James Heal Martindale with touchscreen


The James Heal abrasion and pilling tester, with the adaptability to test a wide range of applications, is the instrument of choice for many of the world’s leading laboratories and global retailers.

Now with the James Heal touchscreen user interface, the user has access to the most intuitive and simple to use Martindale on the market.

James Heal Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester

Pedigree & Expertise

James Heal was involved in the development of the original Martindale with Dr Martindale and WIRA in the 1940s. We have since established our position as a leading supplier, selling thousands of Martindales in the subsequent decades. Part of our position as a trusted manufacturer comes from using the instrument ourselves in our ISO 17025 compliant in-house laboratories.

Touchscreen User Interface

Our designers worked closely with users and our textile technologists in our working laboratory to produce an intuitive touchscreen user interface that makes the Martindale easy to control. The different features are easy to access and navigation is quick, which ensures the set-up of a test is very simple. As the familiar feel of a touchscreen is similar to devices used everyday, users become an expert instantly.

Touchscreen Features

Further features of the Martindale Touchscreen User Interface include:

  • Minimal training time and increased user efficiency, as the touchscreen is easy to pick up
  • A toughened glass cover which stands up to laboratory wear and tear including scratches and dropped weights
  • A more enjoyable user experience - clean and clear settings make setting up testing quick


The Martindale can be set to 9 different languages, accessed through the Settings menu. These are:

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Bengali
  • Italian
  • Hindi
  • Turkish


Key Benefits

James Heal Martindale - abrasion and pilling tester - versatile and adaptable

James Heal’s comprehensive Martindale model range comes with 2,5 and 9 stations, which can be equipped with kits to test a range of applications.

James Heal Martindale abrasion and pilling tester - easily accessible

The design of each instrument enables ergonomic access to all stations from the front. The 9 station model has a hinged lid for easy access.

James Heal Original Martindale test materials

We manufacture, process, test and package the original Martindale test materials in house. They undergo rigorous testing procedures before being available locally around the world.

James Heal Martindale abrasion and pilling tester with service and support

Engineers with years of field experience offer high quality, comprehensive calibration to keep your instrument in prime condition.

James Heal Martindale abrasion and pilling tester with jog function

A simple jog function allows the operator to move the top plate into a suitable position to mount abrasive fabric. Testing can be set a variable speeds - Slow, Normal, Fast and Custom.

James Heal Martindale abrasion and pilling tester with quick lock clamping rings

Precision quick lock clamping rings, engineered from aerospace grade aluminium in house in the UK, twist onto each station securing test materials in place with ease.



James Heal Martindale - abrasion and pilling tester - used for testing textiles

For assessing the durability and wearability of textiles, the Martindale comes as standard with suitable accessories for testing textiles.

James Heal Martindale abrasion and pilling tester - for testing socks

Our sock abrasion kit uses a precision ball to simulate the pressure points of a foot in a sock, to see how quickly holes are formed.

James Heal Martindale - abrasion and pilling tester - used for testing leather

A ball plate kit, a metal plate with ball bearings across the surface, tests the abrasion resistance of leather. Accessories to test soiling on leather are also available.

James Heal Martindale - abrasion and pilling tester - used for testing carpets

There are two ways to test carpets on the Martindale, a Hexapod Stud which attached to the top sample holder or a Carpet Sample Holder Kit.

James Heal Martindale - abrasion and pilling tester - used for testing coated fabrics for upholstery

Coated Upholstery
Accessories and relevant instruments can be used alongside the Martindale for testing the transfer of soiling onto coated upholstery fabrics.

James Heal Martindale - abrasion and pilling tester - used for testing edges

A line contact plate kit, a circular plate with a raised bar in the middle, creates localised abrasion for testing edges such as collars and cuffs.

Service & Support

We understand that you are looking for a full package so we offer complete support for the full life of your Martindale:

  • Installation
  • Training
  • Breakdown Support
  • Applications Support
  • Spare Parts
  • Service & Calibration (UKAS)

Find out more about our full support services.

Martindale Test Materials

To get the very best from your Martindale, we recommend using genuine James Heal test materials.

We offer a range of test materials for the following applications:

  • Abrasion
  • Pilling
  • Scratching and Polishing

Find out more about Martindale Test Materials.


Martindale Flyer

Further information on the the key benefits and the dimensions of the Martindale, Abrasion and Pilling tester, is available on this flyer.


Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester Flyer

Corporate Brochure

Our corporate brochure contains details of our key instruments and other services.


James Heal Textile Testing Catalogue