A tour in the laboratory
Weather chamber: All fabrics that are exposed to the elements will age and its qualities deteriorate over time. The weather simulation chamber accelerates aging and we can get an idea of how a particular fabric will perform after several years.
Test pieces are prepared for testing in the weather chamber. Every fabric is tested in both weft and warp direction. Since the time horizon is important, it takes many test pieces!
The display of the Weather chamber: the weather chamber controlles light conditions, time and humidity carefully and when the fabric comes out of the chamber we can test its tear strength and water resistance. We also check bleaching, water repellency, abrasion and more.
Material in magnification: All materials can be checked under a microscope and photographed at a very close range. For example, it is interesting to study the fracture surface after a tear strength test.
Our V-peg, which is produced by DAC in a highly rigid aluminum alloy, is being studied and documented.
This is our very strong guy line in a five time magnification. It includes the strong Vectran fiber which is five times stronger than steel. Our red and white guy lines will therefore not stretch either under severe stress or over time. The tensile strength is 70 kg!
Vectran ® is a high performance multifilament yarn spun from liquid crystal polymer (LCP). Vectran ® is the only commercially available LCP melt-spun fibers in the world. Vectran ® fiber exhibits exceptional strength and rigidity and is five times stronger than steel and ten times stronger than aluminum.
Water resistance: Water is tested on new fabrics as well as on fabrics that has been exposed in the weather chamber. Everything is controlled in accordance with applicable ISO standards. The fact that we have access to this type of equipment allows us to quickly and accurately evaluate the fabrics in our development.
Water resistance is being tested at Kerlon 1800: Here are testing one of our Kerlon fabrics and you can clearly see what great stress the fabric is subjected to before it passes the first drop of water.
Green fabric: Here we are testing our SP fabric for waterproofing. The fabric is locked and water pressed from below at a given speed. After three growing water droplets are visible we stop the test and document the value.
Water repellency: If the fabric loses its ability to repel water from the surface, there is a risk that the fabric absorbs water during heavy rain. We test both our inner tent and outer tent fabrics so that they meet the highest demands for water repellency.