Switzerland-based Testex® Swiss Textile Testing Institute – an independent, accredited testing
laboratory that provides a variety of services to textile companies and others in related fields –
has acquired a scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence
analysis (EDX). The SEM can reveal the cross-section and surface characteristics of a fiber, yarn
or filament; and the EDX makes it possible to identify individual chemical elements in minute areas
of the sample being tested. Both of these features make the SEM suitable for assessing damage
claims or performing cashmere analysis.
February 17, 2009