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Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester | A smart instrument developed by the sister company ChiuVention.

4.83 (24 reviews)

Martindale  Abrasion and Pilling Tester, or Martindale Tester, determines the abrasion and pilling resistance of all kinds of textile structures. Samples are rubbed against abrasives at low pressures and in continuously changing directions. The amount of abrasion or pilling is compared against standard parameters. That is called the Martindale Rub Test.

The  Fabric Abrasion Tester is also used to conduct the abrasion performance of medical protective clothing to ensure durability when used in medical scenarios. Now, our Pilling Tester is on a hot sale,  contact us for a surprise!

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Application of Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester

The Smartindale Martindale abrasion machine tests fabrics for abrasion and pilling. It tests knits, wool, and fake and real leather under pressure. It’s used in industries like textiles, footwear, and garments.

The Lissajous curve is calibration-free, making it a more reliable test.

The Smartindale Martindale Abrasion Tester runs by an exclusive and patented digital algorithm. It drives dual servo motors and precision slide rails. These replace the traditional mechanical analog drive. The new system makes a perfect Lissajous curve. The tests were ultra-tough. It passed a test over 10 million times (equal to three years non-stop). They used rubber samples and double weight. But, the Pilling Tester’s Lissajous curve is still accurate and perfect. So, the test is more reliable.

The Martindale Abrasion Tester can connect to ERP or LIMS through a smart APP.

Smartindale Fabric Pilling Tester connects to the SmarTexLab APP on your smartphone. Set parameters, watch the test, and more through the app. After testing, upload results to ERP or LIMS for smart testing. This meets laboratory management system requirements, like ISO17025, CNAS, or ILAC. The entire testing process becomes more convenient, transparent, and efficient.

One-touch switching between abrasion and pilling testing, for greater efficiency.

You can switch the control panel’s test modes (e.g., abrasion to pilling). You don’t need to remove the cover plate and change the pin position.

User-friendly design

The guide plate of this Martindale Tester can be lifted with one hand. This is convenient for loading and taking samples. When the cover plate falls, it has a cushioning function. This avoids machine damage and is safer for the operators.

Customer Feedback of Pilling Tester

“I purchased this Martindale Tester through ChiuVention’s agent-ATI Corp., who has more than 20 years of experience in textile testing instrument marketing and service in the U.S., and they can support me very timely. This Martindale Abrasion Tester does well both in testing accuracy and functional design (such as switching test mode from the screen and friendly details for testers, etc.).”

David a Non-woven manufacturer in the United States

“We knew about this Martindale Tester at ChiuVention’s French agent. It is very stable and has a unique design. Its features are on par with top brands of test instruments. And It has a very reasonable price. So, without a doubt, it became our final choice.”

François a fabric company in France

Specifications of  Martindale Tester

Abrasion test

  • Max stroke of movement 60.5+/-0.5mm
  • Weight of holder and spindle 198+/-2g

Pilling test

  • Max stroke of movement 24+/-0.5mm
  • Weight of holder and spindle 155+/-1g


Accessories of Martindale Abrasion Tester
Fuse tube                               2 pcs

Foam wool                             9 pcs  Φ38 mm

Wool felt                                18 pcs  Φ90 mm,Φ140  mm
Wool abrasive                       9 pcs  Φ140 mm
Sampling  plate                    3 pcs  Φ38 mm,Φ90 mm,Φ140  mm
Sampler                                 1 pc for pilling  test
Sampler                                  1 pc for abrasion  test
Press                                       1 pc  Φ126mm,2.5kg
Fixture1                                 9 sets  for pilling  test
Fixture  2                                9 sets   for abrasion  test
Weight  1                               9 sets  12Kpa
Weight  2                               9 sets  9Kpa
Rubber  ring                          9pcs
Test  pen                               1pc
Connection  shaft                 9pcs   for pilling  test
Connection  shaft                 9pcs   for abrasion  test
Stainless  steel  ring             9pcs   260g

Optional Accessories of  Martindale  Pilling Tester

EMPA990        rating  chart  card                                               1 set    knitted  + Woven

SM50 rating  chart  card 1 set    IWS + ASTM
SM25 abrasion-resistant wool cloth 1 pack   1.6 X 5m/pack
Sm26 woven wool felt 1 box  24 pcs/box  Φ140 mm
Sm26 woven wool felt 1 box  24 pcs/box  Φ90 mm
SM28 polyurethane ether foam 1box  250 X 200mm/pc,  25pcs/box


Power         220V/110V 50/60Hz

Weight        90 kg

Dimension    510*850*300 mm  (W*L*H)


