As someone who has worked for many years in the coatings industry, I am used to watch things dry! An early thought when I joined Technical Absorbents (TAL) was “would watching fabrics dry be more interesting than paint?” However, more importantly, how could TAL repeatedly and reproducibly replicate someone drying one of its super absorbent fabrics on their home washing line?
To evaluate our theories, we needed to devise a simple test. I would like to say I had a Eureka moment, but if I am honest I was sat in my office on another video call – I am sure you have all been there in the last eighteen months or so – and spotted a fan! Perfect a controlled environment (TAL’s laboratory) set an air source (the fan) set distance and there you have it – a crude but effective means of assessing the potential of our new fabric designs.