KES-FB4-ASurface Tester

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  • KES-FB4-A Surface Tester
  • KES-FB4-A Surface Tester
  • KES-FB4-A Surface Tester
  • KES-FB4-A Surface Tester
  • KES-FB4-A Surface Tester
  • KES-FB4-A Surface Tester
  • KES-FB4-A Surface Tester
  • KES-FB4-A Surface Tester

The KES-FB4-A Surface Tester analyzes finger movements-particularly, strokes-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 frictional coefficients, fluctuations of frictional coefficients, and surface roughness for such targets as general fabric, cloth, paper, non-woven fabric, and film. Surface friction and roughness characteristic data is useful for determining fullness and softness, smoothness, crispness.


  • Sensor that imitates fingertips

    The sensor unit’s design features a load and surface treatment that mimics a fingertip, allowing for quantification similar to that of the human fingertip.

Example of Measurement Samples

  • Textile
  • Resin
  • Non-woven fabric
  • Paper
  • Coating
  • Leather/Synthetic leather (Car seats)
  • Film

System Configuration Diagram


Product Name
Surface Tester
Dimensions (W × D × H) *approx. Measuring unit: 550 × 520 × 420 mm
Amplifier: 180 × 400 × 400 mm
Weight *approx. Measuring unit: 50 kg
Amplifier: 10 kg
Power supply, Frequency 100VAC, 50/60Hz
Interface KES-USB (optional)
PC (optional) *1
Data logger output terminal
OS Windows 7/8/8.1/10
Sample size 200 × 200 mm (standard)
Thickness: 2 mm (max.)
*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.