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Physical Testing in China by QPI’s German lab partner

by on Jun.21, 2010, under China Manufacturing Blog

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Quality Products International Limited (QPI Ltd – QPI) offers a range of product testing (also see blog on Chemical Testing) through its partner laboratory, based in Dongguan, in Southern China.

Parameter Testing method
1 , Colorfastness test
Washing a)washing temperature: up to 60 oC/140oF,                           AATCC 61 No. 1A, 2A; ISO 105 C01-C03;  ISO 105 C06 Test A-C;
b) washing temperature: over 60 oC/140oF                               AATCC 61 No. 3A-4A; ISO 105 C04;  ISO 105 C06 Test D-E;
Rubbing / crocking (dye & wet) AATCC 8, ISO 105 X 12, BS EN ISO 105 X12
Rubbing / crocking (dye & wet) AATCC 116
Light ISO 105 B02, BS 1006B02, AATCC 16 E,
a. Grade 4/20 fading units or below
b. Grade 5/40 fading unit or below
c. Grade 6/80 fading unit or up
Perspiration AATCC 15; ISO 105 E04; BS 1006 E04;
Perspiration and saliva DIN53160,LMBG 82.10
Dry cleaning ISO 105 D01, BS 1006 D01, AATCC132,
Water ISO 105 E01, BS 1006 E01, AATCC 107,
Bleaching Chlorine bleach (hypochlorite/chlorite), ISO 105 N01, BS 1006 N01, JIS L 0856
Chlorine bleach (hypochlorite/chlorite),AATCC 188 (5 washes)
Non-chlorine bleach, Peroxide, BS 1006 N02, ISO 10-5 N02, AATCC 172, JIS L 0857 (5 washes)
Chlorinated water ISO 105 E03, BS 1006 E03, BS 1006 UK-TK, JIS L 0844
Chlorinated pool water AATCC 162
Sea water ISO 105 E02, BS 1006 E02, AATCC 106, JIS L 0847
Hot pressing ISO 105 X11, BS 1006 X11, AATCC 133, JIS L 0850
Dry heat ISO 105 P01, BS 1006 P01, AATCC 117, JIS L 0879
Actual laundering (one wash) 1.cold to 70 oC /160 oF
2. Above cold to 70 oC /160 oF to boil
Water Spotting ISO 105 E07 ,  AATCC104
Acid Spotting ISO 105 E05 ,  AATCC6
Alkali Spotting ISO 105 E06 ,  AATCC6
Sublimation during storage JIS L 0854  , DIN 54056
2 , Dimensional Stability ( Shrinkage) and Related Tests
Dimensional Stability to Washing A. Washing temp. at 70°C/160°F or below
a) AS 2001.5.4 , BS EN 25077/BS EN 26330  , GB/T 8629 , EN25077 , ISO 5077/ISO6330 , GB/T8630  , JIS L 1042 Method G , JIS L 0217 No. 103-106 , JIS L 1018 Method G , NF EN25077/NF EN 26330
b) Prolonged Wash
B. Washing temp. above 70°C/160°F to boil
a) BS EN 25077/BS EN 26330  , GB/T 8629 , ISO 5077/ISO6330  , NF EN25077/NF EN 26330
b) Prolonged Wash
C. AATCC 135 Washing temp. at  140°F or below (for fabric shrinkage)
a) 3 washes
b) 5 washes
D. AATCC 150 Washing temp. at  140°F or below (for garment shrinkage)
a) 3 washes
b) 5 washes
E. Garment test ( report different measurement points)
a)Washing temp. at 70°C/160°F or below
i)Condition same as A(a)
ii) Prolonged wash
b)Washing temp. above 70°C/160°F to boil
i)Condition same as B(a)
ii) Prolonged wash
Each Additional Wash cycle a. Wash only
1) Fabic
2) Garment
b. Wash  (with measurement)
1) Fabic
2) Garment
c) wash with visual assessment
Appearance After Laundering A) After wash
a) Fabic
b) Garment
B) Wash & Wear
a) Fabric              AATCC124 , ISO 7768 , GB/T 13769
1) 3 washes
2) 5 washes
b) Seam            AATCC88B , ISO 7770 ,  GB/T 13771
1) 3 washes
2) 5 washes
