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Sunlight Simulation Testing

Simulated Sunlight Testing Services

No matter where you are on the planet, sunlight can have detrimental impact on materials when exposed for extended lengths of time. Degradation in material coloring, consistency, and even functionality can cause problems if not addressed.

Manufacturers are continuously working to develop products that stand up to harsh environmental conditions. When a dashboard in a vehicle reaches temperatures of over 120 degrees Fahrenheit under the desert sun, or sits below freezing while surrounded by snow covered terrain 10,000 feet above sea level, manufacturers need to know how the materials will react.

The Cross Testing group can provide sunlight simulation testing for UVA, UVB, and full spectrum analysis. With various sun simulation testing services, we can ensure that you’re getting the test your product needs.

Sunlight Simulation Applications

Solar simulation testing measures how materials, products, or components respond to a variety of illumination conditions, such as full-spectrum, ultraviolet, or infrared. While the component is being tested, we measure potential damage from light exposure. This can include cracks, color damage, warping, and many other factors. Knowing this information can be invaluable to research and development as well as later-stage product design.

Whether it’s full spectrum solar simulators that are able to replicate the natural sunlight on Earth to more specific tests like IR or UV, there are a variety of applications for solar simulation testing. For instance, equipment that will spend extended amounts of time outdoors will be exposed to large amounts of solar energy. This can affect equipment aesthetics (such as fading paint or color changes) or functionality (embrittling components or lowering overall equipment strength). These changes are important to know before shipping a product into the field.

It’s also important for manufacturers to ensure that their products are suitable for the future service environment. Not checking this can lead to quality control issues, regulatory issues, and industry standard problems.




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Solar Simulation Systems for Products, Materials, and More

The testing laboratories at Cross allow our team to perform sunlight simulation in a variety of environmental conditions for research into the effects of UVA, UVB, and full spectrum light on materials. Our chamber setup allows us to simulate time of day, and even global position, so we can help determine those effects on materials no matter where or what time of day.

In addition, our facility is accredited to perform sun simulation testing from minus 45 degrees Celsius up to 93 degrees Celsius and from 10 percent relative humidity up to 95 percent relative humidity and with an overall space capacity larger than most. In fact, our large sun simulation chamber is one of the largest capacity chambers in the country which allows us to perform testing on large scale materials that can’t fit in standard chambers.

For more information about sun simulation testing with Cross, click on the button below to learn more or schedule a test today.

Full Spectrum Sunlight Testing

Infrared Testing

Ultraviolet Light Testing

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Custom Environmental Testing Procedures

Sunlight is more than just a necessary energy source for us. It can also be a decisive factor in the behavior of our products and machinery. Extended exposure to sunlight can affect complex components, gloss, paints, color, metals, plastics, and many other factors.

In order to have a full picture of future product integrity, durability, and compliance, multiple environmental tests may be necessary. With Cross Testing, we can provide that range of environmental testing procedures, from alternating climate testing to corrosion testing to xenon arc testing. And we can work with you to determine the best testing schedule and combination of tests.

The data collected from these tests can be a valuable resource for manufacturers or other businesses. Being able to forecast product performance in a variety of environments can provide implementation roadmaps, predict end-user satisfaction, prevent future headaches, and ultimately save money.

However, custom testing combinations is just one of the ways that working with Cross is a commitment to the success of your product. Contact Cross Testing today to discuss the environmental testing services your product needs and devise a comprehensive testing plan.

Reliable Solar and Environmental Testing Facilities

Test results are only as reliable as the equipment performing them. So in order to provide total quality assurance to our customers, we always aim to utilize the most accurate testing equipment available to us. Our aim is for our tests to be accurate, repeatable, and traceable. And a state of the art product or materials testing facility is able to provide that.

Our ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratories are equipped with a wide range of testing equipment, from environmental chambers to high speed video capture. With our equipment, personnel, and expertise, Cross Testing has become an extension of the product testing and development team for many operations across dozens of industries.

When it comes to products, materials, or components testing, our investments into our lab equipment and technicians have set a high standard for accuracy and reliability. Our comprehensive range of testing equipment, technical expertise, and our level of flexibility allows us to provide the tests our customers need. Whether it’s testing to ensure factory standards are met, custom testing solutions, or industry-standard tests (such as durability or hardness), Cross can provide the services you’re looking for.

Why Cross Sunlight Simulation Testing?

At Cross, the most important thing to us is the success of our customers. That’s why we go out of our way to design custom testing solutions that ensure future production success for every single one of them. All while also offering world-class customer service. And when you combine those two factors with industry-leading expertise and a cutting-edge testing lab, you get a winning combination.

Our ISO 17025 accredited testing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico can provide you with product testing, materials testing, environmental testing, lifecycle testing, and many other testing services. Whether it’s for automotive, aerospace, consumer products, pharmaceutical, or a wide range of other industries, we can help.

There’s a reason so many companies and manufacturers across so many industries choose to work with Cross Testing again and again. Contact us today and we’ll give you a reason to keep coming back, too.

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Find Sunlight Simulation Testing Near Me

Offering a range of testing services from our testing laboratories in the U.S. and Mexico. Learn more about the expert testing procedures performed in our state-of-the-art facilities. We can provide you with actionable data about your parts or materials so that you can make the best decisions for your product, your production process, and your end users. We can also provide calibration services, inspection services, and metrology products through our network of ISO 17025 accredited precision measurement labs.



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Did you know… Cross Company is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). Our ESOP started in 1979 and as of 2006, we are 100% employee-owned! Learn more about our ESOP and how that benefits both team members and our customers.
Did you know... the precision measurement group at Cross was founded in 1939 by our current CEO's grandfather, Jim King. That's a whole lot of calibration!
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Did you know… Cross Company has grown significantly since our start in 1954. Over the years we've acquired 26 companies! Today, our five groups have expertise in everything from industrial automation to precision measurement, and industry knowledge going all the way back to 1939.