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21.06.2022

First comprehensive sustainable chemistry index for the textile industry

  • Bluesign announces partnership with SCTI

Bluesign has teamed up with Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTITM) to develop a sustainable chemistry index that shall provide a standard communication guide for chemical suppliers, manufacturers, brands, and NGOs.

The first-of-its-kind index is intended to inspire change in the industry by making it easier for stakeholders to assess the sustainability of textile chemical products against the highest standards while safeguarding the intellectual property (IP) of participating chemical companies. IP protection is critical to ensuring ongoing investment in sustainable solutions.

Chemical products, such as dyes and textile auxiliaries, are often characterized with the attribute of “free of a certain substance”. Rather than prioritizing ingredients only, the bluesign® SYSTEM already goes beyond this. The chemicals and the production site where they were created must meet certain criteria regarding environmental performance, occupational health and safety, and product stewardship performance to be bluesign® APPROVED.

  • Bluesign announces partnership with SCTI

Bluesign has teamed up with Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTITM) to develop a sustainable chemistry index that shall provide a standard communication guide for chemical suppliers, manufacturers, brands, and NGOs.

The first-of-its-kind index is intended to inspire change in the industry by making it easier for stakeholders to assess the sustainability of textile chemical products against the highest standards while safeguarding the intellectual property (IP) of participating chemical companies. IP protection is critical to ensuring ongoing investment in sustainable solutions.

Chemical products, such as dyes and textile auxiliaries, are often characterized with the attribute of “free of a certain substance”. Rather than prioritizing ingredients only, the bluesign® SYSTEM already goes beyond this. The chemicals and the production site where they were created must meet certain criteria regarding environmental performance, occupational health and safety, and product stewardship performance to be bluesign® APPROVED.

The sustainable chemistry index will be reserved for substances that offer transparency on a number of additional indicators including the chemical’s circularity viability, greenhouse gas emissions during production, and the source of the raw materials. The sustainable chemistry index will also require that the downstream use of the chemical is optimized, meaning, for example, that it promotes resource saving in textile finishing. Additionally, excellent corporate governance paired with well-defined environmental and social (ESG) goals will be a pre-condition.

SCTITM is an alliance of leading chemical companies that strives to empower the textile and leather industries to apply sustainable, state-of-the-art chemistry solutions that protect factory workers, local communities, consumers and the environment.

Bluesign will implement and manage the sustainable chemistry index as an independent authority with a holistic approach to helping companies throughout the textile supply chain improve their sustainability performance.

14.06.2022

Members of TMAS at Texprocess, Techtextil and Heimtextil in Frankfurt

ACG Nyström, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, will demonstrate the automated Talon 75 multi-ply cutter at the forthcoming Texprocess exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 21-24.

The Talon 75 is capable of cutting up to 7.5cm of compressed materials common to the sewn products and technical textiles industries. The machine is engineered to automatically pull stacked material plies from the spreading table to a modular, bristle-block conveyor bed for reciprocating knife cutting of patterns. Precise system operations with state-of-the-art motion control communications offer an industrial-strength solution.

Industry 4.0 ready
Eastman’s Talon multi-ply cutting systems are Industry 4.0 ready and equipped with the latest in condition based predictive maintenance technology. Their robust design utilises motors and amplifiers that automatically detect changes in critical components to notify operators well in advance of maintenance prompts. Also on display in Frankfurt will be Eastman’s ES-960, a material spreader capable of fast and easy spreading heights up to 20cm.

ACG Nyström, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, will demonstrate the automated Talon 75 multi-ply cutter at the forthcoming Texprocess exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 21-24.

The Talon 75 is capable of cutting up to 7.5cm of compressed materials common to the sewn products and technical textiles industries. The machine is engineered to automatically pull stacked material plies from the spreading table to a modular, bristle-block conveyor bed for reciprocating knife cutting of patterns. Precise system operations with state-of-the-art motion control communications offer an industrial-strength solution.

Industry 4.0 ready
Eastman’s Talon multi-ply cutting systems are Industry 4.0 ready and equipped with the latest in condition based predictive maintenance technology. Their robust design utilises motors and amplifiers that automatically detect changes in critical components to notify operators well in advance of maintenance prompts. Also on display in Frankfurt will be Eastman’s ES-960, a material spreader capable of fast and easy spreading heights up to 20cm.

Members of TMAS will be showcasing a range of solutions aligning with the growing trend for more localised and automated textile manufacturing at the forthcoming Texprocess, Techtextil and Heimtextil shows which are all taking place in Frankfurt from June 21-24.

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TMAS / AWOL Media

(c) SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD.
14.06.2022

SHIMA SEIKI to exhibit at Techtextil 2022 in Frankfurt

SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan, along with its Italian subsidiary SHIMA SEIKI ITALIA S.p.A., will be participating in the Techtextil exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany from the 21st till the 24th of June 2022.

SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan, along with its Italian subsidiary SHIMA SEIKI ITALIA S.p.A., will be participating in the Techtextil exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany from the 21st till the 24th of June 2022.

On display will be SHIMA SEIKI’s latest innovation in flat knitting technology as applied to the field of technical textiles—a prototype weft knitting machine capable of multi-axial yarn insertion. Fabrics produced on this 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. To this, warp yarn is inserted to further expand its capability to produce 3D-shaped carbon fiber and composite preforms directly on the machine. This is made possible by taking advantage of the fact that flat knitting as a textile production method is capable of producing end products that are shaped-to-form and with added thickness. Compared to current methods of preform production, savings in post-processing time, material, labor and associated costs are immense, 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 that are otherwise difficult to knit. Industrial textile samples knit on the multi-axial machine will also be available for examination on-site.

SHIMA SEIKI's SDS®-ONE APEX4 3D design system will be available for demonstrations as well. Of particular interest should be its ultra-realistic simulation capability that realizes Virtual Sampling. When countless variations must be evaluated before arriving at a final design, virtual product samples can be used to streamline the decision-making process by minimizing the enormous amount of time, cost and material normally associated with producing actual samples for each variation. When approved, the same data can be converted to machine data for immediate knitting, significantly reducing lead times.

Photo: Archroma
09.06.2022

Archroma at Techtextil 2022 with latest innovations and system solutions

Archroma will be at Techtextil 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 21 to 24 June 2022, to launch its latest innovations and system solutions aimed to help textile manufacturers with optimized sustainability, productivity and value creation in their markets.

Archroma will present 9 new solution systems and 3 innovations, and will hold 2 booth events.

3 innovation highlights

  • PFC-free* Smartrepel® Hydro SR, a new solution developed for the repellence of water-based soil;
  • Biocide-free OX20, a new odor-neutralizing technology newly launched by our partner SANITIZED AG;
  • Perapret® AIR, a new mineral finishing technology for air purification is activated by natural and artificial light sources and can be applied on all fabrics

9 new solution systems
Archroma introduced its first ever solution systems at the Techtextil 2019 edition, and since then has developed more than 30 systems for technical textile and nonwoven applications.

Archroma will be at Techtextil 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 21 to 24 June 2022, to launch its latest innovations and system solutions aimed to help textile manufacturers with optimized sustainability, productivity and value creation in their markets.

Archroma will present 9 new solution systems and 3 innovations, and will hold 2 booth events.

3 innovation highlights

  • PFC-free* Smartrepel® Hydro SR, a new solution developed for the repellence of water-based soil;
  • Biocide-free OX20, a new odor-neutralizing technology newly launched by our partner SANITIZED AG;
  • Perapret® AIR, a new mineral finishing technology for air purification is activated by natural and artificial light sources and can be applied on all fabrics

9 new solution systems
Archroma introduced its first ever solution systems at the Techtextil 2019 edition, and since then has developed more than 30 systems for technical textile and nonwoven applications.