C) Crease           AATCC88C , ISO 7769 ,  GB/T 13770
1) 3 washes
2) 5 washes
D) Garment           AATCC143 , ISO 15487
1) 3 washes
2) 5 washes
Dimensional Stability to commerical drycleaning A) One dryclean cycle
1) Fabric
2) Garment
B) Each Additional dryclean cycle/Dryclean only
1) Fabric
2) Garment
C) Each Additional dryclean cycle/Dryclean with measurement
1) Fabric
2) Garment
Appearance After Drycleaning Fabic/Garment ( per piece)
Dimensional Stability to steam press Fabic/Garment ( per piece)
Dimensional Stability to free press Fabic/Garment ( per piece) ISO3005
Dimensional Stability to heating Fabic/Garment ( per piece)
Dimensional Stability for sewing thread ASTM D204 BS EN12590
3 , Physical test
3a,  Strength Tests
Tensile strength a. Grab Method    ISO5082 , ISO 13934-2
b. Strip Method    ISO5081 , ISO 13934-1
Tearing strength Elmendorf method
Tongue method – single-rip/double-rip/wing-rip/trapezoidal shape
Brusting Strength Diaphragm Brust   BS4768 , ISO 2960 , BS EN ISO 13938-1/2
Seam Performance Seam Strength ISO 13935
Seam Slippage ISO 13936 -1 /2
Single thread strength ISO2062
Bonding Strength AATCC 136 , ISO 2411
3b,  Fabic Performance Tests
Abrasion Resistance A. Martindale BS EN ISO 12947-2
a. first 10,000 rubs
b. every other or part of 10,000 rubs
c. shade change
B. Stoll Flat Abrader ASTM D3886  , AS 2001.2.27
a. first 300 cycles
b. every other or part of  300 cycles
C. Flex abrasion tester ASTM D3885 , AS 2001.2.26
a. first 1,000 cycles
b. every other or part of  1,000 cycles
D. Tabler abrader ASTM D3884 , AS 2001.2.26
a. first 1,000 cycles
b. every other or part of  1,000 cycles
E. Accelerator AATCC93
F. Frosting AATCC 119 AATCC 120
G. Pile Retention  ASTM D4685
a. Original
b. After one wash
c. After three washes
d. After one dryclean
JIS L 1975
Pilling Resistance A. ICI pilling box (per 5 hrs test)  , BS5811 , ISO 12945-1
B. Martindale  ISO12945-2 , ASTM D4930
C. Random tumber (per 30 min. test) ASTM D 3512
D. Elastomeric pad method , ASTM D3514
Water Resistance A. Hydrostatic Head , ISO 811 , BS EN 20811
a. 1st 5,000 mm
b. Every other 5,000 mm
B. Rain test , AATCC35
C. Impact Penetration test , AATCC42
Water Repellency Spray test  BS EN 24920 , ISO 4920 , AATCC 22
Soil Release AATCC 130
Stretch & Recovery a. Frymer Extension meter , BS4294
b. ASTM D2594 , ASTM D3107
c. Elastic fabic BS 4952
3C,  Fabic Construction Analysis Tests
Yarn Count a. Woven ( per yarm ) BS2865 , ISO7211/5
b. Kint ( per yarm ) ASTM D1059
Fabric Density a. Threads per Unit length ( woven fabic construction) , ISO 7211/2 BS EN 1049-2
b. Stitich Density (kintted fabic construction) , BS 5441
Fabric Weight Per Unit Area/Per running Length  , BS 2471 , ISO 3801 , EN12127
Fabic Width BS 1930 , ISO 3932 , EN 1773
Fabic Thickness ASTM D1777 , EN ISO 5084
Type of Cut Pile Per one pile type
Type of Weave Per type
Distortion in bowed and skewed fabrics BS2819 , ASTM D3882
a. report as received
b. after one wash
Loop length of Kintted Fabric
Cover Factor TM169
Terry to ground ratio
Twist Per Unit Length (per yarn) a. Direct counting method , ISO 2061
b. Untwist-retwist method , ASTM D 1422 , AS 2001.2.14
3d,  Garment Accessory Tests ( Zipper , Button , Buckle , etc.)
