Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester

James Heal - Martindale abrasion and pilling tester

Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester with TestWise Touch™, available with up to 9 stations and adaptable to test a wide range of applications including textiles, socks, leather, coated upholstery, carpets, wood and shirt collars.

Developed by our sister company, James Heal.

Emperor™ Software

James Heal | Martindale touchscreen instrument interface

TestWise Touch™

Our designers work closely with our customers and our textile technologists in a working laboratory to produce an intuitive touchscreen interface to make the Martindale easy to control.

The familiar feel of a touchscreen similar to devices used in everyday life makes the different features easy to access, navigation quick and simple, ensuring operators become experts instantly.

Key features


Intuitive touchscreen interface

Quick and easy to set a test

Clear test progress and end time


Easily accessible settings

Jog function and variable speed control

Individual station counters and 'hold' function


Select required number of stations

Increased test efficiency and cost reduction

Work with a language you understand



Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester with TestWise Touch™, available with up to 9 stations and adaptable to test a wide range of applications.

Designed to test for abrasion resistance and fabric pilling of textiles and materials including clothing materials, leather, upholstery, carpet, wood, laminates and more.

Abrasion testing

Abrasion is the surface wear caused by rubbing with another material. The consumer would expect textiles and other products to withstand a certain amount of deterioration.

The abrasion test on the Martindale takes a specimen and rubs it against an abrasive material, performing a certain number of rubs per cycle in the shape of a Lissajous pattern.

Pilling testing

Pilling is the formation of small balls of entangled fibres on the surface of the fabric, a deterioration which is generally unacceptable to the consumer.

The pilling test on the Martindale passes a test specimen over the same or an abradant fabric at a defined force in the shape of a Lissajous pattern.

Pre-programmed standards testing

The Martindale is a software-controlled instrument, using TestWise Touch, and developed with programmed test routines to address a wide range of international and proprietary standards, including:

  • AS 2001
  • ASTM D4966
  • ASTM D4970
  • BIS IS 12673
  • ISO 12945-2
  • ISO 12947-1
  • ISO 17076-2
  • ISO 17704
  • ISO 26082-1
  • ISO 5470-2
  • ISO 11856
  • M&S P17
  • M&S P18C
  • M&S P19 series
  • NEXT TM18 series
  • NEXT TM26
  • Arcadia AG26
  • Arcadia AG32
  • Arcadia AG33
  • Arcadia AG34
  • Arcadia AG35
  • Arcadia AG61
  • Arcadia AG75
  • VDA 230-211
  • VDA 230-212
  • IUP 48-2
  • BS 2543
  • BS 3424-24
  • BS 5690:1979
  • BS 5690:1988
  • BS 8428
  • BS 5690:1991
  • EN 13520
  • EN 13770
  • EN 14325
  • EN 14465
  • EN 14605
  • EN 15973
  • EN 16094
  • EN 343
  • EN 388
  • EN 530
  • EN 943-1
  • EN 943-2 
  • EN ISO 12945-2
  • EN ISO 12947
  • IWTO 40
  • PV 3975
  • SABS 1009
  • SFS 4328
  • SN 198525
  • SN 198529
  • Volvo 1024
  • Volvo 7122
  • TWC 112
  • Woolmark TM196

What is 'a rub'?

A rub is one revolution of the two outer drives of the Martindale, a cycle is the completion of all the translational abrasion movements tracing a Lissajous figure comprising 16 rubs and a Lissajous is any one of an infinite variety of curves traced out by a point which undergoes two simple motions in perpendicular directions.

On a Martindale, the Lissajous is created by 16 rubs and has a total Length of 3.02m.

The Martindale has a rotational speed of 47 ± 2.5 rpm and an exposed area of specimen from 3.14cm² to 6.45cm² depending on the type of test being performed.

The Martindale can be supplied with a comprehensive range of accessories for different specimen types, including sock abrasion, a line contact plate and a leatherball plate.

The instrument can test both textiles and non-textiles such as socks, leather, carpets, coated upholstery and edges.

Product datasheets

Product Brochures

James Heal - Martindale Brochure (PDF) James Heal - Martindale Brochure (PDF)

Key specs

Conditioned atmosphere recommended



Bench standing

Space requirements

Martindale - 2 Stations

24.6 cm (height)
45.0 cm (width)
74.5 cm (depth)

Martindale - 5 Stations

24.6 cm (height)
67.4 cm (width)
65.2 cm (depth)

Martindale - 9 Stations

61.3 cm (height - with lid open)
87.7 cm (width)
68.6 cm (depth)

Approximate net weight

Martindale - 2 Stations

45 kg

Martindale - 5 Stations

65 kg

Martindale - 9 Stations

85 kg


90 to 264V AC, 50/60Hz

Single phase


Rating per phase (A)






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