Workshops

Workshops offer hands-on experience at the AATCC Technical Center, a lab near you, or your own facility. Limited class size allow personal attention and plenty of time for questions.

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  • AATCC, ASTM, and ISO textile testing methods covered in lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. Learn test methods and evaluation procedures for better approval decisions and more accurate testing.

    AboutProgram OutlineRegistration & FeesAccommodationsColor Vision Screening

    Next workshop to be hosted in 2022.

    If you are responsible for product evaluation, specifications, and quality control for apparel and textile materials, this workshop is a must for you. You will learn how to properly perform and interpret test results for approximately 20 colorfastness and physical properties test methods and evaluation procedures.  AATCC staff will discuss and demonstrate these procedures and registrants will be involved in hands-on participation.
    Attendance is limited; early registration is encouraged. Registration includes luncheons, break refreshments, and a copy of the AATCC Manual of International Test Methods and Procedures.

    In addition to the workshop, a new supplemental session of FM100 color vision screening and certification will be offered. These sessions will take place the day before and after the workshop at the AATCC Technical Center, with spots capped at five screenings per day. Participants who complete the test will receive a certificate with their FM100 color vision score and the test date. An additional fee and separate registration is required. Participants have the option to receive a one-time discounted rate for the FM100 Hue Kit, bundled with the testing. Spots are extremely limited – registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. View the Color Vision Screening tab for information on pricing.  You MUST be registered to attend the Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop to participate in the color vision screening.

    Workshop Course Content

    AATCC Methods:
    – Appearance Retention
    – Color Basics
    – Color Evaluation (visual/instrumental)
    – Colorfastness to Crocking
    – Colorfastness to Light
    – Colorfastness to Perspiration
    – Colorfastness to Washing
    – Colorfastness to Water
    – Dimensional Changes
    – Seam Twist
    – Skewness
    – Soil Release
    – Water Resistance/Repellency

    ASTM Methods:
    – Standard Test Method for Pilling Resistance and Other Related Surface Changes of Textile Fabrics: Random Tumble Pilling Tester, D 3512
    – Standard Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Martindale Abrasion Tester Method), D 4966
    – Standard Test Method for Pilling Resistance and Other Related Surface Changes of Textile Fabrics: Martindale Tester, D4970

    ISO Method: Colorfastness: Phenolic Yellowing, ISO 105-X18

    By attending this meeting, you give the Association consent to use any photos, videos, or images of you
    or your likeness in any Association media or materials.

    By registering for this event, you agree to have your name and contact information included on the list of attendees.
    This list will be provided to all participants of this event.

    Next Workshop Coming In 2021
    First Day
    8:30 AMWelcome and Scope of AATCC Test Methods
    8:50Participant Introductions
    9:10Introduction to Standardized Testing
    9:40Color Basics
    10:40Break
    11:00Color Evaluation & Measurement (AATCC EP1-2018, AATCC EP2-2018, AATCC EP7-2015e, AATCC EP8-2010e(2017)e, AATCC EP9-2017e, AATCC EP11-2016e, AATCC EP12-2010e(2017)e2)
    11:30Color Lab Session 1
    Gray Scale for Color Change
    Chromatic Transference Scale and Gray Scale for Staining
    Instrumental Assessments
    11:50Color Lab Session 2
    Gray Scales for Color Change
    Chromatic Transference Scale and Gray Scale for Staining
    Instrumental Assessments
    12:10 PMColor Lab Session 3
    Gray Scales for Color Change
    Chromatic Transference Scale and Gray Scale for Staining
    Instrumental Assessments
    12:30Lunch
    1:20Overview of Standard Laundering Conditions
    1:40Dimensional Change (AATCC TM135-2018t, AATCC TM150-2018t); Skewness Change (AATCC TM179-2019); Seam Twist (AATCC TM207-2019)
    2:40Colorfastness to Perspiration (AATCC TM15-2013e); Colorfastness to Water (AATCC TM107-2013e2, AATCC TM162-2011e2)
    Colorfastness: Phenolic Yellowing (ISO 105-X18)
    3:25Break
    3:45Appearance Retention (AATCC TM88B-2018t, AATCC TM88C-2018t, AATCC TM124-2018t, AATCC TM1432018t)
    4:45Colorfastness to Washing (AATCC TM61-2013e2)
    5:30Adjourn
    Second Day
    8:30 AMStandard Test Method for Pilling Resistance and Other Related Surface Changes of Textile Fabrics: Random Tumble Pilling Tester, (ASTM D3512)
    9:00Standard Test Method for Pilling Resistance and Other Related Surface Changes of Textile Fabrics: Martindale Tester, (ASTM D4970)
    9:30Standard Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Martindale Abrasion Tester Method), (ASTM D4966)
    10:00Break
    10:30Soil Release: Oily Stain Release Method (AATCC TM130-2018t)
    11:15Colorfastness to Crocking (AATCC TM8-2016e, AATCC TM116-2018e, AATCC TM165-1999e7(2013)e3)
    12:00 PMLunch
    12:45Water Repellency (AATCC TM22-2017e); Water Resistance (AATCC TM35-2018e, AATCC TM42-2017e, AATCC TM127-2017(2018)e, AATCC TM208-2017(2019)e)
    1:45Colorfastness to Light (AATCC TM16.3-2014e2)
    2:30AATCC Test Methods: Recent Updates
    3:00Closing Remarks, Distribution of Certificates, Adjourn

