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The TSA measures the haptic properties of textile materials

On April 11th, the German company emtec Electronic GmbH will present its TSA Softness Analyzer at the IDC International Detergency Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany. Mr. Alexander Grüner will speak about the original background and the new insights of the measurement method in his presentation “Objective measurement of the haptic properties of textile materials”.73

The TSA Softness Analyzer is already used in the tissue, nonwoven and textile industry and gives reliable and objective information about the three basic parameters, which determine the human feeling: the softness, roughness and stiffness. From these three, an overall hand feel value can be calculated, adapted to a certain market or product. This hand feel value can be used in the quality control, for example. The advantage of the three single parameters appears in a huge amount of chances in the optimization of the production and converting processes, and in the development of new products with certain haptic properties.

Included into the softness measurement is the measurement of the viscoelastic, elastic and plastic properties, which are represented by the elasticity, plasticity and hysteresis. With an extra module, the compressibility can be measured.

emtec Electronic - big with News at Tissue World in Milan

The Tissue World Trade Show and Conference will take place in Milan, Italy from March 25th to 27th, and the German company emtec Electronic GmbH will attend and present their innovative testing instruments at booth no. F740.

Centerpiece of the booth will be the well-known TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer, which is used to reliably evaluate the softness, smoothness and stiffn73ess as well as the overall Hand Feel of tissue and nonwoven materials.
Recently, emtec has introduced a new test method, which enables the measurement of the influence of different fiber mixes (long and short fiber ratio) to the quality of the hand sheet. With a special hand sheet preparation procedure and a technical upgrade on the original TSA it is possible to predict the final product quality in the lab without expensive trials at the tissue machine.
Emtec would also like to announce that at the beginning of this year, the 300th TSA has been sold. The device is now used in 48 countries, in each part of the world.

Along with the TSA, emtec will display the CAS touch! and FPA touch! Both instruments help to get information about the efficiency of the chemicals, which are added to the pulp suspension during the tissue production. They are used to measure the interaction between additives and chemicals with the particles or fibers in the pulp in order to stabilize the process, to improve the product quality and to reduce costs.

emtec Electronic with its innovations at the IMPS 2019 in Munich

Also this year, emtec Electronic GmbH will have a booth at the International Munich Paper Symposium from March 27th to 29th. The company will present a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process can be controlled and guided in the right direction. From the wet end to the finished product, the application of the equipment enables an efficient process, to get the best possible quality with the lowest possibleACA 1 costs.

The ACA Ash Content Analyzer enables the determination of the mineral filler content without combustion, that means without destruction of the samples, within seconds. Both, the total mineral filler content, as well as the individual filler components (e.g. calcium carbonate, kaolin/talcum, titanium dioxide, iron oxide) and their percentage distribution are measured.

Furthermore, the CAS touch! to measure the particle charge and the FPA touch! to measure the surface charge of fibers (zeta potential) will be displayed at the booth. Both devices help to get information about the efficiency of the chemicals, which are added during the paper, board and tissue production.

Besides this, the EST12 emtec Surface & Sizing Tester is shown. A device to determine important and for the converting relevant paper surface properties such as surface hydrophobia / sizing as well as the surface porosity, which influence printability, coatability and gluability of paper and board.

Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the three basic parameters, which determine the human feeling, the softness, roughness and stiffness. From these three, an overall hand feel value can be calculated. The availability of these values opens a huge amount of chances to optimize the tissue production and converting processes. New for hand sheet measurements: an updated version of the TSA and an improved measuring method for hand sheets (made in the lab) enables a reliable prediction of the final product quality in the lab without expensive trials at the tissue machine.