Textile Technology section
KJUS: ski jacket with Hydro_Bot technology
The sports apparel brand KJUS of skiwear manufacturer LK International AG Cham/Switzerland, has unveiled a garment with an electronic, user-controlled membrane. The technology – Hydro_Bot, integrated by KJUS into a ski jacket, actively pumps out sweat from inside the jacket to keep skiers dry.
KJUS’s 7Sphere Hydro_Bot ski jacket actively pulls sweat away from the inner garments and out of the jacket using a process called electro-osmosis. This overcomes the issue of sweat becoming trapped inside a skier’s clothing system, and the dreaded post activity chill that results from having saturated inner garments.
The technology is incorporated into the jacket in 2 panels located on the high-sweat zone of the back. The technology consists of 3 functional layers; a membrane made up of trillions of pores/m², surrounded by conductive fabric. When a small electrical pulse is applied, the pores turn into micro-pumps, actively pumping sweat away from the body and out of the jacket quickly and efficiently. The jacket can be switched on and off with the integrated control unit or via Bluetooth from the iPhone and Android compatible app.
Saurer: Sanko orders 48 Zinser 72XL
The textile machinery manufacturer Saurer AG, Wattwil/Switzerland, is supplying 48 ZinserImpact 72XL compact spinning machines with a total of 82,944 spindles to the manufacturer of cotton and synthetic yarns, home textiles and woven and knitted products Sanko Holding, Gaziantep/Turkey. The company is thus one of the first customers worldwide to use this new generation of machines.
Sanko is investing in a flexible and highly efficient overall solution consisting of roving and compact spinning machines. The roving is supplied by 6 ZinserSpeed 5A with a total of 1,152 spindles. Equipped with the RoWeLift transfer station, the RoWeClean tube-cleaning system, the RoWeStore empty-tube store and effective doffing technology, the roving frames guarantee high cost-effectiveness. The ZinserSpeed 5A are connected to the compact spinning machines via the Autoflow FlexFlow system. This makes the assignment of the roving frames to the ring-spinning machines more flexible, and opens up potential for optimization in operational planning.
The central FlexiDrive of the ZinserImpact 72XL ensures consistent yarn quality over the entire machine length. The self-cleaning compact spinning technology, Impact FX, guarantees an economical and top quality thanks to its constant compact power. The machines are equipped with the CS1 S premium spindle to further reduce noise emissions, vibrations and energy consumption in the high-speed range.
Andritz: spunlace plant to Sheng Hung
International technology group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria, has received an order from nonwovens producer Sheng Hung Industrial Co., Ltd., Taipei/Taiwan, to supply a complete spunlace plant to be installed at their site in Taoyuan/Taiwan. This latest investment is now Sheng Hung’s 4th Andritz spunlace line and it will enable the company to further innovate its product offerings for specialty nonwovens and heavyweight fabrics. The line will start production in the 2nd quarter of 2019.
The flexible, crosslapped web-forming plant will produce multiple grades from 30 to 400 gsm and will be equipped with an engineered, high-quality aperturing/patterning solution delivered together with a Jetlace Avantage C hydroentanglement unit. The line will be completed by an efficient neXdry Avantage through-air dryer and an filtration system, and thus will be able to meet the stringent local environmental requirements.
Techtera: development of smart textiles
The innovation cluster for textiles and flexible materials Techtera, Lyon/France, announced the official start of the Context program on October 11, 2018 during the kick-off meeting in Brussels/Belgium, bringing together representatives from 25 European countries.
Context is a European program that finances the networking activities of scientific and industrial experts in the field of intelligent textiles. Its aim is to promote exchanges between experts to generate research, development and innovative projects in the sector. The desire and even the need to open up as widely as possible to related fields such as electronics and design is part of the DNA of the project headed by the European textile network.
The project is organized around work groups that address the 5 different sectors health, transport, personal protective equipment, construction and sport.
Ricoh: acquisition of ColorGate Digital Output Solutions
Electronics company and print specialist Ricoh Co. Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, announced on November 12, 2018, that the company has reached an agreement to buy ColorGate Digital Output Solutions GmbH, Hannover/Germany, a leading software provider in the printing industry with a specific competence in color management. This acquisition is designed to strengthen Ricoh’s growing industrial printing business. The transfer of shares is scheduled to complete on November 30, 2018.
To enhance its industrial printing business, Ricoh recently established a “Global IP Technology Center” and a “Global IP Marketing Center”. Significantly, both are located in Europe, which is increasingly the center of incubation for industrial printing markets. This allows access to cutting edge technology and enables increased responsiveness to market needs. The centers aim to drive marketing, strategic planning and development of business and products with Ricoh’s alliance partners worldwide.
Oerlikon: flexible and secure IT infrastructure
A new powerful, flexible and secure IT infrastructure offers the subsidiary of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland. The "Datacenter in a box" was presented for the first time at the OpenStack Summit in Berlin/Germany, on November 13-15, 2018. The compact datacenter works on the basis of the open operating system OpenStack, which enables virtual computing in a secure private cloud environment. Oerlikon presented an the customer installation of the manufacturer of sporting goods Century Synthetic Fibre Corp., Hồ Chí Minh/Vietnam.
