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June 09, 2022

FTT® Fabric Touch Tester Complies with New FZ/T 01166-2022 Standard as the Recommended Instrument for Hand Feel Testing Standards

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China has released FZ/T 01166-2022 "Textile Fabric Touch Determination and Evaluation Method: Multi-Index Integration Method", which will be implemented on October 1, 2022. SDL Atlas is pleased to offer the FTT® Fabric Touch Tester which meets the requirements of this new standard.

FZ/T 01166-2022 is the first textile industry standard that specifies how to test and evaluate the hand of textiles. The release of this standard fills the gap in textile industry standards for hand-feel, and solves the long-standing problem of the inability to quantify the feel of fabrics.

Standard summary: To provide a method for the determination and evaluation of the physical properties of fabrics that make contact with skin by means of a multi-index integration method, the standard includes: rules on the scope of applying the test method, definitions of the primary physical indicators, the testing principle and main parameters of testing instruments, the sample preparation and test procedures, the calculation formula of the result, rules on the subjective evaluation method, and provides the modeling procedure and reference example for the readers who have the need to establish their own evaluation model. This standard is applicable to textile fabrics with a uniform and regular surface, as well as non-uniform fabrics such as jacquard, lace, cutout and other similar fabrics for reference application.

The SDL Atlas FTT® Fabric Touch Tester, is used by major retailers and apparel manufacturers to accurately and repeatably evaluate and communicate Fabric Hand and Fabric Feel across their supply chains. FTT® quantifies fabric feel in as little as 5 minutes with a simple test by measuring the following properties:

  • Thickness
  • Compression
  • Bending
  • Roughness
  • Friction
  • Thermal Characteristics

Committed to providing customers confidence in standard based testing, SDL Atlas has offices and experts in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China, plus agents serving over 100 countries, SDL Atlas is ready to support its customers with instruments, consumables, and services anywhere in the world.

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