A mascot was first used in the 1966 World Soccer Cup

A mascot was first used in the 1966 World Soccer Cup

A mascot was first used in the 1966 World Soccer Cup

The first World Cup mascot was a lion-like boy called Willie used for the England 1966 World Cup. Forty years on in 2006 the loin is back, GOLEO VI loin is the official mascot of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and along with the mired of other mascots, toys and memorabilia manufacturers and commercial testing laboratories such as Intertek, Bureaveritas and SGS to name but a few have completed thousands of tests to qualify safety, strength and performance of such toys.

Technologist Sylvia Hiller, previously of Interek Testing and Dupont, reckons manufacturers and test houses perform every test of which their Tinius Olsen machines are capable, including peel, shear, puncture, crush, stretch and twist. The machines form an essential part of a test house or product manufacturers equipment base and the associated software is invaluable in providing the records, statistics and reports needed by their customers as testimony of product safety.

“Some products may only require one test, whereas other may need up to 25 different tests to be carried out,” explains Sylvia. “A test houses success – including completing work in time for projects such as the World soccer Cup – depends on having well trained staff and investing in advanced technology such as SDL Atlas equipment.”

Sylvia Hillier is currently actively involved in developing test methods through her work with:

  • Committee member: BSI – TCI 24 Physical Properties of Textiles
  • Committee member: WG for BS 3048 Slider Testing
  • UK Expert: CEN TC248 WG22 Elasticity of Fabrics
  • Convenor: ISO/TC38/SC24/WG3 Tensile Properties (tensile, tear, seam)
  • UK Representative: ISO/TC38/-/WG9 Test Methods for Non-woven Fabric
  • Committee member: WG for BS 7907 Code of practice for the design and manufacture of children’s clothing to promote mechanical safety

Tinius Olsen testing machine set up to perform a strength test on a toy care label