What Is Texture Measurement?

Case Studies

With a wide range of applications, texture measurement technology is continually being put to use in more and more industries. From environment-related industries to welfare, texture measurement technology can help in determining the taste of food, how easily containers can be held, how comfortable a car’s interior is, how pleasant paint feels, and a wide variety of other applications. With a focus on people, the possibilities this technology opens the doors to are limitless.

See Kato Tech at Work

Providing 21st century car manufacturers with better handling and more comfortable interiors
  • When it comes to cars, a pleasant-feeling interior is an important aspect. Textile measurement technology is used for things like the development of car seats with a nice feel, high-quality steering wheels, and instrument panel design. Using measurement data with detailed simulations allows for an improved feeling of quality. This technology also contributes to reduced production costs through such benefits as shorter development cycles, improved process yields, and more product consistency.
Helping develop paper tissue that feels like cashmere on the skin
  • Kato Tech’s measurement data has shown that people exert roughly 25 grams of pressure on the skin when using tissue paper and 120 grams when using cosmetic puffs. The ability to measure such delicate pressures accurately is why Kato Tech’s texture measurement technology is being used in the development of tissue paper and cosmetic puffs that feel like cashmere on the skin.
Developing urethane artificial body parts that are as close to human as possible
  • Using the wealth of data from measurements on people gathered over the years, healthcare manufactures have been able to developed artificial body parts that have the realistic resilience of human skin. These parts use urethane instead of the conventionally used silicon. Kato Tech’s products are extremely popular with diaper manufacturers and feminine product companies. We are also hoping to apply our technology in the development of nursing care robots in the future.

Fields Where Texture Measurement Is Being Applied

Fabric and textile industry
Quality evaluation of fabrics in goods testing rooms in department stores
Texture and sewability measurement for men's clothing manufacturers
Texture and sewability measurement for women's clothing manufacturers
Texture measurement for fabric manufacturers
Texture measurement for material finishing manufacturers
Measurement of the effects of finishing agents and oils on fabric texture
Texture measurement of lining fabrics for lining fabric manufacturers
Texture measurement and evaluation of toweling
Texture measurement and evaluation of silk
Texture measurement and evaluation of knitted fabrics for underwear
Texture measurement and evaluation of the varying effects of washing machines on fabric
Paper and non-woven fabrics
Texture measurement and evaluation of tissue paper
Texture measurement and evaluation of non-woven fabric and thin films in disposable diapers
Quantification of the feel of sanitary goods
Cosmetics and medical products
Evaluation of the effects of shampoo and conditioners on the smoothness and stiffness of hair
Measurement of the smoothness, stiffness, hardness, etc., of cosmetic mousse and cream
Measurement of compatibility with human skin for ointment patches for external medicine
Measurement of the resilience of the human body
Other
Quality measurement of plastic materials including film material tension measurement
Texture measurement and evaluation of building materials such as glass wool
Evaluation of car materials such as car seats (for comfort), interior materials, and air bags
Research and quality control of shoes and sporting good material and fatigue properties
Measurement of hardness and elasticity of synthetic resin containers such as instant noodle containers
Quantification of how brushes or pens feel when writing

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