International Symposium on Color Fastness

The German Color Fastness Committee (Deutsche Echtheitskommission (DEK)) and Atlas Material Testing Technology GmbH (Atlas MTT) invite you to attend the international color fastness symposium in honor of the 75th anniversary of the DEK.

Unimaginable: a camouflage uniform whose colors fade as the result of sun and rain, thus "revealing" the soldier! However, as ever more textiles are imported from low-wage countries it becomes increasingly important that the color fastness of fabrics be tested using appropriate testing technologies and the proper procedures. The discolored results of numerous machine washings and the premature fading of industrial textiles are indications of a lack of quality. This is why color fastness tests are gaining international importance and form the centerpiece of the "Color Fastness Days" symposium, to be held from October 10 to 12, in Erding, near Munich. The symposium is under the joint sponsorship of the German Color Fastness Committee (DEK) and Atlas Material Testing Technology GmbH (Atlas MTT), who brought the Xenotest® 150 to market 50 years ago as the first light fastness test instrument. In honor of this anniversary, the unit will be displayed at the symposium, which also marks the 75th anniversary of the DEK. The symposium is oriented towards day-to-day practices and is intended for specialists from around the world.
Presenters at the symposium will be international experts from the textile industry, equipment and instrument builders, from test institutes, and from associated research institutions. Topics dealt with will include testing the color fastness of textiles, color fastness requirements and standards, color fastness testing equipment and testing technologies, as well as the handling of complaints. Presenters will also discuss questions arising in conjunction with quality requirements on the part of industry and, of course, questions related to color fastness testing of dyes and textiles, including military requirements. The presentations will be given in either German or English, with simultaneous translation.
Since the beginning of the 1950s, equipment manufacturers, working closely with the DEK, have attempted to develop standards-compliant test equipment to meet the growing demands for long-term fastness during use. A good example of this is the development of the Xenotest® 150, which the former company Original Hanau Quartzlampengesellschaft from Hanau brought to the world market in 1955. The company went on to develop numerous other fastness testing devices, a tradition which is continued today by Atlas MTT. Atlas MTT was created in 1995 from Xenotest® GmbH, a subsidiary of Heraeus Holding, when it was purchased by Atlas Electric Devices, an American company which today operates under the name Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC.
In conjunction with the symposium, an exhibition will showcase products, and new processes and services related to color fastness testing. The symposium will take place from October 10 through 12 at the Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Explosives, Fuels and Lubricants (Wehrwissenschaftliches Institut für Werk-, Explosiv- und Betriebsstoffe (WIWEB)) in Erding near Munich, the head offices of the DEK. Further information can be obtained by calling (+49) 8122/ 95 90 - 36 31 or 3632, or on the Internet at (schedule, registration form), while completed registrations can be faxed to (+49) 8122/ 95 90 36 33. The registration deadline is June 30, 2005.