View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you

Hohenstein Institute

Military Textile Materials Development, Testing and Certification Services

As one of the world's leading independent, accredited textile research and testing laboratories, Hohenstein offers a comprehensive range of testing, application-based research and development, consultancy and inspection for high technology and functional military textile articles and associated areas.

Address
Schloss Hohenstein,
Boennigheim,
74357,
Germany
Phone
Fax Number

As one of the world’s leading independent, accredited textile research and testing laboratories, Hohenstein offers a comprehensive range of testing, application-based research and development, consultancy and inspection for high technology and functional military textile articles and associated areas.

For more than 25 years Hohenstein has been officially recognised as an accredited testing/certification centre for Personal Protective Equipment – Notified Body 0555.

A team of 700 highly qualified and committed employees worldwide work in the best-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories to provide our clients with reliable results and solutions. Test designs can be fully customised to explore the most diverse and specific challenges.

Military textile materials testing for performance and protection

A soldier’s survivability, mobility and stamina is closely linked with the wear, comfort and fit of their clothing. Our extensive experience, gained in many years of applied research into clothing physiology, smart textiles, ergonomic fit and other associated areas, as well as our interdisciplinary approach, helps our clients to stay one step ahead with cutting-edge clothing systems.

Since 1946 systematic research on clothing physiology is performed at Hohenstein. Numerous wear trials with human subjects and tests in a climatic chamber served as basis for the elaboration of laboratory test methods.
Hohenstein is one of the few institutes worldwide that is in a position to test the thermal insulation and survival time in immersion suits to ISO 15027 without expensive real-life testing.
The most varied of environments can be created in the climate chamber, where thermally heated manikins deliver data on the heat flow through the clothing. This allows differentiated statements on thermal insulation and physiological function of clothing systems.
Optimised shoe-sock-systems can prevent feet from overheating, and infections. To achieve fit and function, the “Sweating Foot” model at Hohenstein delivers reliable results on thermal insulation and breathability.
Acoustic testing: how much textiles can shield noise or actually create noise during movements should be examined during the development phase of the products. Hohenstein has special expertise in this field.
Hohenstein also tests the range of application of sleeping bags and immersion suits under extreme conditions.

We provide materials testing, consulting and certification for textile safety, wear comfort, textile resistance, fit and design, textile UV protection, IR-measurements, acoustic measurements, flame-retardant finishing, industrial reprocessing of textile and many other technical features. Our range of services includes:

  • Product development and optimisation
  • Requirements analysis and elaboration of technical specifications (MIL-Specs etc.)
  • Elaboration of specifications (fit, design, size, workmanship, thermophysiological and hygiene properties, in addition to the durability of clothing systems)
  • Consulting on the selection and development of clothing systems
  • Tests for compliance with technical specifications / quality assurance

Cost-efficient military immersion suits testing to ISO 15027

Hohenstein is one of the few institutes worldwide that are in a position to test the thermal insulation and survival time in immersion suits with a thermal manikin according to ISO 15027 without the need for expensive real-life testing.

Thermo-physiological properties of seats in military vehicles

Troops shall not only arrive safely, but also arrive in the best condition! Seats often contain layers, which are easy to care, but are not able to absorb and transport humidity and heat away from the surface layer.

This causes heat and moisture accumulation, resulting in uncomfortable seat climate. It is scientifically proven that these issues lead to increased fatigue of drivers and thus risk of accidents.

To test and further develop different seating materials, the latest family member of sweating thermal manikins at Hohenstein named ‘Sherlock’ can also sit down; this means that in future it will be possible to test seating of all kinds, including office chairs, car seats and aircraft seats. Unlike the other thermal manikins on duty in Hohenstein Sherlock is able to "sweat". In the future, it will be possible to measure both thermal insulation and breathability of clothing, using one measuring system.

Another Hohenstein developed measuring device, the „sweating bottom" allows dynamic measurements, as it simulates driving movements and provides statements on moisture transport, water vapour resistance and buffering capacity of water vapour/vaporous sweat.

