For more than 60 years, Hohenstein has conducted research and tests related to the interaction between bodies, climate and textiles. We are pioneers in the development of scientific methods for the objective determination of the wear and sleep comfort of textile products. Today we are still leading players in the assessment of the comfort characteristics of materials, clothing, PPE, bedding, sleeping bags, car seats, seating furniture and much more, as well as the determination of parameters. These parameters have been successfully correlated with human sensitivities.
Our experience and expertise is correspondingly broad so that we can provide support in the optimisation of comfort characteristics in your textiles on the basis of our results, such as heat and moisture management (breathability, heat insulation, sweat transport), cooling and warming characteristics, range of utility and/or skin sensitivity.
In this way, you can offer consumers a reliable tool for the assessment of your product with regard to its comfort and sensitivity on the skin, even without them trying on the product.
Three factors are crucial for assessing the comfort:
- Heat and moisture management
Here we investigate how effectively textiles and clothing retain heat or cool down and whether the materials are able to transport sweat away from the skin effectively and as quickly as possible and release it into the environment - known as thermophysiological wear comfort.
With our measuring apparatus, such as the Hohenstein Skin Model, thermal manikin and several climate chambers, which in some cases we developed and standardised ourselves, we can reliably determine the physical parameters of heat and moisture management. Moreover we are able to simulate wear and climate conditions that are adjusted to the area of use in order to reconstruct specific application scenarios.
This also relates to the latest Hohenstein development “WATson”, a test device for measurement of cooling performance of, for example, sportswear, which is unique in the world.
- Wear comfort on the skin
For the last three decades, we have characterised wear comfort - also known as skin sensory wear comfort. In doing this we employ methods developed in scientific research projects, which when combined, enable us to objectively evaluate subjective sensitivity.
- Ergonomic comfort
To what extent is wear comfort influenced by the making up of clothing or its fit and heat and moisture management? With our thermal manikins and climate chambers, we can determine the physical parameters of heat and moisture management in ready-made clothing and textile structures - and even the wear and climate conditions that are appropriate for the area of use.
Specifically, with regard to personal protective equipment (PPE), wear comfort plays a key role as the clothing will only be worn if the acceptance level is high. Accordingly, PPE must also be tailored to the needs of the wearer while carrying out the respective activity and offer optimum comfort during all motion sequences.
The ergonomic comfort of clothing can be further optimised through the use of body movement measurements from 3D scans and 3D data.
- For more than 60 years, research and testing related to the interaction between bodies, climate and textile materials and products (such as fabrics, clothing, PPE, bedding, sleeping bags, car seats, etc.)
- Quantitative measurement and quality control of individual parameters (heat and moisture management, cooling, wear comfort on the skin) for textile materials
- Assessment of comfort (heat and moisture management, wear comfort on the skin) of textile products
- Assessment of ergonomic comfort of clothing and consequences of pattern construction and the design on the wear comfort
- Assessment and advice for comfort-optimised textile materials and products
- Determination of range of utility of clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) based on clothing, climate and activity