Textile Technology section
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TMAS: Swedish machinery companies at Heimtextil 2020
The decision by Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of the annual Heimtextil exhibition for home textiles, to significantly expand its focus on textile technologies in 2020, has received an extremely enthusiastic response from members of the Textile Machinery Association of Sweden (TMAS), Stockholm/Sweden.
At Heimtextil 2019, TMAS member ACG Kinna Automatic AB, Skene, generated a significant buzz with live demonstrations of its new robotic pillow filling system and will provide details of how it has been further developed over 2019. It has the ability to fill and finish some 3,840 pillows per 8-hour shift, resulting in significant savings in both labor and energy for busy home textile businesses.
Meanwhile, in Q1/2020, ES Automatex Solution AB, Sparsör, the specialist in automated cutting, sewing and folding equipment, is planning to launch another innovation in advanced manufacturing for the bedding industry. They have developed a new fitted sheet machine which is able to sew 90 corners and the elastics simultaneously, in a single operation.
3 further TMAS members will be exhibiting for the first time at a joint stand at the show. IRO AB, Ulricehamn, will be providing information on new introductions to its product range, including the ZTF Zero Twist Feeder which keeps yarns or fiber tows constantly stretched to avoid the risks of any snarls or twisting and the ATC-W advanced tension controller for constantly regulating weft feeders at high speeds.
Eltex of Sweden AB, Osby, will focus on its advanced systems for the sewn products sector, including the UPG-Stitch thread break sensor, which is based on the piezoelectric principle and is suitable for all types of yarns while being insensitive to dust, dirt and humidity variations. The Eltex thread sensor is meanwhile designed to monitor up to 6 intermittent running threads on automatic sewing machines. The eyelets are scanned electronically and it detects both broken and continuously moving threads, allowing yarn movement to be precisely monitored even at low yarn tension.
Svegea of Sweden, Uddevalla, designs, manufactures and installs bespoke bias cutting, roll slitting and rewinding and inspection machines. The company’s complete Bias System includes a tube sewing unit a bias cutter/winder for opening up previously-formed tube material – spirally on a bias – and strip cutter.
Circular woven materials are fed to the cutter via the revolving winder to be slit at angles, so that both the warp and weft of the weave are skewed at specified angles. This allows the slit fabrics to drape and form much more easily to complex shapes, with a range of potential applications in areas such as indoor and outdoor furniture, as well as bedding etc.
ELG: Cooperation with America’s Cup Team
The recycled carbon fiber materials specialist ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd., Coseley/UK, cooperates with the British America’s Cup Team Ineos Team UK. ELG has already processed over 1.2 tons of Challengers waste materials and used these fibers to produce 2 cradles for race boat Britannia. Moulds for the hull regions of the team’s test boats have also been manufactured using the same technology.
Ineos Team UK’s waste comprised of pre-impregnated and cured parts from the current campaign which ELG has subsequently reprocessed into thermoset and thermoplastic compounds and non-woven mats. Britannia was officially launched October 2019 at the Ineos Team UK’s headquarters in Portsmouth/UK. The 75ft foiling monohull is the first of its size and represents an entirely new breed of race boat. A structure of this proportion requires a strong and stable cradle to support the boat in transit. ELG’s non-woven carbon fiber mats were used to produce the curved cradles the hull sits upon. Vacuum infusion was selected as the most economic method for manufacturing these parts, although ELG materials can also be used in prepreg and liquid compression molding processes. ELG’s products were also incorporated into the hull mold, which again was made using a vacuum infusion process.
Pantone: Classic blue is color of the year 2020
Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity, a timeless and enduring blue hue. The supplier of color management systems, X-rite Pantone LLC, Carlstadt, NJ/USA, announced Classic Blue, or Pantone 19-4052, as its color of the year for 2020.
For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions.
Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.
Domotex USA: 2nd edtion in February 2020
The 2nd edition of the trade fair for floor coverings Domotex USA will be taking place on February 5-7, 2020 in Atlanta, GA/USA. This is the only North-American trade fair and conference event with a focus on carpets and floor coverings.
The forthcoming edition benefits from a comprehensive support program featuring keynote speakers, who will specifically address retailers, designers, the skilled trades, builders and real estate developers.
The 2020 exhibitor list includes some of the biggest manufactures, such as USFloors and Anderson Tuftex. Among the best-known companies to have booked exhibition space so far are The Dixie Group, Mullican Flooring, Milliken, American OEM, Foss Floor, etc.
Autoneum: Competence Center relocated to Switzerland
The automotive supplier Autoneum Management AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, relocates the Competence Center New Mobility from Sunnyvale CA/USA, to Winterthur/Switzerland. As a result of the slowdown in the automotive industry and the continuing low market level forecasted in the medium term, the cost structure at the Group’s headquarters in Winterthur/Switzerland, has been adjusted, among other things, by selective staff reduction. To further reinforce new mobility activities, they will be concentrated at the Research and Technology Center in Winterthur/Switzerland.
A comprehensive assessment by the new Group Management focusing on Business Group North America and taking into account the course of business from January to November 2019 led to a revaluation of the situation. It has become apparent that the problems in North America are not limited to 2 US plants and deficient ramp-ups there. Accordingly, a comprehensive turnaround program focusing on operational excellence and the improvement of cost structures is being developed and implemented in Business Group North America.
Due to the continuing losses of Business Group North America, Autoneum expects a net loss for the financial year 2019 in the high double-digit million range.
