StaffFebruary 18, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

By Erika Simmons

 

Although we are proudly called the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, AATCC has long been widely recognized within the textile industry as a primary producer of textile testing methods.  AATCC test methods and procedures are used in manufacturing facilities and testing laboratories around the world.  We are truly an international standards producer.

We often partner with other organizations to help create method harmonization. Our association members generously volunteer countless hours and work diligently to develop and maintain methods which support industry needs. Currently methods around sustainability and emerging technologies are urgent needs for the industry. In our 2020 technical manual you will find two such methods:

AATCC TM210-2019 Test Method for Electrical Resistance Before and After Various Exposure Conditions

AATCC EP13-2018e   Evaluation Procedure for Electrical Resistance of Electronically Integrated Textiles.

Need a method but aren’t sure where to start?

Here is some guidance to get you pointed in the right direction. If you are looking for test standards related to the mechanical or physical side of testing, you can find those within ASTM International. AATCC test methods generally cover the wet processing side of textile testing. Broadly speaking these would include laundering, chemical applications, dyeing and color measurement. A comprehensive list along with their subcommittee designation is as follows:

RA31   ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY
RA61   APPEARANCE RETENTION
RA87   APPLIED DYEING AND CHARCTERIZATION
RA36   COLOR MEASUREMENT
RA33   COLORFASTNESS TO ATMOSPHERIC CONTAMINANTS
RA38   COLORFASTNESS TO CROCKING
RA60   COLORFASTNESS TO WAHSING
RA23   COLORFASTNESS TO WATER
RA42   DIMENSIONAL CHANGE
RA111   ELECTRONICALLY INTEGRATED TEXTILES
RA75   EVALUATION FOR END USE
RA24   FIBER ANALYSIS
RA59   FIBEROUS TEST MATERIAL
RA45   FINISH ANALYSIS
RA109   FLAMMABILITY
RA57   FLOOR COVERING
RA104   GARMENT WET PROCESSIN
RA100   GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY
RA89   HAND EVALUATION
RA88   HOME LAUNDERING
RA49   INSECT RESISTANCE
RA92   INTERACTION OF DYES AND FINISHES
RA50   LIGHTFASTNESS AND WEATHERING
RA34   PREPARATION
RA80   PRINTING TECHNOLOGY
RA43   PROFESSIONAL TEXTILE CARE
RA103   SPECTROSCOPIC TECHNOLOGIES
RA56   STAIN RESISTANCE
RA32   STATIC ELECTRICITY
RA102   STATISTICS ADVISORY
RA112   THERMAL REGULATION
RA106   UV PROTECTIVE TEXTILES
RA63   WATER RESISTANCE, ABSORBENCY AND WETTING

The great news is no matter where you are located in the textile related world, if you need an ASTM Standard or AATCC Technical Manual, you can purchase both directly from our website or by contacting us directly.

 

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