     AATCC Individual & Corporate* MembersNonmembers
    Early RegistrationUS$775US$1155
    Regular RegistrationUS$825US$1205
    You may register online to attend the workshop.

    *If your company is a corporate member of AATCC, you must register offline to receive the corporate member discount. Please download the registration form and return it to Kim Nicholson.
    Refunds will be honored if cancellations are received on or before September 8, 2020. No refunds will be given after September 8.  A US$75 cancellation fee will be charged.

    Accommodations information to be announced.

    In addition to the workshop, a new supplemental session of FM100 color vision screening and certification will be offered. These sessions will take place the day before and after the workshop at the AATCC Technical Center, with spots capped at five screenings per day. Participants who complete the test will receive a certificate with their FM100 color vision score and the test date. An additional fee and separate registration is required. Participants have the option to receive a one-time discounted rate for the FM100 Hue Kit, bundled with the testing. Spots are extremely limited – registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Fees are listed below.

    You MUST be registered to attend the Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop to participate in the color vision screening.

    Fees for FM100 Color Vision Screening ONLY
    AATCC Individual & Corporate* MembersNonmembers
    US$75US$100

    Fees for FM100 Color Vision Screening + FM100 Hue Kit Discounted Bundle
    AATCC Individual & Corporate* MembersNonmembers
    US$935US$935
    You may register online to attend the workshop.

    *If your company is a corporate member of AATCC, you must register offline to receive the corporate member discount. Please download the registration form and return it to Kim Nicholson.
    Refunds will be honored if cancellations are received on or before September 8, 2020. No refunds will be given after September 8.  A US$75 cancellation fee will be charged.

  • Hear world-renowned color experts discuss color principles, lighting effects, developing your color palette, implementing a digital color program, and much more. Ask all your color questions participate in small-group sessions. This workshop is ideal for merchandisers, retailers, manufacturers, product developers, color approval managers, and designers.

    AboutProgram OutlineRegistration & FeesAccomodations

    Next workshop to be hosted in 2022.

    This workshop is designed for merchandisers, retailers, manufacturers, product developers, color approval managers, specifiers, and designers.  Participants will learn basic color principles; how lighting affects color; what to consider when developing your color palette and how these choices affect cost, fashion, durability, and dyeing reproducibility; how to implement a digital color program with suppliers; how to control shade from concept to production and much more.

    Attendance is limited; early registration is encouraged. Registration includes luncheons, breaks, AATCC Color Guidebook, Textile Coloration for the Retail Supply Chain and access to all available papers/presentations.

    By attending this meeting, you give the Association consent to use any photos, videos, or images of you or your likeness in any Association media or materials.
    By registering for this event, you agree to have your name and contact information included on the list of attendees.  This list will be provided to all participants of this event.

