KES-F7Thermo Labo

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The sensation of coldness or warmth when skin touches a fabric is referred to as the “coldness and warmth feeling.” The feeling of coldness or warmth will vary depending on the amount of heat transferred from the skin to the fabric. This device measures that feeling by evaluating the “qmax” value (peak heat flux).

  Test standard:
  JIS L 1927  Textiles-Measurement method of cool touch feeling property
  GB/T 35263-2017  Textiles-Testing and evaluation for cool sensation at contact instant
  CNS15687, L3272  Method of test for the instantaneous cool sensation fabrics

The KES-F7 Thermo Labo can be used to evaluate such products as bedding material meant to offer a feeling of coldness in summer, and underwear material meant to offer contact warmth in winter.


  • A design that mimics the sensation of actually touching an object

    The load and contact area of the KES-F7’s heat plate, which is brought into contact with the target sample, is designed to imitate the sensation of touching an object by hand, allowing for more realistic measurements of maximum heat transfer amounts.

  • Also measure thermal conductivity and heat retention properties (with optional accessories)

    Thermal conductivity:
    With constant thermal conductivity measurement, the ease at which heat is transmitted from a heat plate with a constant temperature (30℃) through a sample to a heat plate with a separate constant temperature (20℃).

    Heat retention properties (optional accessory):
    The sample is set on a heat plate with a constant temperature (room temperature +10℃) and is left in contact with the air. A constant wind is then applied continuously to the sample surface. The amount of heat lost through the sample is then measured in order to calculate the heat retention rate (%). Measuring methods include a dry method that assumes direct contact is made with dry skin or clothing and a wet method that assumes contact is made with sweaty skin or clothing.

Example of Measurement Samples

  • Textile (Bed pad, Innerwear)
  • Resin (Cooling gel sheet)
  • Non-woven fabric
  • Paper
  • Coating
  • Wood
  • Leather/Synthetic leather (Car seats)
  • Film

System Configuration Diagram


Product Name
Thermo Labo
Dimensions (W × D × H) *approx. Thermo Labo: 230 × 360 × 80 mm
Amplifier: 180 × 400 × 400 mm
Thermo Cool: 180 × 180 × 110 mm
Thermo Cool Amplifier: 230 × 310 × 220 mm
Wind Tunnel Unit (optional): 460 × 320 × 1100 mm
Wind Tunnel Amplifier (optional): 125 × 200 × 100 mm
Weight *approx. Thermo Labo: 3 kg
Amplifier: 15 kg
Thermo Cool: 2.5 kg
Thermo Cool Amplifier: 5 kg
Wind Tunnel Unit (optional): 7 kg
Wind Tunnel Amplifier (optional): 1.3 kg
Power supply, Frequency 100VAC, 50/60Hz
Interface USBADPU (optional)
PC (optional) *1
Data logger output terminal
OS Windows 7/8/8.1/10
Sample size 180 × 180 mm (standard)
Thickness: 2 mm (max.)
*Thermo Labo (qmax/thermal conductivity measurement unit): with BT-box and T-box set on base plate
*Thermo Cool is included. Heat Retention Measuring Unit (Wind Tunnel Unit, Wind Tunnel Amplifier) is optional accessory.
*1 PC is not included. We are able to prepare for PC with an appropriate specification.

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.


We offer free sampling services, "for a deeper understanding of our products", "for confirming the measured data that can be obtained", and "to prepare the data necessary for submission of internal approval documents". Please feel free to contact us.