CIRCOT is a world renowned NABL accredited referral cotton testing laboratory in India and abroad for testing cotton textiles. The library has developed a good collection of textile testing standards over the years as follows;
1) BIS –TXD standards (with bi-monthly updates) – The Standardization in the field of textiles covering natural and man-made fibres and their products, dyestuffs, textile specialty chemicals, textile machinery, technical textiles and textile protective clothing from Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi. (standalone version – access available in the library)
2) TAPPI Standards – The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry’s Test Methods are testing procedures and related practices used in the measurement, evaluation, and description of pulp, paper, and related products. TAPPI Technical Information Papers (TIPs) are documents containing specialized information (e.g., data, software, calculations) used in the manufacture, evaluation and description of pulp, paper, and related products, written in a standardized format readily useable by the industry. (Log in/Password based access)
3) AATCC Test Methods –American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists evaluation procedures focus on biological properties, colorfastness, dyeing properties, identification and analysis, and physical properties. The Association is internationally recognized for its standard methods of testing dyed and chemically treated fibers and fabrics to measure and evaluate such performance characteristics as colorfastness to light and washing, durable press, soil release, shrinkage, water resistance and the many other conditions to which textiles may be subjected. (Year 2018 print version available in the library)
4) ASTM Standards – American Society for Testing and Materials Volumes
(A) Textiles 07.01 & 07.02 Year 2019
These standards covers over 335 textile-related standards covering the characteristics, properties, nomenclature, and uses of textiles. These tests, practices, and specifications cover: • Apparel and fabric • Care labeling • Chemical conditioning and performance • Cotton, yarn, fibers, wool, and felt • Flammability and flame-resistance • Glass fiber • Home furnishings • Inflatable restraints • Non-woven fabric • Pile floor coverings • Subassemblies, such as zippers, hooks, and loops • Tire cord and fabrics. Volume 07.02 also contains standard body measurement charts used for the sizing of apparel for men, women, children, and infants; standard guidelines for care labeling of apparel and other textile products; standards for UV protective fabrics and clothing; and a practice for stitches and seams, which has replaced the Federal standard for apparel end item stitch and seam structures used worldwide by government and industry textile organizations
(B)Occupational Health and Safety; Protective Clothing 11.03 Year 2014
These standards covers standard practices and guides look at the health and safety aspects of various working environments. Standards also cover hazard communications and the safe handling of metal working fluids. Protective Clothing—standards evaluate the performance of biological, chemical, physical, flame-resistant, and thermal protective clothing.
(C) Space Simulation; Aerospace and Aircraft; Composite Materials 15.03 Year 2015
These standards covers Space Simulation —specifications and practices cover contamination of cleanrooms and controlled environments, space simulation, and thermal protection. Aerospace and Aircraft —standards deal with cleaning materials, flammability, contamination, hydrogen embrittlement, transparent enclosures, and materials. Composite Materials—test methods assess properties of high modulus fibers, interlaminar properties, laminates, sandwich construction, and structural test methods.
Apart from above, we have 316 various Indian and international standards purchased for qualitative evaluation and chemical processing of textiles (selective 120 ISO stds. on CDROM), wood based panels/ fibre boards (selective ISO/TC Stds. on CDROM), paper boards and pulp (ISO handbook), protective clothing, antimicrobial activity, particle size determination, Nanotechnology etc. (selective ASTM/ ISO/TC Stds. on CDROM)