Overview Statement

Quantifying Specific Properties of Products Using Established Methods

Test Samples

Testing services are available to manufacturers of imaging, framing, and archival storage and display materials. As a university-based, non-profit preservation laboratory, IPI is uniquely positioned to provide independent research to these industries. Testing provides both consumers and manufacturers of these materials with unbiased, data-driven answers to questions of print stability, relative longevity and photo safety. IPI's testing capabilities include light-stability, air pollution, humidity-fastness, abrasion sensitivity, pH, alkaline reserve, and photographic activity.

IPI maintains several labs dedicated to research and testing. The Incubation Lab houses fifteen temperature- and humidity-controlled chambers for accelerated-aging studies and humidity-fastness tests, and a climate-controlled walk-in chamber designed for controlled testing. The Pollution Studies Lab has two custom-built chambers for studying the effects of air pollutants including ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. The Light-fading Lab is equipped with a 50-kilolux xenon unit for testing the light-fastness of photographs, inkjet prints, and other materials. Materials can be tested for brittleness, curl, folding endurance, tear and scratch resistance, and color in the Instrumentation and Physical Testing Lab. The Chemistry Lab contains equipment for wet-scratch testing of photographic emulsions, alkaline reserve and pH testing of paper, and solvent extraction.

IPI shares information with the imaging industry and photo storage and display manufacturers through trade shows, classes, and exhibit booths. With IPI's help, manufacturers can develop and confirm the photo-safety of their storage and display materials.

IPI has published a series of free Consumer Guides designed to help consumers care for their home collections and make the best choices when purchasing imaging materials or photo storage and display products.

IPI will consider undertaking other types of research projects on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Daniel Burge to discuss your needs: ipitesting@rit.edu