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Improved quality testing of textiles offered by F.O.S. Group

Industry News | July 8, 2016 | By:

The F.O.S. Group has launched the website to market its advanced air permeability tester for textiles. The filtration technology specialist based in Ahlen, Germany, now sells an improved tester model under the trade name TX15. The new device is not only of interest to textile and paper manufacturers, but to all companies that need to determine the quality of textiles they use in their products and processes.

“This useful instrument makes it easy to determine the fibre density in a fabric,” says Christian Reining, CEO of the F.O.S. Group. The TX15 measures the air permeability of a fabric, which is an important quality parameter. In essence, it measures the time required to suck a certain volume of air at a known constant pressure through a piece of the fabric. This value is used to determine a number of other parameters, such as contamination (for filter materials), ageing (important for fabrics, such as parachute materials), cellulose density or dye distribution.

Flexible and nondestructive testing

The air permeability tester is of a compact design for easy transport and can be operated without external power supply. The TX15 is thus a portable device for use anywhere along the production line or in the field. It allows for non-destructive testing of the finished product, so that there is no need to cut out test specimens. The TX15 caters for various air permeability tests across a wide measuring range performed in minimum time.

The tester returns accurate measurements within seconds. Operators can choose between more than 100 units of measure, doing away with time-consuming and error-prone conversions with a pocket calculator. A sturdy machine, it offers a long service life designed for high accuracy air permeability measurement. It is also suitable for use in the cellulose industry, by paraglider and parachute schools, or by sail and balloon envelope manufacturers.

Data transfer to smartphone app

The company has upgraded the instrument in other ways. For example, the measured values are displayed on a smartphone app, rather than on the tester, and it has launched a website to market it.

F.O.S. has also taken over all associated after-sales services of the tester. It is now ready for shipping at the F.O.S. warehouse. The company specializes in industrial filters, filter-cleaning technology and plant production. Filter tubes, bags and cartridges from F.O.S. are used in many de-dusting applications in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, in power plants and in metal and wood machining factories. All filters are customized for the respective plants.

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