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Lightbulb moments continue for James Heal

Long-standing British Textile Machinery Association member James Heal is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the company’s formation dating back to 1872, when it was listed as an oil and tallow merchant and mill furnisher in Yorkshire, UK.

Data-based success for fabric manufacturers Automated fabric inspection delivers quality and optimization along the process chain

Uster, Switzerland, 23rd June 2022 – Producing quality fabrics is much easier with automated inspection. Uster EVS Fabriq Vision gathers quality data and presents it in an album, which is used to certify the quality of each fabric roll, with total traceability. It combines quality assurance and process optimization – automatically – in a solution which is already popular in technical textiles.

SDL Atlas Test Materials Provide Testing Confidence

SDL Atlas offers the broadest range of test materials in the textile and home appliance testing markets including multifibers and detergents for AATCC and ISO wash fastness tests, cork liners for pilling and snagging tests, crocking supplies, make weights, specialized test materials for specific instruments and more. Our extensive inventory provides a single source solution, plus we have technical experts available to assist in making testing efficient, precise and compliant.

FTT® Fabric Touch Tester Quantitative Measurement of Fabric Hand

The FTT® is in use by major retailers and apparel manufacturers to accurately and repeatably evaluate and communicate Fabric Hand and Fabric Feel across supply chains. The comprehensive and sophisticated design enables it to evaluate all the mechanical and surface properties of fabric hand and skin touch comfort in one simple 5-minute test that measures:

After-Sales Service is the USTER advantage

Customers make it clear: they expect the best on many levels It starts with a handshake, or a signature on a sales contract. That’s when the USTER After-Sales Service team springs into action to support the customer. Its expert staff will make sure every piece of equipment is installed perfectly and running smoothly. But that’s only the beginning of a relationship that lasts the full lifespan of the new equipment, guaranteeing rapid technical backup whenever and wherever it’s needed – even in the remotest of market regions.


People's concerns about adverse effects from pollution on our living environment is growing. Industries are being forced to reduce their impact on the environment. Transportation accounts for up to one third of all CO2 emissions and cars generate a major share of the pollution. The need to reduce the weight of a car in order to cut its emissions or to increase its range is clear. Steel is getting replaced by carbon fiber based composites and car interiors are being provided with luster by using carbon fabric inlays. The quality of the carbon fabric is crucial for reaching the expected performance.

SDL Atlas Introduces Textender Static Elongation Instrument

SDL Atlas’ latest instrument, the Textender, is designed to evaluate the stretch, recovery, and growth properties of fabrics, especially those used in sportswear and athleisure clothing.

Quality management 24/7 – issues and improvement potential

Spinner shares experiences with Uster Quality Expert and its Alarm Center A push notification appears on Muhammad Ashraf’s mobile phone. It reports that there is a variation in the CVm level at his mill. Ashraf calls his foreman to inform him, so he can take immediate action. The problem is quickly identified and fixed – thanks to the Alarm Center function with USTER® QUALITY EXPERT. It gives round-the-clock monitoring of vital processes in the mill, and keeps management constantly informed of any issues.


With its “Lab Trend”, MillMaster TOP offers a comprehensive analysis tool for determining fluctuating yarn properties and their causes.



ASTM Standardization News: Safer Children’s Costumes

With Halloween approaching around the world, we take a look at ASTM International’s efforts to help ensure the safety of children’s apparel.

SDL Atlas Develops New Instrument for Testing Water Impact Penetration

SDL Atlas is pleased to introduce the Impact Penetration Tester, precisely designed to satisfy AATCC Test Method 42: Water Resistance: Impact Penetration. Originally developed to predict for rain penetration, AATCC TM 42 has been adopted by the medical industry as a measure of liquid barrier performance for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Control of contamination, defence against defects USTER launches automated quality monitoring for nonwovens producers

Nonwovens producers are well aware of the potential threat posed by contamination in end-products. Not only does it damage user perceptions of quality, it could also prevent products from meeting important standards such as ‘flushability’. In some cases, hard particles in finished goods might even result in class actions and lawsuits by consumers. USTER can protect against these risks with its new fiber cleaning system – and offers full control of contamination and defects by combining two automated solutions for quality monitoring.

SDL Atlas Introduces Innovative New Fabric Fixture for Testing Stretch Fabrics

SDL Atlas has developed a new fixture for testing stretchy fabrics on their MMT®: Moisture Management Tester. The new Stretch Fabric Fixture will offer more accurate testing for how a fabric will behave while in use by the end customer.

From the CEO: The Role of Digital Technology in Our Post-Pandemic Recovery Efforts

Datacolor has been reflecting on what the future holds for us. Given all the challenges we’ve faced in recent months and the changes that have come with them, it’s clear the rest of 2020 (and beyond) will not look like the “normal” we’d come to accept from before.

[Essentials] Blue Wool Standards – How to Use

As part of our ‘Essentials’ series, we explore the core areas of textile testing and feature the instruments, test materials, and test methods within them, sharing our expertise and advice for best practices to maximise your testing efficiency. In this article, we explain how to use Blue Wool Standards, for accurate and repeatable results.

Comprehensive control and economic benefits

USTER® SENTINEL is much more than an end-break detection system. It is a comprehensive solution for ring spinning optimization, with benefits in quality, productivity and efficiency. Data can now be integrated with the Total Testing Center through USTER® TESTER 6, giving spinners an overview of quality through all process steps in the mill, for focused control of production management. Adding USTER® ROVING STOP enhances the economic advantages still further, reducing waste by stopping the roving feed immediately an end-break is detected.