Textile Environmental Testing
Textiles consist of different fibres arranged in multiple fashions to create the intended durability, strength, appearance, and texture of the fabric. Fibres include natural, plant, animal, man-made, and synthetic. After the fibre is prepared, the next step in the process is spinning the fibre into yarn. Next is the fabric production. Fabrics can be made in many different ways; the most common are weaving, knitting, or through production of non-woven fabrics. During this step, it is essential to strengthen the yarn so it doesn't break down during the process. After fabric production, pre-treatment is required in order to accept dyes and functional chemicals in the fabric. Once the pre-treatment is completed, the fabric is ready for dyeing and printing. Following this step is the finishing treatments, all different based on the intentions of the fabric. Some examples of desired properties are flame retardance, water resistance, antibacterial treatment, and protective coatings.
To ensure reliability of textile-based products over time, Tenney and Lunaire manufacture steady state chambers and rooms. These pieces of equipment are designed specifically for testing accelerated aging, burn in, and controlled temperature storage. The testing chambers themselves are available in a variety of configurations to best fit your needs.