Betting that ….. the textile will rip?

What do you use to test the bursting strength and 3D fatigue of textiles, artificial skin, kitchen paper and toilet paper? Let’s think about that a moment…… with a bursting strength and fatigue tester, of course – l like the one you can see in the picture.

The unit comes from James H. Heal & Company Ltd. who have their head offices in Halifax (England) and is principally designed to simulate the wear caused by elbows and knees rubbing against textiles, explains Peter Goodwin, Technical Manager at James Heal. The textile item is inflated up to five times using compressed air – until it bursts. Once you have calculated the average you can then draw conclusions about the bursting strength of the material.


Mr. Goodwin does not, unfortunately, have much time, for while we would like a more detailed explanation of the machine over a glass of water, there is a constant stream of clothing manufacturers all interested in the air-driven test unit. And, as we are about to leave, one company, whose name is strangely reminiscent of a Greek goddess of victory, asks whether the testing procedure would also be suitable for football shirts. But perhaps we didn’t hear correctly.


James H. Heal & Company Ltd.: Hall 3 / Stand F41

Backgroundpicture: It tests the bursting strength of textiles, nonwovens, paper, plastics and medical products: the bursting strength and fatigue tester with the striking name of “TRUBURST”

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