Textile Technology section
IFAI: new Textile Career Center
The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), Roseville, MN/USA, has announced a new online career resource: the Textile Career Center. This new initiative will offer IFAI members and the industry at large an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections.
For job seekers, the Textile Career Center will serve as a tool to find and apply for job openings within the textile industry. For employers, it will provide a wide range of services and opportunities to recruit and attract first-rate talent with a minimum expenditure of time and resources.
For further information: https://jobs.ifai.com/.
Edana: Outlook Plus Latin America returns to Brazil
Hosted by the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, and the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, NC/USA, the conference Outlook Plus Latin America (OPLA) will return to Sao Paulo/Brazil for the 3rd edition from May 7-9, 2019.
The conference will examine the economic outlook, market statistics and the latest products and trends for the hygiene, personal care, and medical market sectors. The event will also feature a tabletop exhibition with local and international companies showcasing products and services. For the first time, this edition of OPLA will also cover developments in nonwoven filter media, an important and growing sector in Latin America.
The program will feature an in-depth look at the latest developments in nonwovens for the Latin American and global absorbent hygiene and personal care products markets, including expert local insight on the political and economic environment, growth trends and the potential for nonwovens in this region. Simultaneous translation in English, Portuguese, and Spanish will be provided during the conference.
For further information: www.edana.org
Krüss: Top 100 award
The Top 100 awards for Germany's most innovative SMEs have been selected for the 25th time and, this year, the measuring instrument manufacturer Krüss GmbH, Hamburg/Germany, is among the innovation leaders. The prize in the 'Successful Innovations' category was presented at the awards ceremony in Ludwigsburg/Germany on June 29, 2018 as part of the 5th German SME Summit.
The company has entered a new business field with its latest innovation. The equipment control software that was developed in-house was so well received that Krüss set up a spin-off company to market and further develop the program.
Krüss GmbH has been supplying high-precision measuring technology that is made in Germany for more than 220 years.
Bonbouton: collaboration with Liquid X for advanced textile-based sensors
The smart clothing company Bonbouton, New York, NY/USA, has formed a collaboration with Liquid X Printed Metals Inc., Pittsburgh, PA/USA, to build temperature and pressure sensors directly on textiles using additive manufacturing techniques.
Through its inkjet-printable graphene technology licensed from the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ/USA, Bonbouton is developing thin and mechanically flexible sensors for wearable physiology monitoring. This attains wearable personal health options that are unobtrusive, comfortable and attractive, while still enabling the collection of accurate, precise and useful data.
Liquid X will use its proprietary particle-free inks to inkjet print interconnects directly on textiles. These interconnects carry signals from a graphene-sensing layer back to device hardware, where the data can be analyzed. Liquid X's ability to metalize textile fibers reduces steps in the manufacturing process of electronically integrated textiles and employs a low-cost, scalable manufacturing method widely utilized in the textile industry.
The 2 companies expect to have prototype models developed and tested for industry by the 2019 Flex trade fair which takes place from February 18-21, 2019 in Monterey, CA/USA.
ITMF: elections to the Board for the term 2018-2020
During the Annual Conference 2018 of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Zurich/Switzerland, on September 8, 2018 in Nairobi/Kenya, the members of the Board for the period 2018-2020 were elected.
Mr. Kihak Sung (photo) was unanimously elected as the new President of the ITMF. Mr. Ruizhe Sun and Mr. K.V. Srinivasan were elected as Vice Presidents and Heinz Michel was elected as the new Treasurer. Loek de Vries and Rafael Cervone were re-elected as Board Members.
New to the Board are Mohammad Kassem, Juan Parès and Michelle Tjokrosaputro.
Peter Gnägi, Andrew Macdonald, John Cheh, and Muharrem Kayhan were co-opted as Board Members.
Jaswinder Bedi was appointed Honorary Life Member of the ITMF in recognition of his outstanding contribution as Vice President (2012-2016) and ITMF President (2016-2018).
