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ASTM D6551 test now offered at Micom Laboratories

Micom Laboratories is pleased to announce that it now offers the ASTM D6551 test as part of its offering for material testing services . This standard depicts the test conditions that are required to create an accelerated weathering environment which allows to assess the physical properties of pressure-sensitive tapes through the use of UV testing and auxiliary methods. Furthermore, this method employs Xenon arc light as an illuminating source in order to generate that environment and it is thus based on the ASTM G155 standard. Lastly, this practice does not evaluate the aging behavior of pressure-sensitive tapes that are used in outdoor exposure for an extended period of time.

ASTM D6551 test

The goal of ASTM D6551 is to generate an accelerated weathering environment that will be used to assess some physical characteristics of pressure-sensitive tapes that are used for packaging. In fact, this standard only states the test conditions that are required in order to produce this environment. Thus, the user of this method shall rely on other test protocols in order to appraise the physical characteristics of the sample. For instance, the peel (ASTM D3330) and the adhesion resistance (ASTM D3359) tests can be used to complement the ASTM D6551 standard in regard to property assessments. Also, this test protocol cannot be employed to evaluate the aging behavior of the tapes that are exposed to an outdoor setting for an extended period of time. Lastly, the test conditions are the same as those described in cycle 1 of the ASTM G155 practice.

Micom offers polymer testing services for a wide selection of material and products. For more information about the ASTM D6551 test, we invite you to contact our material testing laboratory today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions about either of those tests.

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


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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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