Textile Technology section
Archroma: start of production of hand sanitizersIn May 2020, the producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, started bulk production of a new range of hand sanitizers at its Landhi site in Pakistan. The new Kieralon HS range was developed by the R&D team at the Archroma Center of Excellence in Karachi, in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. The Kieralon HS range is being produced in different grades and concentrations to eliminate a broad range of germs, bacteria and viruses, to cater for various healthcare and hygiene requirements. They also include emollients and display non-stick and quick drying effect, for skin comfort. Archroma is also actively supporting manufacturers in the production of face masks and medical protective equipment. Due to the corona pandemic its antimicrobial and barrier products are in high demand. Moreover Archroma helps existing and new customers entering this sector by providing technical know-how and support.
Mayer & Cie.: 115th birthdayOn July 8, 1905, Johann Georg Conzelmann, his 2 sons Karl and Jakob, Jakob Schmid, the brothers Johann Georg and Johannes Mayer, Emil Schweikhofer and Johannes Neher signed a record in the Commercial Register, reading "Vereinigte Mechanische Werkstätten Mayer & Cie. With the then 20 employees in the year of foundation, a diverse range of products such as sewing machines and bicycles was manufactured. The list of repair works was even wider, also including heating systems and circular looms. As proprietary products, the latter soon became a commercial success. Only in the thirties, they had to make way for circular knitting machines, today’s successful signature product. In the meantime, Mayer & Cie. GmbH & Co. KG, Albstadt/Germany, with 340 employees in Albstadt-Tailfingen and around 450 employees worldwide, is now one of the market leaders in the field of circular knitting machines. Its share of the global circular knitting machine market is around 15-20 %.
Wacker: new brand for siliconesUnder the brand name Liosil, the chemical company Wacker Chemie AG, Munich/Germany, will market silicone fluids and silicone emulsions for textile and surface care products as well as for enhancing sanitary paper. These silicones improve the performance of the end product and offer important additional effects that protect treated surfaces and materials, while also making them more attractive and enhancing their sensory properties. Liosil TS is the brand name for tissue lotions. These silicone formulations noticeably improve the properties of sanitary paper, even when used in very small amounts. Additives which are based on a resource- and climate-friendly mass balancing method will be labeled with the likewise new Liosil eco logo. This means that Wacker will immediately begin using its biomethanol-based approach in household-care applications as well. The method entirely compensates for fossil-based components through the use of plant-based – i.e., climate-neutral – raw materials.
VDMA: technology webtalks for the textile, nonwoven and converting industryOn July 15, 2020, the Textile Machinery Webtalk – powered by VDMA” continues. Topic of the 2nd edition is “Technologies for the production of nonwovens for respiratory protection masks (FFP masks and surgical masks)”. Participants from 24 countries already registered. The presenters at a glance: Automated masks manufacturing with integrated inline quality control, Edgar Mähringer-Kunz (IMSTec GmbH), Auxilium FM – High-speed Surgical Mask Production Machine, Sven Weissoertel (Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH), Ways to certification and approval of surgical masks and FFP masks in Europe, Peter Stieffenhofer (msg industry advisors AG). Registration is still possible via (no participation fee): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7314492715645397006
Devan: innovative textile finish with immunity-boosting propertiesThe corona virus makes us feel more concerned than usual about staying strong and healthy. A new multivitamin blend consisting of vitamin C, vitamin E and ginger has been added by the supplier of special chemicals Devan Chemicals NV, Ronse/Belgium, to its R-Vital range of active ingredients. R-Vital range is a fabric treatment that enables textile manufacturers to boost their textiles with a range of microencapsulated active ingredients. The technology was first launched in 2018 with active ingredients including Q10, thyme oil, aloe vera, and more. The fabric treatment is based on microencapsulation. Active ingredients are encapsulated and applied to the fabric. The treated textiles touch the skin and the friction causes the microcapsules to break. Then, the active ingredients are absorbed by the skin and transported throughout the body. Since its launch in 2018, Devan has continuously added new ingredients such as CBD, avocado and enchinacea. The new “multivitamin” blend consists of vitamin C, vitamin E and ginger and is developed for immunity-boosting properties. It is a response to the corona pandemic and helps the immune system to fight off Covid-19.
