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DuraBlack Markable Aluminium. Military Tough. Industrial Strong.

Durablack | Laser markable aluminium for harsh environments.

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The only laser markable metal certified for outdoor usage that does not require a chemical pre-treatment or protective topcoat.

DuraBlack® is ideal for durable, on-demand marking for harsh operating environments. In side-by-side tests, DuraBlack outperforms black anodized aluminum in select applications.

DuraBlack is resistant to sunlight (UV-radiation), abrasion, high-temperatures, salt-spray and chemical exposure.

Because of its ability to perform across a range of challenging environments, DuraBlack meets several government, industrial and military specifications including MIL-STD 130N, A-A-50271 (≈MIL-P-514D) and MIL-STD-15024F, Type L.

Cross-section view DuraBlack

Durablack cross section of material

Durablack Properties

Outdoor exposure
5,000 hrs of accelerated UV/weather with Q-Sun XE-3/HS (Estimated ~8-10 years).
No effect
Abrasion Resistance
4,000 cycles on a Taber Abraser, CS17 with 1kg wheel load.
Slight dulling of surface
Temperature Resistance
30 days of salt fog exposure as per ASTM B117.
No corrosion
Corrosive/Chemical Resistance
96 hrs in many MIL-STD-810G fluids.
Slight breakdown of black coating
Tests were modeled after those established by the U.S. Department of Defense under MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD 130. Chemicals tested include all MIL-STD-810G fluids and several others (see the Technical Brief for a full list). Outcomes were measured with a Siemens/Microscan verifier on 15mil 2D barcodes. A drop of more than two letter grades indicates failure – as per AIM DPM-1-2006 and MIL-STD-130N. Weather tests are on-going. Horizons ISG does not warrant performance of its materials in any environment.