15 September 2015
We have launched ProMace, a mace snag tester which we believe to be the safest, most efficient, accurate and repeatable instrument of its type available in the market. ProMace, which is used to rapidly determine the snagging resistance of fabrics, such as robust apparel and home furnishing fabrics, is designed with a vertical 2 x 2 configuration giving it a significantly smaller footprint in comparison with other mace snag testers which represents a saving of over 50% of valuable laboratory bench space.
The instrument, when used with IMAT-UVE mace balls, is compliant with the relevant standard of the VDA, Verband der Automobilindustrie e. V. – the German Automotive Industry Association. ProMace also meets the applicable standards of the ASTM and JIS and for these bodies, the ProView, visual assessment cabinet is available.
The design of the ProMace enables the four sample holder cylinders to be removed - a tool-free operation. This ensures the fitting of the felt sleeves is extremely easy and aids the mounting of samples. Having removable cylinders is also beneficial for the drying of felt sleeves, a process which can be accelerated by placing the rollers in a drying oven. As the felt is not dried on the instrument the potential for increased laboratory through-put is obtainable. Extra sets of cylinders can also be purchased from the company to enable heavy duty users to further improve the efficiency of the testing process by having a second set of cylinders ready for the next test.
ProMace is equipped with integral non-contact, mace ball holders in which the mace balls are stored when not in use. These have been specifically designed to remove the risk of damage to the pins, the maintenance of which, for a mace snag tester, is an essential element of the testing process.
The safety of the user was of paramount importance at the conception of the ProMace which is immediately evident as a hinged interlocked safety guard prevents the instrument from operating when opened, enabling the testing to be performed with complete safety. An additional safety feature is the mace ball inspection holder. This enables the user to hold the mace ball safely and securely whilst inspecting the points and allows the pins to be changed easily, without the risk of pin damage or injury to the user. This inspection holder also has a unique collar design in order that the mace ball can be rested on a surface without damaging the points or work surface.
The ProMace is controlled via the our UniController, located outside of the safety guard and through the use of an extremely intuitive 'Push-Rotate (PR) Selector', the number of Revolutions can be edited quickly and efficiently. Additionally, to ensure the test results are not compromised, time periods can be set for the inspection of points, the change of points and change of the felt sleeves. The benefits of the UniController are that user can control all aspects of the test in a simple and intuitive manner which aids conformance and minimises training time. A further benefit of the ProMace are the sliding removable trays which collect the debris from the test and can be easily removed for cleaning.
ProMace is further enhanced with ProView, the company’s Universal Assessment Viewer, required for testing to the ASTM and JIS standards.This assessment viewer is designed make the grading process easy and efficient with access, via a ‘swipe’ of the integrated 7” touchscreen, to pre-loaded photographic assessment images. In additional to images to assess the results of mace snag testing, ProView also has pre-loaded images to grade other test methods including Martindale and Snag Pod and, through an exclusive license agreement with Swissatest Testmaterialien AG, the so called EMPA Pilling Standard photographs are also amongst those pre-loaded into the software.
ProMace and ProView will be present at ITMA 2015 in Milan on the James Heal stand, which will take the form of a testing laboratory, visitors to our stand will be able to step into a fully working testing facility - in the middle of the Milano Fiera exhibition hall. Within this ‘laboratory’ visitors will be able to view these instruments, together with many of the company’s other testing instruments. They will also be able to sign-up for Live demonstrations of the various instruments and hold informal discussions with the our industry experts which will enable customers to appreciate the engineering excellence and precision of the British made testing instruments offered by James Heal.