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BTTG - New comfort testing equipment for defence clothing


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BTTG Testing And Certification Ltd
: 23 August, 2008  (New Product)
BTTG High Performance Materials (BTTG-HPM), one of the world's leading textile testing laboratories, has added highly-specialised 'comfort testing' equipment to its portfolio.
The new equipment allows BTTG-HPM to carry out the Sweating Guarded Hotplate (Skin Model) Test on personal protective equipment (PPE) such as firefighting clothing, high-visibility/weather protective clothing and also on other items such as sports wear.

The new equipment complies with the European Standard EN 31092 and the International Standard ISO 11092.

'It is capable of carrying out two tests - thermal resistance and water vapour resistance but we expect most requests from clients to be for water vapour resistance testing; fundamentally this test measures how comfortable clothing will be when its user is in an environment that causes sweating,' said Phil Hutchings, Operational Head, BTTG-HPM.

'In the case of firefighting clothing, it is crucial that it is able to dissipate sweat and make difficult working conditions as safe and comfortable as possible.

'The equipment replicates the effect of the wearer's skin sweating against the lining of clothing and how fast it allows sweat to pass through to the outer surface of the clothing.

'However, as well as protective clothing (PPE) we can also apply the test to any fabric or combination of fabrics for which comfort is a relevant property - and perhaps ultimately help their manufacturers to enhance performance', said Phil.

BTTG-HPM has obtained UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation for this new test to add to its large range of accredited tests. The new test enhances the ability of BTTG-HPM to provide a comprehensive range of competitive, independent and expert testing plus certification, advisory and investigation services across the traditional and specialist textile industries.

BTTG-HPM trades as part of BTTG Testing & Certification Limited, one of the three operating companies of BTTG. With more than 80 years experience, BTTG provides unrivalled and expert reassurance through its technical services to a global network of clients which include manufacturers, retailers, the legal profession, police, consumers and related interest groups including Trading Standards. Highly-qualified and experienced technical staff work directly with clients to ensure delivery of the best advice and service in a wide range of technical areas.
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