  • CLEAN AIR, a mineral air purification system that stays put on all kinds of fabrics and is activated by artificial and natural light, for as long as there is light; ➔ based on the new Perapret® AIR;
  • CONSCIOUSLY DEEP, a metal-free one-step scouring and dyeing system for medium to very dark colored nylons that stay deep and bright day after day, and are good for you and the planet;
  • EARTH SOFT, a biomass-based and vegan softening system that is suitable for all kind of fibers and makes you comfortable in your own skin;
  • NATURE BOUND, a compostable binder system for food filtration materials that protect you and the planet;
  • ODOR CONTROL 2.0, a system for odor-free sportswear where permastink cannot build up on your favorite clothes, that’s applicable on polyester, cotton and nylon; ➔ based on the new OX20;
  • RAG N’ROLL, a compostable binder system for nonwoven cleaning rags, that protect you and the planet;
  • SAFE SEATS NextGen, a PFC-free* and halogen-free* modular surface treatment system for safer and cleaner seating materials, ➔ based on the new Smartrepel® Hydro SR;
  • SWEET DREAMS, a metal and particle free* system that redefines protection for mattress ticking fabrics, with long-lasting hygiene and outstanding softness, that protects you and the environment;
  • TAKE A BREATH, an enhanced filtration system that keeps your air clean and fresh for longer putting health first and your competition behind;

2 booth events
A WORLD WITHOUT ODORS, FIGHT OR FLIGHT?
Innovation highlight: Biocide-free OX20 odor management solution by SANITIZED AG

Speakers:

  • Nuria Estape, Panel Moderator, Head of Marketing & Promotion, Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, Archroma
  • Georg Lang, Head of CC Finishing, Archroma
  • Stefan Müller, Head of BU Textiles Additives Sanitized
  • Yann Ribourdouille , Global registration expert Product Stewardship, Archroma

A WORLD WITHOUT PFC, DREAM OR REALITY?
Innovation highlight: PFC-free* Smartrepel® Hydro SR

Speakers

  • Nuria Estape, Panel Moderator, Head of Marketing & Promotion, Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, Archroma
  • Roland Borufka, Head of Competence Center Repellents, Archroma
  • Wolfgang Knaup, Head of R&D repellents, Archroma
  • Yann Ribourdouille, Global registration expert Product Stewardship, Archroma
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Archroma / EMG

07.06.2022

ITMC presents date and speakers for its 8th edition

The ITMC 2022 conference, which will take place at the BAnQ from September 19 to 21, 2022, is aimed at attendees from various sectors of the textile industry. Its interdisciplinary approach is the key to maximizing the potential and development of textile materials and tools for various applications. The objective of the conference is to explore new ideas, effective solutions and collaborative partnerships for business growth by creating synergy between designers, manufacturers, suppliers, students and end users from all sectors and fully exploiting this potential.

The main topics are: Composites and textile reinforcement - Sustainable Production & Ecotextiles - Smart and functional textiles - Nanotechnology & Advanced Technical Textiles - Comfort & Protective Textiles - Medical Textiles - Digital Tools & Mass Customization

Keynote speakers :

The ITMC 2022 conference, which will take place at the BAnQ from September 19 to 21, 2022, is aimed at attendees from various sectors of the textile industry. Its interdisciplinary approach is the key to maximizing the potential and development of textile materials and tools for various applications. The objective of the conference is to explore new ideas, effective solutions and collaborative partnerships for business growth by creating synergy between designers, manufacturers, suppliers, students and end users from all sectors and fully exploiting this potential.

The main topics are: Composites and textile reinforcement - Sustainable Production & Ecotextiles - Smart and functional textiles - Nanotechnology & Advanced Technical Textiles - Comfort & Protective Textiles - Medical Textiles - Digital Tools & Mass Customization

Keynote speakers :

  • Omar Cherkaoui, ESITH : how ESITH was able to support the operators of the Moroccan textile sector during the covid-19 crisis
  • Tracy Toulouse, TT : the impact and legacy of our clothing is to identify us as a nation
  • Prof. Raul Fangueiro, University of Minho: fiber-based materials: from nano to macro scale
  • Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, Exoskin: the role of smart textiles in the future of health
  • KyoungOk Kim, Shinshu University: Patternmaking for attractive clothing for mass customization
  • Marie O’Mahony, Consultant, Royal College of Art (RCA): smart materials & systems: has embracing uncertainty become vital to commercialization?
  • Xianyi Zeng, Ensait: intelligent garments for online monitoring of human health and well-being
  • Corinne Farace, Techtera: The collaborative approach: a major stake in meeting the challenges of tomorrow
(c) MWIDE NRW
02.06.2022

Fraunhofer UMSICHT: Marktfähige Power-to-X-Technologien entwickeln

Im Rahmen eines neuen Projektes des Spitzenclusters Industrielle Innovationen (SPIN) entsteht eine offene Versuchsplattform für die Entwicklung von Power-to-X-Technologien. Untersucht werden dabei Möglichkeiten, CO2-haltige Abgasströme zunächst in ein Synthesegas aus Kohlenmonoxid und Wasserstoff und dann in verschiedene Produkte für die Chemie-, Kraftstoff- und Kunststoffindustrie umzuwandeln. Die nordrhein-westfälische Landesregierung fördert dieses Vorhaben mit 5,3 Mio. Euro.

Im Rahmen eines neuen Projektes des Spitzenclusters Industrielle Innovationen (SPIN) entsteht eine offene Versuchsplattform für die Entwicklung von Power-to-X-Technologien. Untersucht werden dabei Möglichkeiten, CO2-haltige Abgasströme zunächst in ein Synthesegas aus Kohlenmonoxid und Wasserstoff und dann in verschiedene Produkte für die Chemie-, Kraftstoff- und Kunststoffindustrie umzuwandeln. Die nordrhein-westfälische Landesregierung fördert dieses Vorhaben mit 5,3 Mio. Euro.

Die Federführung des Projektes »PtX-Plattform« liegt bei der Mitsubishi Power Europe GmbH. Gemeinsam mit SPIN sowie den Projektpartnern – dem Fraunhofer UMSICHT, dem Lehrstuhl für Umweltverfahrenstechnik und Anlagentechnik (LUAT) der Universität Duisburg-Essen sowie Evonik Industries – will das Unternehmen marktfähige Lösungen für die effiziente Nutzung überschüssigen Stroms entwickeln. Ein Schwerpunkt werden dabei Wasserstoff- sowie Carbon-Capture-Use-and-Storage-Technologien sein: CCU und CCS. Entsprechende containerbasierte Anlagen entstehen auf dem Gelände des LUAT. Sie umfassen u.a. CO2-Abtrennung und katalytische Co-Elektrolyse und stellen alle notwendigen Energie- und Stoffströme zur Verfügung.

Elektrolytische Herstellung von Synthesegas
Das Fraunhofer UMSICHT erarbeitet im Zuge des Projektes u.a. Grundlagen, um in einem Power-to-X-Reaktor die elektrolytische Herstellung von Synthesegas im Labormaßstab zu demonstrieren. »Dazu skalieren wir neuartige Gasdiffusionselektroden und setzen sie für die Aufgabe in angepassten Reaktoren ein«, erklärt Prof. Dr. Ulf-Peter Apfel, Leiter der Abteilung Elektrosynthese. »Weitere Komponenten der Elektrolysezellen werden so aufeinander abgestimmt, dass Verlustleistungen und Gasleckagen minimiert sowie die Zusammensetzung des Synthesegases möglichst kontrolliert variiert werden können.« Neben der Erstellung der erforderlichen Komponenten führt das Institut auch die Entwicklung, Errichtung und Inbetriebnahme eines skalierten Elektrolysesystems (inkl. der Teststandperipherie) durch und integriert alles in die Containerumgebung der Plattform.

Charakterisierung von Katalysatoren
Darüber hinaus testen die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler des Fraunhofer UMSICHT Katalysator-Systeme, die neu von Evonik entwickelt worden sind und bei der Synthese von Alkoholen zum Einsatz kommen. »Wir schauen uns Umsatz, Menge und Konzentration sowohl der auftretenden Produkte als auch der Nebenprodukte an und haben dabei vor allem die Lebensdauer des Katalysators im Blick«, so Prof. Apfel. »Auf Basis unserer Testergebnisse nimmt Evonik dann weitere Optimierungen der Katalysatoren sowie deren Scale-up in Angriff.« Das beste System wird dann für den Pilotreaktor ausgewählt.

Die Bedeutung des Projektes hob Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart bei der Übergabe des Förderbescheids hervor. »Die aktuellen Ereignisse zeigen einmal mehr, wie wichtig eine sichere und unabhängige Energieversorgung ist«, betonte der NRW-Minister für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie. »Eine zukunfts- und wettbewerbsfähige Industrie benötigt große Energiemengen und klimaneutral erzeugte Rohstoffe für ihre Produktionsprozesse. Power-to-X kann nicht nur dazu beitragen, dass wir unsere ehrgeizigen Klimaschutzziele erreichen, sondern auch zu einer unabhängigen Versorgung mit synthetischen Kraftstoffen und Chemikalien für unsere Industrie und unser Energiesystem der Zukunft.«

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Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT

31.05.2022

Fraunhofer UMSICHT: Grüner Wasserstoff aus einer Hand

Von der Komponentenentwicklung für Elektrolyse und Brennstoffzellen über die Erstellung von Konzepten zu Speicherung und Transport bis zur Implementierung sektorenübergreifender Ansätze: Forschende des Fraunhofer UMSICHT liefern aus einer Hand Lösungen zur Bereitstellung und Nutzung von Wasserstoff. Wer Einblicke in Kompetenzen und Dienstleistungen des Instituts gewinnen möchte ist herzlich zu Gesprächen auf der E-world 2022 eingeladen. Das Fraunhofer UMSICHT ist am Gemeinschaftsstand des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen zu finden.

