BS 4745 Togmeter
An instrument to measure the thermal resistance of textiles from 0.5 to 25 mm thick. in accordance with BS 4745 / ISO 5085 using the
comparator hotplate principle
(Principles of tog testing).
The equipment consists of a forced-air cabinet, a circular hotplate and
a selection of two cold plates; one designed to lie on top of the material
and apply a known pressure, the other which can be set to a specified height
and provide a gap equal to the nominal thickness of the material, while
applying sufficient pressure to ensure the material remains in contact with the plates.
An electronic controller controls the temperature of the hotplate and displays
the measured tog value.
Cut a 330mm diameter sample of the material and condition it for 24 hours at 20C (+/-2) and 65%RH (+/-5)
Place the conditioned sample on the hotplate. Plug one of the cold plate units into the socket.
Close the door of the instrument.
- For open test, place the cold plate away from the test area.
- For fixed pressure test, chose the fixed-pressure (lightweight) cold plate and place it on top of the product.
- For a fixed opening test, choose the fixed-opening (metal) cold plate.
Measure the thickness of the material and dial this value into the thickness
control, then place the cold plate over the top with its legs through the holes in the cover.
The display will indicate the hotplate temperature as the rig comes to equilibrium, then will switch to displaying measured tog value.
In the case of an open test, it is then necessary to subtract an 'air tog' value (determined by a bare-plate run) from the result to get
the net tog of the product. Each test will take about 3 hours.
BS4745 requires that the environment meets the general conditions of temperature and humidity for testing textiles.
However variations in the room temperature during the test can affect the result, and
it is important that the temperature remains stable during the test. If the room temperature
varies cyclically due to the operation of a thermostat, then the indicated tog value should be
observed over at least one full cycle in order to know the range of variation this is causing.
BS4745 instrument delivered and in the mainland UK is £4500
Does not include air conditioning, reference materials, calibration etc.
Price excludes VAT, which for EU customers is charged at the UK rate.
For overseas orders, please call.
This is a precision instrument requiring minimal calibration and capable
of 1% accuracy given suitable environmental controls.
Hotplate temperature 33°C ±0.1
Heater over-temperature protection
Absolute temperature sensing by chopper stabilised platinum resistance sensor with 0.001K precision.
Differential temperature sensing by chopper stabilised differential thermocouples.
Digital processing of thermal resistance calculation.
Test time approx 3 hours.
- Hotplate: 33cm diameter
- Instrument size 180cm x 53cm x 78cm high
- Heater power 60W
- Air velocity 0.25-1.0m/s
- Typical power requirement 100W 230Vac
Hotplate powered from a stabilised 12V DC supply.
All system temperatures over entire measurement cycle can be recorded for validation.
Compliant with CE regulations for electrical safety and EMC.