The AATCC Nylon Sleeve 129 and Standard of Fade is now available in a new, more sustainable format. The nylon sleeve fabric, or standard control fabric, is used in AATCC TM129, Test Method for Colorfastness to Ozone in the Atmosphere under High Humidities.
The test method from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, NC/USA, is popularly used by labs in the quality control of carpet materials and other textile materials. The purpose of the test is to determine a fabric’s resistance to color change as a result of ozone in the atmosphere at elevated temperatures with relative humidity above 85%.
The sleeve helps lab operators determine the duration of one test cycle, or cycle of fade. The 2-part set acts as a guide, showing the before and after color of the standard fabric. Before the test, the Nylon Sleeve 129 is a tubular knit fabric displaying a hunter green shade. After the test is conducted for one cycle of fade, the Nylon Sleeve 129 displays a color that matches the Standard of Fade, a green-gold shade.
The material for the Standard of Fade is a foamboard material that has been painted using 100% acrylic paint. In this process, less water and dye were used to develop it. The Nylon Sleeve 129 has been developed by traditional dyeing processes, using disperse dyes. It can be used in sizes as small as 1 x 1” to conduct AATCC TM129.
The accompanying Quick Start Guide allows for ease-of-use of the standard reference materials for both new and seasoned lab operators. The guide comes complete with visuals, a simplified version of the test method, removing the guesswork from the testing process.