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Testing & Fabrication

The NWI plays a key role in development and transformation of the latest innovations into nonwoven solutions ready for shipment to commercial, consumer and industrial users around the world. The Institute helps nonwovens companies meet product development objectives through access to the Institute’s state-of-the-art pilot and testing facilities at North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

NWI facilities

The Institute’s facilities include laboratories dedicated to polymer characterization, fiber extrusion and lab scale meltblown. The pilot facilities include bicomponent spunbond and meltblown; staple line; needle punching; hydroentangling; thermal bonding and web composite capability. Analytical facilities offer the ability to analyze and evaluate materials performance according to many industry specific standard test methods.

NWI strives to provide all of our clients, industry partners, and academia alike with as many different methods and testing apparatus as possible. NWI testing services include; independent testing, development of custom testing methods, and support for your testing labs. We have many testing instruments that are commonly used in the nonwovens and conventional textile industry.

The use of these facilities is governed by a simple agreements called “Testing Service Agreement” or “Fabrication Service Agreement”. Our facilities become an extension of your capabilities – our experienced staff will help you innovate, and reduce your ideas to practice with state-of-the-art capabilities.

Our labs include:

For more information about how to utilize our testing labs and facilities, please send an email to NWI questions.