Institute looks into children's bedding
Published: 16 January 2009
New technology has been introduced that will help companies look into the comfort of bedding for children and for companies to use in the future.Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim has got hold of new technology that will look into the comfort and wear of children's bedding.
The test mannequin Charlene contains thermo-regulation models of the hand and foot of a human and replicates the heat generated by the body to analyse the sleeping comfort of children's bedding.
Comfortable bedding is defined by its insulating effect as well as its ability "to absorb perspiration and draw sweat away from the sleeper effectively", according to the Hohenstein Institute, so results from Charlene are combined with the organisation's skin model.
This skin model "enables assessments of moisture transport resistance as a measure of "breathability" and perspiration transport, sweat buffering and drying time" of the materials involved.
In the future, the institute believes that organisations will be able to test the quality of coverings in a more realistic manner, the institute believes.
The Hohenstein Institute was established in 1946 by Professor Otto Mecheels and Dr Stefan Mecheels has been running it since 1995.
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