Textile Technology section
Monforts: Montex stenter for Tinfer
Commission dyer and finisher Tinfer SI, Barcelona/Spain, has received its 3rd fabric stenter from the manufacturer of textile machinery A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach/Germany.
The new 6-chamber Montex stenter, which was commissioned at the Pineda de Mar/Spain plant, has a working width of 2.2 m. It is one of the first in Europe to benefit from the integration of the self-cleaning Monforts Eco Booster heat recovery unit.
The Eco Booster is equipped with an electric drive for computer-controlled optimization of the heat exchanger’s performance to the prevailing exhaust air streams – something that is not possible with purely static heat exchanger modules.
The new line is fully automatic, with all the intuitive features from touchscreen smart phones and tablets provided by the Monforts Qualitex 800 control system. This makes navigation extremely easy and has considerably cut down the time required for Tinfer’s operatives to become familiar with the system.
HKRITA: Innovation and Technology Symposium 2018
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), Hong Kong/China, held its Innovation and Technology Symposium on September 7, 2018 in Hong Kong. The aim was to foster dialogue on future directions in the textile, apparel and fashion industries. Taking the theme “The Re-imagination of Our Industry – Building on Our Heritage for Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs”, the Symposium inspired wide-ranging discussions and high-level exchanges of ideas among influential leaders in technology, senior managers of international brands and members of the sustainability community from around the world.
The discussions extended to 3 panel sessions on the topics of closing the sustainability loop, using smart technology in future manufacturing and operating innovative fashion start-ups. Speakers and representatives from different industries exchanged insights on future directions in the textile, apparel and fashion industries.
VDMA: awards for young engineers
Peter D. Dornier, member of the Executive Board of the VDMA Textile Machinery Federation, Frankfurt/Germany, and Chairman of the Walter Reiners Foundation for the Promotion of Young Engineers, has honored 5 young talents with a total of €17,500 from the Walter Reiners Foundation. The prizewinner in the dissertation category was Dr.- Ing. Benjamin Weise from the Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Aachen/Germany. He has dealt with a complex production process for the manufacture of modified multifilament yarns, which offers new perspectives for the development and manufacture of textile charge carriers.
Susanne Fischer from Reutlingen University, Reutlingen/Germany winner of the Master's thesis category, has systematically and comprehensively solved the challenging task of integrating motion sensors into a finger glove.
The 2018 creativity award winners are team Abram and Tal from ITA Aachen as well as Eric Otto from the Institute for Textile Machinery and High-Performance Textile Materials Technology (ITM) in Dresden/Germany. The students Abram and Tal have developed a guideline for the design of hybrid morphing textiles. Otto was awarded for a concept study for the development of a circular knitting machine with a variable diameter needle cylinder, which can lead to further flexibility in the circular knitting process.
Dornbirn GFC once more has high international participation
Approximately 700 participants from 35 countries attended the 57th Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (Dornbirn GFC) from September 12-14, 2018 in Dornbirn/Austria. Next to Europe, many of the more than 100 lectures, with over 50% from industry, were presented from Japan, China, Taiwan, India, the USA, Canada and Turkey.
The CEO Panel on the subject of “3 Ps – Planet, People, Profit” was well received. Necat Altin (Zorlu), Stefan Braun (Dralon), Uday Gill (Indorama), Robert van de Kerkhof (Lenzing) and Gunjan Sharma (Reliance) led by Walter Woitsch (Syngroup Consulting) exchanged their differing views.
At the 58th Dornbirn GFC from September 11-13, 2019, the main topics will be fiber innovations, circular economy, digitization in the fiber and textile industry, surface modification and additives, nonwovens, sports and leisure wear, and smart textiles.
DITF: heat balance measuring tool
At the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF), Denkendorf/Germany, a heat balance measuring tool (HBMT) has been developed that imitates heat and humidity transfer via the human skin. This allows heat and humidity exchange to be determined experimentally.
Heat output and exchange are different during sleeping than during participation in sports. The measuring device developed at DITF is thus concerned less with testing under standard conditions, and more with reconstructing realistic physical activities and climatic conditions.
Both electrical heat output and skin temperature can be variably specified as control variables for various physical activities and maintained at a constant level for the defined environmental climate, as well as the ambient climate of temperature and humidity.
The temperature of the measuring surface imitates skin temperatures and can in practice be variably specified between 22°C (environmental temperature) and 44°C (protein denaturation temperature).
Zschimmer & Schwarz: Volker Schwarz dies
The former managing director and co-partner of Zschimmer & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG Chemical Factories, Lahnstein/Germany, Volker Schwarz died on September 14, 2018 at the age of 76.
For 36 years he played a decisive role in the events of Zschimmer & Schwarz. With his departure from the company in 2008, no member of the founding families is now active in the management.
Zschimmer & Schwarz today operates globally with approximately 1,350 employees and its 6 business divisions Care Specialties, Leather Auxiliaries, Ceramic Auxiliaries, Textile Auxiliaries, Phosphonates and Fiber Auxiliaries. The group includes 28 companies in 15 countries.
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.