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A-A-50271 (~MIL-P-514D) Detroit Testing Laboratory
MIL-STD-15024F, Type L (laser generated plate) According to Type L, testing shall “be determined by the acquiring activity and the supplier”. Horizons ISG recommends the standards of A-A-50271 be adopted for MIL-STD-15024F, Type L.
Standard UL 969, “Marking and Labeling Systems” Underwriters Laboratories (UL)M
Because of its ability to perform across a range of challenging environments, DuraBlack meets an array of government, industrial and military specifications.
Sheet Sizes 10″ x 12″ | 12″ x 20″ | 20″ x 24″
Sheet Thickness .005″ | .020″ *
Adhesive Backed Attachment Options: 3M 350 High-Performance Adhesive or Mechanical (rivets/screws)
* 0.005″ available only in 10″ x 12″ and 0.020″ available only in 12″ x 20″ or 20″ x 24″


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 700°F for one hour Slight yellowing of background material after 8 hours
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.


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