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PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY LABORATORIES, INC. INTRODUCES XENON ARC WEATHERING
6/24/2003 - Pittsfield, MA

Contact:
Kimberly McNally
Plastics Technology Laboratories, Inc.
50 Pearl Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
URL: http://www.ptli.com
Email: ptli@ptli.com

June 24, 2003

For immediate release

PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY LABORATORIES, INC.
INTRODUCES XENON ARC WEATHERING

Pittsfield, Massachusetts – Plastics Technology Laboratories, Inc, (PTLI) the independent testing laboratory dedicated to plastics, elastomers and composites introduces Xenon Arc Weathering to expand its capabilities in support of applications for automotive and building and construction. PTLI has constructed a lab facility containing multiple weatherometer machines to provide xenon-arc artificial sunlight exposure for a variety of industry exposure methods including SAE J1960, SAE J1885 and ASTM G155. Features of the new facility include climate control, and an ultra-pure deionized water system for specimen spray and humidity control, supplied by Harris Weathering Products, Inc.

PTLI utilizes the latest technology from Atlas Electric, the Ci4000 Weatherometer® to achieve exposure up to 2X solar irradiance. Virtually any combination of test parameters can be programmed, including those used for the new GE Corporate R&D method, GE CRD Highly Predictable Accelerated Weathering protocol. PTLI can expose standard plaques, ASTM/ISO specimens, or fabricated end-use parts. PTLI has the ability to supply specimens machined from end use parts or sheet products, and fabricate special holders. Added to the existing QUV apparatus, PTLI can now deliver a complete program ranging from Xenon-arc exposure to post-exposure color and mechanical testing.

Complete details on exposure and testing can be found on the PTLI website at www.ptli.com. PTLI is accredited to ISO 17025 by A2LA, the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation.

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