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Gaining A Competitive Edge With Performance Testing Why Test?. Why Test Performance Fabrics?.
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Why Test Performance Fabrics? Today, there are more textile systems than ever before. They contain natural fibers, man-made fibers, combinations, chemical additives, non-textile layers and more. They are all designed to give better performance under a specific set of conditions. Gain a competitive edge by testing your performance fabrics to ensure they perform as hard as the athletes and professionals wearing them.
Colorfastness to Water Standards: M&S C7, M&S C6, AATCC 15, AATCC 106, AATCC 107, AATCC 135, DIN 54005, DIN 54006, DIN 54007, DIN 54020, ISO 105-E01, ISO 105-E04, NEXT 4, NEXT 4A, IWSTM 6, IWSTM 174, IWSTM 175 Situation: North Carolina State University bought red Polylycra jerseys. They were told they jerseys would bleed on white nylon and not to wear the red jerseys with white pants if they were a nylon Blend Problem: The red jerseys bled all over the white pants in the rain on national television. Cost: A $10,000 return and public humiliation.
Colorfastness to Laundering Standards: AATCC 61, AATCC 86, AATCC 132, AATCC 151, AATCC 190, ISO 105-C01, ISO 105-C02, ISO 105-C03, ISO 105-C04, ISO 105-C06, ISO 105-C07, ISO 105-C08, ISO 105-C09, ISO 105-D01, ISO 105-E03, ISO 105-E12, M&S C4A, M&S C5, M&S C10A, M&S C11, M&S C26, M&S C37, M&S C49A, M&S P137, NEXT 2, NEXT 24, NEXT 3, NEXT 34, NEXT 5, FTMS 191 Method 5610, FTM S 191 Method 5622 Situation: An order is placed for red nylon and white Polyester fabric. The fabric provider only measured wash fastness/staining (TM61) on like constructions, not conjunctions of two types of fabric (ex. Poly and nylon). Problem: The red fabric bled all over the place Cost: A $300,000 return for the fabric provider.
Elongation Standards: Internal to Manufacturing Facility Need: Fabrics used in high-end cap and gowns (doctorate level). Problem: If elongation testing is not performed there is a chance that the fabric can not be sewn. Cost: A $20,000 a year savings for implementation of elongation testing.
Moisture Management Standards: AATCC 195-2009 Situation: A large mattress manufacturing company needed test a trademark fabric for a high-end mattress. Problem: The test was performed to eliminate an issue with the fabric beingsewn on incorrectly. Cost: Reduced 100 returns on a multi-thousand dollar mattress.
Hydrostatic Head Standards: BS EN 20811, AATCC 129, GB/T 4744, BS 3321, BS 3424-26 (29A/29C), ERT 120-2-02, ISO 811, JIS L 1092A Situation: Implementation of device by several medical companies has improved the safety of garments worn by professionals. Problem: Need to improve safety garments used in blood borne pathogen environments where DWR’s were historically used.
Air Permeability Standards: JIS L 106-A, ASTM D737, GB/T 5453, BS EN ISO 9237 Use: Testing with this device by parachute and sail manufactures have greatly increased allowing for more extreme usages. The auto industry uses this device in the testing of airbags which has saved countless lives.
Sweating Guarded Hotplate Standards: ISO 11092, ASTM F1868, GB/T 11048 Use: Test the heat and mass transfer process which occur next to human skin. Measure the thermal resistance of water vapor resistance under a steady state of conditions on a range of products. Benefits: Lighter layers and less moisture retention allow for dry warm comfort in cold weather
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