A Beginner’s Guide To Abrasion Testing Methods

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In the field of abrasion testing, Tribotouch is a proven instrument for the evaluation of abrasion resistance in packaging materials. It has many uses, from defining printing parameters to continuous quality control throughout the manufacturing process. It features real-life testing on finished products and lab samples, and is qualified for use in the medical market. It is suitable for a range of industries, including packaging, printing, and electronics.

Test methods

Different abrasion testing methods have different applications and may be best suited for a particular project. Depending on the purpose and application, Element can design and build a customized setup. The following article will discuss several test methods. Read on to find out more. Here are some of the most common methods:

Control product

Abrasion testing is a common method used by companies to ensure the durability and quality of a product. The results of this process provide the manufacturer with information regarding the durability of the product in the field and allow the company to determine how to improve its product. It also gives the manufacturer a way to monitor its manufacturing processes and conduct product research and development. The information gained from these tests is beneficial for the manufacturer and buyers because it demonstrates whether the product meets industry standards. It also establishes criteria for guarantees.


Abrasion testing is a standard procedure used in industry and manufacturing to determine the resistance of materials to abrasion. This type of testing uses various methods that are based on the basic international standards. For example, when the procedure uses the designation ASTM, it means that it was developed by ASTM International. This specialized testing method is used to evaluate the durability of materials. Listed below are some common types of abrasion tests.

Typical test results

When selecting upholstery fabrics, the abrasion tests will determine the fabric’s durability. ACT prefers the Wyzenbeek test, but Martindale is also acceptable. Typically, a test result of 30,000 WZ is sufficient for single shift corporate offices, waiting rooms, and hotel lobbies. Depending on the fabric, higher levels of wear and tear may be warranted. For more detailed information on abrasion testing, consult the ACT Performance Abrasion Guidelines.

Limitations of abrasion testing

Abrasion tests have two main limitations. The first is the inability to predict actual field performance. While the L.A. abrasion test is the most commonly used abrasion test in the U.S., the method is not applicable for all types of aggregates. LA abrasion tests primarily evaluate the ability of a material to resist abrasion. The results of this test are not directly comparable to field performance, but they are useful for making design decisions.