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James Heal reveals new Martindale tester at ITMA ASIA + CITME

The instrument allows easy access to every station from the front which reduces time to load and unload, the company reports.

30th July 2014

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Halifax

Medical/Hygiene, Clothing/​Footwear

James Heal, a UK based precision engineering company, has introduced its latest Martindale testing instrument at the ITMA ASIA + CITME trade show that took place in Shanghai last month.

According to the manufacturer, its latest Martindale model 1309 is proven to be ideal for testing the abrasion resistance and pilling properties of textiles and many different materials, such as nonwovens, carpets, leather, wood, high pressure laminates, and painted surfaces.

Also on display were GyroWash, a washing and dry cleaning colour fastness tester, TruBurst, a pneumatic bursting strength tester, and Orbitor, a pilling and snagging tester.

Instruments and stand design

James Heal that has been exhibiting at ITMA Asia since it started in 2001 in Singapore, developed a stand featuring many of the company's latest innovations of textile testing instruments.

These included a Titan universal strength tester which can accommodate tests up to 5000N and a TruFade Air-Cooled Light Fastness Tester, both of which were demonstrated to visitors during the exhibition.

New Martindale revealed

The company’s latest Martindale is available in three differently sized models, with 9, 5 and 2 stations respectively.

The instrument is said to allow easy access, via a hinged top plate (Maxi-Martindale only) to every station from the front which reduces time to load and unload, the company reports. All models also have an intuitive control panel to maximise testing and reduce errors.

Test materials

The company stand attracted attention with its graphic of the world renowned Shanghai skyline, with many of the prominent buildings comprised of products from the company's extensive range of test materials and detergents.

According to James Heal, the company supplies test material to the highest standard of consistency, reliability and performance. It also designs and manufactures testing instruments, applying the knowledge of how these consumables integrate with the instruments.

James Heal

Established in 1872, James Heal has been serving the textile industry for more than 140 years. Specialising in the design and manufacture of textile testing laboratory instruments and test materials, the precision engineering company’s products are made entirely in the UK.

Based in Halifax, the company supplies equipment to textile and garment manufacturers including those co-operating with Next, Marks & Spencer, Louis Vuitton, and the majority of the world’s major car manufacturers.

James Heal products and services are sold in over 60 countries worldwide, through an extensive network of exclusive local agents and distributors.

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