Bench-top corrosion testing cabinet

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Article publication date: 1 April 2000




(2000), "Bench-top corrosion testing cabinet", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 29 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

Bench-top corrosion testing cabinet

Bench-top corrosion testing cabinet

Keywords: Ascott Analytical Equipment, Corrosion, Testing, Cabinets

Ascott Analytical Equipment has launched a compact bench-top corrosion control cabinet (Plate 6), developed specifically for testing small components, or for use where laboratory space is limited. The cabinet can also be converted to a handy mobile unit using an optional trolley, adding to its versatility.

Plate 6S120t salt spray cabinet

With external measurements of just 1,295mm wide x 640mm deep x 780mm high, the new cabinet claims 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 60 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 claims 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 versions of the cabinet also incorporate Ascott's novel Catchpot™ salt fog remote fallout system. The system is reported to allow salt fog fallout 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 450l and 1,000l capacity "high-tech" free-standing corrosion test cabinets, launched last year. Full technical details of the range are available on request.

Details available from: Ascott Analytical Equipment Ltd. Tel: +44 (0) 1827 53764; Fax: +44 (0)1827 68015; Website:

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