Zwick USA will be demonstrating its industry leading textile materials testing solutions at the Techtextil North America Exhibition held here from April 24-26 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Zwick will display a wide range of materials testing solutions that supports the melding of applications in technical fabrics, yarns, fibers, plastics, films and composites, said Bob Donohue, Business Development Manager for Zwick USA, Kennesaw, GA.
Among the Zwick equipment on display will be a zwicki-Line system performing tensile tests on fabrics utilizing pneumatic grips and on yarns utilizing screw grips. Zwick's testing platforms range from single column table top models to dual column table top models to floor standing models for high capacity solutions.
"As applications for technical textiles continue to evolve, the materials that are incorporated into these novel products evolve as well - requiring more sophisticated analysis of strain," he said.
Zwick has responded to changing customer needs in this area through its development of novel solutions for extensometry. With a suite of extensometers to suit varying challenges and budgets, Zwick enables textiles manufacturers to select the extensometer that best meets their needs, Donohue said.
For samples where whiplash is not a concern, Zwick offers contact extensometers in clip-on and sensor arm formats. For whiplash-prone samples, Zwick has developed a suite of non-contact extensometers that includes the laserXtens laser extensometer, the videoXtens video extensometer and an optical extensometer.
"In high capacity applications such as seatbelt testing, specimens can exhibit whiplash, which has the potential to damage the sensor arms of sensor arm extensometers. The laserXtens or videoXtens extensometers offer alternatives without sacrificing measurement accuracy," said Donohue.
Through its industry-leading testXpert II measurement and control software, Zwick supports a wide range of applications - from tensile tests on fibers and filaments and elastic behavior of elastomeric yarns to strength testing as well as delamination and adhesion of fabrics - in accordance with corresponding ASTM, ISO and DIN standards.
"Zwick has put a tremendous effort into the development of its measurement and control software. The simplicity of the interface coupled with the robust standards library makes testXpert II a valuable tool for busy characterization labs," Donohue said.