A new grading system for moisture management testing from James Heal literally turns the assessment of wicking behavior within a fabric on its head. The innovative WickView moisture management test instrument enables the wicking properties of a textile to be tested both vertically and horizontally, to better reflect real-life wear conditions. Many other instruments and test methods available test only horizontally.
The WickView instrument technology has advanced more quickly than the industry test standards, these use basic distance and time as a measure to assess the spread of moisture, rather than the exact movement in multiple directions. To address this, James Heal Ltd., Halifax/UK, has created a test method and system of grading to ensure systematic, accurate product testing in laboratories, and a software system that also enables the sharing of data and real-time video footage recorded of the actual test, electronically with colleagues or partners based in other locations.
Integrated cameras are mounted either side of the test specimen within the WickView, that combined with intuitive TestWise software, uniquely track, record and measure the multidirectional movement of moisture through a fabric on both skin and face sides. Numerous parameters can be measured for comparison, and features in the software allow users to identify and discount aspects that may skew the results such as the effects of gravitational pull and run-off, giving the most precise results.
A wealth of data is available within the WickView software, from watching recordings of the live test on each side of the specimen through to the resulting graphs and tables showing the grades of performance across a range of parameters. Results can be read individually or in different combinations to suit the scope of the testing, enabling users to understand and interpret their meaning in the context of the textile being tested, and where needed shared via email or online with their customers such as retailers or brand owners.