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Textile lab updates itself with latest equipment
Jan '10
A Textile Testing Laboratory functioning at Karur in the state of Tamil Nadu is being equipped with state of the art equipments worth around Rs. 10 million. Few of these equipments have been imported from foreign countries which would help textile export community to assess and certify the yarn and textile samples, received for testing, in the physical, chemical and ecological parameters.

The laboratory that was set up in 1996 and was studying only the physical and chemical parameters of yarn and fabrics also developed into ecological testing centre since 2003. The laboratory scans yarn count, strength, appearance, twist, weight and construction of the samples to certify the physical parameters.

And to access the chemical parameters, it examines all types of fastness, dimensional changes and fibre composition in the samples. Apart from all these, the laboratory also carries out tests to evaluate the ecological parameters such as tests for 24 types of banned amines, formaldehyde, presence of heavy metals, pesticides, penta choloro phenols and the like.

This lab, is acknowledged as country's only buyer-nominated inspecting and testing agency in the public sector on account of its services, which assess the samples provided by the textile exporters at nominal charges.

New equipments, include, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscope that costs Rs. 3.8 million and scans banned amines containing carcinogenic agents which might cause cancer; a High Pressure Liquid Chromatographer worth Rs. 2.3 million, as well as, an Ultra Violet Visible Spectroscope worth Rs. 1 million to test the presence of formaldehyde.

All these equipments have been imported from Germany. Also, a high pressure Thin Layer Chromatographer has been bought from Switzerland at a cost of Rs. 1.9 million. Moreover, to undertake fabric pilling tests, an ICI Box Pilling equipment costing Rs. 100,000 has been set up in the lab and a Matindale Abrasion Tester has been added to the testing equipment range of the lab at a cost of Rs. 155,000.

The most noteworthy feature of the laboratory is that, it is well equipped for issue-specific testing which is an immensely required test in export industry.

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