The company not only uses the new datacenter, but also the connection to the new "Common Service Platform (CSP)" as well as an innovative new dashboard solution in prototype statusThis digital instrument panel supports employee communication during shift changes in the yarn factory and introduces agile methods into the work process.
The fixed connection to the "Common Service Platform (CSP)" of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment plays a pioneering role in such solutions. This enables services and software updates to be provided smoothly, quickly and automatically. In this way, service applications can transform collected data into instructions or automated commands to secure and improve processes.
Performance Days: awards for developments in function and sustainability
Water – Our Responsibility, the focus topic of the upcoming Performance Days in Munich/Germany on November 28-29, 2018, seems to have spurred the exhibitors. So many new developments were entered for the Performance Days Award, that 2 awards are to be presented: the Eco Performance Award for best sustainable development, and the Performance Award for a new functional highlight.
The Eco Performance Award goes to a laminate from Jou Jou Fish which combines various sustainable technologies. Article "JYRNP0002 307" consists of 100% recycled polyamide and is designed with a micro-porous membrane (functional performance 15K/10K) that is produced without solvents. This saves a lot of water, and also the fabric is made from pre-dyed fibers (solution-dyeing) and the DWR coating is applied using a dry-finish treatment.
The winner of the Performance Award is article "DPQ 1092 DWR", a fine, yet still tear resistant, highly functional fabric from Green Threads and with only 17g/m² an absolute lightweight. Particularly fine polyamide yarns are used, and it also has very good tear resistance. This lightweight fabric can achieve with just 17 g comparable performance values to a 50g fabric; thereby, not only is the weight significantly reduced, but also the amount of raw materials and energy consumed in production.
Besides the award-winning fabrics, the tables of the Performance Forum are overflowing with new themes this season. In connection with the focus topic, all water saving manufacturing processes are highlighted. Many synthetic fabrics are provided for winter 2020, which, thanks to special water-free processes, are made from synthetic granulate already colored before it is spun into fibers. The most important fabrics with this technology can be seen on the Performance Wall, along with the new fleece materials that no longer release micro-particles into the waste water from the washing cycle.
BASF: strategic alliances for industrial 3D printing
New products for photopolymer and laser sinter printing methods from BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH (B3DPS) are on show from November 13-16, 2018 at the formnext trade fair in Frankfurt/Germany. The subsidiary of chemical company BASF SE, Ludwigshafen/Germany, has also announced several new partnerships for the development and distribution of new 3D printing solutions and products.
B3DPS has grouped well-established and new photopolymers designed for the respective 3D printing processes under the brand name Ultracur3D. New flame-resistant Ultrasint Polyamide PA6 Black FR meets UL94 V2 fire protection standards and is a new material class for use in selective laser sintering processes, distinguished by high stiffness and thermal stability.
B3DPS has entered into a strategic partnership with the Origin, San Francisco, CA/USA, for the further development of photopolymer printing processes. B3DPS is also working together with Photocentric Ltd., Peterborogh/UK, a manufacturer of 3D printers and their corresponding software and materials, on the development of new photopolymers and large-format photopolymer printers for mass production of functional components.
The objective of the cooperation with Zhejiang Xunshi Technology Co., Ltd., Shaoxing, Zhejiang/China, will be opening new fields of application in 3D printing for the Ultracur3D product range.
AVK: European GRP market expects growth of approx. 2%
The Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AKV), Frankfurt/Germany, has published its annual market report for glass fiber reinforced plastics (GRP). In 2018, the European GRP market is again expected to grow by around 2% to an estimated total of 1.14 million tons. The GRP sector is therefore recording its 6th consecutive year of growth.
Germany remains the largest GRP/composites manufacturer in Europe with a total production volume of 229,000 tons. Thermoplastics are once again growing faster than the market as a whole.
The proportions of GRP used by the major application industries in Europe remain the same as last year. The transport and construction sectors each consume one third of total production. Other application industries include the electro/electronics sector and the sport and leisure segment.
Karl Mayer: digital, sustainable and technically innovative warp knitting
At the ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai/China from October 15-19, 2018, the highlight at the stand of textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, was the company’s demonstration of its digitization strategy. The company launched its own digital brand, KM.ON, and presented the associated digital solutions and the Karl Mayer Digital Factory, the start-up behind KM.ON.
Another focal point of Karl Mayer’s presentations were systems concentrating on greater sustainability during production, under the heading of Cleaner.Productions. The company has further developed its warp knitting technology in terms of environmental protection and presented it as a beneficial ecological alternative to other technologies. Both weaving and warp knitting companies were also interested in the Terry.Eco for the environmentally friendly production of terry goods. For producers of woven terry fabrics Karl Mayer was showing its Prosize – a sizing machine with less size, energy and effluent during production.
Roughly 300 participants also visited the in-house show at Karl Mayer (China), which was held at the same time in Changzhou. The TM 4 TS-EL terry warp knitting machine and the new 5-bar tricot machine, COP 5 M-EL, 180" could be seen in action. An RD 7/2-6 EN, 138" from the RD machine range was premiered at the in-house show. This new machine was presented as the first prototype, and with 6 mm reduced flexibility of the trick plate distance compared to the established RD 7/2-12 EN machine, it delivers a 30% increase in speed.