Von der Komponentenentwicklung für Elektrolyse und Brennstoffzellen über die Erstellung von Konzepten zu Speicherung und Transport bis zur Implementierung sektorenübergreifender Ansätze: Forschende des Fraunhofer UMSICHT liefern aus einer Hand Lösungen zur Bereitstellung und Nutzung von Wasserstoff. Wer Einblicke in Kompetenzen und Dienstleistungen des Instituts gewinnen möchte ist herzlich zu Gesprächen auf der E-world 2022 eingeladen. Das Fraunhofer UMSICHT ist am Gemeinschaftsstand des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen zu finden.

Dort stellen Wissenschaftler*innen u.a. das Konzept eines ohmschen Reaktors vor. Seine Aufgabe: die dezentrale und flexible Bereitstellung von Wasserstoff durch die Zersetzung von Ammoniak. Das Besondere: Die Forschenden bringen die Wärme nicht von außen ein, sondern – mittels Strom – direkt in den speziell hierfür entwickelten Katalysator. »Dadurch können wir bei deutlich geringeren Temperaturen arbeiten und haben nicht diese große Überschuss-Energie. Konkret versprechen wir uns von diesem Verfahren, dass es die Effizienz bereits existierender Prozesse um wenigstens 20 Prozent verbessert«, so Dr. Andreas Menne, Leiter der Abteilung Low Carbon Technologies.

Darüber hinaus haben Messebesucher*innen Gelegenheit, den DYNAFLEX®-Check kennenzulernen. »Der DYNAFLEX®-Check ist ein Tool zur Selbsteinschätzung, das wir gerade entwickeln. Mit seiner Hilfe können kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen aus dem produzierenden Gewerbe ihre Bedarfe und Herausforderungen im Bereich Sektorenkopplung identifizieren«, erklärt Dr. Esther Stahl, Leiterin der Abteilung Strategische Projekte.

Dass und wie sich solche Ansätze durch cross-industrielle Netzwerke realisieren lassen, ist ebenfalls Thema auf der E-world: UMSICHT-Forschende stellen Projekte und Initiativen vor, bei denen auf regionaler Ebene dezentrale systemische Lösungen erarbeitet und umgesetzt werden. Beispielsweise das Leistungszentrum DYNAFLEX®, welches flexible Lösungen für die Energie- und Rohstoffwende entwickelt sowie in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft transferiert.

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Fraunhofer UMSICHT

(c) Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.
17.05.2022

Cinte Techtextil China to address personal hygiene and sustainability demands

With global consumers becoming more conscious about personal hygiene and environmental protection, exhibitors at Cinte Techtexil China will spotlight materials and technologies for products that respond to these trends. The fair will probe into the associated growth opportunities as the country is one of the leading markets for nonwovens and technical textiles. The event will be held from 6 – 8 September at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

The technical textiles and nonwovens industries, the latter notably, are significantly expanding amid the pandemic. A recent forecast[1] predicts that the global polypropylene nonwoven fabric market will continue to rise at a CAGR of 6.7%, reaching USD 39.23 billion by 2028. The anticipated growth is bolstered by demands in end-use industries such as sanitation, medical, automotive and more. In 2020, Asia Pacific was named the largest regional market in the world and is expected to grow significantly over the forecasted period.

With global consumers becoming more conscious about personal hygiene and environmental protection, exhibitors at Cinte Techtexil China will spotlight materials and technologies for products that respond to these trends. The fair will probe into the associated growth opportunities as the country is one of the leading markets for nonwovens and technical textiles. The event will be held from 6 – 8 September at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

The technical textiles and nonwovens industries, the latter notably, are significantly expanding amid the pandemic. A recent forecast[1] predicts that the global polypropylene nonwoven fabric market will continue to rise at a CAGR of 6.7%, reaching USD 39.23 billion by 2028. The anticipated growth is bolstered by demands in end-use industries such as sanitation, medical, automotive and more. In 2020, Asia Pacific was named the largest regional market in the world and is expected to grow significantly over the forecasted period.

The prediction reaffirms the growth prospects of nonwovens. In this regard, industry players expressed much optimism about associated future opportunities during Cinte Techtextil China last year. “The field of nonwovens is poised for a positive growth as the awareness of personal hygiene and pandemic prevention sustains in the domestic market,” commented Mr James Gao, Head of Marketing and Textile Technologies, Uster Technologies (China) Co Ltd. He added: “We decided to join the fair and showcase our new launches as we remain confident in the future development of the industry, especially since China is dominating the global scene.”

Going green is the way forward
Turning to yarns and fibres, the sector is shifting to greener and smarter production that echoes the trend towards sustainability that is gaining considerable traction across the globe. Meanwhile in China, this movement was observed by many exhibitors at the 2021 edition, including Mr Roberto Galante, Plant Manager of FMMG Technical Textiles (Suzhou) Co Ltd, the Chinese subsidiary of the Fil Man Made Group. He mentioned: “The market is paying more attention to environmental protection, and we receive enquiries about special yarns for this every day. We focus on technical yarns for filtration as well as anti-bacterial properties, which are very important for the environment. The potential here in China is incredible and this is a big opportunity for everybody.”

Cinte Techtextil China’s product categories cover 12 application areas, which comprehensively span across a full range of potential uses in modern technical textiles and nonwovens. These categories also cover the entire industry, from upstream technology and raw material providers to finished fabrics, chemicals and other solutions. This scope of product groups and application areas ensures that the fair is an effective business platform for the entire industry.

(c) DiloGroup
13.05.2022

DiloGroup at Techtextil with nonwovens technology

The DiloGroup informs at Techtextil in Frankfurt (June 21 – 24, 2022) about new developments aimed at improving production technologies with a focus on needlefelts.

It becomes more evident that the textile industry comes into the focus of regulatory authorities who push respecting sustainability principles and who initiate a new body of laws. Hence all industrial sectors are requested to achieve savings in material and energy. The textile machine building, of course, plays an important role by seizing this initiative and offering solutions for fibre pulp recycling and reduction of energy, water and ancillaries. DiloGroup has made big efforts to meet these challenges together with a circle of partner companies. In this regard focal points of the development work are:

The DiloGroup informs at Techtextil in Frankfurt (June 21 – 24, 2022) about new developments aimed at improving production technologies with a focus on needlefelts.

It becomes more evident that the textile industry comes into the focus of regulatory authorities who push respecting sustainability principles and who initiate a new body of laws. Hence all industrial sectors are requested to achieve savings in material and energy. The textile machine building, of course, plays an important role by seizing this initiative and offering solutions for fibre pulp recycling and reduction of energy, water and ancillaries. DiloGroup has made big efforts to meet these challenges together with a circle of partner companies. In this regard focal points of the development work are:

  1. Intense Needling
    Needling per se is a mechanical production method with a high energy efficiency. For this reason, the development efforts of DiloGroup aim at producing nonwovens by “intense needling” instead of water entangling, even for light nonwovens made of fine fibres for the medical and hygiene sector with an area weight of 30 – 100 g/m². This would result in a reduction of the environmentally relevant production costs; per annum to about 1/3 to 1/5 of current.
    Despite the prospective advantages of the mechanical intense needling method over the hydrodynamical, water entanglement is at the moment the most important production method for low area weights and highest production capacity and is also offered by the DiloGroup as general contractor in cooperation with partner companies.
  2. “Fibre Pulp Recycling”
    Fibrous material in nonwovens and particularly used clothes can be successfully recycled, if staple length can be conserved in the tearing process. In the classical tearing process, staple lengths are dramatically reduced and therefore these fibres can only be used as base material for inferior uses in thermal or acoustic insulation or in protective textiles, transportation or protective covers etc.
    When recycling textile waste in the context of the collection of used clothes, the so called “filament-saving” tearing using special tearing machines and methods must be used to produce fibres with longer staple lengths which can be fed to a nonwoven installation. Hence product characteristics can be better specified and controlled.
  3. Additive nonwoven production
    The additive production method of the “3D-Lofter” is especially suited for automotive parts with differently distributed masses; but there may also be potential for increasing uses in the sector of apparel and shoe production.
  4. “IsoFeed”-card feeding
    In the field of card feeding, the “IsoFeed” method offers great potential for a more homogeneous card feeding at the same time reducing the variation in cross-machine fibre mass distribution and thus the fibre consumption while conserving the end product quality.
Source:

DiloGroup

(c) Oerlikon
The new Staple Fiber Technology Center in Neumünster
13.05.2022

Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions at Techtextil 2022

  • Sustainable infrastructure solutions, road safety and health protection

At this year’s Techtextil, Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions will be presenting the trade audience with new applications, special processes and sustainable solutions focusing on the production of industrial textiles. Among other things, the company will be showcasing new technology for charging nonwovens that sets new standards with regards to quality and efficiency. Between June 21 and 24, the discussions will be concentrating on airbags, seat belts, tire cord, geotextiles, filter nonwovens and their diverse applications.

