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Emtec Electronic Showcases Innovative Approach to Measuring Tissue Softness at the 2021 Tissue Conference

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Emtec’s unique invention, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer, provides a simple, quick, and reliable way to get objective measurements of the haptic properties of tissue paper.  In this year’s Tissue Conference, hosted by Tissue Analytica in collaboration with NC State University and TAPPI, emtec gives a virtual presentation on the TSA’s measuring concept, possible applications, and customer success stories.

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only affected production, supply chains, sales, and consumer habits across industries, but also the way industry professionals gather and communicate. The tissue paper industry is no exception. That is why the 2021 Tissue Conference focuses on “Sustainability, Performance, Risks & Opportunities in Times of Pandemic” in an online event from January 12-14, starting at 9 a.m. EST. The German company emtec Electronic GmbH, one of the leading producers of special electronic measuring devices for paper, board, textiles and nonwovens, will also participate in the event and share how the use of its TSA measuring device saves time and resources.

2017 03 30 092245“Especially in times of increased demand and production, such as we’ve seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, tissue paper manufacturers want to ensure the best possible quality while minimizing the waste of time and resources,” says emtec’s Global Marketing and Business Manager Alexander Gruener. “Under such conditions, sometimes even a small improvement to the process or product can yield big results.”

In a presentation on day two of the three-day conference, Gruener explains how to use the TSA device, which is able to measure haptic properties of tissues such as softness, smoothness/structure, stiffness, compressibility and “crumple-ability”. Gruener also illustrates how the unique design of the TSA device imitates the sensory perception of the human hand. The TSA, however, is able to differentiate between three different parameters and arrive at a numeric value for a sample’s hand-feel based on softness, smoothness, and stiffness. In addition, Gruener describes current applications for use in production, including R&D, process and product optimization, quality assurance, troubleshooting, and benchmarking. One example includes a newly developed TSA test method for the evaluation of hand sheets, which was developed by industry research partners at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and featured in a study in the online journal Bioresources

More information about the 2021 Tissue Conference and the opportunity to register can be found online under

About emtec Electronic

The emtec Electronic GmbH develops, produces and distributes worldwide testing and measuring devices for the detection of relevant processing properties of paper, board, nonwoven and textile materials. The portable measuring devices enable manufacturers and converters of paper, nonwoven and textile products for example, to control and optimize the manufacturing and converting processes during ongoing production. From the wet end to the final product, the application of the devices enables an efficient process to achieve and ensure the best possible quality with the least possible effort.

For 25 years, we have relied on innovative, highly specialized measuring instruments combined with a high degree of service orientation. Since the company was founded, we have been intensively involved in scientific cooperation with institutes and companies, further developing instruments for our customers and offering a broad network in over 80 countries from our Leipzig location.

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