Issue 7-2012
Hohenstein Impulse
CONTENTS
 
Research & Development
»Sports clothing for wheelchair athletes
»Risk assessment of nano materials
 
Laws & Standards
»RAPEX warns against harmful substances in textiles
»Revision of DIN EN ISO 6330
 
Testing & Certification
»Testing and certification of chemical protection clothing
»Quality label “House dust and dust mite barrier”
 
Events
»Webinar - Nano silver particles environmental impact and policy
 
Hohenstein International
»Laboratory in Hong Kong works with European standards
»European presence is being expanded
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Research & Development
Sports clothing for wheelchair athletes
Sports clothing for wheelchair athletes is to become better adapted to their special requirements. In the framework of a research project, wheelchair basketball players and hand bikers were therefore specially measured using advanced contactless 3D scanner technology. (Image: © Michel Balter - Fotolia.com)
Risk assessment of nano materials
The “TechnoTox” project examines whether nano-functionalised textiles are safe for human beings and the environment. Data on behaviour, retention and on the biological effect of nano-functionalised fibre-based materials in relation to environmental conditions is being prepared for this purpose. This will be used as the basis for a typical risk assessment, among other things.
 
 » Learn more about the “TechnoTox” project here. 
Laws & Standards
RAPEX warns against harmful substances in textiles
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notified once again at the end of 2011 that any children's sleepwear to be sold in the USA must comply with the Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA), i.e. with Standard 16 C.F.R. Parts 1615 and 1616. This regulation includes all products which are primarily worn for sleeping, with the only exceptions being nappies and underwear.
 
 » Find out here how neutral testing for harmful substances protects you against expensive complaints. 
 
 » The current RAPEX lists can be found here
Revision of DIN EN ISO 6330
After more than 10 years of discussions, the non-commercial washing and drying procedures for testing textiles were revised in April 2012. The revised DIN EN ISO 6330 is designed for a wide range of quality and service evaluations. These include smooth appearance, dimensional changes, water resistance, water repellance as well as colour fastness.
 
 » Get advice from our experts. 
Testing & Certification
Testing and certification of chemical protection clothing
Since May 2012 the Hohenstein testing and certification body for personal protective equipment is also accredited for testing chemical protection equipment (Notified body 0555) in line with the EU guideline. The tests can usually be carried out within 10 working days.
 
 » More information about accreditation according to EN 13034 type 6
 
 » Click here to learn more about our services. 
Quality label “House dust and dust mite barrier”
The quality label “House dust and dust mite barrier” provides people with house dust allergies with a reliable decision-making tool when choosing medically tested mattress encasings. The label will only be awarded to encasings that keep the mite allergen away from the sleeping person throughout the entire sleep phase. Image: Fotolia
 
 » Learn more about encasings with effective house dust and dust mite barrier here. 
Events
Webinar - Nano silver particles environmental impact and policy
During our latest webinar you could learn more about the environmental impact and policy of nano silver particles. Dr. Jan Beringer and Dr. Timo Hammer are presenting the results of research projects.
 
 
 » Click here to find out which webinars are offered for free. 
Hohenstein International
Laboratory in Hong Kong works with European standards
After opening the test laboratory in Hong Kong on schedule in December 2011, Dr. Stefan Droste's team has now also successfully achieved complete accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. For chemical and physical material testing employees around the world work according to the same test instructions and use the same modern equipment.
 
 » Find more information about the test laboratory in Hong Kong here. 
European presence is being expanded
For the first time, the Hohenstein Institute has opened foreign offices within Europe – in the UK and in Ireland. More representations are being set up. Their aim is to intensify customer contacts outside the German-speaking European area.
 
 » Find an overview of the worldwide branches of the Hohenstein Institute here. 
Imprint & Contact
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Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG
Hohenstein Textile Testing Institute GmbH & Co. KG
Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation gGmbH
Hohenstein Academy e.V.
 
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Managing director: Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels
Hohenstein Institute
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74357 Boennigheim
GERMANY
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