Standards of  Martindale Fabric Abrasion Tester

ISO 12945-2-2020  ISO12947-1-1998   ISO12947-2-2016

ISO12947-3-1998    ISO12947-4-1998

GB/T 21196.1-2007  GB/T 21196.2-2007

GB/T 21196.3-2007  GB/T 21196.4-2007

GB/T 4802.2-2008    BS EN 530-2010

ASTM D4970/4970M-22   ASTM D4966-22


Optional Standards of Smartindale Martindale Abrasion & Pilling Tester

BS EN 388-2016+A1-2018  Protective gloves for mechanical hazards;

SATRATM31 A/B  Abrasion Resistance Test for Leather;

PUMA; BS EN 16094-2012 Laminated wood flooring, Test method for the determination of micro-scratches;

ISO 20344-2021 Item 6.12 Personal protective equipment, Test methods for footwear and boots;

BS EN 13520-2002 Test methods for footwear, uppers, linings and insoles, abrasion resistance;

ISO 5470-2-2021 Rubber or plastic-coated fabrics, determination of abrasion resistance

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Here is Martindale’s pilling test iso 12945-2:2020.

Martindale Test Meaning

The Martindale Test is a test of textiles. It is based on the Martindale method. It tests how the fabric is worn. Abrasion resistance is an important index of textile quality. It directly affects product durability and use. The fabric has abrasion resistance. It resists wear from repeated friction with other materials. The machine tests the fabric’s abrasion resistance. It is the Martindale AbrasionTester. The test is key for the textile industry.

Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester Working Principle

The Martindale Abrasion tester works by rubbing a circular specimen against an abrasive. The abrasive is a standard fabric. This happens under a defined load in a planar motion. The motion forms a Lissajous pattern. Combining two trajectories creates the Lissajous curve. They come from vibrations along perpendicular directions. You can also get Martindale abrasion tester procedure.

24 reviews for Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester | A smart instrument developed by the sister company ChiuVention.

  1. Jack

    Standard Lissajous curve with very stable test results.

  2. Frank

    The Martindale Abrasion Tester has several stations that can be counted separately for easy testing.

  3. Peter Hurley

    For abrasion and pilling assessment, the 9 workstation type really made my testing job simple

  4. James Smith

    Works well, no extra noise, instructions I should read someday, the instrument prompts you through the whole testing process

  5. Muriel Gray

    This product has everything i need in the kit and is affordable. Recommend!!

  6. Truman Louis

    I just used it for the first time. It worked. No pain, easy to operate. I would have given 5 starts already however today is my lab. first day of the use, so I will have to see how long it will last.

  7. Yvette Bertram

    Got my orders! Machine is accurate and stable. Thanks TESTEX! Thanks martindale abrasion tester!

  8. tiger

    Goods received,it is very Prefect!

  9. Jeffrey Ezekiel

    Perfect accurate machine.

  10. Molly Smith

    Just got my martindale abrasion tester yesterday. Before it arrived I got an email telling me some machine use precautions. I think that is excellent customer service.

    • testextextile

      Thank you.

  11. Kristin Raleign

    This machine arrived unused and in perfect condition and was packaged well.

  12. Caroline Sophia

    The style is novel and generous and the workmanship is excellent.

  13. May Jean

    I never review any product until I met the Martindale Abrasion Tester, I look farward to building up our business relationship agian with nice price!

    • testextextile

      Thanks for your trust, we never make a disappointment.

  14. Oscar Gallup

    Goods received,exactly what i expect.Prefect!

  15. Samantha Herty

    The best textile testing machine i have ever buy!Will keep in touch.

  16. Truda Freeman

    Great martindale test equipment.

  17. Dwight Law

    We received the package today,the tester looks great.

  18. Jack Smedley

    Perfect martindale, perfect manufacturer!!!

    • testextextile

      Thank you very much!

  19. Channing Sophy

    The martindale abrasion tester manufacturer really is my taste. I will keep cooperation.

  20. Diana Bradley

    The martidale abrasion tester suppilers is of good service. The price of the abrasion machine is preferable. Come and buy again soon.

    • testextextile

      Thanks. Expect your next visit.

  21. Juliet

    The martindale abrasion and pilling tester’s price is reasonable.I will buy others if the machine is good enough after I use.

    • testextextile

      Thank you. Expect your purchase again!

  22. Simona Doris

    Ottimo prodotto venditore molto gentile

  23. Kerr Martin


  24. Andy

    everything nicely, assembly easy and simple.

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There are various factors that affecting abrasion resistance measurement. Thus, you may need a pilling machine to test the wool abrasion resistance and abrasion resistance of test fabric. Let us introduce the Martindale rub test guide and help you to get Martindale abrasion test results.

