AATCC Newsletter

  • 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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  • Exploring the Oldest Fabrics in Existence

    Guest March 31, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    Exploring the Oldest Fabrics in Existence By Nicola Davies   Some of the oldest excavated fabrics have been traced back to civilizations that existed thousands of years ago. The oldest clothing item recorded is the linen Tarkhan dress from Egypt’s first Dynasty approximately 5,000 years ago. Pants found in a Chinese tomb were made 3,000 […]

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  • The Wonders of Replicas

    Staff March 17, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    The Wonders of Replicas By Erika Simmons Two dimensional standards are awesome.  They provide an excellent means for making comparison between two states of a test specimen.  Unfortunately, there can sometimes be factors that limit the total functionality of 2-D standards. For instance, the flat nature of 2-D standards make it difficult to assess the […]

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  • LAST CALL: Award & Officer Nominations

    Staff March 17, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    LAST CALL: Award & Officer Nominations Award Nominations due March 31 Officer Nominations due March 31 AATCC is its members. Please take a moment to recognize a deserving colleague for a job well done or for leadership potential. Nominations for several awards, as well as President-elect and Regional Board Members are open through the end […]

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  • Untangling the Web: Recycling Cotton-Polyester Blends

    Staff March 10, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    By J. Michael Quante, AATCC science editor   Greater than the Sum of its Parts… Creating fabrics with fiber blends is a mainstay of our industry, combining fabric properties that can lead to greater wearability, durability, easy-care properties, affordability, and multi-functionality (e.g., athleisure wear). Leading the pack by a wide margin are cotton-polyester blends (or […]

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  • 2020 Technical Manual:  For use locally; For use Globally

    Staff February 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 […]

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