Toray Launches Technorama GIII Weather Simulation Chamber

May 20, 2019

Toray Launches Technorama GIII Weather Simulation Chamber

New Capabilities Designed To Drive Next Generation Materials Development

Toray’s Fibers & Textiles Research Laboratories, in Seta, Japan is the home of the company’s new Technorama GIII facility, the textile industry’s most advanced laboratory for reproducing climates from around the world.

Previous Technorama iterations were focused on functional evaluations of thermo-physiological factors, like heat, cold and humidity.  Technorama GIII’s vastly expanded compliment of evaluation equipment makes it possible to measure sensations like fabric feel, using “sensitivity engineering” to track human comfort through a range of motion and conditions.

The Technorama GIII is comprised of three chambers, allowing Toray research testers to quickly move between radically different environments, measuring the reaction of materials and products by reproducing everything from a mountain summit to a stuffy, crowded subway car. This provides Toray with unique insight into the performance of everyday casual clothes, as well as high-performance sports textiles.

The testing chambers offer:

  • Variable wind speeds up to 67mph
  • Rainfall simulation up to 200 mm/hr
  • Temperatures from -22 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Humidity levels of 20 to 80%RH
  • Solar Radiation levels to 1.16 kW/m²
  • Motion simulation equipment (treadmills, bikes, ergometers, etc.)
  • Infrared imaging systems
  • Motion capture devices
  • Physiological analysis equipment (myoelectric meters, sweat meters, clothing pressure gauges, etc.)
  • Thermal mannequins

With the Technorama GIII laboratory, Toray is poised to develop the next generation of ground-breaking fibers and textiles.

TECHNORAMA G III video preview

  • Biometric sensors track body temperature in real time.
  • The main chamber's giant monitor tracks conditions and the physical output of testers.
  • Rainfall levels of up to 200 mm/hr can be duplicated in all three testing chambers.
  • Motion capture equipment monitors tester movements.
  • Advanced sensitivity engineering measures fabric feel and tester comfort.
  • A view of the Technorama GIII's two secondary chambers.
  • Motion simulation equipment is used by testers to mimic athletic output.
  • Testing conditions are carefully monitored and can be rapidly modified.
  • Heat lamps can turn the room from Everest to Mumbai.
  • Snow produced for a ski clothing simulation.