Quality Control Laboratory Testing
We want to assure you that our customers are getting the quality products they deserve. To do that, we are the first company in Singapore and Malaysia that operates an in–house Quality Control Testing Laboratory, where properties of our Milmark™ and Milscreen™ products are tested and measured according to strict ASTM (abbr. American Society for Testing and Materials) specifications.
Our laboratory tests include:
- Ink Rub, Abrasion or Scuff Tests
- Adhesion or Tack Tests
- Weathering or UV Aging Tests
- Fire Tests
1. Ink Rub, Abrasion or Scuff Tests [Compliance standard: ASTM D5264-98(2011)]
Abrasion or scuff resistance is deemed a critical property of printed materials in specific uses. Abrasion damage may happen during transport, storage, handling and end use. This resulted in poor legibility of product information and defaced appearances.
This test method may be used by both the buyer and the seller of printed materials to determine if the product offered for sale meets some predetermined standard for abrasion or scuff resistance.
Under laboratory conditions, the test provides generally 3 different options.
- Compare the abrasion resistance of different printed materials.
- Evaluate the relative abrasion resistance of printed inks, coatings, laminates, and/or substrates.
- Measure the effects of abrasion cause by spillage or leakage in transit on the product.
2. Adhesion or Tack Tests [Compliance standard: ASTM D3121-94(1999)]
Tack is a term used with pressure sensitive adhesives. It is a measure of how quickly a bond is formed between 2 surfaces when they are brought together under light pressure, then pulled apart. The more force needed to separate them the higher the tack. On the contrary, low tack allows an adhesive film or tape be repositioned.
This test method covers measurement of the comparative tack of pressure-sensitive adhesives by a rolling ball. The shorter distance the ball stops, the higher the tack.
3. Accelerated Weathering or UV Aging Tests (Compliance Standard: ASTM G155-13, ASTM D2565, ASTM D4459)
An array of variables exist that ensure that the effects of aging and weathering are hard to predict and as such may result in product failure when in use.
This practice for non-metallic materials is necessary to ensure that materials and products meet their expected functionality and lifetime. Under defined lab conditions to determine the critical properties of the test materials before and after exposure, the non-metallic materials are tested for their resistance against environmental impact, weathering, temperature, humidity and repeated sterilization or UV/ Xenon exposure.
Materials typically tested include inks and dyes (for example in fascia boards) among others.
4. Fire Tests (Compliance standard: ASTM D3801-19)
A simple laboratory procedure to determine the comparative burning characteristics of solid-plastic material, using a 20-mm (50W) premixed flame applied to the base of specimens held in a vertical position.
With up-to-date technology and many years of experience, Million continues to lead the way in assuring customer confidence, providing value-added solutions and building long-lasting partnerships with our customers. You deserve the quality Milmark™ and Milscreen™ products from us.