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What is your product "cable" to withstand? Test to be sure you know its durability.

Deanna Williams Seale, PE
October 10, 2022

#WillItCorrode: Is Your Product Cable to Withstand Corrosion?

Another month, another item put to the test in our salt spray chamber to find out #willitcorrode. This month we put a steel cable to the test. Check out the results in the image below…

#willitcorrode: steel cable

#WillItCorrode: Cable. After 1 month of exposure of a steel cable to salt fog, results document oxidation.

Different applications for materials present varying demands for strength, durability, and corrosion resistance. Corrosion is perhaps the most common challenge manufacturers face when using metals. Among the many solutions that have been recommended to increase the lifespan of metal components and increase their corrosion resistance, coatings are one of the most popular protection methods because they provide valuable, long-lasting benefits.

There are many methods for coating metal surfaces, each with its own set of benefits and limitations. Five of the most common coating processes include: electroplating, anodizing, galvanizing, powder coating and paint coating. When used correctly, coatings can be effective in prolonging the service life of many products. Corrosion testing is essential to understand the advantages and disadvantages of coatings to select the best one for your application.

Home Innovation performs standard corrosion tests required by ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria and as defined by ASTM International. We can also perform a full range of accelerated weather testing in our environmental chambers by simulating an environment based on client specific service conditions. Home Innovation’s experts provide corrosion testing results that help product designers and manufacturers develop new products, improve existing ones, or respond to regulatory requirements.

Home Innovation Research Labs can help discover how your product holds up to corrosive forces. Get in touch today to schedule your product’s time in our salt spray chamber.


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