e-Newsletter 57


Innovative Technology to Redefine and Measure Hand Feel of Fabrics

Innovation makes changes to life. Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide and supports innovation and technological advancement. For example, Intertek supports the Fabrica Lab by sponsoring laser cutting machines and launder-ometer for textile processing and techstyle prototyping. It also delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for customers’ operations and supply chains. Fabric Touch Total Quality Assurance solution is one of its innovations in performance assessment.

Fabric Touch Total Quality Assurance Solution

Comfort is a fundamental property to make a textile product appreciated and successful. Clothing comfort is a state of satisfaction indicating the physiological, psychological and physical balance of humans which is a very complex subjective perception.

Leveraging their in-depth expertise in textile testing and advance High-Performance Textile Testing Centre, Intertek Hong Kong offers an innovative Fabric Touch Total Quality Assurance solution to the market. This measurement method for fabric hand feel can quantify the “sensation” of touching a fabric. The solution has adopted the technological breakthrough Fabric Touch Tester developed by HKRITA.

This sophisticated technology can help the industry to transform a subjective hand feel into objective and measurable parameters. This enables one single measurement of multiple physical properties in both warp and weft directions. The Fabric Touch Tester provides the objective assessment of fabric quality and performance through the measurement of the following properties:

  • Compression
  • Bending
  • Surface Roughness
  • Surface Friction
  • Thermal Properties


  • Facilitates R&D in the hand-feel characteristic of fabrics and materials with objective data
  • Measures all mechanical and surface properties related to hand feel
  • Determines quantitative values for “fabric hand” and “fabric touch”
  • Streamlines the sourcing process by identifying the “fabric touch” of materials using objective data
  • Compares production fabric to designer standard
  • Eases communication across the supply chain
  • Correlates strongly with human subjective touch sensations
  • Measures and distinguishes the fabric’s touch comfort properties

Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling customers to power ahead safely. For more information, please contact by email hkmarketing@intertek.com or visit its website https://www.intertek.com.hk/.


Article supplied by Intertek Hong Kong

The fabric touch tester can objectively measure multiple physical properties of fabric, providing scientific measurements which help eliminate subjective disputes on fabric touch feelings The hand feel of fabric is an important issue when consumption decisions are made