The Wool Comfort Meter, a machine claimed to accurately predict the comfort levels of garments, is on the verge of becoming a commercial reality, according to developer the Co-operative Research Center for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC).
Sheep CRC said Crystal Group, the world's biggest knitwear company, was testing the machine at its Chinese mills, under the guidance of David Tester, leader of Sheep CRC Program 2 (next generation wool quality).
The trial follows successful trials at the world's second largest textile firm, Ceil Textiles, in Mauritius, earlier this year.
"The results of these major trials have seriously impressed the industry's leading players," Sheep CRC chief executive James Rowe said. "The Wool Comfort Meter has the potential to improve the marketability of their woolen garments by providing retailers with the ability to guarantee comfort levels."
The machine was developed by Sheep CRC in conjunction with the CSIRO, Australian Wool Innovation, the Australian Wool Testing Authority, Deakin University and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA.
Reprinted from just-style.com