Donation of equipment from Uster Technologies

Uster Technologies, a global leader in quality testing instruments headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has donated fiber and yarn testing equipment valued at over $1.2 million to the Gaston College Textile Technology Center. The company has partnered with the Textile Technology Center for over 10 years to offer textile industry customized training seminars and training for students in the Textile Technology associate degree program.

The donated equipment is used for yarn testing, evaluation of tensile properties, fiber process control, and yarn classification, and it has enabled Textile Technology Center laboratory personnel to provide clients with data to support the latest advancements in sustainability and functional textile innovations.

The equipment will be showcased in the Kimbrell Classroom Building on Gaston College’s campus in Belmont, N.C., when building renovations are complete. “We hope that with the pending upfit and renovation of our laboratory facility, we can expand our training catalog with the help of the equipment donated by Uster,” said Jasmine Cox-Wade, Executive Director of the Textile Technology Center.

An additional piece of equipment, the Uster HVI 1000 M1000, used for fiber classification analysis, will be delivered upon completion of the state-of-the-art Fiber Innovation Center, which is currently under construction on the Gaston College Kimbrell Campus. The FIC is scheduled to be completed by early 2024.

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Winter Schedule

Winter Schedule Announcement

The Textile Technology Center will be closed for Christmas break from December 19, 2020 until January 4, 2021.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.  If you have any additional questions please call at 704.825.3737.


COVID-19 Update – December 7th :

Gaston County is currently experiencing a high rate of positive COVID-19 cases and noted as a “Red Zone” under NC Government Executive Orders.  In order to protect the safety of our staff, you may experience delay in service lead time as we operate under an altered schedule. Customer visitation will be restricted until further notice. 

The Textile Technology Center (TTC) will remain taking precautions to keep our customers and staff members healthy and safe. Staff members may operate utilizing a hybrid (remote and in person) and staggered business schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We have three drop-off locations available for samples. Samples for the labs/process areas may be dropped off near the reception area, to the left of the Microscopy Lab entrance at the back of the building, and outside of the front entrance or delivered to us via your preferred carrier. Drop box visuals can be found below. Restrictions will remain in place until further notice and will be updated as more information is available.


Drop Box Locations


Should you have any questions, please reach out to your TTC contacts. Stay Safe!

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Response – March 29:

The last few weeks have brought challenges to our communities that we never could have predicted. As the spread of COVID-19 continues across the globe, the Textile Technology Center at Gaston College implemented the recommendations of the CDC for frequent handwashing, social distancing and social isolation as we’ve worked to continue our support of the textile industry and the fight against COVID-19. 

Like many other businesses are discovering in the midst of this pandemic, the impacts of coronavirus can become very personal. On the evening of March 27, 2020, we received the unfortunate news that one of our employees at the Textile Technology Center tested positive for coronavirus. Our thoughts and support are with all of those who are fighting this disease, their family members, and also with our health, medical and first responder communities who are on the front lines every day fighting this pandemic.

While all recommended practices have been followed at the center, and no other employees are showing symptoms at this time, in an abundance of precaution, employees have been contacted and were requested to self-quarantine through April 12, 2020 and monitor their health. During this time, the Textile Center will be closed and we will be working with the local health department to ensure proper protocols are followed.

All of us at the Textile Technology Center remain committed to supporting our customers and we look forward to resuming operations on April 13, 2020. If you have any questions you can contact me at 704.825.6260 or


Sam Buff
Textile Technology Center Director

COVID-19 Response – March 17:

The impact of the COVID-19 virus in the United States is difficult to predict and will remain uncertain for the foreseeable future. Out of an abundance of caution, the Textile Technology Center (TTC) is taking precautions to keep our customers and staff members healthy and safe.

Effective immediately, all business travel by TTC personnel must be deemed critical prior to being scheduled. This includes TTC staff members traveling to customers/suppliers/industry events and/or customers/suppliers traveling to the TTC. The TTC leadership team will provide final approval for any travel.

Our staff members will operate business as usual. Samples for the labs/process areas may be dropped off at the reception area, drop box to the left of the Microscopy Lab entrance at the back of the building, container outside of the front entrance or delivered to us via your preferred carrier. Drop box visuals can be found below. 

These restrictions will remain in place until further notice and will be updated as more information is available. Please visit our website or our LinkedIn for the latest updates.

The TTC understands that these precautions may impact the way we interact over the coming months. We ask for your understanding as we focus on the health and well-being of our staff and customers.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to your TTC contacts.

