Decoding standards, regulation and certification

November 1st, 2021

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists’ testing methods are key components of industry certifications and labels. Photo: AATCC. With sustainability increasingly on consumers’ minds, textile end product manufacturers (EPMs) are tasked with ensuring that the eco-friendly claims they make about their products and production processes are valid. This can prove challenging, as can staying […]

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Sustainability in textiles

May 1st, 2020

As sustainability becomes more important to consumers, suppliers and manufacturers are pressed to verify product claims and become more eco-friendly. by Pamela Mills-Senn There are plenty of fashion trends hitting the runways this season, such as this year’s hottest color (orange is very in), patterns (think floral) and capes—lots of capes. But sustainable fashions are […]

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Testing basics provide key communication points on textile products

October 17th, 2018

When you plan to sell a textile product, there are numerous reasons to test it before taking it to market. Many of those testing results tell you what you can ultimately communicate to others about your product, and what they can expect of your product. Dr. Emiel DenHartog, North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, […]

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Fabric performance tested and approved

February 1st, 2018

That we live in a litigious society is evident to anyone who has spent even a little time in front of the television, where commercials touting the services of personal injury or product failure attorneys are pervasive reminders about how precarious life can be. Consumers have become ever more demanding in their expectations of what […]

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AATCC announces changes to proficiency testing programs

December 23rd, 2015

The AATCC will be implementing enhancements and changes to the AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs in 2016. The programs offer labs the opportunity to anonymously gauge their performance against that of hundreds of others around the globe. Current program participants were asked what could be improved and some of those suggestions will be implemented immediately. The […]

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Tester measures fabric resistance to water penetration

August 1st, 2008

The Hydrostatic Head Tester from SDL Atlas is designed for easy use, providing quick, reliable and repeatable testing of the resistance of a fabric to the penetration of water under hydrostatic pressure. It can be used effectively with all types of fabrics, including those treated with water resistant and water repellent finishes. Also new from […]

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Understanding the differences between NFPA and CSFM

June 1st, 2008

What is NFPA 701? What test and specs must be met to earn the NFPA 701 Registered Flame Retardant Seal from the State of California Fire Marshal? Our sales team struggles when this question is asked. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) are two separate entities. While both […]

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