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Footwear forced to stretch for safety

A leading UK footwear distributor, William Lamb Footwear is using a Mecmesin force testing system to ensure footwear, its components and any embellishments pass stringent quality standards set by their end-customers.

The company uses a MultiTest 1-x system together with a specially designed sandal test fixture to perform routine checks on shoe straps, flip-flop toe posts, sequins and other attachments. This fixture ensures each sample is firmly secured to allow accurate and repeatable tension tests to be carried out using BS and SATRA test methods. This includes holding a tensioned attachment on a child's shoe for 90 seconds to guarantee compliance with BS EN 71 Part 1 for child safety.

Requiring a number of different tests, the MultiTest 1-x combined with a range of textile testing fixtures formed a suitable solution as it enables William Lamb Footwear to pre-program and store up to 30 test routines. The console interface provides easy selection of programs and one click activation to begin testing, saving time and resource.

Tony Freeman, Director of William Lamb Footwear comments,

“We use the MultiTest-x regularly, approximately 40 hours every week. It continues to be reliable and saves us money by enabling us to do tests in-house. Mecmesin were able to offer advice regarding fixtures and designed an ideal solution for our testing needs, which remained competitively priced.”

Find out more about this Footwear Tensile Test Solution from Mecmesin.