Myant: Cooperation with Osmotex
To integrate and commercialize Hydro_Bot electronic moisture management technology for textile-based applications the textile computing company Myant Inc., Toronto/Canada, announced a joint venture with the producer of electronically controlled moisture management technology Osmotex AG, Thalwil, Switzerland.
The integration of Hydro_Bot with Myant’s existing portfolio of textile-based sensing and actuating capabilities opens up new possibilities across a wide range of domains including sweat/moisture management and thermal regulation. Hydro_Bot technology is capable of moving 200 liters of fluid across a square meter of textile every hour via an electroosmotic process, providing a practically limitless ability to manage moisture in textile applications. Applied in conjunction with Myant’s existing capability to deliver heat via textile and to achieve effective passive moisture wicking via novel knitted structures, the combination of technologies is poised to dramatically improve the ability to regulate body temperature in applications such as personal protective equipment for workers in heavy industry, protective gear for workers in hot desert-like climates, performance wear like snow suits or skiing apparel in cold climates, footwear, motorcycling apparel, and more. In addition to apparel, significant market opportunities exist in the moisture management as applied to the automotive industry and in the healthcare industry.
Techtextil NA/Texprocess Americas: Early Bird Registration
From May 12-14, 2020, Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA/USA. The co-located events will bring decision makers from all of the major industries that touch technical textiles, nonwovens, sewn products, equipment and technology together in one place to experience the latest innovations.
With a single badge, visitors gain access to the show floors of both shows, including 500+ exhibiting companies, international media outlets and pavilions representing top contributors to the global textile industry, providing unparalleled exposure to new business opportunities and potential partnerships. New to the joint show floors are several special feature areas including The Lab, an interactive area featuring equipment and technology for textile testing and standards, and The Studio, a micro-factory and product development planning area.
With the all-new, tiered pricing structure, those who register prior to February 18, 2020, will have the opportunity for substantial cost savings on exhibit hall, symposium and special event purchases.
For further information: www.techtextilNA.com or www.TexprocessAmericas.com
TMAS: 2 new members with Industry 4.0 technology
The Textile Machinery Association of Sweden (TMAS), Stockholm/Sweden, welcomes 2 new companies – both at the forefront of sustainable and Industry 4.0-enabled technologies – to its membership.
The first is Coloreel AB, Jönköping/Sweden, the developer of a thread coloring unit which enables the instant and high-quality coloring, fixation, washing and lubrication of thread to take place simultaneously to the actual embroidering of a fabric, representing an entirely new approach to this traditional field.
The advanced colorization software and instant thread coloring technology allows a single needle to carry out what previously required multiples of them, and with much more consistent stitch quality. Designed to work with any existing industrial embroidery machine without modification, the stand-alone Coloreel unit allows set-up and lead times to be reduced as well as significant flexibility in production schedules, while eliminating the need for large thread inventories. The unit can also reduce the total production time required for complex designs by up to 80%, as well as instant reaction to the specific color requirements of customers.
The second new TMAS member, imogo AB, Limhamn/Sweden, has the patent-pending FlexDyer process which provides opportunities for major savings in water, energy, chemicals and dyes by as much as 90% compared to conventional jet dyeing systems, as well as in lowering maintenance and labor costs. Imogo’s Mini-Max spray test unit is also available for the achievement of offline ‘right first time’ results for the company’s industrial scale Dye-Max.
The savings in treatment water the Dye-Max achieves are due to the extremely low liquor ratio of 0.3-0.8 l/kg of fabric and at the same time, the low liquor ratio and the spray process require considerably less auxiliary chemicals to start with. The low liquid content in the fabric also minimizes the energy required for fixation. The Dye-Max has a working speed of up to 50 m/min with the practical speed determined by the fabric weight and application volume. The Spray Applicator can also be incorporated in existing lines to replace a padder, both for dyeing and applying finishing chemistry, in order to increase their productivity and reduce the environmental footprint of existing processes.
Textile Exchange: Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report 2019
The international non-profit organization Textile Exchange, O’Donnell, TX/USA, has published the Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report (PFMR) 2019, which measures the production of fiber and materials with improved social and environmental impacts – known as Preferred. This in-depth report focuses on the industry’s supply side, analyzing production volumes, availability and emerging fiber trends.
The PFMR 2019 reveals that global fiber production has doubled in the last 20 years, reaching an all-time high of 107 million tons in 2018 and is expected to grow to 145 million tons by 2030 if business-as-usual continues. Included in this production increase from the 2018 reporting year are more responsible (preferred) options for almost all fiber categories.
The PFMR focuses on data in various fiber categories, including plant-based natural fibers, animal-based fibers and materials, man-made cellulosic fibers and synthetic fibers, as well as taking a look at sustainability standards, initiatives, and trends. The report finds that the Manmade Cellulosic Fibers category (MMCFs) is increasing steadily with a market share of approx. 6.2% of total fiber production volume, which is double what it was in 1990 and is expected to continue growing. MMCFs include viscose, acetate, lyocell, modal, and cupro.
In the Synthetic Fiber Category for 2018, polyester was reported to have a market share of around 52% of the global fiber production, making it the most widely used fiber worldwide.
In an effort to accelerate the industry’s use of preferred fibers, Textile Exchange initiated a commitment to recycled polyester, one type of preferred polyester that encouraged brands and retailers to publicly commit to increasing their use of recycled polyester by 25% by 2020. This goal was achieved in 2018 - 2 years early!