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Testing Services, Laboratory Testing, and Testing Equipment

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A Advanced Testing Instruments (ATI ) Corp. - (Instrumentation/Equipment) Based in Greer, SC, Advanced Testing Instruments (ATI) Corporation provides the North American market with state-of-the-art textile laboratory and on-line testing machinery, as well as spare parts and consumables for all product lines. The ATI Technical Department performs and schedules calibrations and service for all instruments. The company's products include testing equipment for air permeability, water resistance, tearing strength, abrasion, tensile strength, corrosion, light & weathering fastness, color fastness, color matching, compression, package integrity, as well as basic laboratory equipment. ATI's goal is to provide the market place with the most sophisticated state-of-the-art testing equipment available for today’s stringent quality control needs.
  AMETEK Measurement & Calibration - (Textile Testing Equipment) Based in Largo, FL, AMETEK Test & Calibration Instruments (TCI) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and developers of materials testing and force measurement instruments for testing tension, compressibility, hardness, elasticity, peel or adhesion abilities of materials such as rubber, plastic, metal, wood, textiles and paper. The brands we supply include Lloyd Instruments materials testers, Chatillon force testers, Davenport polymer testers and Newage hardness testers. A comprehensive range of materials testing machines, force measurement machines, digital force gauges, torque gauges, grips, fixtures, load cells and accessories is backed up by an impressive customer support program that includes technical support, field and factory service capabilities, calibration and more.
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B bluesign® - (Certification) In response to colossally increasing demand for textile products that are environmentally friendly, pose no health hazards, and conserve resources to the greatest possible extent, the independent bluesign® standard has been established. The demand is originating as a result of strict legislation, and meeting it will be crucial for future success. The bluesign® standard is the most efficient way to guarantee compliance with the new requirements, without compromising functionality, quality or design. The declared objective of the independent bluesign® standard is to put a reliable and proactive tool at the disposal of the entire textile production chain – from raw material and component suppliers who manufacture e.g. yarns, dyes and additives, to textile manufacturers, to retailer and brand companies, to consumers.
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C Consumer Testing Laboratories - (Testing Lab) Based in Bentonville, AR, Consumer Testing Laboratories is a recognized leader in the field of consumer product evaluation. Whether you're a manufacturer or retailer, doing business here in the US or in its overseas offices (Canada, the Far East, Bangladesh, or China), Consumer Testing can develop turn-key quality programs customized to your particular needs, and can test any textile consumer Product from wearing apparel to footwear to patio furniture to automotive products. Consumer Testing Laboratories evaluates products from the viewpoint of the consumer, how they are going to use the product and what they expect from it. This approach distinguishes us from other laboratories. All of its laboratories are accredited, technically sound, and accredited by internationally recognized accreditation bodies.
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D Datacolor - (Color Management Service) Based in Lawrenceville, NJ, Datacolor has a proven family of products helps companies address critical issues by enabling all partners in the textile supply chain to expedite color development and deliver optimum color management, adding significant value to the complex global sourcing process. Powerful and Accurate Textile Color Matching Software for color professionals in dye house labs and production environment, Datacolor MATCH TEXTILE provides enhanced functionality and greater ease of use, for superior first-shot matches and industry demanded recipe corrections, while increasing efficiency in the color development process.
  Devan US, Inc. / Springs Creative Products Group LLC - (Textile Chemicals & Testing) The Devan Group develops, manufactures and commercialises high tech and ecologically sound speciality chemicals and processes with added value for the worldwide textile markets. Concern for sustainabilty drives Devan's business development and is reflected in its product range including: Sustainability built-in at product inception, not “end-of-pipe” fixes; Solutions developed for real-world applications, not the niche ecology market; Working with leading research partners and customers to develop new concepts Practical, cost-effective alternatives.
  Draper Knitting Company, Inc. - (Knitting Mill & Testing Lab) Based in Canton, MA, this mill produces high pile sliver knitting, circular knitting and nonwoven stitchbonded fabrics for a variety of products including: paint rollers and buffing pads, performance clothing liners, footwear liners, gloves and air filters. The company creates fabrics that meet any required specifications. Draper also does ASTM and AATCC testing, per customers’ requests. Although not a certified testing lab, Draper will conduct “pre-testing” so the customer can be comfortable that the fabric will pass certified testing. Draper offers the following testing: wash testing, colorfastness, crock testing, abrasion testing, vertical burn, water repellency, tear strength, ball burst, thermal shrinkage and paint roller pick-up and release.
  DURO Textile Testing - (Textile Testing) Based in Fall River, MA, and also known as New World Textile Testing Laboratory, this textile testing lab is DURO Textile’s independent textile testing laboratory. The company tests apparel, industrial, military, outdoor, hospitality, medical and specialty fabrics for abrasion, flammability, colorfastness, xenon weathering, fabric appearance, dimensional change, infrared reflectance, breathability, military specs, cold cracking, and anti-static qualities. Its standards include: AATCC, ASTM, NFPA, Federal Standard 191A, ISO, and JIS. New World is an approved QLL certified Government laboratory.
