Atlas’ outdoor exposure site in Sanary sur Mer in the Bandol region (South of France) received accreditation to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 in early April. The test procedures listed in the accreditation certificate relate to a variety of materials, including plastics and rubber, paints and coatings, as well as interior or exterior automobile components and other products.
According to the company, the accreditation and following annual audits will ensure:
- Samples positioned in an exact southerly exposure to get maximum effect of sunlight in compliance to corresponding standards
- Exposure on non-corrosive racks according to relevant standards
- A consistent separation distance between the racks to avoid shading or the formation of shadows
- A regulated ground distance to avoid a reflection effect of the ground (albedo effect)
- ISO traceable calibration of radiometers, pyranometers and humidity, temperature and BST/BPT/WST/WPT sensors to measure weather data
- Weather data available at www.atlas-mts.com (also available for other outdoor sites like Miami, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; and Hoek v.Holland, Netherlands)