TruRain tester uses just 1% of the water because of recirculating unit

October 1st, 2023

The TruRain instrument (second from right) uses only 1% of the water that a typical Bundesmann tester does because the machine recirculates it. Photo: James Heal Reducing water and energy use in textile manufacturing is top of mind in the industry, and the new water repellency tester from James Heal aims to make a difference […]

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Knowing what you need

January 1st, 2017

Examining antimicrobial and omni-repellency performance. Textile testing was front and center at IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference and on the IFAI Expo 2016 show floor in Charlotte, N.C. Testing to be assured that a product will perform as expected is an important step in the development of any application; in antimicrobial performance, it is becoming even […]

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The testing issue

April 1st, 2016

As the textile industry continues to wrestle with questions that impact testing, certification and standardization of the processes, the testing market grows. The market for textile testing, inspection and certification is expected to reach more than $7 billion by 2020, according to a report published by MarketsandMarkets. There has been much debate on the need […]

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Customized testing of advanced textiles products

October 9th, 2015

Advanced textiles are available to consumers with an impressive and ever-increasing array of performance attributes. Examples include wicking, compression, heat-reflecting and energy-harvesting properties. While standard tests exist to confirm and demonstrate the nature and magnitude of some properties, they may not capture the performance features that distinguish a product from its competition. Additionally, the standard […]

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Tips for communicating with textile testing labs

October 6th, 2015

Adam Varley, chief operating officer and technical director at Vartest Laboratories Inc., New York, N.Y., offers companies who submit textiles for testing the following tips for communicating with laboratories: Make the request clear. Are you asking for the tests you need or that your customer wants? Clearly mark samples, preferably permanently. Clearly identify the face […]

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