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New SDL Atlas Scorch Tester Makes It Easier To Comply With International Testing Standards

Release Date 09.14.12Subscribe RSS

Apparel manufacturers know that color fastness is a critical issue for customer satisfaction.  The SDL Atlas Scorch Tester was developed and designed in cooperation with AATCC to meet industry needs for a reliable and reproducible test to determine color fastness and shrinkage to hot pressing and dry heat by providing controlled conditions of dry heat and pressure with heated top and bottom surfaces and electronic temperature controller. Previously, the weight of the upper plate could not be changed. However, since the pressure and sample size requirement of different standards are not all the same, the machine has been redesigned with a removable spring plunger on the lower plate to more easily offset the weight of the upper head.

The addition of the new simple removable spring plunger allows the weight of the upper plate to be adjusted, providing compliance with a wide variety of color fastness standards. Now the Scorch Tester meets the requirements of all of the following standards: ISO 105 - X11; AATCC 92, 114, 117, 133; GB/T 6152; BS 1006 UK-LA.

The upper head has been additionally modified with a new hinge design that allows it to move freely in the vertical plate in order to compensate for different sample thickness without damaging the sample when the plates are closed. The new hinge makes use of two slide-ways and a linear bearing.

Additionally, the Scorch Tester heating plates have been changed from aluminum to copper. The new copper plates allow for a more even heat distribution throughout the plate. The copper plates are covered by a hard chrome plating in order to provide a layer of protection.

The new design is completed with a timer that terminates with an audible alarm to alert the user to when the testing is complete. The user can set the time for any desired time that will begin counting down as soon as the upper head is closed.

The SDL Atlas Group of companies offers the largest range of textile testing equipment, supplies, consumables, and services available from a single source. With its own offices in the United States, Hong Kong and China, plus agents in over 100 countries, SDL Atlas is ready to support its customers anywhere in the world. The goal of SDL Atlas is to provide customers with the most complete solution at the best value.

For more information, visit or contact an SDL Atlas solutions expert:

-          (US) T: +1 803 329 2110; F: +1 803 329 2133; E: 

-           (Hong Kong) T: +852 3443 4888; F: +852 3443 4999; E: 

-           (China) T: +852 3443 4888; F: +852 3443 4999; E: 

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