Q-Lab offers standard and custom educational
seminars around the world.


Know Your Enemy

Sunlight, heat and moisture can cause serious product deterioration – such as color change, fading, cracking, peeling, oxidation, or loss of strength. Damage occurs both outdoors and indoors, and its severity can vary greatly in different climates. Even materials that are resistant to sunlight alone, or to moisture alone, often fail when exposed to sunlight and moisture in combination.

Do you know how well your products will last in every location where they are used?

Introduction to Weathering & Light Stability

Q-Lab offers standard and custom seminars around the world to help explain the fundamentals of weathering and light stability testing, including:

  • How light, heat & moisture damage materials
  • Why you should test
  • Outdoor and laboratory testing
  • Correlating test results
  • The right test for your needs

These seminars provide you with a practical, non-technical overview of weathering science and testing and help you learn when to use outdoor or laboratory exposures to answer your light stability and weathering questions. The seminars compare the strengths and limitations of xenon arc testers and fluorescent UV (QUV) testers, the two most commonly used lab weathering technologies. Your Q-Lab presenter will describe various weathering options and help you understand what types of testing are right for your specific applications.

Understanding weathering can help increase your profitability and help you:

  • Avoid costly product failures
  • Meet new specifications
  • Improve existing products
  • Bring new products to market

Who Should Attend?

You should consider a seminar if you are new to weathering and light stability testing, or if you would like a refresher course and update about current exposure options. Seminars are designed for those involved in:

  • materials research and development
  • quality control
  • operating lab weathering equipment
  • exposure analysis.

On-Site Training Available

For one inclusive price, seminars can be presented at your facility or at a location of your choice. The on-site training benefits your entire staff, allowing individuals to share ideas and ask questions specific to your company's requirements.

Call Q-Lab at +1-440-835-8700 or email us at to inquire about an on-site seminar, or view the seminars already scheduled in your area below:

Webinar: Accelerated Outdoor Weathering Testing Using the Q-TRAC Natural Sunlight Concentrator

Posted: 7/16/2020 Thursday, July 23
Register: 8 AM EDT | Register: 12 PM EDT

Outdoor weathering testing is the most realistic way to gain valuable information about how products will last when exposed to the elements. However, outdoor testing of highly durable materials can last 5, 10, even 20 years, longer than most product development cycles. Laboratory accelerated weathering testing is often used to bridge this gap with faster results, but correlation to real outdoor testing is still required to validate lab testing. One solution is the use of the Q-TRAC Natural Sunlight Concentrator from Q-Lab. This test instrument allows one to accelerate testing of highly weather-resistant products by delivering five times the ultraviolet (UV) light of a natural outdoor exposure while using the most realistic light spectrum available: the sun. This approach is ideal for materials like coil coatings, powder coatings, high-temperature plastics, roofing, and more.
This webinar will cover:

An overview of outdoor materials weathering testing
A look at the Q-TRAC natural solar concentrator technology and benefits
The AIM Box for automotive interior testing
Test durations and relationship to accelerated laboratory testing
Test cycles and customization options available for accelerated outdoor testing
Materials and failure modes suitable for Q-TRAC testing
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How to run SAE J2412 & J2527

Posted: 6/29/2020

Thursday, July 16

Register: 12 PM EDT

Since their adoption in the late 80s, the first generation of SAE xenon-arc weathering test standards and their current successors, SAE J2412 Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Interior Trim Components Using a Controlled Irradiance Xenon-Arc Apparatus and SAE J2527 Performance Based Standard for Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Exterior Materials Using a Controlled Irradiance Xenon-Arc Apparatus, have become two of the most popular accelerated weathering tests used by the automotive industry. While the historical standards were hardware-based, requiring water-cooled xenon lamps, the current standards are both performance-based which allow a multitude of chamber designs to satisfy the standards as long as conditions are met. When first introduced, these standards provided the best methods in screening and qualifying materials, and while new standards may provide better correlation to service environment, notably ASTM D7869 for exterior coatings, the SAE xenon standards remain vastly popular and are widely accepted.

The majority of laboratories that run either of these tests are performing a Qualification or Validation test, with the materials required to retain a degree of performance after a well-defined exposure period. Historically, this has been the requirement specified by many US automotive OEMs in order to be accepted as an approved supplier. As the suppliers are simply interested in retaining the performance criteria through the accelerated test, materials are exposed to the conditions in each stage of development, from initial research and development through full acceptance and screening.

This webinar will focus on what is required to properly perform the standards in an Q-SUN xenon-arc weathering device. It will review which optical filters are required, black panel temperature conditions, spray criteria when appropriate, and, though no longer mandatory, the polystyrene performance tolerances.
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(Seminar) Saarbrücken, DE - Atmospheric Corrosion (AC101)

Posted: 2/20/2020

Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Location: Casino BCC, Innovationsring 19, 66115 Saarbrücken, Deutschland
Cost: 195,- €
This session is full.

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(Seminar) Saarbrücken, DE - Introduction to Weathering (W101)

Posted: 2/20/2020

Date: Wednesday, 16 September, 2020
Location: Casino BCC, Innovationsring 19, 66115 Saarbrücken, Deutschland
D-66115 Saarbrucken, Germany
Cost: 195,- €
This session is full.

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Virtual Training and Webinars

Our technical experts regularly host educational, interactive webinars about weathering, corrosion, and light stability testing in many languages. You can access this content on-demand in a variety of languages by visiting


  • Smrithi Kumar educating an audience in Asia about lightfastness testing in the textile industry

  • Rich Kish giving a seminar on structuring a simple but effective weathering exposure test program

  • A seminar specific to weathering test methods in the automotive industry, also being delivered by Rich Kish

  • Q-SUN essentials training on proper machine installation, maintenance and operation for the footwear industry

  • Vendor training by Smrithi Kumar in Asia on Q-SUN tester use and operation, for the textile industry.

  • Many of our seminars include both lectures as well as practical, hands-on training.

  • Ron Roberts and Sunny Sun present at the International Automotive Weathering and Corrosion Technology Symposium.



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