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Getting the pressure right with the Hohenstein Institute

The Institute will be introducing its testing and quality control of compression hosiery during the webinar set to take place in November.

14th August 2014

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Boennigheim

Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear, Industrial

The Hohenstein Institute webinar entitled Getting the pressure right. Compression testing will explain to manufacturers and retailers how they can attract the growing target market for compression clothing in the life sciences sector.

It will also present the new quality label Compression and pressure profile, which companies can use to differentiate themselves from the competition. According to the Hohenstein Institute, this is an important move in making the most of every opportunity for higher sales and more success in the light of the growing popularity of compression textiles in the non-medical sector.

The Institute will be introducing its testing and quality control of compression hosiery during this webinar that will be held in two editions – on 19 November in German and on the following day in English.

Testing quality

During compression testing, the Hohenstein Institute puts the stated compressive effect of textiles to the test on the test bench, to find out to what extent the products actually apply the stated pressure.

Subsequently, the tested quality is monitored in regular control testing. The compression and pressure profile of a textile are tested along the entire length of the test sample. The test uses the HOSY test system that has been specially developed by the Hohenstein Institute.

HOSY is the only test device recognised by the Gütezeichengemeinschaft Medizinische Kompressionsstrümpfe e.V. (quality mark association for medical compression hosiery) for determining the compressive effect of medical textiles. The device enables non-destructive measurement of virtually all dimensions and sizes of a textile.

Confirming compressive effect

The test confirms the compressive effect stated by the manufacturer. The method of measurement is the same as the test method that is used in the medical sector.

The only differences in the test requirements for the life sciences sector may be a wider range and somewhat greater flexibility in design.

The quality label Compression and pressure profile can be used to endorse successfully tested textiles serves as an important guide, giving consumers and retailers the confidence of knowing that the compressive effect claimed by the manufacturer has been independently and objectively confirmed.

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