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21 September 2023

Measure. Analyze. Digitize. Optimize. Test textile haptic as never before with emtec Electronic

One of the leading manufacturers for specialized measuring and testing equipment, emtec Electronic, promises to revolutionize the way textile manufacturers and converters measure and manage textile haptics. From October 17-19, emtec will present its innovative new TSA Tactile Sensation Analyzer, designed to accurately measure and digitize the feel of textiles, taking production and quality control to new heights at the Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS) in Taiwan.  

The digitalization of the global textile industry is steadily progressing, and the recently redesigned TSA Tactile Sensation Analyzer with a Virtual Haptic Library is helping to pave the way. The new device from German manufacturer emtec Electronic substantially simplifies and improves the quality assurance of textiles by quickly delivering a reliable haptic, thermohaptic, and optical analysis of any material. Alongside the instant accessibility of measured data for authorized personnel anywhere in the world, the new online database functions as an online marketplace, enabling textile specialists to easily search for, compare, and reproduce materials according to specific haptic and thermohaptic requirements.

“We expect the new TSA to be a game-changer for manufacturers and converters wanting to improve and unify product quality, regardless of where the source material is coming from,” explains Alexander Gruener, Global Marketing and Business Development Manager for emtec.

The redesigned TSA allows manufacturers to objectively measure the subjective traits that determine the way a material feels to the touch, calculate specific hand-feel values, and reliably and easily compare samples across sites. In addition to measuring softness, smoothness, flexibility, and deformation/recovery behavior, the TSA now features:

Surface thermal conductivity and thermal insulation measurement – The TSA reliably measures a product’s thermohaptic properties, delivering objective data on how warm or cool a material feels to the touch.

An improved design for measuring springback behavior – The TSA employs an improved method for measuring springback behavior, which accurately captures the fabric's ability to return to its original shape after deformation. This feature allows manufacturers to evaluate the elasticity and cushion of textiles, ensuring they meet the desired performance standards.

An integrated high-resolution camera – To digitize optical properties, the camera captures a high-resolution image of the sample, showing in detail the fabric structure, weave, as well as any visual embellishments.

A cloud-based Virtual Haptic Library – The Library is an online database, available via license, in which digital sample data can be processed and categorized according to specific haptic and optical traits. Developed in cooperation with Black Swan Textiles, the Virtual Haptic Library can be accessed in real-time by authorized personnel from anywhere in the world, enabling efficient quality assurance and control regardless of location. The Library can also be used as an online marketplace, making it easier for textile professionals to find, compare, and reproduce samples with certain haptic requirements.

“The Virtual Haptic Library gives designers, technicians, and quality controllers objective parameters to rate, compare and reproduce a product’s exact haptic properties, ultimately saving time, money and resources,” explains Gruener. 

For more information, chat with emtec General Manager Mr. Giselher Gruener at booth no. M705 during TITAS and come to the presentation “Improved supply chain communication by the help of haptic data, digitized in a Virtual Haptic Library” on October 17th at 1 pm in room 404 (language: English).

The new TSA Tactile Sensation Analyzer will be available in 2024.