emtec Electronic Redefines Textile Haptic Analysis At Functional Fabric Fair Spring 2024

LEIPZIG, Germany— APRIL 9, 2024 — When it comes to assessing the tactile properties of textiles, relying only on the subjective impressions of hand-feel testers can be insufficient. This is because individual testers’ sensitivity, daily conditions, and cultural backgrounds can all influence their perceptions. As a result, an objective evaluation of haptic parameters is crucial for clear communication of product specifications across locations.


Emtec’s TSA Tactile Sensation Analyzer addresses this challenge by providing an objective number on how a fabric subjectively feels to the touch. The device boasts high accuracy, aligning with results from traditional hand panel testing methods conducted by ‘touch experts’ with a correlation of up to 100%. Beyond evaluating softness, smoothness, stretch, and recovery (which can be determined in under two minutes), it also measures additional tactile parameters, such as thermo-haptic, friction, and crumple or drape behavior. Moreover, a camera has been included to provide optical analysis of a sample.

Accompanying the TSA is the Virtual Haptic Library, a cloud-based database engineered to digitize and categorize sample data. When used in conjunction with the TSA, this innovative platform enables real-time global accessibility to haptic test results. Manufacturers can compare samples and detect deviations in set haptic parameters, facilitating enhanced transparency, traceability, and efficiency in the supply chain.

Alexander Gruener, Global Business Development Manager at emtec, expressed the significance of these innovations: “Technologies like our TSA device and Virtual Haptic Library provide textile manufacturers with invaluable insight into their product’s tactile properties, enabling data-driven decisions that enhance quality and streamline production. By quantifying and digitizing touch parameters, the need to ship samples globally for haptic validation is eliminated, resulting in a rapid return on investment and improved production efficiency.”

Step into the future of textile haptic analysis with emtec at booth 1205D at the Functional Fabric Fair Spring 2024. Emtec’s Alexander Gruener and Rodger Segelstrom from partner company Technidyne of Industrial Physics will be on-site to demonstrate the TSA’s capabilities and its benefits when used in conjunction with the cloud-based library.

Posted: April 9, 2024

Source: emtec Electronic GmbH