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G Gehring-Tricot Corp. - (Knitting & Weaving Mill) This highly specialized, vertically integrated domestic textile manufacturer (warp knit, circular knit and woven) produces fabrics for a broad range of industrial, apparel and engineered technical products. Their D3TM spacer fabrics offer a wide variety of thicknesses and densities. The Tweave LLC division is a domestic manufacturer of stretch woven fabrics, sold under the brands Durastretch®, Duratech®, and Durasense. Contract knitting, dyeing and finishing offered, with factories based in NY and MA. Gehring-Tricot also offers a wide variety of testing services on their fabrics, based on ASTM, AATTCC, and NFPA standards.
  GTI Graphic Technology, Inc. - (Instrumentation and Testing Lab) Founded in 1975, GTI products are manufactured in Newburgh, NY. An in-house spectroradiometric laboratory and 100 percent measurement/verification process guarantees product precision and accuracy. GTI’s products are available worldwide. GTI serves three unique markets: Graphic Arts & Photography; Industrial Markets, which involves textiles, plastics, paint, automotive, food, retail, cosmetics, and industries where the appraisal of color of opaque materials is important. GTI’s CMlite products comply with the ASTM1729-2009, SAE J361 and BS0950 Part 2 standards; and Quality Engineering, for companies that require an accurate and consistent light source during the developing, testing, and manufacturing of their product.
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H HeiQ - (Technology Company & Textile Testing) This Swiss high-tech company develops and manufactures innovative textile effects. The company provides a true end-to-end offering, including R&D, custom manufacturing, marketing & regulatory affairs support. HeiQ was founded in 2005 as a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The company has extensive state-of-the-art resources, including a microbiology and textile testing laboratory, complementing in-house industrial-scale production facilities. HeiQ was honored with the prestigious Swiss Technology Award in 2010 and the European Environmental Press Silver Award in 2011. In order to serve its American customers, HeiQ employs a dedicated US sales representatives, distribution, warehousing.
  Hohenstein Institute - (Textile Science and Research Company) The Hohenstein Institute works and researches in the science of the physiological function of clothing, and has gained international recognition. Various biophysical measuring devices are used for the quantitative assessment of the wear properties of clothing systems, such as workwear and industrial clothing. The results are used to draw up construction guidelines for textiles and clothing systems which provide the wearer with a good level of wear comfort and also minimize the physiological strain at the workplace.
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I International Oeko-Tex Association - (Certification) The International Oeko-Tex® Association, a grouping of 14 well-known textile research and test institutes in Europe and Japan, with representative agencies and contact offices in over 40 countries worldwide, is responsible for the independent tests for harmful substances according to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100.
  Intertek - (Testing & Certification Company) For more than 130 years, companies around the world have depended on Intertek to ensure the quality and safety of their products, processes and systems. Based in Pittsfield, MA, Intertek goes beyond testing, inspecting and certifying products. The company helps customers improve performance, ensuring the quality of design and execution of textile, apparel, and footwear products. Intertek helps its clients to minimize the adverse health and environmental impact of their products and processes for the benefit of society as a whole.
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M Mecmesin Corporation - (Testing Equipment Company) As a leading designer and manufacturer of force and torque test equipment for over 35 years, Mecmesin offers precision test instruments and systems that are accurate, reliable and provide excellent value for money. Based in Sterling, VA, the company can provide a tailor-made service creating the ideal testing platform, which is robust, easy-to-operate and gives top-level performance time after time. For the textile industry, Mecmesin offers equipment solution testing in the following categories: tensile strength of yarns and fabrics; tear strength of woven and non-woven fabrics; strength of seams or welds; yarn slippage in sewn seams; tensile strength and fastening compression of fasteners and attachments; burst strength of fabrics; stiffness of fabrics; puncture resistance; stretch and elongation; etc.
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O Oxford Instruments - (Textile-Based Equipment Manufacturer) Based in the UK, Oxford Industries has business groups operating in three sectors: Nanotechnology tools, Industrial Products and Service. The company designs and manufactures equipment that can fabricate, analyze and manipulate matter at the atomic or molecular levels. Oxford Industries turns smart science into commercially successful world-class products that support research and industry to address the challenges of the 21st Century.
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P Precision Testing Laboratories, Inc. - (Textile Testing Lab) Based in Nashville, TN, Precision Testing Laboratories is an independent lab offering consistent, quality and reliable testing programs involving product reliability, product manufacturing consistency, research/development, minimization of factory defects, few customer returns and greater customer satisfaction. Its Textile Testing Department's broad range of services includes: colorfastness, abrasion, pilling, strength and durability, flammability, fiber identification, laundering evaluations, construction analysis, chemical extractions, anti-microbial properties and moisture management. Precision's quality footwear and leather performance testing services includes: slip resistance, chemical testing, strength and durability, abrasion, water absorption, safety shoe testing, and fungicide analysis.