Thermo-physiological properties & thermal insulation of textile materials and ready-made goods

The body reacts to temperature changes with changes in energy use, leading to reduced performance of soldiers. Optimal clothing supports the soldier in maintaining the core body temperature and keeping saved energy ready for encountered challenges. To determine the thermo-physiological quality of textile materials, the Hohenstein skin model simulates the way the skin emits heat and moisture. The measurements supply precise data on thermal insulation and moisture transport resistance, perspiration transport, sweat buffering, and drying time, to name a few.

The thermal insulation of made-up goods, such as combat uniforms, immersion suits, cold protective clothing and sleeping bags can be measured with the help of the Hohenstein-developed thermal manikins, which can be electrically heated to characteristic temperature gradients at man’s body surface.Hohenstein can recreate the most varied of environments in its climate chambers for realistic testing.

About The Hohenstein Institute and customer service

Clothing systems, which are not functional and comfortable for their mission, can be irritating at best, but deadly at worst. We have worked closely and confidentially with public authorities worldwide on various projects to deliver the most advanced solutions.Talk to us. We will be pleased to work out an individual solution to your specific problem.

Helmets with a Perfect Fit

One of the most critical parts of the personal protection equipment of soldiers is still the helmet. Statistics show that in today's military operations, traumatic brain injury is the number one cause of death or disability of soldiers.

6 March 2013

Optimation of a Textile ECG Carrying System

Cutting the number of fatalities due to sudden heart failure is the declared aim of a joint research project by the Hohenstein researchers and their colleagues at Metrax in Rottweil.

17 April 2012

Innovative Cold Protection Suits

Scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim have worked with the specialists in protective clothing at Tempex in Heidenheim to develop innovative solutions for cold protection clothing.

17 April 2012

Awarding Marks for Comfort: Physiologically Optimised Uniforms

The main purposes of functional clothing are to provide protection from climatic influences and to support the physiological functioning of the human body. This is particularly important for the uniforms of members of the armed forces; even at temperate latitudes, soldiers are exposed to widely v

1 September 2011

Even Soldiers Have to Sleep: Thermophysiological Properties of Sleeping Bags

Nowadays people mostly sleep at home, safely protected by the walls of a house and with a bed system providing sound sleep. Camping, however, has become an attractive way to spend the holidays, especially after the financial crisis. For a relaxing sleep in outdoor and camping surroundings tents,

14 March 2011

Researchers Demonstrate How Clothing Affects Mental Performance

Many jobs in the western world now demand a high degree of concentration. This is particularly the case where special clothing or even personal protection equipment has to be worn at work. While the main focus is often on physical protection for people or products, there has, until now, been no i

10 March 2011

Textile Sun Protection for Soldiers in Extreme Climates

Sun protection of military equipment is literally a hot topic. Nowadays, army forces mostly operate in conflict areas with extreme climates, for example the deserts of Afghanistan. From a medical point of view, the right textiles offer a distinctly better protection from the harmful effects of th

4 November 2010

Hohenstein Institute Offers New Training Courses for Military Purposes

In addition to providing training in the area of instrument-based colour and white measurements, the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim has recently begun to offer visual colour analysis training for employees. These education training courses can make a 'visible' difference in quality control. B

4 November 2010

Hohenstein Institute

Schloss Hohenstein
Boennigheim
74357
Germany

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE PAKISTAN

House No. AS-14, Row No. 08, Block-D
NCEHS, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 10/A
75300 Karachi
Other
Pakistan

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE SRI LANKA

424/2/1A, 3rd floor, Godagama Building
Next to Pan Asia Bank Corporation (PABC)
Colombo 3
Galle Road, Kollupitiya
Other
Sri Lanka

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE BANGLADESH

House no. 343, Road no. 25
New DOHS, Mohakhali
Dhaka-1206
Other
Bangladesh

HOHENSTEIN INDIA (TIRUPUR OFFICE)

20/1, 1st fl oor, Jaganathan Lay-out
Near Vinayagar Kovil Bus Stop
Tirupur - 641604
Karuvampalayam, Mangalam Road
Other
India