Martindale Abrasion & Pilling Resistance Test Method

Reference method:

  • ISO

ISO 12945-2: Test method for pilling resistance of fabrics: Martindale Method

ISO 12947: Test method for abrasion resistance of fabrics: Martindale Method

  • ASTM

ASTM D4966: Test method for abrasion resistance of fabrics: Martindale Abrasion Tester

ASTM D4970: Test method for abrasion resistance of fabrics: Martindale Method

  • GB

GB/T 4802-2: Test method for pilling resistance of fabrics

GB/T 21196: Test method for abrasion resistance of fabrics: Martindale Method (Martindale Abrasion Tester, Determination of Test Piece Breakage, Determination of Quality Loss, Determination of Appearance changes)

GB/T13775: Test method for abrasion resistance of cotton, linen and spun silk

  • EN

EN ISO 12947: Test method for abrasion resistance of fabrics: Martindale Method

  • BS

BS ISO 12947: Test method for abrasion resistance of fabrics: Martindale Method

Martindale abrasion tester working principle:

Test piece of fabric is placed in the specimen clamp, and it will be rubbed against with abradant in a Lissajous figure. According to the requirement, once the test piece is broken, test piece should be taken down to calculate its abrasion resistance index, or evaluate its rating of pilling through the visual description of abrasion.

Technical specification:

  • Number of working position: 4, 6, 9

  • Counting display: 0-999999 times

  • Holder Moving distance:  60.5±0.5mm,  24±0.5mm

  • Pressing substance mass:

Weight for garment sample: 595±2g

Weight for furniture decorator sample: 795±2g

  • Effective fiction dia. of grinding blocks:

Type A: 198g (1.94N) pressure head (9KPa) ¢28.8-0.084mm

Type B: 155g (1.52N) pressure head (12 KPa) ¢90-0.1mm

  • Relative motion speed of clamp and grinding table: 47.5±2.5 turns/min

  • Weight for sample loading hammer: 2500±10g

Test apparatus:

  • A copy of the product manual

  • Type A pressure head and type B pressure head: 4/4 working positions, 6/6 working positions, 9/9 working positions

  • Weight for furniture decorator sample of 795g and weight for garment sample of 595g: 4/4 working positions, 6/6 working positions, 9/9 working positions

  • Standard felt: 4/4 working positions, 6/6 working positions, 9/9 working positions

  • Leather collar: 4/4 working positions, 6/6 working positions, 9/9 working positions

  • Weight for sample loading hammer of 2500g: 1

  • Sample loader: 1

  • Fuse: 2

  • Steel ball: 6

  • Drawing pen: 1

  • Circular shear template of F40mm、F90mm、F140mm: one for each

  • Other necessary accessories recommended by manufacturer

Test procedure:

  1. Test piece preparation

In the standard environment, we put the test piece in the tiled state for a period of time according to different standard. For example, 24h (GB/T 4802.2), 16h(EN ISO 12947-4).

  1. Test piece selection

The sample shall be cut from different parts of the whole fabric with representative. If it is a fancy fabric , the sample shall include all the different tissues and colors presented by the cloth.

  1. Taking down the additional loading weight and bearing axle.

  2. Taking down the top and clamp holder.

  3. Test placement

Loosening the retaining ring of test clamp, we should put the test piece into the test clamp base. If the test piece is smaller than 500g/m2, we need to put a foam between the test piece and the metal clamp. Oppositely, it is big enough, or it is compound fabric, we don’t need the foam. Each piece held in test clamp should get the same tension.

  1. Placement of wool felt and abradant

Putting the wool felt and abradant on the holder, and the weight for sample loading hammer on the abradant, and then tighten the nut in order to fasten the abradant on the holder by retaining rings.

  1. Pressing the abradant on the pressure head.

  2. Let the side of test clamp with test piece face down, and put it on the test clamp base. After that, the bearing axle should be adjusted until it aligns and inserts the circular groove of clamp.

  3. According to standard, we settle the number of times on the tester and turn on it. Won’t be stop itself until it achieves enough times in the measurement.

  4. Taking down the test piece and compare it with photographic standard.


Martindale vs Wyzenbeek conversion

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(The ratio of Martindale rating to Wyzenbeek rating is 3 to 4.)


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    Q:What is working principle of Martindale Abrasion Tester?

    A:Two circular samples of same material rub mutually in a certain pressure along Lissajous curves. Then after reaching stated circles, pilling of test sample should be measured. Martindale test uses figure 2 among four types of Lissajous-Figure.

    Q: What is the pilling test procedure?

    A: Fabric, put on the clamp head, is rubbed against the same fabric placed on grinding table in a certain pressure. Rotating around axis, fabric moves in a pre-set Lissajous figure.

    Q:  Are there any special requirements for installation, or any chance a calibration will be needed afterwards?A: There are not any special requirements for installation, and we have professional after-sales team at your service.  We will arrange calibration before delivery, and afterwards, it will be needed once a year.

    Q: Do you have a user manual in English?

    A: Yes, the user manual in English will be sent with the machines, and the soft copy will be sent to you in email.

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