Orbitor snagging and pilling tester


Pilling and snagging tester

Available in 2 and 4 station models, the Orbitor is a consistent and reliable way to test the pilling and snagging properties of woven and knitted fabrics.

Suitable for testing to a range of standards are retailer test methods, including BS, ICI, EN, ISO and The Woolmark Company, the Orbitor is a flexible instrument to which you can add different test boxes, drums or chambers depending on the type of testing you wish to carry out.

Orbitor snagging and pilling tester including Marks and Spencer pilling drum and SnagPod snagging box

Key Benefits

James Heal Orbitor easy to load cork liners

The cork liners, which fit within the pilling and snagging boxes, have enhanced magnetic qualities making them stable thoughout the testing process even with the introduction of dust into the box. They are quick and easy to fit, saving time and increasing productivity.

James Heal Orbitor with Touchscreen

The James Heal touchscreen, which is located on the base of the instrument, enables the user to control all aspects of the test in a simple, easy to learn and intuitive manner. Speed and reversal can be set by moving toggle switches, and the end of test time is displayed.

James Heal SnagPod is customisable and interchangeable

Both the 2 and 4 station Orbitors have standard fittings to allow any combination of James Heal boxes to be attached. The boxes are also customisable, as users are able to transform pilling boxes into snagging boxes by placing snagging points through the cork lining.


Support Services

We understand that you are looking for a full package so we offer complete support for the full life of your Orbitor2:

  • Installation
  • Training
  • Breakdown Support
  • Applications Support
  • Spare Parts
  • Service & Calibration (UKAS)

Find out more about our full support services.

Accessories and Spares

To get the very best from your Orbitor2, we recommend using genuine James Heal accessories and spares. We offer a comprehensive range including:

  • Pilling and Snagging Assessment Equipment
  • Standard Photographs
  • Specimen Preparation Templates
  • Pilling Tubes
  • Cork Liners
  • Snagging Accessories

Find out more about our Test Materials.


Orbitor Flyer

Further information on the the key benefits and the dimensions of the Orbitor, Pilling and Snagging Tester, is available on this flyer.


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Corporate Brochure

Our corporate brochure contains details of our key instruments and other services.


James Heal Brochure.pdf