To measure of liquid barrier performance for personal protective equipment (PPE), the supplier of textile testing solutions SDL Atlas LLC, Rock Hill, SC/USA, has introduced the Impact Penetration Tester. The instrument has been precisely designed to satisfy AATCC Test Method 42, which has been adopted by the medical industry for PPE.
This Type II Design Impact Penetration Tester is comprised of a sturdy frame, made of high-grade stainless steel, which allows for precise and repeatable test results. It also features a number of attributes designed to ensure accurate testing including a small blade inside the funnel to allow water to move smoothly through the funnel without any swirling motion, strong clamps to hold the sample firmly in place, a weighted bottom clamp to hold the sample flat and an integrated drip catcher to catch any leftover water from the previous test. An air-bubble on the base shows when the instrument is properly leveled. SDL also supplies the specialized 6” x 9” (approx. 15 x 23 cm) blotting paper which the test requires.