Erika SimmonsMarch 22, 2024 Press Release

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 22, 2024 – AATCC connects the global textile community through networking, educational events, and publications—and perhaps most recognizably, through standards. As an international standards organization, AATCC adheres to the Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations defined by the World Trade Organization (WTO). This means maintaining a spirit of transparency and openness throughout the standards development process.

AATCC welcomes all interested parties to follow and participate in standards activities. AATCC research committees meet at least twice per year to develop and update textile standards, plan educational events, and share information. The meetings are free, open to all, and held in a hybrid format to allow both in-person and remote participation. For those who cannot attend, AATCC publishes a status report on all open projects. The latest report is now available for view or download at www.aatcc.org/standards/#updates. A few projects are also highlighted here. To get involved, register for the upcoming series of meetings at www.aatcc.org/research.

AATCC Spring Research Committee Meetings
May 7-9
Research Triangle Park & virtual (Teams)
www.aatcc.org/research

Moisture Management

Measuring and marketing concepts of comfort and moisture management have always been a challenge. New technologies only make things more complicated! But standardized testing can help untangle the situation. AATCC Committee RA114 Moisture Management has several open projects in this area. A draft method is being finalized for evaluation of liquid moisture management by visual analysis. Revisions to an existing method for evaluation by electrical conductivity are also under development. Input on this and other work is always welcome.

Save the dates!
May 7: RA112/RA114 Joint Subcommittee Meeting on Comfort
May 8: RA114 Moisture Management Committee Meeting
www.aatcc.org/research

Making Sense of Multifibers

Multifiber fabrics (MFF) are an important tool in numerous colorfastness test methods, but their use isn’t always fully understood. AATCC Committee RA59 Fibrous Test Materials is creating a new monograph to help users choose and use the right MFF for every purpose. If you have input or advice on the proper application of MFF, attend the next meeting or contact the committee chair to participate.

Save the date!
May 7: RA59/RA33 Joint Committee Meeting on Test Materials
www.aatcc.org/research

Other Projects

Research committees address everything from fibers to finishes. For new projects that don’t yet have a home, there is a committee devoted to emerging issues. Members are currently considering issues around reusable menstrual products and biodegradability. Visit the AATCC website to see what’s in process and attend the upcoming meeting to suggest new projects.

Take the Lead!

AATCC research committees are a great place to learn AND to share your expertise. Consider volunteering to lead a task group, chair a committee, or take notes as secretary. All provide great leadership experience for you and ensure standards work continues to benefit the whole industry and the consumers who use textile products. To volunteer or learn more about the available roles, contact AATCC Technical Director Erika Simmons at simmonse@aatcc.org.

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