Versaperm Vapour Permeability measurement


Testingly Fast Textiles Turnaround

Permebility testing for textiles and fabrics
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The rapid pace of change in the textile industry, and particularly in fashion for sports and outdoor clothing, has placed a strain on fabric producers to introduce new performance fabrics in ever shorter timescales.

New fabrics  and textiles need to be not only waterproof and windproof but also tried, tested and breathable.  One of the problems is that testing fabrics against the ISO (15496:2004) standard can take weeks to make a single permeability measurement. 

Specialist company Versaperm has introduced a single solution to this problem with its multi-gas meter which can measure the vapour permeability of waterproof- and windproof fabrics very quickly.  For many fabrics, results can be produced in around thirty minutes, which is under a hundredth of the time required for conventional (gravimetric) measurements.   

Versaperm's instrumental techniques are accurate in the parts per million range (parts per billion in some cases), ensuring that the critical testing stage is no longer a barrier to innovation or production.

The system is ideal for both product development and the quality control of textiles, fabrics and garments.  Most of the new materials freely allow the passage of water as a vapour (breathable), but strongly resist it as both water droplets and wind.

Although the ISO standard for measuring the waterproofness, windproofness and breathability of textiles is rapidly being overtaken by developments in technology, Versaperm also produces conventional gravimetric systems to guarantee compliance. 

For companies not wishing to own their own systems, Versaperm also offers a fast-turn-around laboratory service and a consultancy.   


Please send any sales enquiries to Christopher Roberts, Versaperm Limited ,
10 Rawcliffe House, Howarth Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1AP, UK, Tel: +44 1628 777668,
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For further Press Information please contact Gerry Palmer @ the Palmer & Rose Partnership. Tel 01494 637499, fax 0871 900 3898 e.mail