AATCC Newsletter

  • Optically Bright Textiles

    Erika Simmons August 11, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    Optically Bright Textiles By Erika Simmons Ultraviolet (UV) is a form of electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength between 10nm to 400nm. It’s shorter than the visible light spectrum but not as long as X-rays. UV is present in sunlight; it comes in both long and short wavelengths. We are familiar with the shortwave UV because […]

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  • Technical Fabrics in the Wake of COVID

    Guest July 27, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    Technical Fabrics in the Wake of COVID   By Debbie McKeegan As the current health crisis continues to challenge every aspect of our daily lives, one sector in particular has seen a significant impact—changing the hospitality sector forever.   The hospitality industry has been adversely affected by the global health crisis, with hotel and leisure […]

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  • AATCC Offers Blotting Paper for use with PPE Testing

    Erika Simmons June 29, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC Offers Blotting Paper for use with PPE Testing By Erika Simmons   AATCC now offers Blotting Paper for use with PPE testing to AAMI PB70. AATCC PPE Grade Blotting Paper is 150 mm X 250mm and is sold in 5.2lb cases which yield approximately 500 sheets. Now that AATCC provides PPE Grade Blotting Paper, […]

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  • A Call for Research Proposals

    Debra Hibbard June 29, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    A Call for Research Proposals: AATCC Foundation Student Research Support Grants   AATCC Foundation Student Research Support Program was established to assist undergraduate and graduate students with research on textile-related projects. The AATCC Foundation Student Research Review Board is currently seeking proposals for research related to test method development, evaluation of textile performance in actual […]

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  • International Environmental and Social Responsibility Frameworks

    Guest June 29, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    International Environmental and Social Responsibility Frameworks By Belinda Carp   For many years, the textile industry has been responding to the sustainability challenge. Different sectors of the industry have been responding at different rates, and in different ways, to this challenge. Most recently, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has made great strides to make sustainability a […]

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  • AATCC Tackles Laundering, Various Exposure Conditions, and Measuring E-Textiles

    Remington Scott June 16, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC Tackles Laundering, Various Exposure Conditions, and Measuring E-Textiles By Remington Scott, AATCC Technical Associate Since publishing one of the very first electronic textile (e-textile) test methods, AATCC Research Committee RA 111 has been working diligently to update AATCC EP13, as well as publishing a brand-new exposure method for e-textiles. New and Improved EP13 AATCC […]

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  • Nominees Confirmed for 2021 AATCC Leadership

    Staff June 2, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    On May 21, 2020, the AATCC Board of Directors confirmed the following nominees for the offices of president-elect and regional board members:   PRESIDENT-ELECT: John Crocker, SDL Atlas   REGIONAL BOARD MEMBER: NEW ENGLAND – Jack Bare, StarChem, LLC (second term)   REGIONAL BOARD MEMBER: CENTRAL ATLANTIC – Patrick Ayers, Vartest Laboratories, Inc.   REGIONAL […]

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  • Going Full Circle

    Guest June 2, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    Going Full Circle Designers Transform Used Garments into One-of-a Kind-Pieces By Kim Anderson   On almost every clothing recycling bin, the dreary statistic is in plain view—”the average American throws out 70 pounds of clothing every year and a staggering 85% will end up in a landfill.” These disturbing figures have spurred a resolution among […]

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  • See Your Way to Success with Vision Assessment Tools

    Staff May 12, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    See Your Way to Success with Vision Assessment Tools By Erika Simmons, AATCC Technical Director Color Vision – The Power of Proteins Color vision is the ability to perceive the differences in light from various wavelengths independent of their intensity. You have probably heard of rods and cones, but are you aware of the Opsin […]

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  • Tools for Strategic Sustainability

    Guest April 28, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    Tools for Strategic Sustainability By Ben Mead, Managing Director of Hohenstein Institute America   Terms like “responsible sourcing,” “traceability,” and “transparency” sound good, but how can they be implemented to make a tangible impact? With so many factors to consider, creating strategies to restrict harmful substances or ensure fair labor requires resources and trust. Fortunately, […]

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  • Impact Penetration Testing for Textiles Part 2

    Diana Wyman April 15, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    Impact Penetration Testing for Textiles Part 2 AAMI versus NWSP Blotter Paper There are slight differences in the tolerances for AAMI PB70 and NWSP 80.3 blotter paper. NWSP 80.3 also has additional parameter specifications. NWSP 80.3.R0 and NWSP 80.3.R1 specify very different mass per unit area. Table I. AAMI v. NWSP Blotter Paper     […]

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  • Impact Penetration Testing for Textiles Part 1

    Diana Wyman April 14, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    Impact Penetration Testing for Textiles Part 1 By Diana A Wyman, AATCC Impact penetration tests measure the resistance of fabrics to the penetration of water by impact. The test was developed to predict the probable rain penetration resistance of a fabric and most methods still include this language in the scope. The test has also […]

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