For Group Ashima quality is the only password. Quality
assurance perhaps assumes more importance than any other aspect
for the group. And rightly so, because the discerning customers
that the group services, would want nothing but top-notch quality.
Towards this end we have one of the best SQC Laboratories,
any textile infrastructure can boast of.
Group Ashima is equipped with testing laboratory known
as Lalita Hargovandas Research Centre. This research centre was
established in 1996. This research centre cum lab is well equipped
with ultramodern testing facilities and well-trained technical experts.
Apart from this our lab is well conditioned round the clock as per
international standard and is continuously monitored by a temperature
- humidity chart recorder Well-known national as well as international
garment brands/retailers have approved this lab.
Our lab is accredited by manufacturers to retailers,
as we carry out in-house testing with high standard of accuracy
The laboratory is involved in the testing of cotton,
yarn, grey fabrics, dyes, chemicals, auxiliaries and different kind
of fabrics at various stages of processing.
We have for cotton testing HVI-900 system, version
3.5 for testing length, strength, elongation, colour and micronaire;
micro dust trash analysis – 3 for testing fresh, fibre fragments
and micro dust in raw cotton apart from a host of other equipment
for micronaire testing, fineness and maturity testing of raw cotton,
Lea making for count, CSP measuring, count strength, count determination
and the likes.
The yarn both in-house production and outside purchase
undergoes severe test before weaving. The Uster Classimat III analyses
the fault in matrix order of single ply yarn. The Uster Tensojet
tests the tensile strength of yarn at speeds of 400, 200, 100 and
50 meters per minutes. The Uster Evenness Tester III checks the
yarn imperfectness. We also have electronic TPI tester, Sigmascope
Uster Tensokid and the like.
The grey fabric testing is elaborate too. The Alphatens’
tests the tensile strength of fabric at a speed of 500 mm./mints;
the lea strength tester measurers the CSP of yarn. We have the stiffness
tester, warp elongation tester, fabric stretch tester etc.
The finished fabric is tested for various fabric parameters
as per international standard testing methods like AATCC, ASTM,
ISO, etc. The finished fabrics tests are carried out for constructions,
weight, percentage shrinkage, Skew/bow %, tear strength DP ratings,
CIE whiteness, pH, abrasions, seam slippage, spray rating (for Teflon
coated), percentage stretch / percentage recovery (for lycra contents),
colour fastness. For this purpose host of sophisticated testing
equipments all from well known suppliers matching world standards
have been employed like Martindale (Abrasion Resistance, etc) ,
colour fastness like Megasol (Light Fastness), Gyrowash (Washing
Fastness), Wascator (Dimensional stability), and Morapex (fabric
core pH measurement).