Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of textiles

With its new Solar Light’s Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) Analyzer, SPF-290AS, Centexbel determines the UPF values of sun protecting fabrics and clothing.

Characterization of recycled plastics and textiles

Recycling is key in the transition to a circular economy. Therefore Centexbel expands its lab equipment to characterize recyclates or to assess the recyclability of materials.

Detecting genetically modified fibres

Methods based on the PCR technique (polymerase chain reaction) can differentiate between wool, cashmere, yak wool and their blends and detect GMO cotton.

Textile characterisation

Lab equipment and knowhow

Indoor air quality

Olivier & Karel

Centexbel runs VOC and formaldehyde measurements on home decoration materials according to :
EN ISO 16000-2, 9
ISO 16000-6
EN ISO 16017-1

Emergency Relief Items

Emergency relief items used by humanitarian organisations in catastrophe-stricken areas (war, hunger, natural disasters, such as draught, floods, earthquakes, landslides ...) should meet the strictest requirements to save lives.

Comfort assessment

The comfort of textiles and garments is the result of both psychological aspects (design, fit, quality, aesthetics) and physiological aspects, including thermophysiological and sensorial (softness, suppleness) comfort. Thermophysiological comfort is the result of the heat and moisture transfer through the textile that will regulate the body’s temperature, and is an important feature in clothing and especially in sportswear and professional (protective) clothing.

Chemical safety of textiles and plastics

The globalisation of the textile and plastic converting industry makes it increasingly difficult and complex to control the production flow and to exactly know the products (chemicals) that have been used. Morevover, consumers and their organisations want to be informed about the composition of the products they buy and demand that they do not contain harmful substances.

Burning behaviour of PPE

Assessments of the resistance of PPE to heat, fire, splashes of molten metal

GPC

Gel permeation chromatography is a size based (molecular length) separation technique.