The "Textile Fabric Touch Determination and Evaluation Method: Multi-Index Integration Method" Standard FZ/T 01166-2022 was releases on October 1, 2022. According to SDL Atlas and China Quality Standards Publishing and Media Co., Ltd., Beijing/China, this is the first textile industry standard that specifies how to test and evaluate the hand of textiles via a multi-index instrument. The FTT Fabric Touch Tester from SDL Atlas LLC, Rock Hill, SC/USA, meets the requirements of this new standard.
The standard includes rules on the scope of applying the test method, definitions of the primary physical indicators, the testing principle and main parameters of testing instruments, the sample preparation and test procedures, the calculation formula of the result, and rules on the subjective evaluation method. It also provides the modeling procedure and reference example for the readers who have the need to establish their own evaluation model.
»Hand feel has continued to be difficult to communicate just as color was decades ago. «
Chuck Lane, President, SDL Atlas
This new standard now provides a common method for the industry to speak the same language regarding hand feel. The FTT is a key component in communicating this traditionally objective measurement, just as the spectrophotometer does the same for color. The formal implementation of the new standard will take a new step in the objective measurement of the subjective feeling of contact between fabric and skin, and will help the evaluation and quality control of subjective feelings in both the virtual world and in the real world.
The new FZ/T 01166-2022 standard can be purchased beginning October 1, 2022.