HOHENSTEIN INDIA (MUMBAI OFFICE)

Asha House, 28 Suren Road /
Andheri-Kurla Road
Mumbai 400 093
Other
India

HOHENSTEIN INDIA (DELHI OFFICE)

B-55, Sector 26, Behind Fracture Hospital
Noida - 201301, Uttar Pradesh
Other
India

HOHENSTEIN INDIA (AHMEDABAD OFFICE)

No. 9, Surdhara Bunglows
Surdhara Circle, Drive-in Road
Opposite Goyal Intercity A-Blo
Near S.A.L. Hospital
Ahmedabad - 38005
Other
India

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE BRAZIL

Rua Dr. Oscar Monteiro de Barros, 617
Apto. 52, Vila Suzana
CEP 05641-010 São Paulo, SP
Other
Brazil

HOHENSTEIN ISTANBUL

Tekstil Analiz ve Kontrol Hizmetleri Ltd. Sti.
Osmanaga Mah. Gaziosmanpasa Sok. No. 12
34714 Kadiköy
Other
Turkey

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE ROMANIA

Rodniciei Str. 53/7
540441 Tirgu-Mures, Jud. Mures
Other
Romania

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE RUS

Twerskaja 20, Office 418
125009 Moscow
Other
Russia

INNOVATEXT

Gyömröi út 86
1103 Budapest
Other
Hungary

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE

Schloss Hohenstein
74357 Bönnigheim
Other
Germany

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE COLOMBIA

Calle 16 AA Sur N 25 – 100
Edificio Cerros del Campestre, Apt. 804
Medellín
Other
Colombia

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE COLOMBIA

Carrera 7 A No. 69 - 67 Piso 4
Edificio Colvalores
Bogotá D. C.
Other
Colombia

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Calle Central # 3
Torre Laurel II, Apt. 9B, Bella Vista
Santo Domingo
Other
Dominican Republic

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE EL SALVADOR

52 Avenida Norte 416
Urbanización Lourdes Oriente
San Salvador
Other
Ecuador

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE PERU

Av. Chrichigno Mzna C Lote 10C
Urb. San Eduardo
Piura
Other
Peru

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE BELARUS

Pritytskogo str, 112-70, Minsk 220017
Other
Belarus

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE BULGARIA

47 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Vitosha Business Center
1407 Sofia
2nd floor, Office 13
Other
Bulgaria

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE THAILAND

801/301, 3rd floor
Moo 8, Phaholyothin Road
Pathumthani 12130
T. Kukhot, Lumlookkar
Other
Thailand

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE VIETNAM

25 B Tran Van Hoang
Phuong 9, Quan Tan Binh District
Ho Chi Minh City
Other
Vietnam

HOHENSTEIN TEXTILE CONSULTING (SHANGHAI)

Rm 1105, 11/F
Shanghai Multimedia Park - Zhaofeng Plaza
Shanghai 200050
No. 1027, Changning Rd.
Other
China

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE AMERICA

4003 Birkdale Ct
Elon, NC 27244
Other
United States of America

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE CAMBODIA

#113 Parkway Square, 3rd floor
Mao Tse Toung Blvd
Phnom Penh
Sangkat Toul Svay Prey I, Khan Chamkamorn
Other
Cambodia

HOHENSTEIN TEXTILE CONSULTING (SHANGHAI)

GUANGZHOU OFFICE
Rm 2403, 24/F, South Tower
No. 371-375, Huanshi Road East
Guangzhou World Trade Center Complex
Guangzhou 510095
Other
China

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE SYRIA

Mokambo Square, Etehad Street
P.O. Box:16282
Aleppo
Other
Syrian Arab Republic

HOHENSTEIN INSTITUTE MEXICO

Pedro de Alba No. 268
Col. Villa de Cortés, Deleg. Benito Juarez
CP - 03531 México, D. F.
Other
Mexico

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU

Thank you for subscribing to Army Technology