UV exposure testing

When it comes to releasing new products onto the market you need to make sure yours meets the desired regulations. You need to take a closer look at UV exposure testing and how it can assist your process. You are guaranteed to have a product that ticks all of the boxes when you take the time to get it tested properly.

What is UV exposure testing? This is the process by which your sample product will be tested for its reaction to photo-induced degradations. This test will determine how well your product can stand up to the elements and how quickly it can deteriorate when exposed to different levels of UV. The test is conducted by a UV accelerated weathering machine. During this process a chemical reaction called photolysis is generated. This chemical reaction can affect the following:

  • Cracking
  • Fading
  • Colour
  • Brittleness 

By exposing your product to UV exposure testing you will be able to see if it will be able to withstand the test of time or not. The truth of the matter is that all different types of weather elements can affect the longevity of materials. It is necessary to conduct these type of experiments in order to make sure that yours are up to par. This type of testing can be conducted on a number of different materials including plastics, rubbers, coatings and textiles. In fact a lot of these elements are used in the creation of automobiles. If you are creating elements in the automobile industry you will understand how important it is to produce quality, especially as automobiles are exposed to all different types of weather elements.


UV exposure testing is only the beginning. There are machines such as accelerated weathering testers that will expose your products to the following element as well as UV exposure:


  • Testing exposure to moisture: The weathering tester is programmed to simulate the varying degrees of moisture that can occur. It has moisture cycles that use condensing humidity and/or water spray so as to realistically simulate dew and rain 


Conducting a full weathering test is just as important as doing the UV exposure testing. In the end you will be able to get the facts. These facts will help you determine whether you can go ahead with using the material or if you need to go back to the drawing board. Subsequently, regardless of what industry you are in, it is your job to make sure that you are producing a reliable safe product for your consumers. You can do this by getting in contact with a lab that uses these machines. These types of tests need to be conducted by the professionals and as such you will need to find a lab that stocks only the best.


Here at Avatar Solutions we supply a number of different labs with machinery, including the weathering testing machines. For more information on the equipment and machinery we have on offer, visit our website www.avatar-solutions.co.za.