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James Heal has revealed a new Light Fastness Tester with Weathering at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018

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UK-based materials testing instrument manufacturer, James Heal, is exhibiting at the ITMA Asia + CITME Exhibition, from 15 – 19 October, 2018, at the new National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai.

An exclusive product launch
Mr Amanda McLaren, James Heal Managing Director says, “TruFade with weathering was unveiled for the first time as part of an exclusive product launch event at ITMA Asia. It represents a significant investment for James Heal, both in terms of product development, innovation, and customer research”.

Testing colour fastness to light and weathering conditions for a range of materials
Now with Weathering, a range of tests can be performed for the light fastness of textiles, leather and other materials. From intuitive touch-screen controls (similar to using a smart phone); to tri-sided sample holders that allow up to 27 specimens to be tested at a time – TruFade, like all James Heal instruments, is designed to simplify the user experience. Developed with James Heal’s simple and intuitive TestWise™software – for faster, more intuitive testing.

Routine testing can be started with only three touches of the screen, and the software effortlessly tracks the fading progress of samples, as well as the life of the lamp and filters with a ‘traffic light’ system that shows their status at a glance. SoTruFade can be operated with minimal training, saving time and reducing the potential for operator error.

Other advantages include:
•Affordable: complete confidence at a competitive price
•Save time: minimal operator training needed, start testing in minutes
•Tri-sided sample holders: increase the usable exposure space to up to 1640cm2, so more testing can be done at once
•Credible and reliable: reference locations in the best independent labs and factories globally
•Meets ISO and AATCC standards
•Lamps and optical air filters easy to replace – reduces maintenance costs and maximizes return on your investment
•Accurate and consistent results – every time

Mr Neil Pryke, Innovation Director commented, “We’ve taken our existing instrument; and using customer feedback, have made several upgrades – most notably, with the addition of on-board weathering. During product development, extensive testing emulated operation in typical environmental conditions, so customers can be assured that TruFade will perform in line with light fastness & weathering testing Standards in any environment.”

He further added, “With the next generation TruFade, our aim was to simplify a notoriously difficult area of colour fastness testing, to deliver consistent and accurate results. TruFade is ideally suited for independent laboratories and in-house factories where space can be maximized from the small footprint of the instrument.”