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Novel way to measure haptic quality on show at coating congress

emtec Electronic GmbH will demonstrate a simple and fast method to objectively measure important haptic parameters of fabrics with or without coating.

29th January 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Leipzig, Germany

Industrial, Medical/Hygiene

During the premiere of the World Congress on Textile Coating, which takes place as an online event on 11-12 February and 18-19 February 2021, emtec Electronic GmbH will introduce to industry specialists, a unique method and device for measuring the haptic parameters of textiles and nonwoven materials.

Emtec’s Tactile Sensation Analyzer (TSA) gives a calculated value for the hand-feel/touch of a fabric based on the parameters of softness, smoothness, stiffness, flexibility, recovery and elasticity. This data enables precise adjustments and reproducible results to ensure a quality product, the company reports.

In a presentation on 12 February, emtec’s Global Marketing and Business Development Manager Alexander Grüner will explain and demonstrate the measuring principle behind the TSA, which is the only existing device to fulfil all of the industry requirements for measuring textiles and nonwovens.

The multifunctional measuring instrument simultaneously gathers all single relevant parameters that influence the haptic characteristics of nonwovens and textiles to produce a numeric value that corresponds nearly perfectly to the results of experienced hand-panels, but at a fraction of a cost and time spent. The device has applications in nearly every stage of production, from research and development, to product and process optimization, to quality assurance, emtec says.

According to Grüner, the new device has come at just the right time to help manufacturers meet changing industry standards and customer expectations.

“There’s definitely a shift toward a stronger focus on the quality of fabrics, both on the manufacturing side and the consumer side,” says Grüner. “Consumers are becoming more aware and discerning about what fabrics they buy. They want to know how the fabric was made, if it is sustainable, and they want it to be pleasing to touch. And manufacturers are striving to keep up with this change in demand.”

World Congress on Textile Coating Website

Emtec Website

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