    Next Workshop Coming in 2021
    First Day
    8:00 AMWelcome and Introduction to Workshop
    8:15Color Communication—Sandy L. Johnson, Color Solutions International
    Color is one of the key influential buying components for the consumer. Designers spend hours studying trends, analyzing color and shopping key markets in order to identify and assemble their seasonal color palette for their target customer. During this session we will review the key steps necessary to provide accurate color communication from the designer’s inspiration to the supply chain.
    9:15Color Basics—Ann C. Laidlaw, ACL Color Consulting LLC
    Basic color principles and measurement, calculations of color difference, methods for assessment of color quality for samples (lab dips) and production, measurement variability in digital color control and whiteness. Aspects of lighting in color, retail lighting and how it relates to color testing, best practices in choosing lighting /illuminants and visual color assessment will also be discussed.
    10:00Break
    10:15Color Basics (cont’d)
    11:00Fundamentals of Dyeing and Challenges to Meet Performance Standards—Nelson E. Houser
    This presentation will include the fundamentals of the major dye classes and application parameters to the respective fibers, types of equipment used in production, and challenges often involved in meeting performance specifications.
    12:00 PMLunch
    12:50Understanding Whites and other Fluorescent Materials—Speaker TBD
    This presentation will discuss the unique requirements for both visually and instrumentally viewing and controlling the color of optically brightened whites and other fluorescent materials. Because of the unique properties of fluorescent colorants, special considerations are required to properly and effectively view and measure these materials. The lighting conditions needed and instrumental procedures will be explained as well as the metrics used for rating differences. Issues with new lighting types in relation to these materials will also be discussed.
    1:30Training your Visual Color Apparel Team—Jean Hoskin, former Director of Color Services, Macy’s
    Visual approval of color for production requires the evaluation of lab dyeings, print strike offs, or woven pattern handlooms. Preparing color technicians to perform these evaluations in a light booth includes understanding of the visual environment, sample positioning, and perception. This presentation will provide visual examples of color relativity important to color evaluation and the procedures color technicians can use to make confident color decisions. Protocols for evaluation with explanations for training a color team, design colleagues, and customers will be discussed. The what and why of color perception such as simultaneous contrast, gradation, after image, optical mixture, Bezold effect, and the Weber-Fechner Law will be demonstrated.
    2:00-5:15Break Outs (1 hour duration – participants will rotate among each break out)

    Break Out: Illumination and Observer Issues
    • Describe/demonstrate Best Practice for visual evaluation of color difference
    • Use samples, light booth, and Simultaneous Color Viewer to demonstrate color inconstancy and lead discussion of consequences of color inconstant standards.
    • Show Farnsworth-Munsell Color Vision Test, describe its use
    • Show AATCC Gray Scales, describe their use

    Break Out: Sample Analysis and Measurement Technique
    • Proper Procedures for good measurements
    • How to deal with different materials
    • How to select procedures for specific required uses

    Break Out: Implementing Virtual Development in a Digital Workflow
    • What is virtual development?
    • Monitor/printer profiling – applications and limitations
    • Digital color from design through formulation
    5:15Q&A Session
    5:30Adjourn
    5:30 - 6:30Networking Reception
    Second Day
    8:00 AMColor and Lighting: Control, Efficiency, and Compliance—Ann C. Laidlaw, ACL Color Consulting LLC
    Light sources are changing. Regulations around the world are driving improved energy efficiency, technological developments result in more choices, and businesses respond to on-going pressure to reduce operating costs. In the past, the choice of commercial lighting technologies was mostly limited to incandescent bulbs, CWF-style fluorescent tubes, tri-phosphor fluorescent tubes, and various forms of natural or simulated daylight. Today, residential and commercial customers have far more choices, with additional technologies becoming commercially viable in the near future. This presentation will review various current and emerging lighting technologies, our methods for assessing them, and the practical implications of using the technologies to view colored objects.
    8:55Supply Chain Conformance—Why Don’t my Numbers Match Yours?—Ken R. Butts, Datacolor
    This session will focus on how to implement a digital color program with suppliers. The concepts of color guidebooks, standard best practices in color measurement, communication, visual assessments, along with ideas on supplier certification/accreditation requirements will be covered. Also included is accreditation program successes (and challenges) and global color management. Factors that contribute to poor agreement in digital color exchange will be discussed—measurement technique, instrument variation, sample conditioning, and the human factor.
    9:50Break
    10:05The Cost of Color Quality—Andrew Fraser, InMocean Group LLC
    This presentation will look at the unforeseen cost of Color Quality from many perspectives. Why do we follow a process that is broken? Why do we do the things that we are doing?…..” That is the way we have always done it!” This is what our customer is asking for!!!!………..Really? Have you read the latest Color Manual Update from our Customer?
    It will address:
    • The Actual Cost of Dyeing a lab dip and getting it to the Retailer
    • The actual time it takes to get a lab dip or bulk approval
    • The pitfalls of sending inferior submissions – Time – Money – Resources
    • The pitfalls we fall into that create the mess we call the color process
    11:00The Evolution and Revolution of Global Color Management—Carol T. Revels, Lands’ End Inc.
    This presentation will discuss the many facets of color management and what we can do – big or small – to drive improvement. Anything from tweaking processes and improving communication to tackling color workflow management, print/pattern color management, bulk color management, or mill accreditation for self-approval – all have value in reducing time, costs, and improving quality.
    11:50Lunch
    12:40 PMUltra-Portable Color Measurement: A Spectro in Your Pocket?—Ken R. Butts, Datacolor
    With the introduction of ultra-portable color measuring devices, the need for designers to purchase garments – or discreetly cut a corner – may be coming to an end. The promise of these devices is that designers can easily measure inspiration colors at the fashion show or in the competitor’s store and quickly determine whether or not the color is in their own library or available from a color standards provider. This session will review the possibilities and limitations of ultra-portable color measurement, not only for design but as a potential low-cost QC tool for some supply chains.
    1:40-3:55Break Outs (1 hour duration – participants will rotate among each break out)

