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ICCTM Recognizes Fibrotest And Premier AQura 2™

The Switzerland-based International Textile Manufacturers Federation’s International Committee on Cotton Testing Methods (ICCTM) — a nonprofit technical committee that evaluates new and existing cotton testing methods and instrumentation — has granted full recognition to two testing instruments: Germany-based Textechno Herbert Stein GmbH & Co. KG’s Fibrotest and India-based Premier Evolvics Pvt. Ltd.’s Premier aQura 2™. ICCTM evaluated company-provided information and results from instrument comparison of multiple testing units to determine the instruments’ applicability in textile mills or for research purposes.

Textechno’s Fibrotest dual-purpose instrument measures both fiber length and fiber strength in succession on the same fiber bundle without the need for a calibration cotton sample. Once the measurements are recorded, Fibrotest also measures the sample size between the clamps so the exact and absolute tenacity value can be calculated. If desired, the system can be calibrated with calibration cotton to replicate high-volume instrument (HVI) data. A comb-type sample holder is used to prepare the sample, and an optical system with high lateral resolution compensates for unavoidable fiber mass variation along the sample holder. The instrument is available in the United States through Spartanburg-based distributor Measured Solutions Inc.

Premier Evolvics’ Premier aQura 2 tests the length and nep properties of cotton fiber materials at different processing stages and outputs including raw cotton, opened material, sliver and comber noil. The patented high-speed Aero Mechanical Individualiser (AMI) and Laser beam precisely measure and classify neps by type and size; and an optical LED array provides actual length measurement on an end-aligned sample. Additional options for the Premier aQura 2™ include the True Neps feature, which helps control the card and comber process parameters and identify rogue machines as well as determine card clothing life; True Short Fibre, which represents the most appropriate short fiber against the fixed length of 12.7 millimeters, and helps control the card and comber process; and the Gravimetric Trash Module, which works with a single pass of the material as opposed to conventional multiple pass systems.

April 3, 2012

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