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James Heal to debut new touchscreen technology at ITMA Asia + CITME

In preparation for the official launch at ITMA Asia, the Touchscreen User Interface has been undergoing months of reliability testing.

18th October 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Halifax


James Heal, a leading manufacturer of premium quality textile testing instruments and consumables, will be showcasing for the first time its innovative new touchscreen-based user interface at the ITMA Asia + CITME exhibition that is taking place in Shanghai this week.

The new Touchscreen User Interface (TUI), currently being rolled out across the complete James Heal core Testing Instrument range, has been designed to dramatically improve the efficiency and productivity of textile testing laboratories by delivering the best in user-intuitive design and functionality.

James Heal will be showcasing three Testing Instruments with the new touchscreen-based user interface at ITMA Asia, including its flagship Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester, the Impulse Random Tumble Pilling Tester and the GyroWash Colour Fastness Tester. The instruments will be accompanied by several touchscreen demonstration units for visitors to familiarise themselves with the software.

Enhancing user experience

“Working closely with our in-house team of textile technology experts, and collaborating with some of the most influential textile testing laboratories across the world to understand the critical challenges that they face, the James Heal Design and Innovation team has been able to come up with a touchscreen controller that not only dramatically enhances the overall user experience but, even more importantly, supports Laboratory Managers in maximising productivity,” commented Andrew Hemingway, Commercial Director.

“With intuitive, simple and clear navigation, and a ‘homescreen’ that displays all the key information a user would need, we believe that this latest James Heal innovation will make a dramatic difference to the way laboratories use textile testing equipment.”

Housed inside a damage-resistant and water-resistant cover glass display, the software can also be set to nine different languages including English, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Hindi, Bengali and Turkish.

Reliability testing

In preparation for the official launch at ITMA Asia, the Touchscreen User Interface has been undergoing months of reliability testing to its limits to ensure that it stands up to even the most demanding of laboratory environments, the comp any reports.

This process included issuing instruments fitted with the touchscreen user interface to five of the highest-profile and most demanding UK textile testing laboratories for beta testing. “The technology performed flawlessly throughout, easily exceeding reliability and beta testing requirements and delivering outstanding feedback from the beta test sites for its performance and reliability,” the company explains.

James Heal

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 all under one roof and entirely in the UK.

Based in Halifax, the company supplies equipment to textile and garment manufacturers, some of which supply retailers that include Next, Marks & Spencer, Louis Vuitton, and many 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. The company comprises of four core divisions: Testing Instruments, Test Materials, Service and Calibration and Technical Assistance.


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