For Testing Colour Fastness to Light Testing
Blue Wool Standards (BWS) are used for light and weathering fastness testing. We supply Blue Wools in pieces or in strips bonded to card to accommodate your preferences. Read more »
For Testing Colour Transfer
Crocking cloth, also known as cotton lawn or rubbing cloth, is used in a Crockmaster (Crockmeter) to check the amount of dye transfer, following a dry or wet rub fastness test. The dyed sample is rubbed, under controlled conditions, against the white crocking cloth. Subsequently, the degree of colour transfer is evaluated using a Grey Scale for assessing Staining. Read more »
For colour fastness and shrinkage testing
We manufacture a comprehensive range of reference detergents, specified in many European and International standards. We have sophisticated production facilities, overseen by textile technologists, who ensure that the composition and performance of products are fully compliant with the specifications. We stock the full range of AATCC detergents for American standards and test methods. Read more »
For Assessing Colour and Staining
There are two types of Grey Scale (Gray Scale) – one for assessing ‘colour change’ and one for assessing ‘staining’. The colour change scale consists of nine pairs of grey coloured chips, from grades 1 to 5. The staining scale consists of nine pairs of grey and white coloured chips, from grades 1 to 5. They are manufactured strictly in accordance with ISO 105-AO2 and -AO3. We stock the American and Japanese equivalents as well. Read more »
For Shrinkage and Durability Testing
Makeweights, also known as 'ballast' or 'loading fabrics' are used to make up the load in washing, dry cleaning, dimensional stability, drying or durability tests.
We manufacture Makeweights to the precise specifications demanded by various ISO standards. We also supply American Makeweights as specified in AATCC Test Methods. Read more »
For Abrasion and Pilling Tests
At James Heal we manufacture test instruments and test materials so we appreciate the critical relationship between instruments and test materials. In our purpose-built Test Materials Centre, we exercise particular care and diligence to ensure that you receive totally compliant test materials for your Martindale tester. Read more »
European - ISO 105 F10
We manufacture our Multifibre adjacent fabric on-site in Halifax using modern, high speed, weaving machines to optimise quality and consistency. We inspect every metre of Multifibre to ensure you receive perfect fabric every time. It complies with the requirements of ISO 105 F10 and is approved by Marks & Spencer, NEXT and many other UK and European specifiers. We supply Multifibre in rolls or cut pieces (Multifibre strips).
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One of many colour fastness tests, this is a predictive test to assess the potential of white or pastel-coloured yarns, fabrics or garments to yellow (garment yellowing). Our Test Kit is the original, developed by Courtaulds Research, for investigating complaints arising from transit or storage yellowing. Beware of copies and counterfeit products, which do not produce accurate or consistent results or might cause health and safety issues. Read more »
Assessing the appearance of specimens
In spite of the increasing sophistication of our instrumentation, standard, graded photographs are still widely used for the assessment of specimens in evaluating surface changes after testing. To ensure absolute consistency from batch to batch and to make the photographic references as easy as possible to use, they are produced in-house and under strictly controlled conditions. Read more »
Complementary Test Materials
We aim to help you obtain accurate and consistent test results by supplying excellent instrumentation as well as compliant and easy-to-use test materials and accessories. Valid test results are only generated if steps are taken to minimise all variables in the process. You can benefit from our accumulated knowledge and expertise and avoid operational problems by using branded James Heal pilling and snagging test materials. Read more »
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