Andritz: state-of-the-art spunlace line to be installed in TurkeyThe manufacturer of textiles Eruslu Nonwoven Group, Şehitkamil/Turkey, has placed an order for a complete neXline spunlace line for its plant located in Gaziantep/Turkey, with the international technology group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria. This new spunlace eXcelle line will be able to process a wide range of fibers, like polyester, viscose, lyocell, and bleached cotton, with grammages from 30 - 75 g/m². The scope of supply includes: • a complete set of Laroche opening and blending machinery, • 2 inline high-speed TT cards, • a JetlaceEssentiel unit, • a neXdry double drum through-air dryer, • a neXecodry S1 system for energy saving. It will produce high-quality wet wipes for cosmetics applications, fem care and baby diapers, dust wipes, hair dressing towels, medical bandages and gauzes, and many other products. The new line will enable Eruslu to diversify its product portfolio into new technical applications.
Mimaki: technologies of the future together with Digitak
The manufacturer of inkjet digital printers Mimaki Europe B.V., Amsterdam/Netherlands, has focused on technological diversification by installing a direct-to-fabric digital printing line at the Italien digital textile printing company Digitak. This consists of a Mimaki TX300P-1800B printing system with pigment inks and a TR300-1850C coater from Mimaki’s TR series. With its pigment inks, the new direct-to-fabric printing line allows Digitak to explore other related market segments. Thanks to the innovative automatic belt system, the TX300P-1800B guarantees good productivity and high-quality results. A standard of quality that is also boosted by the TR300-1850C fabric pre-treatment system is a coater for ensuring the preparation of fabrics for printing. According to FilippoTaccani, owner of Digitak, another beneficial factor of direct-to-fabric pigment printing technology is the eco-sustainability of the process and its lower environmental impact. Digitak’s already installed a digital printing machine Tiger-1800 in 2019. With this industrial printing system, the company aims to increase production volumes while maintaining the quality standards and further optimizing costs.
Ascend: new antiviral technology to destroy corona virus
The Acteev Biodefend technology by the manufacturer of fiber technologies Ascend Performance Materials, Houston, TX/USA, can deactivate SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Ascend files the first FDA 510(k) submission based on Acteev technology in the United States, a surgical mask under a new brand called Acteev Biodefend. Acteev Biodefend technology has been shown in laboratory tests to deactivate Sars-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 and other pathogens. Covered by more than 15 patent families, Acteev technology embeds active zinc ions into the matrix of a specialty polymer. It has been tested in multiple end forms, including knit and woven fabrics, engineered plastics and nanofiber, meltblown and spunbond nonwoven materials. Moreover Ascend launched Acteev Protect, an antimicrobial line of protection specially formulated to guard against the growth of fungi, bacteria and other microbes to keep textiles and nonwoven fabrics fresher for longer. It can be used to make face coverings, filtration devices, and textiles for upholstery and apparel such as activewear.
Loepfe: sensor detects tiny yarn irregularities
In order to ensure and achieve an efficient and smooth printed circuit boards (PCB) manufacturing process the textile quality control provider Loepfe Brothers Ltd., Wetzikon/Switzerland, developed a new optical sensor: Falcon-i. A fully integrated PCB manufacturer can control the entire manufacturing process. One of the world’s largest manufacturer of such boards and other technical glass fabrics, operating several plants in China and Taiwan, occasionally experienced tiniest unevenness on the surface of its PCB boards. Particular defects originated from exactly that woven glass fabric, eventually caused by minute filamentation of the yarn and slightest fluff accumulation during the weaving process. Falcon-i even detects the tiniest yarn irregularities. It offers extensive sensitivity levels, allowing customers to fine-tune the ratio of machine stoppages caused by necessary quality control stops. Any manufacturer of demanding technical fabrics and composite textiles used in applications such as PCB manufacturing, automotive, architecture, filtration, aeronautics, medical and carbon industry can highly benefit from this type of versatile quality monitoring sensor. The implementation of Falco-i optical yarn defect sensors in the quality control of any running yarn throughout the manufacturing process of fabrics is simple and easy.
Oerlikon Nonwoven: meltblown technology plant sold to Australia
The company OZ Health Plus, Queensland/Australia, will establish Australia’s first manufacturing plant to make the critical fine plastic material used in most protective face masks. OZ Health Plus has purchased a plant of the Nonwoven business unit of the Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, to establish a Queensland-based production plant for spun-bond and meltblown nonwovens. These fabrics are essential for Australia’s face mask manufacturers, who currently produce about 500 million medical and industrial masks per year. However the fabrics have to be imported from overseas and access to these materials has been severely disrupted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Oerlikon’s German-based business unit Oerlikon Nonwoven has now executed legal and commercial arrangements to supply the specialized machinery which can manufacture the nonwoven material locally. The same machinery is used to make almost all face masks material manufactured in Europe. The new plant will commence operations in April 2021, with a second stage planned for late 2021. The Oerlikon Nonwoven plant can produce meltblown fabrics for masks, along with other medical and non-medical grade products, filtration products, sanitary items, antiseptic wipes and more.