What is Abrasion testing? Abrasion testing is the act of rubbing material at a specific weight and speed to determine at what point the material begins to wear. It is a way that companies or manufacturers can be assured that they are producing high-quality products that will last for quite a while. It is a point of pride for businesses to produce long-lasting high-quality products especially companies that offer warranties.
One industry that would be interested in that type of testing would be the textile industry, they would want to be sure that the fabrics they used would last through everything that may happen to them in everyday life. This is especially important for clothing companies as they would want to make sure that the high-stress areas of clothes such as the elbows and knees stand up to constant everyday use.
Furniture companies are another type of industry that would be interested in that type of testing. They would make it a top priority when it concerns high use areas like seating and the material used for bedding.
This type of testing, of course, is not just for clothing and furniture. It is also used when testing things like plastic, metal, or rubber. Even labels found on food and other products can undergo this type of testing. There are different types of testing, standard testing is the first type. Standard testing’s main use is ranking different materials in order of quality specific to what you are testing. However standard testing should not be used to estimate exactly how resilient or resistant a material will be in a given environment.
For that, you should use the second type of testing, customized testing. Customized testing, is as the name suggests, a type of testing where you have control of the variables. This type of testing can be changed to mimic the actual conditions that the material will undergo, such as temperature or the direction of wear that will appear.
Many products have what is referred to as an established test protocol. This allows companies to make sure that there testing has similar results. It can give them an edge over other competing companies and it shows that they are meeting a minimum performance standard.
When it comes to choosing which machine would be the best suited for your needs then the Sutherland 2000 Rub Tester and Taber Solutions are the two best options available right now. The Sutherland 2000 Rub Tester is known for being able to be adjusted to whatever specifics you need.
It has been sure to be kept up-to-date with manufacturing demands and it has a lot of speed controls and options. Now the Taber Solutions are easy to operate and allows users to evaluate four different types of wear modes. The first mode is Sliding wear – this occurs between two solid objects and is generated from similar motions happening at the same time. The second is Two-Body Abrasive wear – this is where hard particles are forced against a solid surface and moved along it.
The third mode is Rolling Abrasion also known as three-body wear – this is where debris are allowed to roll between a surface and a contacting substance. The fourth and final type is Mar Abrasion – this is permanent deformation that has not broken the coating of a product but tends to disfigure the appearance of its surface. Before deciding which machine you should go with it’s important to know which test method your company uses.