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Diamante Pull-Off Test

Specification

The customer was a supplier to major UK clothing retailer Marks & Spencer, who stipulate that all fasteners and attachments must be tested to failure.

The strength of the joint/diamante was critical to ensure that it met the design tolerance and safety levels. A motorised unit with a test speed was defined at 200 mm/min as the system needed to be simple to use in a production environment and provide consistent results.

Solution

The cloth material was clamped in a 'Double Action Vice Grip' with 50 mm wide faces coated with non-slip rubber to enhance the gripping strength. The diamante attachment was loaded from the front into a slotted claw fixture, ready for testing.

For ease of loading the diamante into the fixture and also to help maintain a straight-pull, the 'Diamante Fixture' was connected to the force gauge via a flexible chain link. The peak tension load to remove/break the diamante was recorded at the fast data-acquisition speed of 1200Hz.

System

  • 1000 N UltraTest Motorised Test Stand
  • 500 N AFG
  • Diamante Fixture
  • Double Action Vice Grip

Supplied to

S.R. Gent, Dewhirst Childrenswear, Coats Viyella