SNAGGING RESISTANCE TESTER
Joint development by Coats plc, James H Heal & Co Ltd, Intertek Testing Services, PPT and Technicare Services Ltd.
Snagging may be defined as the appearance on the surface of garments of undesirable loops of varying size, which are usually caused by catching the fabric on sharp points or objects.
The Textile Industry currently lacks a satisfactory instrument/test method for predicting the resistance of knitted and woven fabrics to snagging.
Existing methods have not been widely adopted, as they are either too severe and/or suffer from poor correlation with worn garments.
It was, under these circumstances, that a Snagging Forum was established, comprising representatives of the above-mentioned organizations, to address the technical issues and to devise a new approach.
The first meeting of the Snagging Forum was held in December 2000 and, after a great deal of painstaking work and laboratory trials, a new Method and Apparatus were proposed to Committee TCI/24 of the British Standards Institute (BSI).
The work of the Forum is well researched and documented, and it expected that the proposal will proceed quickly to a published standard.
Meanwhile, the SnagPod is being used by retailers, manufacturers and test houses to accurately identify fabrics, which are likely to snag in use.