How we tested AEON Enhanced Performance
Scratch/Scuff and Mar
Wilsonart Research and Development engineers developed a new test for measuring the scratch/scuff/mar resistance of a decorative surface. In this controlled abrasion test, laminate samples were subjected to 200 passes with a weighted, industrial strength Scotch-Brite® pad. (Scotch-Brite pads were selected to ensure consistency of testing material from test to test).
In this test, traditional laminate was placed side-by-side with laminate manufactured using the new AEON™ technology.
Depending on the finish type and pattern of the laminate (some finishes/patterns disguise wear better than others), AEON Enhanced Performance laminates outperformed traditional laminate by a factor of 3x to 5x!
The test developed by NEMA, a voluntary standard for the laminate industry, measures the number of cycles it takes for an abrasive sandpaper pad to wear through the laminate surface at two points: Initial Point (IP) when the laminate surface first shows wear to when the pad wears all the way through the decorative surface.
The NEMA standard for traditional laminate is 400 cycles. Wilsonart Laminates with AEON technology reach 1,200 cycles, outperforming the standard by 3x!
* Improvement versus standard Wilsonart Laminate
** Improvement versus the industry benchmark (NEMA LD 3-2005) for wear resistance