Sam Buff, Textile Technology Center



2020 Training Schedule Released!

Textile Training Opportunities

Spring 2020 Master Calendar


Mark your calendars! Training events supported by NC Textile Training Initiative Fund*

New!!!! Drawing Autoleveler Optimization –March 3, 2020 (Len Furlough)

The influence of the drawing process on downstream yarn quality  is significant. Variations, faults and defects in the draw sliver pass thru into yarn and impact yarn strength/elongation at break.  This class will discuss cause /effect of the process variables and a methodology to determine optimum drawing setups and procedures.

Class is scheduled 8:30 AM-4:30 PM at the Textile Center


  • MVS Spinning Class- May 20, 2020 (Terry Bame, Muratec & Len Furlough 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • This Vortex spinning seminar will focus on optimizing machine setups and methods/techniques to produce optimum yarn quality and highest productivity.
    • No charge for North Carolina Textile Personnel; all others welcome to attend ($180 per person)


  • NEW! Staple Fiber Finishes – March 25, 2020 (Tom Fiedler, Goulston) 8:30 am- 11:30 am
    • Come learn about the impact of staple fiber finish on spun yarn quality and efficiency. This new seminar, presented by Goulston, will cover staple finish fundamentals including finish chemistry, finish on fiber application sites, finish levels, finish selection for staple spinning systems, and finish issues.


For additional information on each event, please contact Suzette McHugh ( or 704-661-8787). 

  • Most events free or subsidized for NC textile personnel; other textile personnel welcome to attend for a small fee. Subsidized fees/event are limited.
  • Most events held at Textile Technology Center (Belmont, NC) or location listen on supplemental information. 


The Textile Technology Center is excited to release our Textile 101 classes for 2020!



March 5, 2020
April 16, 2020
May 28, 2020
July 14, 2020
August 26, 2020
October 1, 2020
November 5, 2020
December 14, 2020


Reserve Your Seat Today !

Don’t Miss this opportunity to learn more on: fiber, yarn spinning, fabric formation, and more.
2019 Classes:
May 15th
July 17
August 26
October 16
December 4
For class information please contact Suzette McHugh
(704) 661-8787

IFAI Expo 2017

We are excited to invite you to the IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Along with hundreds of exhibitors and networking events, this year’s show will include the Advanced Textiles Conference Track. The Advanced Textiles Conference allows attendees to explore the following: medical textiles, military, smart fabric and testing. Please use follow the link below and follow instructions to receive free show floor admission!


IFAI Expo 2015 dates announced!


IFAI Expo 2015 dates announced! October 6-9, 2015. See and learn what are the latest advances in Specialty Fabrics, Advanced Textiles and Shade and Weather Technology. Come see us in Anaheim.

Free Uster Yarn Training Classes!




Presented by Raul Thomas, USTER Technologies

Class Descriptions

1) Evenness Interpretation:

2 Day Class —Feb. 18 & 19   (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)

Explains purpose and basic aspects of evenness interpretation including CV, imperfections, diagram and spectrogram charts.  USTER® STATISTICS 2013 with respect to evenness testing will also be covered.

Maximum class size:  24

2) Spectrogram Diagnostics

1 Day Class — Feb. 24          (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)

Covers how to manually calculate machine gear plans to determine which components of the machine are responsible for the periodic defects shown on the spectrogram. Participants should bring machine gear plans from their plants with the sizes for all change gears or pulleys for workshop exercises. Class will cover manual calculations only.

  • Required pre-requisite : Evenness Interpretation Class
  • Max. class size — 12
  • Basic knowledge of textile machinery concepts is strongly recommended.

3) USTER Knowledge Base Software

1 Day Class — Feb. 26      (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)

For customers that have optional USTER Knowledge Base Software, which will automatically identify those machine components that are responsible for the peaks on the spectrogram. Class will provide hands on training on how to set up and use the Knowledge Base Software. Participants should bring information about their machinery for the training.

  • Required pre-requisite: Evenness Interpretation Class
  • Max. size class —6

All classes will be held at the Textile Technology Center in Belmont, NC.

Classes are FREE (to all NC textile industry personnel *) and include lecture, manuals, lunch.

Calculators are required for each class.

To enroll:   Contact Suzette McHugh (704-661-8787) or email , please indicate which USTER tester model the attendee uses (UT3, UT4, UT5, or other).

*Training fees paid from fund for NC Textile Training Initiative

Techtextil North America 2015

Techtextil North America 2015 will be held June 2-4 in Houston, TX. Discover new products, exciting technology, ground-breaking materials and advancements as exhibitors from around the world showcase their latest innovation in technical textiles and nonwovens!

Make your plans now to join the industry for three days of education, networking and business development!

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