ASCOTT Analytical Equipment has launched a compact bench-top corrosion test cabinet, developed specifically for testing small components or for use where laboratory space is limited.
Available from TestEquip , the cabinet can also be converted to a handy mobile unit using an optional trolley.
With external measurements of just 1350mm wide x 680mm deep x 780mm high, the new cabinet has a generous internal cross section area, which enables a large number of samples to be tested.
When using slotted sample racks, this means that up to 100, 150mm x 100mm test panels, can be accommodated. Internal capacity is 120 litres. Operation of the cabinet is controlled and monitored by state-of-the-art instrumentation mounted in a user-friendly control panel.
The new cabinet is available in three different versions - for saturation humidity, salt spray and cyclic corrosion testing - and embodies a number of novel design features.
These include an innovative integral salt solution reservoir in the form of a 'cassette' which slides forward from the front of the unit for easy topping-up as required. The reservoir incorporates a graduated sight glass to facilitate monitoring of the salt solution level.
The salt spray and cyclic corrosion versions of the cabinet also incorporate Ascott's novel 'Catchpot' salt fog remote fall-out system.
The system allows salt fog fall-out to be collected and measured continuously without the inconvenience of having to open the cabinet lid and interrupt testing - a problem with some conventional cabinets.
A viewing window is mounted at eye level in the cabinet's access door and interior illumination is available as an optional extra.
The door has quick-release catches and lifts away from the test enclosure to protect it from potential damage during loading and unloading, controlled by gas struts.
A dry-seal gasket provides secure and efficient sealing of the enclosure when the cabinet is in use.
The new bench-top cabinet complements Ascott's existing 450 litre and 1000 litre capacity "high-tech" free-standing corrosion test cabinets, launched previously.