Fluorescence and High Visibility for Textiles Digital Lab
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:45 PM (ET)
Welcome and Opening Remarks—Nelson Houser, retired, Archroma, Moderator The History of Safety Colors—Roland Connelly, RoLyn Group Color Consultants
Color plays an important role in everyday life. The development of colors, such as Safety Orange, have been helpful in providing critical visibility to people and objects across a variety of activities, from construction work to hunting and beyond. This presentation will explore the development of these colors and their impact.
The Life of a High Visibility Shirt: A Manufacturer’s View—Denise Statham, Workwear Outfitters
High visibility safety apparel is worn by all kinds of workers, can be laundered and cared for in a variety of ways, and can face exposures of all kinds. Manufacturers of high visibility clothing face the test of providing PPE that will protect a wearer in all of these situations. Hear more about what works and what challenges manufacturers of high visibility clothing.
ANSI 107 Testing Requirements – Challenges in Meeting Requirements—Sravanth Kanukuntla, SGS North America Inc
High Visibility clothing is intended to provide conspicuity of the wearer in any light conditions. Performance requirements associated with these safety products and challenges faced by industry in meeting these requirements will be discussed in detail during this session. This presentation will address the similarities between ANSI 107, ISO 20471, ISO 23762, and include industry best practices on verification and certification process for High Visibility Textiles.
Detergent Use in the Lab: Beyond Just Coming Clean—Erika Simmons, AATCC
A look at the detergent and laundering considerations when testing.
Detergent Technologies with Focus on Optical Brighteners—Rachel Applegate, Procter & Gamble
This presentation will include a brief overview of detergent chemistry, with emphasis on optical brighteners: types, how they work, what benefits they provide, impact of fabric type and formulation challenges.
Effectively Measuring Fluorescent Textiles (or Not!)—Ken Butts, Datacolor
Because of the challenges in making consistent visual evaluations of fluorescent materials, it is often more effective to measure them with a spectrophotometer. But without attention to specific calibration procedures, the measurement results can lead to the wrong decision. In this presentation we will take a detailed look at spectrophotometer UV calibration and how a population of spectrophotometers can produce reliable data for fluorescent samples.
Live Q&A / Panel Discussion—Nelson Houser, retired, Archroma, Moderator Closing Remarks and Adjourn THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:15 PM (ET)
Welcome and Opening Remarks—Steve Simonson, SimonsonWorldWide LLC, Moderator High-Vis Apparel and Sustainability in Polyester Exhaust Dyeing—Werner Tissen, DyStar Colours Distribution GmbH
The use of high-vis safety apparel for professional and non-professional use is growing steadily. Different standards and DyStar®´s Dianix® disperse dye selection for achieving the specifications for high-vis safety apparel on polyester is presented. Cadira® Polyester highlights options for more environmentally friendly exhaust dyeing of polyester and save valuable resources in the textile production.
Optical Brightening Agents Fundamentals—Randy Mumford, Archroma
This presentation will include an introduction to Optical Brightening Agents as dyestuffs, emphasizing how they perform in textile application. There will be a review of why and how we use them to enhance fabrics as well as a brief overview of Optical Brightening Agents for detergents.
Weathering Test: AATCC 169 Option 4—Michael Murphy, e-Dye
Using AATCC 169 Option 4 – Weathering Test, e.dye® can conclusive demonstrate real world superior performance of it’s solution dyed textiles to meet both ANSI107 and EN ISO 20471 for a range of High Visibility textiles. Our e.dye® textile products are the first to offer our customers a longer lasting color – resistant to simulated UV and wash cycle fading while at the same time reducing carbon footprint and water use.
This Presentation is Not Available on the Day 2 Recording.Science of Visibility—Michael Hayes and Katie Aune, 3M Personal Safety Division
The concepts of retro-reflectivity and fluorescence are examined for their roles in nighttime and daytime visibility. Variables in different settings are discussed, as are regulatory and testing requirements.
A Brand Perspective on Managing Hi-Vis Product Claims and Controlling Production via QC/QA Best Practices—Gregg Woodcock, Hanesbrands Inc
Brands must manage and substantiate all product claims to protect brand integrity; this includes Hi-Vis product claims. By understanding the capabilities and limitations of Hi-Vis technology and Hi-Vis testing, and also utilizing QC/QA best practices, brands can be assured they are making reasonable claims and the claims will provide promised consumer benefits.
Live Q&A / Panel Discussion—Steve Simonson, SimonsonWorldWide LLC, Moderator Closing Remarks and Adjourn