Zipper Strength ASTM D2461 , BS3084
a. reciprocating test (per 1,000 cycles test)
b. other test item (per test item)
Durability of Zipper Per 5,000 strokes
Operability of Zipper ASTM D2062 , Per test item
Shear Strength of Velcro Tape BS EN 13780 , ASTM D5169
Peeling Strength of Velcro Tape BS EN 13780 , ASTM D5170
Unsnapping of Snap fasteners ASTM D4846 , Per test item
Attachment strength of Button ASTM F963 , EN71 part 1 , 16 CFR part 1500.51-53,part F
Attachment strength of Sanp Tensile testing machine CRE SAFQ Tester
Button impact test ASTM D5171 , BS4162
Button Strength BS4162 , per six readings
Button/Snap tension Strength ASTM F963 , EN71 part 1 , 16 CFR part 1500.51-53,part F , per components
Button/Snap torque Strength ASTM F963 , EN71 part 1 , 16 CFR part 1500.51-53,part E , per components
Rust/Tarnish Test of Metallic Finishes a. Oven Method ( 24hrs)
b. Oven Method ( 48hrs)
3e, Fibre Composion and Other Analytical Tests
Fibre qualitative analysis AATCC 20A , ISO 1833 , ISO 5088 , ASTM D629
A. By chemical and mechanical method
a. one fiber
b. two fibers
B. By microscopic method   , Components involving more than 1 animal fibre/1 cellulosic natural fibre
a. 2 animal fibres blend
b. wool/angora/nylon
c. 2 cellulosic fibres blend linen/ramie/cotton
d. 3 cellulosic fibres blend linen/ramie/cotton
Identification of dyestuff Qualitative analysis
Mercersation in cotton A. Microscopic method
B. Barium number method AATCC 89
Moisture content ASTM D 2654
Extractable matter A. Soxhlet extraction ASTM D1574 , BS3582(wool) , BS 3477 (cotton)
B. ASTM D 2257 , ISO3074
Filling and foreign matter content BS4032
Starch content Enzyme method
3f, Flammability tests
Flammability of general clothing textile ASTM D 1230
Burning behavior of bedding items ISO 12592-2 ( after 5 washes)
Surface flash BS4569
Child’s sleepwear US CPS C16 CFR part 1615/1616 (per sample of 5 test specimens)
50 wash cycles
U.K Nightwear (safety) regulation 1985 BS5722/BS 5428/BS 5651
3g, Others Textile tests
Care Instruction /Label Recommendation After appropriate testing (testing charge excluded) A. International textile Care labeling Code
B. USA Trade regualtion on Care Labeling
C. Other national care labeling systems
Grament Size measurement Against provided size specification ( per 5 measurement points)
Color difference 1) Visual Assessment /pairs
2) Instrumental method /color
Ultraviolet proection Test (UPF) for fabric BS7914 , EN BS 13758-1 part 1
Accelerated Ageing of Sulphur-Dyed textiles A. Ageing only , AATCC 26
B. Strength test before & after ageing
Whiteness Index CIE

The lab is owned and managed by QPI‘s lab partner Hanse Control of Germany.

The major advantage with its location is that it is central within the Asian production centers, which include Vietnam, Laos and Bangladesh in the south as well as Taiwan, Shanghai, Shandong and Zhejiang, in the North.

Dongguan is located the Pearl River Delta region centrally within Guangdong, which is adjacent to Fujian.

Sending samples or test specimens within China is quicker, easier and much cheaper than sending to overseas labs, even compared with Hong Kong labs!

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