Dr Andy Francis

Dr Andy Francis

Q-Lab Corporation
Weathering and Corrosion Projects Manage

Why we invited Andy

Dr. Andy Francis is Weathering and Corrosion Projects Manager at Q-Lab Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Q-Lab is a world leader in weathering test technology with a long history of testing plastics and polymeric coatings. Dr. Francis is a materials scientist with over 10 years of experience in R&D for new products and applications in diverse fields including synthetic graphite, commercial lighting, polymers, steel, and thin film coatings.

Where you can see Andy

28 Sep 2017
Time:  14:20
Introducing Stage
Essentials of Laboratory Weathering for Plastics - Weathering and Corrosion, Andy Francis, Marketing Project Manager - Q Labs

Why you should attend this presentation

Weathering testing is a critical component of research, quality control, qualification, and new product development for plastics and polymeric materials used in a variety of industries.

Dr. Andy Francis will tell the audience how weathering test methods help engineers improve their products, minimise failures, and reduce raw material costs.

His paper will explore the various weathering test options available, including both outdoor and accelerated methods. Special attention is given to evaluating the emission spectra, methods of water simulation, uniformity, and practical considerations regarding use of the two major types of accelerated testers. The inherent strengths and weaknesses of each tester will be discussed, including purchase price and operating costs. Defining goals of weathering testing and development of appropriate weathering testing programs will also be presented.

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