Case Studies

Flexible Coated Foam Products

Finding a meaningful abrasion test for non-traditional furniture


Situation:

Tenjam_ZigZag_with_Taber_Abraser.jpgSince 2012, Tenjam has been by manufacturing “SprayFLEX” indoor furniture that according to the manufacturer’s website is “safe, durable, washable and fun”. SprayFLEX is a hand-finished soft seating with a spray-applied seamless finish.  However, unlike traditional furniture, Tenjam products are not stitched upholstery and do not include yarns that can wear down or break.  Thus, the industry standard Wyzenbeek “double rub” test was not applicable.

Analysis:

Tenjam searched for an alternative test that would provide meaningful results and would be applicable to flexible coating materials.  The company decided on the Taber rotary abraser and uses both mass loss and depth of wear measurements.

Benefit:

Incorporating a Taber test into their quality control system, Tenjam has the ability to monitor the performance of their ColorShield coating material ensuring the coating will perform as required.  Tenjam’s scientists also rely on Taber data to continue their advancements of Tenjam materials.  As an example, Tenjam’s material science laboratory performed a 1000 cycle test to benchmark their product performance against a competitor coating material.  Using H-22 wheels and 1000g load per arm, Tenjam determined their ColorShield material performed 5 times better than their competition.

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