  • Sustainable infrastructure solutions, road safety and health protection

At this year’s Techtextil, Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions will be presenting the trade audience with new applications, special processes and sustainable solutions focusing on the production of industrial textiles. Among other things, the company will be showcasing new technology for charging nonwovens that sets new standards with regards to quality and efficiency. Between June 21 and 24, the discussions will be concentrating on airbags, seat belts, tire cord, geotextiles, filter nonwovens and their diverse applications.

More polyester for airbags
Airbags have become an integral part of our everyday automotive lives. The yarns used in them are made predominantly from polyamide. As a result of increasingly diverse airbag applications and also the increasing size of the systems used, polyester is today used as well, depending on the application requirements and cost-benefit considerations. Against this background, the Oerlikon Barmag technologies make an invaluable contribution. In addition to high productivity and low energy consumption, they particularly excel in terms of their stable production processes. Furthermore, they comply with every high quality standard for airbags, which – as in the case of virtually all other textile products used in vehicle construction – must provide the highest level of safety for vehicle occupants. And all this without any loss of function in any climate and anywhere in the world for the lifetime of the vehicle.

Buckle up!
Seat belts play a decisive role in protecting vehicle occupants. They have to withstand tensile forces in excess of three tons and simultaneously stretch in a controlled manner in emergencies in order to reduce the load in the event of impact. A seat belt comprises approximately 300 filament yarns, whose individual, high-tenacity yarn threads are spun from around 100 individual filaments.

Invisible, but essential – road reinforcement using geotextiles
But it not just inside vehicles, but also under them, that industrial yarns reveal their strengths. Low stretch, ultra-high tenacity, high rigidity – industrial yarns offer outstanding properties for the demanding tasks carried out by geotextiles; for instance, as geogrids in the base course system under asphalt. Normally, geotextiles have extremely high yarn titers of up to 24,000 denier. Oerlikon Barmag system concepts simultaneously manufacture three filament yarns of 6,000 denier each. Due to the high spinning titers, fewer yarns can be plied together to the required geo-yarn titer in a more cost- and energy-efficient manner.

hycuTEC – technological quantum leap for filter media
In the case of its hycuTEC hydro-charging solution, Oerlikon Neumag offers a new technology for charging nonwovens that increases filter efficiency to more than 99.99%. For meltblown producers, this means material savings of 30% with significantly superior filter performance. For end users, the consequence is noticeably improved comfort resulting from significantly reduced breathing resistance. With its considerably lower water and energy consumption, this new development is also a future-proof, sustainable technology.

New high-tech Staple Fiber Technology Center
Extending to around 2,100 m2, Oerlikon Neumag in Neumünster is home to one of the world’s largest staple fiber technology centers. As of now, these state-of-the-art staple fiber technologies are also available for customer-specific trials.

The focus during the planning and the design of the Technology Center was on optimizing components and processes. Here, special attention was paid to ensuring the process and production parameters in the Technology Center system could be simply and reliably transferred to production systems. Here, the fiber tape processing line is modular in design. All components can be combined with each other as required. And comprehensive set-up options supply detailed findings for the respective process for various fiber products.

The Technology Center is also equipped with two spinning positions for mono- and bi-component processes. The same round spin packs are used for both processes, characterized by excellent fiber quality and properties and meanwhile very successfully deployed in all Oerlikon Neumag production systems. Furthermore, the spinning plant is complemented by automation solutions such as spin pack scraper robots, for example.

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Oerlikon

Mobile robot system for automated loading of a bobbin creel (c) STFI
12.05.2022

STFI with sustainable and digital innovations at Techtextil 2022

The Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) will be presenting innovative highlights from research and development at Techtextil 2022, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. In addition to a warp-knitted textile façade greening in a modular system and textile lightweight construction elements for the building sector made from hemp as a renewable raw material, the STFI will also be showing innovations from nonwovens research. The project optiformTEX is an example of the nonwovens competence: in this project, the mass per unit area was specifically influenced for the production of semi-finished products in the automotive sector. Furthermore, the Chemnitz Institute exhibits an ecological foam coating for protective textiles. Central highlight of the STFI's presence at the fair is also a mobile robot system, which demonstrates the automated loading of a small-scale bobbin creel.

The Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) will be presenting innovative highlights from research and development at Techtextil 2022, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. In addition to a warp-knitted textile façade greening in a modular system and textile lightweight construction elements for the building sector made from hemp as a renewable raw material, the STFI will also be showing innovations from nonwovens research. The project optiformTEX is an example of the nonwovens competence: in this project, the mass per unit area was specifically influenced for the production of semi-finished products in the automotive sector. Furthermore, the Chemnitz Institute exhibits an ecological foam coating for protective textiles. Central highlight of the STFI's presence at the fair is also a mobile robot system, which demonstrates the automated loading of a small-scale bobbin creel.

Highlights at Techtextil 2022
The greened façade tile is a system with which large building surfaces can be cost-effectively greened through a simple, modular segment structure. In addition to insulating the building, the system has been created to meet the design requirements of a modern city centre; low-maintenance greening is made possible through functional integration in the textile carrier layer and coordinated plant selection.

Moulded components made of natural fibre nonwovens are increasingly used in the automotive sector. Conventional nonwovens currently have uniform masses per unit area. Technical solutions for load-oriented component reinforcement and the resulting optimised use of materials represent an enormous economic potential. The basic idea of “optiformTEX” was therefore to specifically influence the mass per unit area distribution in the pile before the semi-finished product is consolidated. As a result, a textile-technological process and the corresponding plant component were successfully developed.

Future-oriented materials are offered by developments from the field of renewable raw materials in combination with bio-based resin systems: In the “Gro-Coce” project, an innovative ceiling system was developed by combining sustainable building products and methods. Currently, a high-performance hemp-based semi-finished product as well as the steps for its reproducible production by means of textile surface formation is developed by the research team. Initial application and load tests of the hemp-based semi-finished products on wooden beams confirmed the high performance potential of the natural fibre materials.

Special functional textiles are based on composite materials with coatings or membranes. The previous production of the coatings/membranes poses ecological and health risks. At STFI, solvent-free, purely aqueous coating systems and a technology for their application were therefore developed for the protective textile sector, resulting in a breathable, waterproof and wash-resistant textile coating.

The central highlight of the STFI's presence at the fair is a mobile robot system, which demonstrates the automated loading of a small-scale bobbin creel. At the STFI, the robot is part of the “textile factory of the future”, where a play mat is woven and processed step by step along the textile chain.

05.05.2022

Monforts at Techtextil showcasing its finishing and coating technologies

The Techtextil and Heimtextil Summer Special exhibitions, taking place together in Frankfurt from June 21-24, represent an opportunity for Monforts to showcase its finishing and coating technologies for two of its major markets – especially at a time when energy prices continue to soar for textile manufacturers in Europe.

Existing customers of Monforts include many manufacturers in the field of home textiles, as well as those making geotextiles, automotive fabrics and other functional materials – all of whom will be well represented in Frankfurt this June. Dedicated Montex lines have also been supplied to producers of airbags, flame retardant barrier fabrics and spacer fabrics, as well as high-temperature filter materials.

The Techtextil and Heimtextil Summer Special exhibitions, taking place together in Frankfurt from June 21-24, represent an opportunity for Monforts to showcase its finishing and coating technologies for two of its major markets – especially at a time when energy prices continue to soar for textile manufacturers in Europe.

Existing customers of Monforts include many manufacturers in the field of home textiles, as well as those making geotextiles, automotive fabrics and other functional materials – all of whom will be well represented in Frankfurt this June. Dedicated Montex lines have also been supplied to producers of airbags, flame retardant barrier fabrics and spacer fabrics, as well as high-temperature filter materials.

Energy prices are rising steeply everywhere and a particular emphasis for Monforts in Frankfurt will be on the energy and heat recovery that can be achieved with Montex stenters, through features such as better insulation of the treatment chambers or the MonforClean system, in which waste heat from the drying process is used to pre-heat the drying air resulting in a radical reduction in the conventional heat supply required compared to gas and thermal oil heating. The modular system for heat recovery can also be extended for exhaust air cleaning and odour elimination. Monforts can provide a range of further resource-saving and energy recovery options tailored to each individual line installation including modification of the heating source.

With the Qualitex 800 visualization software, all article-specific settings can be stored and the formulations for thousands of treatment processes called up again at any time. Individual operators can also personalise their dashboards with the most important machine functions and process parameters.

