Stolk Lab, Inc. provides environmental testing services per ASTM guidelines to measure the performance of products and equipment under particular environmental conditions. We test metals, plastics, paint, adhesives, fabrics and many other types of materials to ensure sustainability in conditions of low to high temperatures, UV sunlight, wet environment, humidity, and salt water.
Environmental Testing Services
Stolk Labs is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited through PJLA in the following environmental testing services:
- Temperature and humidity testing of adhesives, metals and plastics
- UV testing of nonmetallic, plastics, paint and coatings
- Salt Spray testing of metals, tile and panels
- Copper-Accelerated Acetic Acid-Salt Spray (CASS) testing on metals
Environmental and corrosion testing can be a useful tool in the process of failure analysis. This testing allows us to uncover faults and potential modes of failure on products prior to them hitting the production line and going into the field as well as post production.
Different types of temperature and humidity testing help determine how materials, products and their components respond in environments of extremely high or low temperatures as well as settings of fluctuating humidity. Climate change can cause mechanical failures, sealant or package (water tightness) failures, optical failures, coating deterioration and more. Our high and low temperature testing cabinets and ovens as well as our humidity chambers produce precisely controlled conditions of temperature and humidity.
Accredited Temperature/Humidity Testing Services:
Effects of Moisture and Temperature on Adhesive Bonds – ASTM D1151
Resistance of Adhesives to Cyclic Laboratory Aging Conditions – ASTM D1183
Rust Protection by Metal Preservatives in the Humidity Cabinet – ASTM D1748
Response of Rigid Cellular Plastics to Thermal and Humid Aging – ASTM D2126
Full-Scale Chamber Determination of Volatile Organic Emissions from Indoor Materials/Products – ASTM D6670
Ultraviolet (UV) Testing
UV light is present in sunlight and intermittent or prolonged exposure can cause materials to crack or disintegrate if they are not UV-stable. UV radiation exposure can cause gloss and color to fade as well. UV testing exposes products and components to ultraviolet radiation in a controlled environment. The conditions simulate months or even years of exposure and allow measurements to be taken at different exposure levels for visual understanding of the significant differences.
Accredited Ultraviolet (UV) Testing Services:
Fluorescent Ultraviolet (UV) Lamp Apparatus for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials – ASTM G154
Fluorescent Ultraviolet (UV) Lamp Apparatus Exposure of Plastics – ASTM D4329
Fluorescent UV-Condensation Exposures of Paint and Related Coatings – ASTM D4587
Salt Fog Testing/Salt Spray Testing
Salt spray testing is a popular environmental corrosion test method that creates environments of water with a high concentration of dissolved salts to measure the corrosion resistance of products, paints and surface coatings over an extended period of time. Samples are checked at specific intervals to observe and record corrosion development.
Stolk Labs offers detailed reports, including photo documentation, of this environmental corrosion testing procedure. Our photos provide visual documentation of white and red rust development as well as coating degeneration.
Accredited Salt Fog/Salt Spray Testing Services:
Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus – ASTM B117
Manufacture, Performance, and Testing of Metal Suspension Systems for Acoustical Tile and Lay-in Panel Ceilings – ASTM C635
Copper-Accelerated Acetic Acid-Salt Spray (Fog) Testing (CASS Test) – ASTM B368
SALT SPRAY TEST SPECIMENS ARE EVALUATED WITH THE FOLLOWING SPECIFICATIONS:
Evaluation of Painted or Coated Specimens Subjected to Corrosive Environments – ASTM D1654
Evaluating Degree of Rusting on Painted Steel Surfaces – ASTM D610
Evaluating Degree of Blistering of Paints – ASTM D714
Environmental Testing : Environmental Performance Testing
Performance testing in rigorous environments is a great method to ensure your product, material and components will function to capacity. Stolk Labs understands the need for products to be safe and dependable. We work directly with our clients to help ensure product quality and reliability. Give us a call and let us help you today.