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.

Colour fastness to hand sanitizer

The massive use of alcohol-containing hand sanitizers may affect the colour fastness of textiles that are touched by disinfected hands: clothing, upholstery and bedding textiles.

Coronavirus community mask - testing

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of washable fabric face masks is recommended for the population. What criteria can apply to these masks to provide optimal protection?

Abrasion Resistance of Protective Gloves

Abrasion-resistant gloves must be used as personal protective equipment (PPE) in any environment where workers face a significant exposure to abrasive material. EN 420 – Occupational Protective Gloves, General Requirements – defines the requirements for all protective gloves (except electrical and medical gloves) for glove construction, cleaning, comfort and efficiency, marking and information.

Flexometer Scrub Test

Rubber or plastics coated fabrics - Determination of resistance to combined shear flexing and rubbing

Accelerated aging tests

The aging of textiles, composites and plastics under the influence of light, temperature and humidity, causes changes in their appearance (decolouration, yellowing, loss of glossiness) and in their physical and chemical properties, often to the point of material failure.
Outdoor textiles, fibre-reinforced composites for wind turbines, cars, trains or airplanes parts and many consumer products demand high long life stability.

Cut resistance of Protective Gloves

Technical and high performance fibres are used to obtain a very high level of cut resistance. To take into account the continous innovetions and material developments, the testing procedures to assess the mechanical resistance of protective gloves has been adapted.

Impact tester PPE (gloves)

The impact protection on the back of the hand of protective gloves is tested according to EN 388:2016 that includes an impact resistance test in accordance with clause 6.9 of EN 13594.

Colour fastness

Colour fastness is an important demand and refers to the resistance of colour to fade or bleed of a dyed or printed textile materials to various types of influences including water, light, rubbing, washing, perspiration, etc. to which they are normally exposed during textile manufacturing and in daily use.

Laser beam resistance

A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation. The term “laser” originated as an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. Although frequenlty used in surgery, it is essential that the patient is protected with laser resistant surgical drapes.