Textile Technology section
Domotex Asia: new dates in August/September 2020
In view of the latest situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the organizers of the Domotex Asia/Chinafloor, Asia-Pacific’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings have – after all due consideration – decided to reschedule the event to the end of August/beginning of September 2020.
The show will now take place from August 31-September 2, 2020. The new date has necessitated a move to the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC). The NECC is the largest exhibition complex in Shanghai, located in the immediate vicinity of Shanghai-Hongqiao International Airport with very good connections to metro, high-speed trains, and buses.
FibrXL: 2 business units up and running
FibrXL, the result of the merge of the 3 companies Lumat Group BV, Almere/Netherlands, Dominion Fiber Technologies Inc., Richmond, VA/USA, and EuroFibers BV, Maastricht/Netherlands, began trading in January 2020. FibrXL now consists of 2 business units, each with a different approach, but from the same solid and reliable family, with a long track record.
FibrXL Industrial, Almere/Netherlands, is the business unit responsible for industrial fibers like polyester, polyamide, and viscose. The company is a leading distributor of industrial yarns in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Business unit FibrXL Performance, Beek/Netherlands, operates in the area of high-performance fibers and enhancing services. The high-performance fibers are engineered for specific uses that require exceptional strength, stiffness, heat resistance, or chemical resistance. All products are available in a wide range of titers and supplied in many different form factors: flat or twisted, assembled, engineered or chopped to customer specification.
Archroma: Chinese affiliate named ‘Green Factory’
The producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, has announced that its affiliate in Tianjin/China has been named ‘Green Factory’ by the Tianjin authorities. The nomination was granted as of January 1, 2020, following an evaluation process conducted under the authority of the Tianjin Bureau of Industry and Information Technology.
The ‘Green Factory’ list comprises companies comprehensively evaluated and scored against 92 indicators, in areas such as site intensification, production cleanliness, energy consumption efficiency, raw material recycling, environmental impact, product ecological profile, and carbon footprint. The initiative takes place in the wider framework of fostering ‘Green manufacturing’, one of the 9 strategic objectives defined by the Chinese Authorities under the ‘Made in China 2025’ plan.
The production site in Tianjin is fully integrated into the Archroma Management System is ISO certified. Commitments to the United Nations Global Compact and Responsible Care are complementing the local framework.
Saurer: next step toward automated factories
The new product line Saurer Automation Solutions from textile machinery manufacturer Saurer AG, Wattwil/Switzerland, serves as customers' expert engineering partner for integrated automation solutions across the entire textile value chain. It consists of specially designed automation elements that the project engineering team combines into tailored system solutions that are seamlessly integrated into customers' processes. Thus, Saurer is meeting the growing demand for cost-effective automation of spinning and further processing in staple fiber spinning and twisting mills as well as in filament yarn processing.
With Senses, the digital mill management system, customers can consolidate and analyze company-wide production, quality and performance data, even for machines from other manufacturers.
Shima Seiki: prototype computerized flat knitting machine at JEC
At the upcoming JEC World in Paris/France on May 12-14, 2020, the manufacturer of flat knitting machines, Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., Wakayama/Japan, will exhibit a prototype weft knitting machine under development that is capable of multiaxial insertion.
Fabrics produced on the prototype machine use inlay technique for the production of hybrid textiles that combine the stretch characteristics of knitted fabrics with the stability of woven textiles, suited to various technical applications. Warp insertion further expands the capability of the machine to produce 3D-shaped carbon fiber and composite preforms directly on the machine. This is made possible because flat knitting is capable of producing end products that are shaped to form and with added thickness. Therefore savings in post-processing time, cost, material and labor are high, realizing efficient and sustainable production. Shima Seiki’s own yarn unwinding technology is also used for optimum yarn feed and tension for use with technical yarns.
Also on display will be the PCAM131 multiply computerized cutting machine (NC cutting machine). Its multi-ply cutting capability allows up to 1 inch (33 mm) of fabric or material to be cut. The machine will be shown in its most compact form, featuring a cutting area of 1,300 mm x 1,700 mm, with option for expansion. A knife sharpening system and strong, robust components permit quicker response times for knife movement and more accurate cutting of composites and other industrial materials.
Demonstrations will also be performed on the new SDS-One Apex4 design system. Processing speeds for programming and simulation are improved by up to 600% compared to the previous generation. Virtual sampling based on ultra-realistic simulation improves on the design evaluation process by minimizing the need for actual sample making in prototyping. This realizes significant savings in time, cost and material, further contributing to sustainable manufacturing.
Mitsubishi Chemical: lightweight solutions at JEC World
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., Tokyo/Japan, will display a portfolio of innovative lightweight materials in Paris/France at JEC World 2020, the leading international composites show.
