of Resilient Flooring by Color Change
    • ASTM F2366 Standard Practice for Determining the Relative Lightfastness of Ink Jet Prints Exposed to Window Filtered Daylight Using a Xenon-Arc Light Apparatus
    • ASTM G151 Standard Practice for Exposing Nonmetallic Materials in Accelerated Test Devices that Use Laboratory Light Sources
    • ASTM G155 Standard Practice for Operating Xenon Arc Light Apparatus for Exposure of Non-Metallic Materials
    • FLTM BO 116-01 Resistance to interior weathering
    • GB/T 10485 Road vehicles- Lighting and light-signaling devices- Environmental endurance
    • GB/T 14522 Accelerated weathering test method for plastics, coatings and rubber materials used for machinery industrial products
    • GB/T 16259 Test method for accelerated weathering of building materials
    • GB/T 16422 Plastics -- Methods of exposure to laboratory light sources -Part 2: Xenon-arc lamps
    • GB/T 16991 Textiles --Test for color fastness--Color fastness and ageing to artificial light at high temperatures: Xenon-arc
    • GB/T 1865 Paints and varnishes--Artificial weathering and exposure to artificial radiation - Exposure to filtered xenon- arc radiation
    • GB/T 18833 Retro-reflective sheeting for road traffic signs
    • GB/T 29061 Performance films for glass in buildings
    • GB/T 32088 Accelerated weathering test methods of automotive nonmetallic components and materials using a xenon-arc apparatus
    • GB/T 3511 Rubber, vulcanized- Test method for resistance to artificial weathering (xenon-arc)
    • GB/T 5137 Automotive safety glass test method
    • GB/T 6151 Textiles-Tests for color fastness-General principle of testing
    • GB/T 8427 Textiles - Tests for color fastness - Color fastness to artificial light: Xenon arc fading lamp test
    • GB/T 8430 Textiles - Tests for color fastness to artificial weathering - Xenon-arc fading lamp test
    • GM 9125P Procedures for Laboratory Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Materials
    • GME 60292 Designation of Colour Fastness and Resistance to Artificial Light
    • GMW 14162 Colorfastness to Artificial Weathering
    • GMW 14170 Coating Requirements for Elastomeric Seals
    • GMW 14650 Performance Requirements for Exterior Plastic Parts
    • GMW 3414 Test Method for Artificial Weathering of Automotive Interior Trim Materials
    • Hyundai MS 210-05 Molded Plastic Parts - Interior Use
    • Hyundai MS 300-32 Standard Test Method - Woven, Knit
    • IEC 61345 UV test for photovoltaic (PV) modules
    • ISO 105-B02 Textiles - Tests for colour fastness - Part B02: Colour fastness to artificial light: Xenon arc fading lamp test
    • ISO 105-B04 Textiles - Tests for colour fastness - Part B04: Colour fastness to weathering: Xenon arc test
    • ISO 105-B06 Textiles - Tests for colour fastness - Part B06: Colour fastness and ageing to artificial light at high temperatures: Xenon arc fading lamp test
    • ISO 105-B07 Textiles - Tests for Colour Fastness - Part B07: Colour Fastness to Light of Textiles Wetted with Artificial Perspiration
    • ISO 105-B10 Textiles - Tests for colour fastness - Part B10: Artificial weathering - Exposure to filtered xenon-arc radiation
    • ISO 11341 Paints and Varnishes - Artificial Weathering and Exposure to Artificial Radiation - Exposure to Filtered Xenon-Arc Radiation (withdrawn)
    • ISO 12040 Graphic technology - Prints and printing inks - Assessment of light fastness using filtered xenon arc light
    • ISO 16474-1 Paints and varnishes - Methods of exposure to laboratory light sources - Part 1: General guidance
    • ISO 16474-2 Paints and varnishes - Methods of exposure to laboratory light sources - Part 2: Xenon-arc lamps
    • ISO 18909 Photography - Processed photographic colour films and paper prints - Methods for measuring image stability
    • ISO 18930 Imaging materials - Pictorial colour reflection prints — Methods for evaluating image stability under outdoor conditions
    • ISO 18937 Imaging materials - Photographic reflection prints - Methods for measuring indoor light stability
    • ISO 29664 Plastics - Artificial Weathering Including Acidic Deposition
    • ISO 3917 Road vehicles - Safety glazing materials - Test methods for resistance to radiation, high temperature, humidity, fire and simulated weathering
    • ISO 4892-1 Plastics - Methods of exposure to laboratory light sources - Part 1: General guidance
    • ISO 4892-2 Plastics - Methods of exposure to laboratory light sources - Part 2: Xenon-arc sources
    • JASO M346 Light-exposure test method by xenon-arc lamp for automotive interior part
    • JASO M351 Automotive parts - Accelerated weathering testing method by xenon-arc lamp for exterior parts
    • JIS B 7754 Light-exposure and light-and-water-exposure apparatus (xenon arc lamp type)
    • JIS D 0205Test Method of Weatherability for Automotive Parts
    • MIL-STD 810F Environmental engineering considerations and laboratory tests - Part 2: Laboratory test methods - 505.4: Solar radiation (Sunshine)
    • MIL-STD 810G Environmental engineering considerations and laboratory tests - Part 2: Laboratory test methods - 505.5: Solar radiation (Sunshine)
    • Peugeot Citroen (PSA) D27 1389 Paint Coatings Rubbers and Plastics - Artificial Ageing by Weather-Ometer
    • Peugeot Citroen (PSA) D47 1431 Materials and Parts in the Passenger Compartment Appearance Behaviour to Artificial Light at High and Mean Temperatures
    • Renault D27 1911 Rubber and Plastic Paint Coatings - Artificial Ageing by Weather Ometer
    • Renault D47 1431 Materials and Passenger Compartment Parts Behaviour of the Appearance to Artificial Light at High and Medium Temperatures
    • SAE J1885 Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Interior Trim Components Using a Controlled Irradiance Water Cooled Xenon-Arc Apparatus (replaced by SAE J2412)
    • SAE J1960 Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Exterior Materials Using a Controlled Irradiance Water-Cooled Xenon Arc Apparatus (replaced by SAE J 2527)
    • SAE J2412 Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Interior Trim Components Using a Controlled Irradiance Xenon-Arc Apparatus
    • SAE J2413 Protocol to Verify Performance of New Xenon Arc Test Apparatus
    • SAE J2527 Performance Based Standard for Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Exterior Materials Using a Controlled Irradiance Xenon-Arc Apparatus
    • VDA 621-429 Tests for automotive coatings - Weathering test for colour fastness
    • VDA 621-430 Tests for automotive coatings - Test for resistance to cracking of 2 layer metallic clear coats
    • VDA 75202 Automotive interior materials - Colourfastness and ageing test against light at high temperatures: Xenon arc
    • VW PV 1303 Non-metallic materials - Lightfastness test for interior parts
    • VW PV 1306 Exposure Test for Determining the Tackiness of Polypropylene Parts
    • VW PV 3929 Non-Metallic Materials - Weather Ageing in Dry, Hot Climate
    • VW PV 3930 Non-Metallic Materials - Weathering in Moist, Hot Climate
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