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October 06, 2022

John Crocker and Rick Stanford Receive Millson Award for Invention for Development of the Vortex M6 at AATCC Textile Discovery Summit

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) have awarded John Crocker and Rick Stanford the Millson Award for Invention during the Textile Discovery Summit on October 6, 2022. The award was presented for the pair’s work at SDL Atlas in developing the Vortex M6.

The Vortex M6 was the first commercial grade top loading washing instrument engineered specifically for textile laboratory use for meeting global testing wash standards. The instrument provides programable precision via a multi-language touch screen controller that can manage custom cycles with duration up to 100 hours. The Vortex M6 can be calibrated to ISO 17025 requirements and adjusted back into compliance easily by qualified personnel.

 “All of us at SDL Atlas are very proud of Crocker and Stanford. It is a great honor that AATCC has recognized the Vortex M6 as a true step forward in innovation. The textile industry has definitely taken on the Vortex as the new standard top loading washing machine,” said Chuck Lane, SDL Atlas President.

SDL Atlas has recently released a second instrument to the Vortex line, the Vortex Plus, which provides an integrated automatic liquid detergent dispenser which allows for up to 50 repeated wash cycles without operator intervention while also performing all of the same functions as the Vortex M6.

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.

For more information, visit or contact an SDL Atlas solutions expert:

-        (US) T: +803-329-2110; E: [email protected]

-        (Hong Kong, China) T: +852 3443 4888; E: [email protected] 

-        (China) T: +86 755 2671 1168; E: [email protected]  

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