The machine has been developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) in conjunction with the CSIRO, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA), Deakin University and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA).
Under the guidance of David Tester, Leader of Sheep CRC Program 2 (next generation wool quality), the world’s biggest knitwear company, the Crystal Group, is this week testing the ComfortMeter at its Chinese mills. This demonstration trial follows on from successful trials at the world’s second largest textile firm, Ceil Textiles in Mauritius earlier this year.
“The results of these major trials have seriously impressed the industry’s leading players,” Sheep CRC Chief Executive James Rowe said.
“The Wool ComfortMeter has the potential to improve the marketability of their woollen garments by providing retailers with the ability to guarantee comfort levels.
“The Sheep CRC is now in negotiations with AWI to commercialise this technology for use around the world.”
The Wool ComfortMeter has been developed by the Sheep CRC to provide cost-effective ways to measure and guarantee next-to-skin comfort for the consumer.
“The new system offers the first simple, objective measurement of garment comfort levels for lightweight knitted fabric – traditional indirect measurements, such as fibre diameter only accounts for part of the picture and is not easily verified in a finished garment,” Prof. Rowe said.
“It has been shown that other wool characteristics, such as spinning and yarn characteristics, knitting specifications as well as dying and finishing all have a significant influence on next-to-skin comfort and fabric handle.
“Thanks to the ComfortMeter, the process of quality control is now significantly faster, cheaper and more accurate than other comfort measures.”
Operating as part of the Federal Department of Innovation Industry Science and Research’s CRC program, the Sheep CRC is a collaboration of industry, government and the commercial sector. It is working to increase productivity and profitability of the industry through new technologies for adoption by both the meat and wool supply chains.
The accuracy of the Wool ComfortMeter in predicting the feel of garments has been validated through a series of comprehensive wearer trials with at least 25 young women testing each fabric. Long-sleeved T-shirts are worn by each assessor during a two-hour trial period that includes and air-conditioned ‘office’ environment as well as exercising on a treadmill under warm humid conditions.
| On 24th Jul 2021
At least 520,000 households in the marginalised zones of Zimbabwe...
LanzaTech has joined hands with Lululemon athletica, an athletic...
| On 24th Jul 2021
Apparel brand HOdo has claimed producing and exporting China’s first...
Marry craft and utility
India-EU FTA will provide EU with better access to a huge & rapidly...
Great step towards realising end goal of 'AtmaNirbhar Bharat'
Founded by Jimmy Lai, Giordano International Ltd, a Hong Kong based...
Mumbai-based Forsarees is a socially driven business enterprise, working...
EptaInks is the screen-printing division of Eptanova, a company that...
From May 14 to 17, international exhibitors will present the entire...
Bebop Sensors' smart fabrics allows for a new level of interaction between ...
<div>RocketLife, an award-winning developer of breakthrough visual...
Ramya Rao & Kavea R Chavali
<div>The journey of Kalaneca (kala-Art, Neca- Nikaah) formally began in...
Label Seema Gujral
<b>Seema Gujral</b>'s designs for her eponymous label revolve around...
Sailesh Singhania Label
The Sailesh Singhania label was created to promote handwoven sarees and...
Letter to Editor
Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.
Subscribe today and get the latest information on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel.