PHOENIX - Arizona's extremely high summertime temperatures and near year-round sunshine makes it an ideal climate for weathering research and testing. That's the primary reason Q-Lab Weathering Research Service in Miami chose a 30-acre site near Phoenix for its newest test facility. Ron Roberts, Arizona site manager for Q-Lab, said the Arizona site offers conventional outdoor weathering, outdoor under-glass exposures, automotive under-glass exposures and accelerated outdoor weathering tests. Q-Lab's Florida facility offers indoor accelerated testing, and Roberts said that service might be offered in Arizona at some point, after evaluating the facility's workload.
Q-Lab's Arizona site provides testing for automotive interiors, building products such as vinyl and roofing membranes, and industrial coatings used on polycarbonate and acrylic materials for products such as plastic taillights and headlights.
Q-Lab Weathering Research Service is a division of Q-Panel Lab Products, headquartered in Cleveland, maker of Q-UV and QFOG accelerated weathering testing devices.