Compression Tester

The KES-FB3-A Compression Tester analyzes hand movements—particularly, pushing with a finger—performed by artisans and professionals when judging a fabric’s texture. This device performs this movement mechanically, making it possible to obtain objective numerical data.

Obtainable data includes compression rigidity, compression energy, and recoverability for such targets as general fabric, cloth, paper, non-woven fabric, and film.
Compression characteristic data is useful for determining fullness and softness, smoothness, anti-drape stiffness.

● Min. load detection: 10 gf/cm2

Measurement can be performed with a minimum load detection of 10 gf/cm2 for extremely small objects to a maximum load of 2.5 kgf/cm2.

Measurement Sample Example

  • General fabric
  • Fabric
  • Medicinal fabric
  • Car seats
  • Interior fabric
  • Non-woven fabric
  • Film-like samples

FB3-A _ Compression

Compression Tester
System Configuration Diagram / Measurement Data

Sample Measurement Software Screens

▲Compression properties

Obtainable Data

Item Characteristic value Description Reading the data
LC Linearity of Compression Values closer to 1 mean firmer compression
WC Work of Compression Higher values mean higher compression susceptibility
RC Recoverability of Compression Values closer to 100 mean better recoverability
  • Auto Data Processing Unit (optional)

    Connecting this device to the instrument and to a PC allows the waveforms and numerical values of measurement data to be output.
    Obtained data can be saved as BIN data or CSV data.

KES (Kawabata Evaluation) SYSTEM

The Kawabata Evaluation System, centered on Sueo Kawabata, a professor at Kyoto University, and Masako Niwa, a professor at Nara Women’s University, is an objective evaluation method for measuring the texture of clothing fabrics based on the “The Standardization and Analysis of Hand Evaluation” provided by the Hand Evaluation and Standardization Committee of the Textile Machinery Society of Japan.

Compression Tester
Dimensions/Weight (approx.)
  • Measuring unit: W285 × D405 × H500 (mm) / 40 kg
  • Electronic unit: W230 × D450 × H500 (mm) / 20 kg
Power source 100 VAC, Max. power consumption: 40 W
Measurement environment temperature and humidity 20 to 30°C / 50 to 70% RH
(No condensation.) Temperature and humidity kept constant during measurement.
(Standard temperature and humidity conditions: 20°C / 65% RH)
*Installation should be in a location with minimal influence from wind or vibrations.
Detection of compressional force Detector: Ring-type detector with differential transformer
Load (full scale): Switchable between 4 ranges (0.2 kgf, 0.5 kgf, 1 kgf, 2.5 kgf)
Accuracy: ±0.5% or less of full scale
Compressional deformation detection Detector: Potentiometer
Deformation amount (full scale): 10 mm
Accuracy: ±0.5% or less of full scale
Compressional deformation rate Standard measurement: 0.02 (mm/sec) <1 mm/50 sec>
High-sensitivity measurement: 0.0067 (mm/sec) <1 mm/150 sec>
Variable compression speed: 0.01 to 0.10 (mm/sec)
Compressional load measurement conditions Standard measurement: 50 gf/cm2
High-sensitivity measurement: 10 gf/cm2
Variable compression measurement: 10 gf/cm2 (SENS: 2) to 1.25 kgf/cm2 (SENS: 25)
Compression sensor surface area 2 cm2 (circular)
Compression GAP setting Automatic GAP configuration
Number of compression measurements Three consecutive measurements
Specimen size Square with a side of 10 to 20cm (standard)
*Specification details recorded here are subject to change without notice. We appreciate your understanding.
Compression Tester
Apparel industry
Fabric manufacturer
Paper and non-woven fabric manufacturers, etc.

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