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Q Q-Lab Corporation - (Testing Equipment/Testing Services) Since 1956, Q-Lab Corporation has been a global provider of material testing products and services. Based in Westlake, OH, Q-Lab designs and manufactures standard test substrates and weathering/light stability/corrosion testers. Contract laboratory testing services are available at Q-Lab Florida, Q-Lab Arizona, and Q-Lab Deutschland. Testing services including outdoor exposure testing, lightfastness and corrosion are available at Q-Lab Florida and Q-Lab Arizona. Q-Lab’s products and services are used by material scientists/technicians in these industries: additives/colorants, adhesive/sealants, automotive, building materials, fabrics/textiles, food/beverages, graphic arts/inks, paints/coatings, pharmaceuticals/cosmetics, plastics/packaging, and renewable energy.
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S SDL Atlas - (Supplier of Textile Testing Equipment) Based in Rock Hill, SC, SDL Atlas is the leading supplier of textile testing equipment, laboratory products, consumables, and service for the fabric, apparel, yarn, and fiber industries. The company produces and distributes globally accepted standard laboratory products while also offering innovative testing equipment to provide new solutions. Whether the need is for a single product or building a new laboratory, SDL Atlas can offer expert assistance. The SDL Atlas Group of companies offers the largest range of textile testing equipment, laboratory products, consumable items, and support services available from a single source.
  SGS Testing - (Testing & Certifcation) This Company is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. It operates a network of more than 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world. The company's core services can be divided into four categories: 1) Inspection; 2) Testing; 3) Certification; and 4) Verification. SGS covers the entire supply chain from raw materials to final consumption.
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T TexLabs - (Textile Testing Lab) As part of the Textile Extension department of the College of Textiles at NC State University, TexLabs are available to industry for prototype development, material evaluation, process development and evaluation, pilot production, and analytical services. TexLabs' diverse collection of spinning, knitting, weaving, and analytical equipment offers a myriad of capabilities to its clients. The faculty, staff and extension specialists support industry and academic projects and provide an extensive knowledge base. All work performed in TexLabs is confidentials. The TexLab team will provide a cost estimate to clients prior to starting work.
  TextTest - (Textile Testing) Based in Phenix City, AL, TexTest uses the most up-to-date test methods and participates in development through its memberships in ASTM, AATCC, AFMA, and IFAI. With over 30 years of experience and expert technicians, TexTest has a complete understanding of the current standards. The company is ANAB accredited and is an approved testing lab for ANSI-107 High Visibility Garment Standard; CSPS; MIL; California State Fire Marshall Approved Testing Laboratory; and numerous leading brands. The company provides testing services for a variety of industries including apparel, upholstery, outerwear, industrial, safety apparel, linens/towels, footwear, marine/outdoor/tents, hosiery, military/government, and bedding/mattress.
  Thermetrics - (Testing and Measurement Instrumentation Systems Company) Based in Seattle, WA, Thermetrics manufactures a wide range of precision instruments for measuring and evaluating the thermal comfort of textiles, garments, protective apparel, and dynamic thermal environments such as automobile, truck, and aircraft interiors. Our biophysical instrumentation systems support all current industry test standards for thermal insulation, moisture permeability, and burn injury prediction. Systems include Thermal, Sweating, and Flame Test Manikins (Mannequins), Dry and Sweating Guarded Hotplates, and Flame/Radiant Test Devices. Thermetrics is a division of Measurement Technology Northwest.
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X X-Rite Pantone - (Certification) Based in Tewksbury, MA, X-Rite Pantone provides color measurement/management solutions tuned to a broad array of industries, including print & packaging, automotive, cosmetics, manufacturing, paint & coatings, plastics, textiles and more. From inspiration to production, from design to shelf, X-Rite Pantone is the company best positioned to help you define, specify, measure and manage accurate color. The company is the unparalleled expert in measuring, formulating and communicating color, and in developing the work processes required to support consistent color across the entire color supply chain. X-Rite Pantone color experts help you with a wide range of color-related issues and opportunities, from audits to certifications and training, X-Rite Pantone has the people that can make a difference in color workflow.
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Z Zwick USA - Based in Kennesaw, GA, Zwick is the world’s leading supplier of materials test machines. Its machines are used for R&D and quality assurance in more than twenty industries. As well as standard tensile, compression and flexure tests, Zwick materials testing machines can be used for multiaxial tests such as biaxial tensile tests and torsion tests. Zwick is also the leading supplier of fatigue testing machines, hardness testing equipment, pendulum impact testers and melt flow index testers. The company also supplies automated testing systems for a wide range of applications.
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