Full Spectrum Monitoring in a Weathering Device Near You

Chicago, IL, September 2012 – To help customers show objective evidence that they are in compliance with test specifications during ISO 17025 quality audits, Atlas is pleased to offer the Atlas LS-200 Full Spectrum Monitoring device. The LS-200 has been specifically designed for use in Ci Series Weather-Ometers to precisely measure the spectral power distribution (SPD) output of the xenon lamp. Validation tests have shown that this device has excellent correlation to the spectroradiometers used in the Atlas Calibration Laboratory. 

"With the advent of performance-based standards, which identify the spectral power distribution and not specific filter combinations, users have had no way to verify that they are actually meeting the test method they are running," says Matthew McGreer, Product Manager for Atlas Material Testing Technology." The LS-200 allows users to now do that simply and more affordably than has ever been possible before." 

The LS-200 device easily mounts on the specimen rack, and the output is measured over a short amount of time (10-20 minutes is sufficient). The data then can be downloaded and exported into a special Microsoft® Excel Macro and analyzed to quickly and easily determine compliance with the performance-based standard the user is running. 

There is no need to retrofit the device for older Ci Series instruments. The LS-200 works with any generation of Weather-Ometer®. For labs that may not have the resources to purchase the device, Atlas' Technical Service group offers instrument measurement in addition to normal preventive maintenance and calibration services. 

Atlas plans to adapt the LS-200 device for use in any Atlas xenon weathering instrument, including its Xenotest® and SUNTEST® lines.

About Atlas Material Testing Technology - www.atlas-mts.com

Atlas is a recognized leader in material testing, offering a complete line of instruments and services for accelerated and natural weathering. In addition, the Atlas Consulting Group helps clients from various industries, including photovoltaics, coatings, plastics, textiles, automotive and cosmetics, to develop the best weathering processes for their products. 

In November 2010, Atlas joined AMETEK, Inc., a global leader in electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, as a unit of AMETEK Measurement & Calibration Technologies (M&CT). AMETEK M&CT is a division within AMETEK's Electronic Instruments Group (EIG), a recognized leader in advanced monitoring, testing, calibrating and display instruments. 

Atlas Material Testing Technology is ISO 17025 and ISO 9001:2008 registered. Atlas products are designed and manufactured to conform to international, national and industry standard test methods including ISO, ASTM, DIN, JIS and numerous others.