The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, NC/USA, awarded John Crocker and Rick Stanford the Millson Award for Invention during the Textile Discovery Summit on October 6, 2022. The award was presented for their work at SDL Atlas LLC in developing the Vortex M6.
The Vortex M6 was the first commercial grade top loading washing instrument engineered specifically for textile laboratory use for meeting global testing wash standards. The instrument provides programable precision via a multi-language touch screen controller that can manage custom cycles with duration up to 100 hours. It can be calibrated to ISO 17025 requirements and adjusted back into compliance easily by qualified personnel.
SDL Atlas, Rock Hill, SC/USA, has recently released a second instrument to the Vortex line, the Vortex Plus, which provides an integrated automatic liquid detergent dispenser which allows for up to 50 repeated wash cycles without operator intervention while also performing all of the same functions as the Vortex M6.