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ICI Pilling Box Tester UI-TX05

ICI Pilling Box Tester is used to assess fabric surface pilling, snagging and fuzzing by tumbling randomly.

  • GB/T 4802.3, ISO 12945-1,
  • BS 5811, JIS L1076
  • Unuo Instruments
  • 18 months warranty
  • CE & ISO17025 calibrated certificate
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ICI Pilling Box Tester  – ICI Pilling Tester is used to assess fabric surface pilling and fuzzing by tumbling randomly. This pilling test machine is also called as ICI pilling and snagging tester/ICI pilling box. ICI pilling box test method includes ISO 12945.1, BS 5811, GB/T 4802.3, JIS L1076, etc.

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1. Unuo ICI Pilling Box Features:

  • Box number: 2, 4, 6 for choice;
  • Different test standard pilling box can be made on one machine. For example, Square box & Round box;
  • Photoelectric counting; Touch Screen Control;
  • The cork lining inside the box is detachable for easy replacement;

2. ICI Pilling Box Test Principle

Mount the sample on polyurethane tubes and tumbles randomly inside of the box with cork lining. Assess the sample appearance after a certain period as per standard. Check Here for more pilling & snagging tester.

3. ICI Pilling Box Test Procedure

Take four samples of size 125 × 125 mm from the sample, taking care to avoid the same warp and weft yarns when sampling. Take two samples along the front of the warp direction, the other two samples are stacked along the latitudinal front, stitched 12 mm from the edge, and the front side of the sample is turned out, mounted on the polyurethane sample tube, using PVC tape. Both ends of the sample were fixed on the polyurethane tube. Clean the ICI pilling tester, put 4 samples into the same pilling box, close the lid, start the instrument, and rub the sample with the cork material. If there is no specific number of times, it is recommended that the coarse woven fabric be turned over 7200 rpm and the fine woven fabric turned over 14400 rpm. After the test is completed, the test sample is taken out and compared with the original sample for evaluation. More details about pilling test procedure would be provided in machine operation manual and video when shipping the ICI Pilling Machine.

4. Pilling Test Results

The results would be assessed with pilling viewing cabinet and be reported with grades as bellow.

pilling test result

5. ICI Pilling Tester Specification

Model UI-TX05
Box Number 2, 4, 6
Control Method Touch Screen Control
Speed 60±2r/min(30~70 can be set)
Box Inside Dimension (235×235×235)mm
polyurethane sample tube Length 140mm,Outer diameter (31.5±1)mm,thickness(3.2±0.5)mm, mass (52.25±1)g,4pcs for a box
Counter 1~99999 cycles
ICI pilling test method GB/T 4802.3, ISO 12945.1, BS 5811, JIS L1076,
Power AC 220V 50Hz 120W
Dimension/Weight(cm/kg) 82*42*55/40 82*42*85/60 98*51*120/142


Fabric Pilling Testing Standards Difference

  1. What Is Fabric Pills

As described in ISO 12945-1, “pills are formed when fibres on a fabric surface “tease out” and become entangled during wear”. The level of pilling is determined by the rate of a) fibre entanglement leading to pill formation; b) development of more surface fibre; c) fibre and pill wear-off. The rate of these process depend on the fibre, yarn and fabric properties.

  1. Pilling Test Standards Difference

For fabric pilling resistance test, it has various test standards which require different pilling machine accordingly. For example, ISO 12945 has 3 different parts for pilling test.

– ISO 12945-1 Pilling Box

– ISO 12945-2 Martindale Pilling Tester

– ISO 12945-3 Random Tumble Pilling Tester

  1. Pilling and Snagging Tester

Generally speaking, pilling & snagging tester is 2 different textile testing machines. UI-TX 05 ICI pilling tester is for fabric pilling test while UI-TX 07 ICI Mace Snagging Tester is for snagging test.

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