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April 22, 2013

SDL Atlas Introduces SnapRite Motorized Snap Tester

Stringent government safety regulations and increasing demand from consumers for high quality when it comes to children’s clothing require apparel manufactures to take particular attention when it comes to safety quality control. As part of SDL Atlas’ continuing commitment to provide confidence in standard based testing, SDL Atlas introduces the SnapRite Motorized Snap Tester, an easier and more reliable way to assess the holding or breaking strength of button or snap fasteners onto garments or toys. Strong attachment of snaps to the fabric is critical to avoid the snaps coming loose and possibly being swallowed by the baby or child.

The SnapRite is the motorized version of the SafQ Snap Tester, which was designed and patented by YKK and has become a standard for safety testing in children and infant garments. Nike, GAP and H&M specifically adopted the tester throughout their supply chains. This new model, also built under exclusive license of YKK patent, offers many advantages over the manual method.

The SnapRite will apply a consistent test every time for much more reliable results. The use of a controller, motor dead weight, and load cell mean that the pulling force will be applied evenly throughout the test up to the maximum limit and can be held precisely at a fixed load for the specified amount of time. This eliminates several different possibilities for operator error due to fatigue which can especially occur while performing numerous tests.

The SafQ SnapRite also comes with an improved fabric clamp and snap grip. These have been redesigned to give a better grip on the snap and the garment without deforming the sample and to provide a quicker and smoother sample loading. These can also be purchased separately to upgrade an existing manual SafQ Snap Tester.

The capability of the instrument can be enhanced with use of the same grips, clamps, and accessories as the manual Snap Tester.  These include clamps for other snaps, Jean Buttons, Four-Hole Buttons, and garment accessories such as Zippers, Bows, Applique, Toggles, Hooks/Bars, and D-rings among others.

The SafQ brand of safety testing equipment is produced and distributed by SDL Atlas, the largest range of textile testing equipment, supplies, consumables, and services available from a single source. The SafQ line includes Small Parts Cylinder, Sharp Point Tester, Sharp Edge Tester, Button Impact Tester, and Accessibility Probes. SDL Atlas provides confidence in standard based testing through expertise and global partnering.

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

-          (US/Europe) T: +1 803 329 2110; E: [email protected]

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

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

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