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ICI Pilling and Snagging Tester TF223A/B

4.75 (12 reviews)

ICI Pilling Box, or ICI Pilling Tester, is suitable for detecting the pilling phenomenon caused by friction on the fabric surface without pressure, applicable to woven and knitted fabrics. TESTEX ICI Pilling Tester TF223 complies with ISO12945-1, NEXT TM19, BS 8479, JIS L1058, etc. Contact us for more information about the ICI pilling test method. We also provide a series of abrasion and pilling testers.



The Features of ICI Pilling and Snagging Tester TF223

Accurate testing and test results are highly consistent with third-party international testing agencies.

Applicable to various international standards, such as ISO12945-1, GB/T 4802.3, NEXT TM19, BS 8479, and JIS L1058 method D-2.

It is equipped with a high-quality polyurethane carrier tube, durable and stable.

It can be equipped with 2 or 4 test boxes, smooth operation, low noise, LCD screen displaying all test parameters;

Since 2010, it has been sold well in 42 countries worldwide and is highly recognized by customers.

The Application of ICI Pilling and Snagging Tester TF223

The ICI pilling and snagging tester uses a tumbling test method to test the fuzzing and pilling of fabrics. This apparatus is suitable for the friction pilling test of sparse wool knitted combed fabrics and other pilling-prone fabrics to assess the pilling level of the fabric under stress-free conditions.

ICI pilling tester uses a universal drive system with 2 or 4 positions, an electronic digital counter, and a sample mounting fixture. The machine accepts ICI Pilling boxes and ICI pilling drums.

Specifications of ICI Pilling and Snagging Tester TF223

  • Rotation Speed      60±2 rpm
  • Control Mode         Single-chip control
  • Touch panel

Optional order

  • Pilling Assessment Viewer
  • Set of 5 Photographic Standards
  • Mounting Jig (used to install specimens easily)
  • Cork liner – pack of 6
  • Rubber tube – pack of 4


  • TF223A ICI Pilling Tester – 2 stations
  • TF223B ICI Pilling Tester – 4 stations


220/110 V50/60 Hz


TF223A: 60 kgTF223A: 110 kg


TF223A: 830 x 430 x 550 mm (L x W x H)TF223B: 830 x 430 x 900 mm (L x W x H)


ISO12945-1GB/T 4802.3NEXT TM19
Optional Standards:BS 8479JIS L1058 method D-2

Test principle

Mount a specimen on a polyurethane tube and turn at a constant speed in a wooden box lined with cork. After a specified number of turns, observe the specimen for fuzzing and pilling, then assess properties.

Test procedure

1 Prepare the equipment and materials for the ICI pilling & snagging test. Such as ICI pilling and snagging tester, polyurethane carrier tube, PVC tape, etc.
2 Pre-treat the specimen according to the agreed method, e.g. washing or dry cleaning.
3 Sampling according to the test standard, measuring 125 * 125 mm and sewn into tubes.
4 Mount the specimen onto the polyurethane tube according to the standard.
5 Carry out the test.
6 Place the specimen in the rating box, record the change in the surface of the specimen and write a test report.

Notes on the use of the ICI pilling and snagging tester

1 Check the speed of the pilling and snagging box regularly and keep it at (60±2) rpm/min.
2 Before using a new liner, it is necessary to rotate it in the pilling box with four blank polyurethane tubes for about 200H until no cork shavings come off the liner.
3 The cork liner should be replaced after prolonged use when the surface becomes smooth or is damaged by contamination.
4 The polyurethane tube should be inspected regularly, especially for dents and roughness at both ends, and replaced if damaged.
5 Before each test, clean the lint and debris inside the ICI pilling box to keep it clean.

Appendix: Rating of change in the specimen surface

5 grade: No change
4 grade: Slight surface pilling or fuzzing
3 grade: Moderate surface pilling, with balls of different sizes and densities covering part of the surface of the specimen.
2 grade: Significant surface pilling, with balls of different sizes and densities covering most of the surface of the specimen.
1 grade: Severe pilling, with balls of different sizes and densities covering the entire surface of the specimen.

Welcome to TESTEX – a professional textile testing instrument supplier – ICI Pilling and Snagging Tester TF223A/B is on sale, contact us to get a detailed price quote.

12 reviews for ICI Pilling and Snagging Tester TF223A/B

  1. Jaime Travezan

    Great design, very intuitive to use, accurate pilling and snagging test results.

  2. Jacson J

    I bought this ICI pilling box, and now I am going to get a round box for another standard, good machine

  3. John Waler

    Really fast delivery, and well packaged, looking forward to its testing performance!

    • testextextile

      Thank you for your comments, any support from us, please contact.

  4. Lawrence Bernard

    This machine just works, and does a fine job of it too.

  5. Vera Pollitt

    The material is exquisite.

  6. Martina Leighton

    The ici pilling box in favorable price.And with simple operation.

  7. Arlene Carey

    Great! Thanks manufacturer.

  8. Ian Snow

    The pilling tester price is good. performance is good,too.

  9. Beck Boswell

    Good product and according specification

  10. Jay Garcia

    Very good product, intelligent system.

  11. Ellis

    Fast and easy as always

  12. Zero

    Товар полностью соответствует описанию. Быстрая доставка. Рекомендую.

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What is Fabric Pilling?

In the process of fabric wearing and washing, the fibers of the yarns begin to be loosened under the continuous action of external forces such as friction and washing. When the friction force is greater than the fiber strength, the fiber end of the fabric is easy to reveal the fabric surface, and gradually slip outward from the yarn to form the ring and the villi, that is, the phenomenon of the fabric's pilling. Fabric’s pilling affects fabric appearance and reduces fabric performance. Therefore, studying the cause of fabric pilling has a certain guiding significance for our actual production.

Test Method of Pilling

During the pilling test, there is different test method for different material and use of fabric, however, the design principle is generally used to simulate the pilling process in the actual use of textiles. For example, both Martindale method and pilling box method are aims at European market, random tumbling pilling method is aimed at the American market and circular locus method is aim at Chinese market.

A Brief Introduction to the Pilling and Snagging Test

Specimens are mounted on polyurethane tubes and tumbled randomly in a cork-lined box at a constant rotational speed. Fuzzing and pilling is assessed visually after a defined period of tumbling.

Mount the specimen into a polyurethane tube. Remove any fibers or fluff from the empty boxes  of the machine by light brushing, vacuum cleaning or using a compressed air gun and inspect the cork linings for wear or damage. Then put the specimens into the boxes, ensure all the lids of box must be closed and locked before run. At this time the preparatory work was completed.

Switch power on and then enter the main page. Press the Start/Stop button or any other button to enter the test page. Press the “START” button, the machine will start and the counter will count the revolution. During the test, the operator can press the stop button or power switch at any time to stop the test. And by pressing the test button, the test can be recovered from the place where the test is stopped.

After the preset number of revolutions is reached, the machine will stop automatically. Before removing the specimens from the boxes/drums, ensure the machine is completely stopped. Clean the machine by light brushing, vacuum cleaning or using a compressed air. Reset the revolution counter for the next specimen test.

Now ICI pilling and snagging tester is on sale, if you want to know about sample preparation, sample evaluation, instrument maintenance and so on, please contact us.

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