UV Fade

The UV fade test is used to measure the colorfastness of a material or ink/coating to light. Samples are received, cut into 1” squares and then securely mounted to ensure that that did not move through the duration of the test.  One sample of each color is tested and one sample is set aside to act as the control.  The samples are exposed to continuous light from a Xenon source and removed after 100, 500 and 1000 hours.  When all of the testing is completed, delta E’s were measured between the control and each of the samples.

This test method is based on AATCC Test Method 16-2004: Colorfastness to Light (Option 3), but is modified to include a glass pane to emulate UV exposure through a glass window.

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In an effort to keep all our customers informed, we want to share with you the following updates.

We are committed to keeping our employees, customers, and communities safe. In the wake of this pandemic, we took swift action to mobilize a significant number of our global team to remote working arrangements while enhancing our cleaning procedures and securing our production facilities to prevent the spread of the virus COVID-19.

As we continue to work through this pandemic, our core values have shone through, and we remain operational and dedicated to meeting the expectations and needs of our customers. Very early on, we increased our inventories, and we are in regular contact with our suppliers to monitor their status. We have maintained a high level of production, and our supply chains are meeting our requirements. However, we do prioritize firm orders above forecasts. Because this is a very fluid situation, we encourage you to make sure you have orders in place with us to carry you through these unusual times.

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