    Break Out: Processes and Technologies for Better Color Control in the Supply Chain
    • What specifiers need to know to better communicate with suppliers about color control
    • Things to know about dye selection, formulation and dyeing processes for better color control
    • Who should be making these decisions?
    • How this can lead to more efficient product development

    Break Out: Realities of Color Management in Retail
    • Real-world challenges/successes in retail/apparel implementation of digital color management
    • Global process standardization in the supply chain
    • Effective color management in multi-sourced programs
    • Moving beyond labdips to production performance monitoring
    3:55Q&A Session
    4:15Closing Remarks and Adjourn

     AATCC Individual & Corporate* MembersNonmembers
    Early RegistrationUS$775US$1155
    Regular RegistrationUS$825US$1205
    You may register online to attend the workshop.

    *If your company is a corporate member of AATCC, you must register offline to receive the corporate member discount. Please download the registration form and return it to Kim Nicholson.
    Refunds will be honored if cancellations are received on or before August 12, 2020. No refunds will be given after August 12.  A US$75 cancellation fee will be charged.

    Accommodations information to be announced.

  • Learn customer expectations, test procedures, and data interpretation from industry experts in moisture management. Ask questions and get hands-on experience with related testing equipment.

    AboutProgram OutlineRegistration & FeesAccommodations

    Date of Next Workshop To Be Announced

    This workshop provides an overview of the performance technology associated with moisture management and the test methods needed to evaluate your products’ performance claims. Industry experts will share information regarding customer expectations as well as data interpretation from standard and customized tests.

    If you are responsible for product evaluation, specifications, and quality control for apparel and textile materials, this workshop is designed for you. The 2-day program will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on participation.

    Sample Agenda (October 2018)

    Watch AATCC website and publications for updates on the next program.
    – Let’s Talk Moisture Management: What, Why and How – Steve Simonson, International Textile Group Inc.
    – Moisture Management from a Brand’s Perspective – Gregg Woodcock, HanesBrands Inc.
    – AATCC Test Method 79, Absorbency of Textiles – Diana Wyman, AATCC
    – AATCC Test Methods 197, Vertical Wicking of Textiles and 198, Horizontal Wicking of Textiles – Erika Simmons, HanesBrands Inc.
    – AATCC Test Method 195, Liquid Moisture Management Properties of Textile Fabrics – John Crocker, SDL Atlas LLC
    – Breathability/Permeability – Emiel DenHartog, TPACC, North Carolina State University
    – Moisture Management: What Matters? – Haskell Beckham, Columbia Sportswear
    – AATCC Test Method 199, Drying Time of Textiles: Moisture Analyzer Method – Carla MacClamrock, Cotton Incorporated
    – AATCC Test Methods 200, Drying Rate of Textiles at their Absorbent Capacity: Air Flow Method and 201, Drying Rate of Fabric: Heated Plate Method – Daniel Howe, Thermetrics LLC
    – AATCC Test Method 204, Water Vapor Transmission of Textiles: Method Overview and Recommended Applications – Erika Simmons, HanesBrands Inc.

     AATCC Individual & Corporate* MembersNonmembers
    Early Registration (by Sept. 18)US$775US$1155
    Regular Registration (after Sept. 18)US$825US$1205
    *If your company is a corporate member of AATCC, you must download the registration form and register offline to receive the member price.

    Online Registration (coming soon)

    Attendance is limited; early registration is encouraged.
    Registration includes luncheons, break refreshments, and a copy of available presentations.

    Refunds (less $75 cancellation fee) will be honored up to two weeks before the event. No refunds will be given after the deadline.

    Accommodations information to be announced.

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