ITA: Space-R-eflector project
The Institut für Textiltechnik Aachen (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany, has launched its Aerospace Engineering and Manufacturing program focused on developing low cost, high quality solutions for aircraft engine components, aircraft parts manufacturing and metal matrix composites for aerospace applications. The ITA’s latest Space Systems development initiative has now been launched with the new Space-R-eflector project.
As a part of this initiative, the ITA and its partner Large Space Structures GmbH (LSS), Eching/Germany, will develop advanced communication satellite systems. The ITA’s role will primarily be focused on the development of the reflector surface mesh structure which lies at the heart of these advanced communication satellite systems.
In order to produce these next-generation satellite reflector surfaces, a textile technology based approach will be utilized. A combination of advanced materials such as gold plated tungsten, polyether ether ketone (PEEK), aramid, etc. will be evaluated for the production of these reflectors. The ITA will focus on producing the mesh structure for the antenna reflector while LSS will help develop a functional surface for the reflector using a combination of advanced materials and processes.
Techtera: launch of European project Alliance
The innovation cluster for textiles and flexible materials Techtera, Lyon/France, has announced the launch of the European project Alliance, a cooperation between textiles, defense and security. The Alliance project is a 2-year EU-funded project that fosters internationalization of European SMEs in defense and security markets. The project has been accepted for funding by the European Commission as part of the COSME program.
The initiative will support the innovative products on advanced materials and connectivity for dual use, such as aerospace, soldier systems, robotics. Alliance involves a 7-partners consortium led by Techtera and based on a strong partnership between French, Italian and Dutch clusters. It will create dual technology transfer initiatives between the civilian and military sectors, to bring out innovations, and export these new products, services or processes to international markets.
The textile finishing company Coloreel AB, Jönköping/Sweden, has been appointed Jönköping County's most innovative company of the SKAPA-prize with its new thread coloring unit for the textile industry.
The Coloreel technology enables high-quality instant coloring of textile thread while it is in the textile production. The first product to be launched based on this technology is a thread coloring unit that works with any existing industrial embroidery machine. By instantly coloring a white base thread during the embroidery production, Coloreel enables complete freedom to create unique embroideries without any limitations in the use of colors.
Mimaki: new heat transfer sublimation printer
The manufacturer of inkjet digital printers Mimaki Europe B.V., Amsterdam/Netherlands, has announced the launch of the Mimaki TS55-1800, a new digital heat transfer sublimation printer that brings high-end features to the entry and mid-level market. These include high-speed one-pass printing at a high-resolution and high ink-density, unattended printing with the new Mini Jumbo Roll, and Mimaki’s Nozzle Check and Recovery System for continuous operation.
The new model prints at a resolution of 480x600 dpi with a high ink density using one-pass printing at 140 m²/h. Furthermore, the unique Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS4) improves the quality of 2-pass printing by eliminating banding.
One of the key features of the TS55-1800 is the optional use of new Mini Jumbo Roll unit that can continuously feed 2,500 linear meters of heat transfer paper to the printer. This enables customers to substitute the use of small plotter rolls with Mini Jumbo Rolls, which can save them over 20% in print media cost.
CIRFS: Paul Schlack Man-Made Fibres Prize 2018
In order to promote man-made fibers research at universities and research institutes, the Paul Schlack Man-Made Fibres Prize has been awarded since 1971 on the occasion of the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (GFC) in Dornbirn/Austria.
At the event from September 12-14, 2018 in association with the European Man-Made Fibers Association (CIRFS), Brussels/Belgium, the Paul Schlack/Wilhelm Albrecht Prize 2018 was awarded to following innovative projects: Dr. Alexander Weise of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) der RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany, convinced the jury with his project “Development of graphene modified multifilaments for the construction of textile electrical storage”. Dr. Christoph Rieger, the Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF)/ITV Denkendorf, Denkendorf/Germany, impressed with his project “Development of a manufacturing system for high temperature stable meltblown nonwovens and their characteristics”.
The Dornbirn GFC was highlighted by 102 high quality international lectures from academia and industry, and more than 700 participants from 35 countries took part.