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Expanded filter testing at NWI

Complementing a wide range of nonwovens fabrication capabilities.

4th October 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  North Carolina, USA

Medical/Hygiene, Industrial

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) has expanded its Filtration Testing Lab with a range of new instruments to accommodate services for facemasks and respirators, along with filter media for automotive, HEPA and HVAC applications.

Importantly, the lab is A2LA accredited for ISO 17025, enabling it to meet NIOSH requirements for testing materials used in respirators, and it is outfitted with equipment to perform ASTM F2299 testing for the measurement of particle filtration efficiency (PFE) at 0.1 microns.

NWI’s Filtration Testing Lab is managed by Amy Minton, who has more than 20 years of experience in administering a wide variety of analytical, physical and filtration test methods for nonwoven materials.

“NWI’s Filtration Testing Lab is an important addition to the institute’s impressive nonwoven fabrication and testing capabilities,” she says. “Having an ISO 17025 accredited lab for the testing of nonwoven filter media allows us to serve the needs of nonwovens companies who are targeting the fast-growing filtration market. ISO 17025, our decades of testing experience, and our strict adherence to GMP and Standard Operating Procedures provides our industry partners with the assurance that the tests they conduct at NWI will be executed with the highest level of quality and accuracy.”

NWI also has a fully equipped Analytical and Physical Testing Lab with more than 60 tests available for nonwoven materials, in addition to lab and pilot-scale capabilities for fibre spinning, meltblown, spunbond, hydroentangling and staple/carded nonwovens, among others.

NWI will be exhibiting at FiltXPO 2023 taking place in Navy Pier, Chicago, from October 10-12. Based at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University, it is a consortium of stakeholders spanning the breadth of the nonwovens value chain. Operating on an open innovation platform and covering the full technology readiness level (TRL) range of services, NWI engages industry, government and academia to enable next-generation nonwoven solutions to meet mission-critical challenges.

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