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AMUSF Views State-Of-The-Art Furniture Technology At SATRA

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SATRA recently welcomed members of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) to its Technology Centre in Kettering, Northants, England. Mike Spencer, AMUSF Chief Executive, together with 14 other AMU members from the Midlands took part in a tour of the SATRA laboratories. On show was the latest technology in chair and bed testing, as well as the evaluation of cabinet finishes, flammability testing of foams and upholstery covers and performance testing of upholstery covers. SATRA expert Sue Winckle, with 30 years experience in testing leathers and textiles, gave a presentation and explained some of the more common types of customer complaints with upholstery covers. She also discussed the various techniques available for reducing complaints through proper material testing before purchasing. The group also visited SATRA’s state-of-the-art chemical and analytical technologies laboratory, where products and materials can be checked for a vast range of hazardous substances. Hosting the visit was John Shipman of SATRA’s furniture testing centre, who gave a short presentation discussing how to ensure products are designed and produced accurately first time and some information on the SATRA services available. The importance of correct material and product specifications was emphasised together with the relevance of performance testing to verify quality at various stages in the supply chain. For more information go to www.satra.co.uk

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