The Qualitex 800 system is available for the automatic and continuous operation of the company’s Montex stenters, as well as its Thermex continuous dyeing ranges, Monfortex shrinking systems and Montex®Coat coating units.

Monforts Montex®Coat coating units serve an equally diverse number of markets, including tents, tarpaulins and awnings, black-out roller blinds and sail cloth, automotive interior fabrics and medical disposables. Full PVC coatings, pigment dyeing or minimal application surface and low penetration treatments and solvent coatings (in explosion-proof conditions) with knife coating, roller coating or screen printing can all be accommodated with this system.

All of these very different materials require coating and finishing for maximum efficiency, using Monforts technologies which provide the ultimate in flexibility and the ability to switch quickly from one fabric run to the next, without compromising on the economical use of energy or raw materials.

The Monforts EcoApplicator offers further potential for sustainably achieving perfect finishes via a precise direct application system, as an alternative to conventional padding – where fabrics are immersed in a bath of the required finishing chemicals. It can significantly further reduce the energy and water required and finishes can be applied on just one side of the fabric, or both, and even separately on each side, to be sealed in place via different heating zones in the stenter.

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A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG / AWOL Media

(c) Beaulieu International Group
05.05.2022

B.I.G. Yarns at Clerkenwell Design Week with carpet tile collections

B.I.G. Yarns has secured its debut spot at the return of Clerkenwell Design Week (24-26 May 2022) and will showcase its sustainable contract flooring to carpet makers, architects and designers.

B.I.G. Yarns’ polyamide-based collections are high-performing with a strong emphasis on elevating design through remarkable colour contrasts and patterns: from bulk continuous filament (BCF) to twisted and heat-set yarns, one-colour to multi-colour, between 650 and 15000 dTex.

Designers can tap into the Class 33 resilience and various comfort levels of its one-step 3Ply Resilya, Softitude, and new two-step ColorMind solutions to meet application requirements, as well as access monthly inspiration care of #CatchtheColor. ColorMind offers yarn diversity to support a new level of design sophistication in high-end carpet segments. The ColorMind colour bank features predefined colours, always in stock, meaning short lead times. Manufacturers can also benefit from customized lot sizes and bobbin length, creating even more flexibility and design freedom.

B.I.G. Yarns has secured its debut spot at the return of Clerkenwell Design Week (24-26 May 2022) and will showcase its sustainable contract flooring to carpet makers, architects and designers.

B.I.G. Yarns’ polyamide-based collections are high-performing with a strong emphasis on elevating design through remarkable colour contrasts and patterns: from bulk continuous filament (BCF) to twisted and heat-set yarns, one-colour to multi-colour, between 650 and 15000 dTex.

Designers can tap into the Class 33 resilience and various comfort levels of its one-step 3Ply Resilya, Softitude, and new two-step ColorMind solutions to meet application requirements, as well as access monthly inspiration care of #CatchtheColor. ColorMind offers yarn diversity to support a new level of design sophistication in high-end carpet segments. The ColorMind colour bank features predefined colours, always in stock, meaning short lead times. Manufacturers can also benefit from customized lot sizes and bobbin length, creating even more flexibility and design freedom.

B.I.G. Yarns continues to extend its ranges to reduce fossil-carbon in the industry and encourage greater product circularity. Its EqoCycle PA6 yarns incorporate recycled content originating from recycled and regenerated PA6 and are fully recyclable, improving resource efficiency and other environmental benefits throughout the value chain. Carpet tufters can also contribute to a sustainable future through less use of fossil resources and reduced greenhouse gas emissions with EqoBalance yarns. Both ranges offer the same high-quality performance as virgin-based yarns.

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Beaulieu International Group / EMG

03.05.2022

DOMO: Mechanische Struktursimulation für PA6-GF-Werkstoffe

  • Das MMI (Materialmodellierung, mechanische Berechnung und Spritzgusssimulation)-Team für fortgeschrittene Simulationstechnologien bietet erheblich verbesserten Service für PA6-GF-Werkstoffe
  • Integrative Simulationsumgebung lässt sich effektiv mit der Digimat-Software anwenden und gewährleistet präzise und robuste Finite-Elemente-Analysen

DOMOs fortschrittliche Simulationsumgebung MMI für PA66-Bauteile gilt auf dem Markt bereits als Referenz für präzise Simulationen. Ab sofort unterstützt dieses Simulationstool OEMs und Bauteillieferanten bei der Entwicklung von leistungsfähigen, leichten und kosteneffizienten Bauteilen aus PA6. Mit dem DOMO Service Hub können Bauteilentwickler ihre Polyamidlösungen somit schneller in Serie bringen.

Bei glasfaserverstärkten Materialien muss die Ausrichtung der Glasfasern berücksichtigt werden, die während des Spritzgussverfahrens entsteht. Dabei ermöglicht die Digimat-Software eine genaue integrative Simulation. DOMO besitzt ein umfangreiches Fachwissen bei der integrativen Simulation der TECHNYL® A-Serie von PA66-GF-Materialien und ist daher in der Lage, präzise Bauteilsimulationen durchzuführen.

  • Das MMI (Materialmodellierung, mechanische Berechnung und Spritzgusssimulation)-Team für fortgeschrittene Simulationstechnologien bietet erheblich verbesserten Service für PA6-GF-Werkstoffe
  • Integrative Simulationsumgebung lässt sich effektiv mit der Digimat-Software anwenden und gewährleistet präzise und robuste Finite-Elemente-Analysen

DOMOs fortschrittliche Simulationsumgebung MMI für PA66-Bauteile gilt auf dem Markt bereits als Referenz für präzise Simulationen. Ab sofort unterstützt dieses Simulationstool OEMs und Bauteillieferanten bei der Entwicklung von leistungsfähigen, leichten und kosteneffizienten Bauteilen aus PA6. Mit dem DOMO Service Hub können Bauteilentwickler ihre Polyamidlösungen somit schneller in Serie bringen.

Bei glasfaserverstärkten Materialien muss die Ausrichtung der Glasfasern berücksichtigt werden, die während des Spritzgussverfahrens entsteht. Dabei ermöglicht die Digimat-Software eine genaue integrative Simulation. DOMO besitzt ein umfangreiches Fachwissen bei der integrativen Simulation der TECHNYL® A-Serie von PA66-GF-Materialien und ist daher in der Lage, präzise Bauteilsimulationen durchzuführen.

Die neuen MMI-PA6-GF Materialkarten können für eine Vielzahl von Glasfaserkonzentrationen und -temperaturen sowie für elastische und elastoplastische Materialmodelle mit Versagensindikatoren eingesetzt werden. Diese sind in der Digimat Software verfügbar und führen zu den gleichen präzisen Ergebnissen wie bei den TECHNYL® A PA66-Werkstoffen. Die neuen Materialkarten heben somit die PA6-Datenbank auf das gleiche Leistungsniveau wie PA66 an. Im nächsten Schritt werden in die Digimat-Datenbank auch crashspezifische und thermische Modelle eingepflegt.

„Dank der präzisen MMI-Simulation können TECHNYL® Bauteile entwickelt werden, die leichter, leistungsfähiger und kosteneffizienter sind“, erklärt Gilles Robert, Material Expert bei DOMO. „Unsere Kunden profitieren von kürzeren Entwicklungszeiten und haben eine bessere Kontrolle über die internen Kosten. Der kontinuierliche Aufbau der TECHNYL®-Materialdatenbank erweitert das Anwendungsfeld dieser Simulationsumgebung auf PA6 Bauteile.“

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DOMO Chemicals / Marketing Solutions NV

(c) Hexcel Corporation
29.04.2022

Hexcel Composite Solutions for the Automotive, Marine, Wind Energy and Recreation Markets at JEC World 2022

Hexcel will present a wide range of high-performance composite innovations for the Automotive, Marine, Wind Energy and Recreation markets during JEC World 2022 in Paris on May 3 – 5.

Hexcel will present a wide range of high-performance composite innovations for the Automotive, Marine, Wind Energy and Recreation markets during JEC World 2022 in Paris on May 3 – 5.

G-Vent Technology for Marine Structures
Hexcel has developed a new technology for out-of-autoclave (OoA) processing that delivers a game-changing reduction in process time and cost for marine manufacturers without compromising mechanical performance. Hexcel has leveraged its experience in aerospace and wind energy to develop its new G-Vent technology for OoA processing of highly loaded, thick section marine structures such as masts, foils, and wind-assisted ship propulsion (WASP) components. A full range of Hexcel marine prepregs are now available with integrated G-Vent technology, reducing the requirement for debulking steps and ensuring extremely low porosity (<1%) regardless of the laminate thickness. Leading marine non-destructive testing specialists Q.I. Composites recently confirmed that the thick section G-Vent panels they had evaluated had void contents and laminate quality in line with state-of-the-art autoclaved prepreg components. Visitors to the Hexcel stand will see a unique 400mm carbon cube cured in a single stage using 695 layers of HexPly M79 carbon fiber UD600 prepreg with G-Vent technology.

