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High-tech textiles

The textile industry depends on customer satisfaction and quality products in order to remain successful and continue to innovate. In order to achieve this goal, both consumer and industrial textiles need to be tested by using appropriate laboratory equipment so as to maintain high quality and determine the precise parameters required for each different textile. Fortunately, a team of Romanian specialists designed an entire range of laboratory equipment that helps the textile industry remain competitive.
High-tech textiles
Textiles range from clothing to awnings and from industrial materials to consumer products. As a result, this vast array of textiles consists of different compositions, chemical properties, and diverse mechanical characteristics. All this variety makes it very difficult to test textiles for their specific behaviour and characteristics. In order to facilitate the textile industry in this difficult but imperative task, these researchers constructed sophisticated and efficient laboratory equipment that tests and analyses that quality and functional characteristics of many consumer and industrial materials. Specifically, this range of laboratory equipment examines the physico-mechanical and physico-chemical properties of a vast range of textiles.

Moreover, a few examples of this range of equipment include the penetrometer which characterises the hydrophobisation properties of sports goods, canvases, camping products, and tent tarpaulins. This equipment also determines the optimum formula for water resistant finishing. Another technology assesses the fabric dye rubbing fastness for yarns, woven fabrics, threads, knitted fabrics and carpets. In addition, other equipment includes a semiautomatic printing machine for laboratory sampling that prints colour samples under reproducible conditions and prints patterns on small areas in the desired coloured number. Of course, the range of equipment encompasses many more technologies that can be very advantageous for the textile industry.

In essence, this innovative laboratory equipment could assist the textile industry in keeping a competitive edge.
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