From material production to material processing or semi-finished parts, visitors can find information and advice on the different types of materials and applications.
For the first time, Mitsubishi Chemical presents a fully validated Forged Molding Compound (CF-FMC) material data card for post-failure analysis to the market. It enables customers to predict the static and dynamic behavior of the CF-FMC. In combination with the right composite design and process this material system can offer a vast variety of new applications.
Durability, strength and lightweight make composite materials ideal for the automotive, aerospace, medical and sports/leisure sectors.
The JEC World has been moved to May 12-14, 2020.
Lectra: zero-buffer cutting solution for Faurecia
Conclusive results obtained by the supplier of integrated technology solutions for textile and flexible materials Lectra SA, Paris/France, of a 3-month evaluation of its zero-buffer fabric cutting solution in a real working environment, has concluded in the purchase of a Vector Automotive iP6 by automotive equipment supplier Faurecia SA, Nanterre/France.
Growth at Faurecia’s automotive seating plant in Tălmaciu/Romania prompted the supplier to maximize material efficiency by optimizing cutting room processes. The plant manufactures seat sets for high-end German automakers using costly high-end upholstery materials.
The Vector Automotive iP series is the first zero-buffer cutting solution on the market for fabric and vinyl, and can improve both material efficiency and cutting quality. Constant, real-time control of the equipment and a specially designed cutting blade enable ultra-precise cutting. Both the iP6 and iP9 come equipped with Vector Dashboard, a cloud-based application that allows users to monitor each unit through daily key performance indicators.
The next phase of the project for Faurecia is to focus on improving material efficiency for more technically challenging materials. Since 2016, Lectra has supported Faurecia in its digital manufacturing transformation initiative through the supply of Industry 4.0 solutions.
Composite Germany: continuing decline in composites business sentiment
For the 14th time, the trade association Composites Germany e.V., Berlin/Germany, has released current key performance indicators (KPI) for the fiber-reinforced plastics market. Again, the survey covered all the member companies of the 3 biggest umbrella organizations of Composites Germany: AVK, Composites United and the VDMA Working Group on Hybrid Lightweight Construction Technologies.
The assessment of the prevailing business situation produced rather restrained results in the last few surveys, and this trend is continuing. Respondents in all 3 regions (Germany, Europe and worldwide) under review continue to give negative assessments of the general business situation. Ratings have reached the lowest figures since the surveys were started in January 2013.
In total, for example, 37% of respondents describe the general business situation in Germany as rather or very negative. In the previous survey this figure was only 26%. This shows a sustained lack of optimism about the general market environment.
These rather subdued expectations also tend to prevail among respondents assessing their own business situations. About one third of respondents, for instance, describe the situations of their own companies as rather negative or even very negative. The ratings display only minor differences in the various regions (Germany, Europe and worldwide).
Dornbirn GFC: 1st Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress in Asia postponed
A close partnership between the Austrian Fibers Institute, Vienna/Austria, and the Korean Textile Federation (KOFOTI), Seoul/Korea, as well as the Dyeing & Finishing Technology Institute (DYETEC), Daegu/Korea, has enabled the arrangement of the 1st Dornbirn GFC Asia fiber innovation congress in Korea. The event, which was to have taken place on March 3-4, 2020, has been postponed due to the Corona virus. The new date for the event has been set for June 3-4, 2020.
Oerlikon: efficient production of nonwovens
From March 31 to April 3, 2020, the Nonwoven business unit of the Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, will be showcasing market and customer-oriented solutions for hygiene, medical, filtration and other technical applications at the international trade fair for nonwovens, Index, in Geneva/ Switzerland.
By offering stand-alone systems with one or several positions, ‘plug & produce’ installations in existing systems or combinations to other technologies, customers can easily and efficiently produce new filter media using the optimized meltblown technology of Oerlikon Nonwoven. For the production of hygiene nonwovens, Oerlikon also offers the new QSR (Quality Sized Right) system.
For airlaid nonwovens made of pulp or cellulose fibers, Oerlikon Nonwoven relies on patented forming processes. These enable the homogeneous mixing of a wide variety of raw materials, with high uniformity and homogeneous fiber laydown, even for nonwovens with low basis weight. As sustainable applications in the recycling sector, the advantages of this technology are becoming increasingly important.
The Phantom technology patented by Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G), Cincinnati, OH/USA, will also be showcased. Teknoweb Materials Srl, Palazzo Pignano/Italy, Oerlikon Nonwoven’s strategic partner for hygiene products and wipes, received a worldwide exclusive license for this technology from P&G. This technology has ecological as well as performance and cost advantages compared to the processes previously known on the market. By dispensing with hydro-entanglement, subsequent drying of the material is no longer necessary. Targeted process management allows the optimal setting of the relevant product parameters such as softness, tenacity, dirt absorption and liquid absorption.