New HexPly® Nature Range Sustainable Prepregs
HexPly® Nature Range prepregs feature proven resins such as HexPly M49, M78 and M79 with bio-derived epoxy resin content. Created for use in all industrial markets, HexPly Nature Range materials can be seamlessly integrated into existing production processes, maintaining consistent mechanical performance and processing properties. A dedicated sustainability corner of the Hexcel stand will detail Nature Range products optimized for automotive, marine, wind energy and winter sport applications. The display will include an alpine ski produced by leading manufacturer Tecnica Group Ski Excellence Center which produces skis for Blizzard and for Nordica using HexPly Nature M78.1 UD flax prepreg material. In addition to the reduced environmental impact of the sustainably grown reinforcement, the flax fiber laminates also improve impact resistance and vibration damping in the ski.

HexPly® XF Surface Technology for Improved Part Surface Finish Quality
HexPly XF is a lightweight, semi-preg material that replaces traditional in-mold gel coat. It eliminates time-consuming refinishing work typically required to obtain a paint-ready surface and produces lighter, more consistent parts with shorter cycle times and a cleaner working environment. Visitors to the stand will see a composite panel illustrating a high-quality painted surface enabled with XF technology in a diverse range of industrial applications such as super yacht roof parts, Class A surface automotive panels, and both prepreg and infused wind turbine blades.

HexPly® M49 Prepreg for Automotive Visual Carbon Parts
HexPly M49 is easy to process and is especially suitable for visual carbon fiber-look applications such as the Brabus hood scoop on display on the Hexcel stand at JEC.

HexPly® Prepregs and HiMax® Reinforcements for Performance Marine Structures
Using a scale model of a Gunboat 68 performance sailing catamaran, Hexcel will illustrate how its HexPly and HiMax materials provide manufacturers with a complete set of lightweight composite solutions for high-performance marine structures. HexPly prepreg was selected for critical structural parts of the Gunboat 68 and provides very high mechanical performance including high dry and wet Tg.

Heavyweight HiMax reinforcements offer high deposition rates and remain easy to handle after cutting, making them highly suitable for industrial applications. In combination with a lightweight PrimeTex® woven fabric, the package of carbon fiber HiMax materials developed for the Gunboat 68 enabled consistent resin flow during infusion with reduced surface print-through.

Hexcel Fibers and Reinforcements for Lightweight Sporting Equipment
Sporting equipment manufacturers rely on Hexcel composite materials to deliver the ultimate performance at the lowest possible weight. Hexcel will exhibit a number of the latest high-performance sporting equipment applications such as a Bauer hockey stick featuring PrimeTex 98 gsm AS4C 3K fabric and a Corima tri-spoke cycling wheel made with lightweight Hexcel carbon fiber UD tape. Hexcel will also demonstrate how its HexTow® carbon fibers are used in key leisure and marine applications by displaying an AEROrazr solid carbon rigging component manufactured by spar and rigging manufacturer Future Fibres for the 36th America’s Cup.

 

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Hexcel Corporation / 100% Marketing

(c) Mario Iser
27.04.2022

Mehr Mehrweglösungen für Kunststoffverpackungen

Damit Plastikabfall reduziert wird und eine Kreislaufwirtschaft funktionieren kann, sind Mehrwegsysteme essenziell. Forschende des Fraunhofer UMSICHT und des Fraunhofer IML, die im Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE zusammenarbeiten, haben für die Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg (SIM) drei kunststoffbasierte Mehrwegsysteme mit ihren Einwegalternativen verglichen. Das Ergebnis: Mehrweg ist Einweg in 14 der 17 untersuchten Kategorien überlegen und bietet großes Potenzial zum Gelingen einer Kreislaufwirtschaft. Was fehlt, sind klare politische Rahmenbedingungen und die Umsetzung der bestehenden Abfallhierarchie, die Mehrweg eigentlich priorisiert.

Damit Plastikabfall reduziert wird und eine Kreislaufwirtschaft funktionieren kann, sind Mehrwegsysteme essenziell. Forschende des Fraunhofer UMSICHT und des Fraunhofer IML, die im Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE zusammenarbeiten, haben für die Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg (SIM) drei kunststoffbasierte Mehrwegsysteme mit ihren Einwegalternativen verglichen. Das Ergebnis: Mehrweg ist Einweg in 14 der 17 untersuchten Kategorien überlegen und bietet großes Potenzial zum Gelingen einer Kreislaufwirtschaft. Was fehlt, sind klare politische Rahmenbedingungen und die Umsetzung der bestehenden Abfallhierarchie, die Mehrweg eigentlich priorisiert.

Nur 13 Prozent der in Deutschland produzierten Kunststoffe werden aus Rezyklaten hergestellt, im Verpackungsbereich sind es sogar nur 11 Prozent. Außerdem wird nur ein sehr geringer Teil für den ursprünglichen Zweck wiederverwendet, in der Regel dominieren Kaskadennutzungen (Downcycling). Darüber hinaus ist Deutschland einer der größten Exporteure von Plastikmüll weltweit. EU und Bundesregierung haben auf die Kunststoffproblematik reagiert: Die Produktion einiger Einwegplastikprodukte ist verboten, für PET-Getränkeflaschen wurde eine Rezyklatquote vorgeschrieben, und seit Anfang 2022 ist die Pfandpflicht für Einweggetränkeflaschen auf sämtliche Getränkearten ausgeweitet worden. »Green Deal und Taxonomie-Verordnung der EU geben die richtige Richtung für ein nachhaltiges Wirtschaften vor. Aus unserer Sicht gibt es aber folgendes Problem: Die im europäischen Abfallrecht seit Jahrzehnten geregelte Abfallhierarchie definiert eine Rangfolge bei Erzeugung und Umgang mit Kunststoffabfällen. Darin ist das Recycling der Mehrfachnutzung nachgelagert. Die Umsetzung dieser Abfallhierarchie findet bislang aber kaum statt.«, erklärt Jürgen Bertling vom Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT und Projektleiter der Studie.

Zirkularität, Performance und Nachhaltigkeit
Insbesondere für Kunststoffverpackungen existieren derzeit vorwiegend Einweglösungen. Einige Mehrwegsysteme finden sich im B2B-Bereich z. B. in der Automobilindustrie und beim Obst- und Gemüsetransport. Im B2C-Bereich sind sie eher die Ausnahme wie z. B. die Transportkisten für Lebensmittel vom regionalen Bauern. Ziel der aktuellen Studie des Fraunhofer CCPE im Auftrag der Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg war es daher, kunststoffbasierte Mehrwegverpackungssysteme zu bewerten, sie mit Einwegalternativen zu vergleichen und Empfehlungen für eine Stärkung der Kreislaufwirtschaft abzuleiten. Dazu analysierten die Forschenden die drei Mehrwegsysteme Obst- und Gemüsesteigen (bereits im Handel etabliert), Pflanzentrays (in Vorbereitung für einen großflächigen Einsatz) und Coffee-to-go-Becher (Einführungsphase). Sie wurden mit den jeweils entsprechenden Einweglösungen in den drei Bereichen Zirkularität, Performance und Nachhaltigkeit in insgesamt 17 Unterkategorien verglichen. Das Ergebnis: Mehrweg bietet für alle drei untersuchten Demonstratoren klare Vorteile – von der Materialeffizienz über geringere Kunststoffemissionen bis hin zu einem besseren Produktschutz durch robustere Ausführungen.

Mehrweg bedeutet für Unternehmen zwar zunächst einen höheren Kapitaleinsatz durch den Aufbau von Logistik und Rückfuhrsystemen, Lagerflächen und Reinigungstechnik. Langfristig erweisen sich Mehrwegsysteme jedoch als preiswerter und ressourcenschonender, sie stärken das regionale Wirtschaften und tragen zu einer erhöhten technologischen Souveränität bei. »Entscheidend für die Vorteilhaftigkeit eines Mehrwegsystems sind dabei vor allem die Umlaufzahl und die Distributionsstruktur: Je höher die Umlaufzahl und je niedriger die Transportdistanzen, desto besser schneidet Mehrweg gegenüber Einweg ab. Hier sind also dezentrale Poollösungen elementar«, erläutert Kerstin Dobers vom Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik IML, Mitautorin der Studie. Im Vergleich mit anderen Verpackungsmaterialien wie Papier oder Holz weist Kunststoff eine Vielzahl vorteilhafter Eigenschaften auf – leicht, haltbar, chemisch inert – und bleibt damit für zahlreiche Anwendungen, gerade bei Mehrwegsystemen, das Material der Wahl.

