Until now, testing laboratories have had washing machines with different operating parameters trying to run the same standard tests. The AATCC recently recognized John Crocker and Rick Stanford as the 2021 recipients of the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention after they developed a standardized washing machine for testing textiles to multiple AATCC standards.
Prior to this invention, domestic washers were used, but they changed every few years. Crocker’s and Stanford's standardized washing machine also allows custom programming and can run a continuous wash cycle, saving water and detergent for special retailer tests that call for more washings.
The standardized washing machine is made with industrial grade components, so it can meet the operating requirements of a lab that runs tests all day, every day. This eliminates the additional waste of replacing home washers on such a regular basis. Finally, the standardized washer allows the standards committees of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, NC/USA, to maintain consistent operating parameters; this means no more concerns over the market confusion caused by the numerous models of domestic washers.
The Millson Award recognizes inventions that are outstanding contributions to textile technology.