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February 28, 2024

Vortex M6 Sets the Standard for Unrivaled Reliability According to ArcWear

The Vortex M6 continues to impress leaders in the apparel industry, receiving enthusiastic recognition and adoption among key companies in the market. ArcWear, the PPE Testing Division for Kinectrics, performs a variety of tests on PPE fabrics for multiple end-use applications using the Vortex M6. 

“Nearly every test we perform must be carried out both before and after multiple cycles of laundry preconditioning,” says ArcWear Division Manager, Brian Shiels. “In years past, those standard laundry preconditioning steps could be carried out in commercially available consumer model washers and dryers.  Once the US EPA mandated that all consumer models be Energy Star compliant, the consumer models no longer complied with the AATCC Standards for home laundry.  This presented a major problem for us as an ISO 17025-accredited testing laboratory.  The SDL Atlas Vortex M6 washing machine solves that problem.  We now have a reliable source for a precision laboratory instrument suitable to carry out our Standard laundry procedures for years to come.”

The Vortex M6 was purposefully developed to meet the requirements outlined for washing by AATCC. In addition to meeting LP1-2018 (Table I, IIC, IID, IIIA and IIIB) and M6 Monograph standards, the Vortex M6 can also support custom programs truly allowing it to outshine the competition with capabilities for method specific settings in all areas of washing.

AATCC awarded the Vortex M6 development team the Millson Award for Invention, the Vortex M6 was the first commercial grade top loading washing instrument engineered specifically for textile laboratories. In addition to allowing for custom wash cycles with duration up to 100 hours, it can be calibrated to ISO 17025 and adjusted back into compliance as needed.

Committed to providing customers confidence in standard based testing, SDL Atlas is ready to support its customers with instruments, equipment, test materials, and services anywhere in the world. For more information about the Vortex M6 and its companion dryer, the Vortex M6D, visit or contact an SDL Atlas solutions expert:

-           (US) T: +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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