Abfallhierarchie konsequent umsetzen und Mehrweg optimieren
Dieser Bericht wendet sich gleichermaßen an Politik, Verbände, Hersteller von Kunststoffverpackungen und Anbieter von Mehrweg-Poollösungen. Das Autorenteam empfiehlt schlussfolgernd zwei zentrale Maßnahmen: Zum einen sollten Wege zur konsequenten Umsetzung der Abfallhierarchie aufgezeigt und gefördert werden. Einwegsysteme sollen erst dann zum Tragen kommen, wenn die Möglichkeiten der Mehrfachnutzung ausgeschöpft sind. »Dieses Ergebnis der Studie steht im Gegensatz zur heutigen Realität am Verpackungsmarkt. Es muss neue politische Rahmenbedingungen geben, die das Umgehen dieser Reihenfolge sanktionieren. Gleichzeitig sollten Anreizsysteme für Unternehmen geschaffen werden, um vermehrt Mehrweglösungen für Kunststoffe zu etablieren«, sagt Jürgen Bertling. Er fordert zudem eine Überprüfung der Abfallhierarchie durch ein Expertengremium und nachfolgend ihre strikte Umsetzung in der Praxis. Sinnvoll sei außerdem, weniger auf die Recyclingquoten zu schauen, sondern anspruchsvolle Rezyklatanteile in der Produktion vorzugeben.

Laut Kerstin Dobers ist die zweite zentrale Maßnahme, die vorhandenen Optimierungspotenziale für Mehrweglösungen auszuschöpfen, damit ihre Vorteile weiter ausgebaut und mögliche Defizite beseitigt werden: »Sicherlich sind auch bei den Mehrweglösungen noch zahlreiche Innovationen möglich, gerade im Online-Handel oder in der Take-away-Branche. Gute Lösungen zeichnen sich dadurch aus, dass die Verpackungen modular sind und ihr Volumen reduzierbar ist (nestbar oder klappbar). Hier sind Rahmenbedingungen für nationale und internationale Standardisierungen gefragt, um die ökologischen Potenziale der Mehrwegsysteme auszuschöpfen.« Darüber hinaus müssten Umweltkennzeichen (Label) zur Kennzeichnung von Mehrweg und Einweg eindeutig sein. Hier seien vor allem Verbände gefragt.

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Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT

 

(c) 2022, SSM
07.04.2022

Swiss Textile Machinery members at Techtextil

High-performance yarns now offer almost unlimited possibilities for replacing traditional raw materials in a vast range of technical applications. Often tailor-made, these filament yarns go way beyond the conventional idea of ‘textiles’ – finding new uses in sectors such as automotive, aviation, maritime, medical and construction, among many others.

Technical textiles are everywhere in our daily lives today, even if we may not always realize it. Some are in more obviously textile products, from sewing threads to artificial turf. But then, take cars as an example: modern vehicles are stuffed with parts made from sophisticated yarns. It’s common for producers of automotive parts now to send template material and requirement lists to Swiss Textile Machinery members, trusting their expertise and experience. Members operate development and testing centers with latest machine installations, where their experts devise customized solutions, as well as calling on the pure innovative spirit which is part of their DNA.

High-performance yarns now offer almost unlimited possibilities for replacing traditional raw materials in a vast range of technical applications. Often tailor-made, these filament yarns go way beyond the conventional idea of ‘textiles’ – finding new uses in sectors such as automotive, aviation, maritime, medical and construction, among many others.

Technical textiles are everywhere in our daily lives today, even if we may not always realize it. Some are in more obviously textile products, from sewing threads to artificial turf. But then, take cars as an example: modern vehicles are stuffed with parts made from sophisticated yarns. It’s common for producers of automotive parts now to send template material and requirement lists to Swiss Textile Machinery members, trusting their expertise and experience. Members operate development and testing centers with latest machine installations, where their experts devise customized solutions, as well as calling on the pure innovative spirit which is part of their DNA.

At the extremes
Technology drives applications beyond our current imagining in the case of Heberlein air splicers. Developed for a wide range of uses with high-strength technical fibers, they have no problems splicing aramid fibers up to 16’100 dtex, carbon up to 30’000 dtex, Dyneema up to 5’500 dtex, and glass up to 4’800 tex. Using compressed air, the splicers produce a tear-resistant, homogeneous splice of material without interfering knots.

Retech has the technology to achieve specifications for filament yarns, drawing and stretching fibers to perfection. Top heated godet rolls – many customized – are developed for high-performance fibers. Temperatures up to 400 °C can be achieved. Combining the right settings and wide speed ranges for each specific process results in unique end-products.

Fabric producers of high-end applications must avoid any quality risk. Yarn producers are well aware of this responsibility, so they use precision package winders for technical yarns, developed by Rieter’s subsidiary SSM. Taking yarns from ring twisting bobbins, its specialist finish winders can produce coarse-count technical yarns up to 50’000 dtex, offering a new level of flexibility and winding quality.

Lifestyle essentials
At first glance, motorists might fail to notice many of the technical yarns ‘hidden’ inside their cars. These products have functions such as providing stability with hardly any weight, or absorbing tensile forces at defined elongation. This kind of controlled elongation behaviour, for example, arises from the choice of textile material and the special construction of the yarns used.

Such specifications make twisting and cabling machines essential for the automotive industry. Saurer offers machines for the production of technical yarns made from a variety of feed materials in a very wide yarn count range. They are needed for vehicle products such as tire carcasses, toothed engine belts, seat belts, airbags and lorry tarpaulins.

Technical yarns also play a surprising role in our mobile devices. Tapping, scrolling and swiping are second nature for billions, with our phones and a plethora of other lifestyle essentials. Yet, how many people would know that the touch-sensitivity we take for granted on these screens is largely made possible by twisted glass fibers. Bräcker, part of Rieter’s components business, offers a selection of vertical sinter metal rings and nylon travelers for glass fiber twisting, so that mills can achieve high levels of productivity and quality.

Future unlimited
Automotive and communication technology are already important industries for Swiss Textile Machinery members, along with well-known technical textiles markets in sectors such as medical, transport and construction. Smart-wear is already noted as a field with significant potential. Naturally, members are constantly investigating other possibilities. Swiss textile machinery is already applied in energy (batteries), and plastics.

The Swiss Textile Machinery Pavilion will be at the Techtextil exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, taking place from 21 to 24 June 2022.

31.03.2022

Monforts at Techtextil North America

Monforts will highlight its advanced finishing and coating technologies for the production of technical textiles at Techtextil North America, which takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from May 17-19.

The company and its US representative PSP Marketing, of Charlotte, North Carolina, will be part of the centrepiece VDMA German Pavilion at the show.

Energy prices
With energy prices continuing to go through the roof, an emphasis at Techtextil North America will be on the energy and heat recovery that can be achieved with Montex stenters, through features such as the MonforClean system, in which waste heat from the drying process is used to pre-heat the drying air. This results in a radical reduction in the conventional heat supply required. A range of further resource-saving and energy recovery options can be specified per individual line installation.

Monforts will highlight its advanced finishing and coating technologies for the production of technical textiles at Techtextil North America, which takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from May 17-19.

The company and its US representative PSP Marketing, of Charlotte, North Carolina, will be part of the centrepiece VDMA German Pavilion at the show.

Energy prices
With energy prices continuing to go through the roof, an emphasis at Techtextil North America will be on the energy and heat recovery that can be achieved with Montex stenters, through features such as the MonforClean system, in which waste heat from the drying process is used to pre-heat the drying air. This results in a radical reduction in the conventional heat supply required. A range of further resource-saving and energy recovery options can be specified per individual line installation.

Advanced machine operation
With the highly intuitive Qualitex 800 visualization software, all article-specific settings can be stored and the formulations for thousands of treatment processes called up again at any time. Individual operators can also personalise their dashboards with the most important machine functions and process parameters.

The Qualitex 800 system is available for the automatic and continuous operation of the company’s Montex stenters, as well as its Thermex continuous dyeing ranges, Monfortex shrinking systems and Montex®Coat coating units.

Versatility is the key
Monforts Montex®Coat coating units serve an equally diverse number of markets, including tents, tarpaulins and awnings, black-out roller blinds and sail cloth, automotive interior fabrics and medical disposables. Full PVC coatings, pigment dyeing or minimal application surface and low penetration treatments and solvent coatings (in explosion-proof conditions) with knife coating, roller coating or screen printing can all be accommodated with this system.

