Fiber & Biopolymer Research Institute: Cotton Phenomics and Spinning Labs
The Cotton Phenomics Laboratory
Manager: Kathy Martin
The Cotton Phenomics Laboratory provides in-depth physical testing and evaluation for fibers, yarns, and fabrics. Besides being essential for the research program at the Institute, it is indispensible for serving the testing needs of plant breeders, cotton merchants, textile manufacturers, yarn and fabric importers, waste fiber and linter suppliers, etc. A full range of equipment is housed here. For fibers, measurements are made both on central tendencies (e.g., HVI) and on distributions (e.g., AFIS and FAVIMAT).
The Spinning Evaluation Lab
Manager: Khawar Arain
The Spinning Laboratory contains state-of-the-art ring spinning, compact spinning, and open-end rotor spinning machinery. These are supported by all required facilitating processes; e.g., opening, blending, cleaning, carding, combing, drawing, roving, winding, twisting, and plying. A new state-of-the-art trash and dust handling system ensures constant levels of air pressures and flows, which increases reliability of spinning trials. Besides enabling in-depth observation and documentation of spinning performance, yarns are delivered back to the Materials Evaluation Laboratory for any needed quality measurements.