Hohenstein Starts Use of Second WATson

In order to cope with high demand from customers for reliable methods of quantifying cooling performance, Hohenstein can now make use of a second WATson heat loss tester, which doubles its capacity to measure the actual physical cooling performance of sportswear and functional garments.

           WATson clearly shows the dynamic interaction between textiles and human thermoregulation system in varying climatic conditions and at different rates of sweating. The system analyzes even the smallest changes in cooling sensation that results from evaporation on the surface of the skin, and accurately determines the cooling effect that the textile actually delivers by vaporizing perspiration.

The WATson technology only requires a textile sample measuring 20 by 25 cm to provide data for product development, quality assurance and marketing purposes.

With the additional WATson device, the Hohenstein Institute has doubled its measuring capacity. The properties of all kinds of materials can be investigated flexibly and quickly. The results are supplied within about ten days, so that customer inquiries can be responded to promptly. In addition to carrying out standardized measurement processes, WATson can also be customized to meet specific customer requirements.

These two factors – the rapid availability of results and the customization of measurements – offer manufacturers a way of measuring and optimizing performance at every stage of textile development. WATson also makes an important contribution to maintaining quality standards at the production control stage.

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