Source:

AWOl Media / A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG

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03.03.2022

Mikroplastik im Meer: Ganzes Ausmaß noch immer nicht absehbar

Anlässlich der 5. UNEA (The United Nations Environment Assembly)-Konferenz in Nairobi, die am 2. März 2022 zu Ende ging und auf der eine Resolution zur Aufnahme der Verhandlungen für eine globale Plastikkonvention verabschiedet wurde, fordert der »Runde Tisch Meeresmüll« eine schnelle Reduktion des Eintrags von Mikroplastik in Nord- und Ostsee. In einem aktuellen Themenpapier unter Federführung des Fraunhofer UMSICHT zeigt der Runde Tisch zahlreiche Möglichkeiten auf, wie weniger Mikroplastik ins Meer gelangen kann. Dazu gehört, den Reifenabrieb zu verringern, emissionsärmere Textilien zu entwickeln beziehungsweise diese vorzuwaschen oder schärfere Vorschriften auf Baustellen für Dämmstoffe. Plastik im Meer ist eines der drängendsten Probleme auch für Nord- und Ostsee. Es wird in allen Bereichen der deutschen Meere nachgewiesen und kann die Fortpflanzungsfähigkeit und Fitness von Meereslebewesen insbesondere an der Basis des marinen Nahrungsnetzes beeinträchtigen. Das Gesamtausmaß sowohl von Menge wie Auswirkungen sei allerdings aufgrund unzureichender Untersuchungs- und Analyseverfahren noch nicht absehbar, so der Bericht.

Anlässlich der 5. UNEA (The United Nations Environment Assembly)-Konferenz in Nairobi, die am 2. März 2022 zu Ende ging und auf der eine Resolution zur Aufnahme der Verhandlungen für eine globale Plastikkonvention verabschiedet wurde, fordert der »Runde Tisch Meeresmüll« eine schnelle Reduktion des Eintrags von Mikroplastik in Nord- und Ostsee. In einem aktuellen Themenpapier unter Federführung des Fraunhofer UMSICHT zeigt der Runde Tisch zahlreiche Möglichkeiten auf, wie weniger Mikroplastik ins Meer gelangen kann. Dazu gehört, den Reifenabrieb zu verringern, emissionsärmere Textilien zu entwickeln beziehungsweise diese vorzuwaschen oder schärfere Vorschriften auf Baustellen für Dämmstoffe. Plastik im Meer ist eines der drängendsten Probleme auch für Nord- und Ostsee. Es wird in allen Bereichen der deutschen Meere nachgewiesen und kann die Fortpflanzungsfähigkeit und Fitness von Meereslebewesen insbesondere an der Basis des marinen Nahrungsnetzes beeinträchtigen. Das Gesamtausmaß sowohl von Menge wie Auswirkungen sei allerdings aufgrund unzureichender Untersuchungs- und Analyseverfahren noch nicht absehbar, so der Bericht.

Das neue Themenpapier stellt konkrete Maßnahmen vor, um den Plastikeintrag ins Meer zu verringern.
Mikroplastik stellt ein komplexes Umweltproblem dar. Es kann als direktes Mikroplastik in die Umwelt gelangen oder während der Nutzung durch Abrieb entstehen. Zur ersten Gruppe gehören zum Beispiel Kunstraseninfills oder Pelletverluste. Zur zweiten Gruppe zählen unter anderem Reifen- und Straßenabrieb, die Verwitterung von Farben und Beschichtungen, Verluste aus Dämmstoffen und die Faserfreisetzung aus Textilien. Die Reduktion von Kunststoffemissionen ist daher durch einzelne Maßnahmen nicht zu erreichen, sondern nur durch ein breites Bündel an Aktionen.

Das Papier des »Runden Tischs Meeresmüll« beruht auf den Ergebnissen einer dreiteiligen Workshopreihe, die vom Umweltbundesamt und Fraunhofer UMSICHT gemeinsam mit den Mitgliedern der Unterarbeitsgruppe zu Mikroplastik des Runden Tisches Meeresmüll organisiert wurde. Es zeigt, dass bei den Quellen und den freigesetzten Mengen noch immer auch auf Abschätzungen vertraut werden muss. Der Runde Tisch fordert daher weitere vertiefende empirische Untersuchungen, um zu belastbaren Zahlen zu kommen.

Stefanie Werner, Meeresschutzexpertin im Umweltbundesamt und Geschäftsführerin des Runden Tisch Meeresmüll: »Um das Mikroplastikproblem zu bekämpfen ist insbesondere die Kunststoffindustrie gefragt. Sie sollte Sorge tragen, die notwendigen vertiefenden Untersuchungen hinsichtlich der freigesetzten Mengen von Mikroplastik durchzuführen, um dem Vorsorge- und Verursacherprinzip zu entsprechen und so zur Lösung des zu großen Teilen durch sie verursachtem Umweltproblems beizutragen.«

28 konkrete Maßnahmen für den Meeresschutz
Jürgen Bertling von Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Korrespondenzautor des Themenpapiers: »Die Reduktion von Kunststoffemissionen ist durch singuläre Maßnahmen kaum zu erreichen, sondern erfordert zahlreiche inter- und transdisziplinäre Zugänge. Ähnlich wie bei den Erkenntnisgewinnen zum Klimawandel über die letzten Jahrzehnte werden auch bei den Kunststoffemissionen, die mit ihnen zusammenhängenden Wirkungen erst langsam verstanden. In beiden Fällen spricht die schiere Menge der Emissionen, aber für einen vorsorgenden Umweltschutz.«

Der Bericht des Runden Tisches Meeresmüll schlägt zu diesem Zweck 28 konkrete Maßnahmen vor. Besonders hohe Relevanz für den Meeresschutz haben dabei:

  • Verringerung der Freisetzung von Mikroplastik aus Reifenabrieb durch Anpassung von Verkehrskonzepten und neue Reifenmaterialien;
     
  • Entwicklung emissionsärmerer Textilien und besserer Verarbeitungstechnologien sowie Vorwaschen von Textilien;
     
  • Verminderung der Einträge der besonders leichten und damit mobilen Polystyrolschaumstoffe aus der Bauwirtschaft durch Schärfung der Vorgaben zur Verwendung und Verarbeitung von Dämmstoffen und Einsatz von temporären Niederschlagsfiltern um Baustellen;
     
  • Verbesserung der Regenwasserbehandlung als zentralem Eintragspfad für nicht intendiertes Mikroplastik bspw. durch Bodenretentionsfilter;
     
  • Reduzierung des Einsatzes von Kunststoffen in umweltoffenen Anwendungen in der Meeres-/Küstenumwelt (z.B. Geotextilien, Korrosionsschutz von Offshore-Installationen);
     
  • Ausstattung des bestehenden freiwilligen Konzepts der Kunststoffindustrie »Operation Clean Sweep« mit einer extern validierten Zertifizierung für Pellets von Kunststoff-Werkstoffen (Granulate, Flakes, Grieß oder Pulver);
     
  • Regulierung von bewusst zugesetztem Mikroplastik und Entwicklung und Implementierung von Normen und Standards, um für bestimmte Produkte und Materialien die biologische Abbaubarkeit auch unter marinen Bedingungen sicherzustellen.

Runder Tisch Meeresmüll
Der Runde Tisch Meeresmüll steht unter der Schirmherrschaft des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz, nukleare Sicherheit und Verbraucherschutz, des Niedersächsischen Ministeriums für Umwelt, Energie, Bauen und Klimaschutz und des Umweltbundesamtes

Source:

Umweltbundesamt und Fraunhofer UMSICHT

(c) Composites Germany
Composites Index: current general business situation
04.02.2022

Composites Germany: Results of the 18th Composites Market Survey

  • Assessment of current business situation positive
  • Future expectations subdued
  • Investment climate friendly
  • Varied expectations for application industries
  • GRP is still a growth driver
  • Composites Index is now positive

This is the 18th time that Composites Germany has identified the latest performance indicators for the fibre-reinforced plastics market. The survey covered all the member companies of the three major umbrella organisations of Composites Germany: AVK, Leichtbau Baden-Württemberg and the VDMA Working Group on Hybrid Lightweight Construction Technologies.
As before, to ensure a smooth comparison with the previous surveys, the questions in this half-yearly survey have been left unchanged. Once again, the data obtained in the survey is largely qualitative and relates to current and future market developments.

You can read more about it in the attached document.

  • Assessment of current business situation positive
  • Future expectations subdued
  • Investment climate friendly
  • Varied expectations for application industries
  • GRP is still a growth driver
  • Composites Index is now positive

This is the 18th time that Composites Germany has identified the latest performance indicators for the fibre-reinforced plastics market. The survey covered all the member companies of the three major umbrella organisations of Composites Germany: AVK, Leichtbau Baden-Württemberg and the VDMA Working Group on Hybrid Lightweight Construction Technologies.
As before, to ensure a smooth comparison with the previous surveys, the questions in this half-yearly survey have been left unchanged. Once again, the data obtained in the survey is largely qualitative and relates to current and future market developments.

You can read more about it in the attached document.

Source:

Composites Germany / AVK-TV GmbH