Textiles: Quality and Performance Standards

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    About the Course

    This two-day course will give you a basic understanding of ASTM standards commonly used for testing fabrics, apparel, and household textiles. It will also give you an overview of the ASTM care labeling symbols.

    Learn How To:

    • Use these specific test methods and material specifications to establish fabric acceptability and performance
    • Establish product requirements for certification
    • Perform the mechanical and fabric performance test methods
    • Calculate the test results and show reporting techniques
    • Use the precision and bias procedures and applications
    • Use ASTM care symbols on textile and apparel care labels

    Who Should Attend

    Anyone involved in the purchasing, testing, and evaluation of textile fabrics and apparel, including laboratory managers and technicians from industry or government textile testing laboratories.

    On-Site Fees

    • Referenced ASTM standards
    • Course notes
    • Certificate of Attendence with 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    Course Outline

    This course will be tailored to meet the needs of your individual organization. Topics covered include:

    • Conditioning Textiles for Testing Mechanical Test Methods
    • Mechanical Test Methods
    • Air Permeability
    • Test Strength
    • Tongue Tear
    • Fabric Count of Woven Fabric
    • Mass (Weight) Per Unit Area
    • Ball Burst
    • Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics
    • Performance Methods
    • Failure in Sewn Seams of Woven Fabric
    • Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Rotary Perform)
    • After Wash Appearance
    • Surface Water Absorption of Terry Fabrics
    • Care Labeling and Evaluation Practices
    • Evaluation of Mens' and Boys' Home Launderable WoveShirts
    • Care Symbols for Permanent Care Labels on Consumer
    • Textile Products
    • Development of Product
    • Specifications and Product Certification Requirements

    ASTM Standards Referenced

    Test Methods

    • D434 Resistance to Slippage of Yarns in Woven Fabrics Using a Standard Seam
    • D737 Air Permeability of Textile Fabrics
    • D1424 Tearing Strength of Fabrics by Falling-Pendulum Type (Elmendorf) Apparatus
    • D1683 Failure in Sewn Seams of Woven Fabrics
    • D1776 Conditioning Textiles for Testing Guides
    • D2261 Tearing Strength of Fabrics by the Tongue (Single Rip) Procedure
    • D3512 Random Tumble Pilling Tester Method
    • D3775 Fabric Count of Woven Fabric
    • D3776 Mass Per Unit Area (Weight) of Fabric
    • D3786 Diaphram Bursting Strength Tester Method
    • D3787 Bursting Strength of Knitted Goods Ball Burst Method
    • D3884 Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Rotary Platform, Double-Head Method)
    • D3940 Bursting Strength and Elongation of Sewn Seams
    • D4151 Flammability of Blankets
    • D4231 Evaluation of Men's and Boy's Home Launderable Woven Dress Shirts and Sport Shirts
    • D4685 Pile Retention of Corduroy Fabrics
    • D4772 Surface Water Absorption of Terry Fabrics (Water Flow Test Method)
    • D5034 Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)
    • D5035 Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Strip Method)
    • D5489 Care Symbols/Care Instructions on Textile Products
    • D5733 Tearing Strength of Nonwoven Fabrics by the Trapezoid Procedure Practices


    Robert M. Holcombe, retired Laboratory Director at Safety Components Fabric Technologies, Inc., has extensive experience in manufacturing production and quality control. His current responsibilities include supervision in various spun and filament programs.

    Holcombe also has over 37 years of experience in physical and chemical textile testing and development of product and SPC support programs; proficiency test programs; and evaluation testing and certifying of various types of yarns and fabrics produced or purchased, including: woolen and worsted, cotton and blend, carpet, automotive products, non-woven, industrial fabrics, aerospace and geotextiles.

    He served on the corporate quality audit team; directs an internal audit program and develops and writes specifications using ASTM, DIN, and ISO test methods. Holcombe received his degree in textile management from Clemson University.

    ASTM and Committee D13 on Textiles

    ASTM is a world leader in the development of voluntary consensus standards. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards, available in print and online, contain over 13,000 standards written by 140 ASTM technical committees. The standards referenced in this course were developed by Committee D13 on Textiles. For information on Committee D13, contact Jennifer Rodgers at (610) 832-9694 or go to our D13 technical committee page.