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Micom Laboratories is happy to inform you that we have recently expanded our scope of testing of regular surface finishes tests to include ASTM B117 and many related corrosion testing services such as cyclic corrosion, ASTM G85 and ASTM D5894.  Salt spray testing  is widely used in a lot of industry types as well as in many standards. These new services complement our existing UV testing services by either xenon arc exposure according to ASTM G155 or by fluorescent light exposure done to ASTM G154 as well as the other finishes tests we offer such as pencil hardness, impact resistance, taber abrasion, color measurements and many other tests.  These new tests also complement our environmental testing services.

Salt spray testing is known not to always offer reliable results as the static conditions are not well representing what happens normally in the field.  More evolved accelerated corrosion techniques such as ASTM G85 and ASTM D5894 are now used more and more frequently.

The test cabinet used to test to ASTM G-85 is the same as the one for ASTM B117.  What differs is the corrosive atmosphere.  In ASTM G85 you have a choice of 5 different atmospheres depending of your application:

Annex Modification
A1 Acetic acid-salt spray test, continuous
A2 Cyclic acidified salt spray test
A3 Seawater acidified test, cyclic (SWAAT)
A4 SO 2 salt spray test, cyclic.
A5 Dilute electrolyte cyclic fog dry test

Testing to ASTM D-5894 requires the use of two distinct cabinets: a salt spray cabinet (ASTM B-117) and a UV/condensation cabinet equipped with fluorescent light sources.  Typically the test is run by alternating 1 week of salt spray and 1 week of UV exposure.  The salt spray part uses ASTMG-85, cycle A2.  This test method is believed to better simulate outdoor exposure by synergistically combining 2 organic coatings aging mechanisms.

For more information about these new services and our coating testing services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Micom is a third party material testing laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, CGSB and ISTA.

Did you know?

In 2002, the US Federal Highway Administration released a study titled Corrosion Costs and Preventive Strategies in the United States on the direct costs associated with metallic corrosion in the U.S. industry. In 1998, the total annual direct cost of corrosion in the U.S. was ca. $276 billion (ca. 3.2% of the US gross domestic product).


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Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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