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Uster: zero-tolerance quality for nonwovens producers

The most critical medical and hygiene applications demand zero-tolerance of any contamination fragments larger than 1 mm can be found by the Uster Jossi fiber cleaning system. This system of the provider of textile testing and quality control solutions, Uster Technologies AG, Uster/Switzerland, also ejects unwanted substances swiftly.
Operating in the preparatory stages before spunlacing, Uster Jossi Vision Shield reliably detects and eliminates the tiniest particles of contaminant.
Uster Jossi Vision Shield deploys the imaging spectroscope technology, identifying contamination in a fraction of a second, and just as quickly removing it from the mass of good fiber material. Detection works across a much greater wavelength than conventional camera systems, so that contamination as small as a single hair and in the lightest colors is pinpointed, even in IR and UV light ranges.
The process of detecting and removing contamination from bleached cotton and man-made fibers inevitably generates some waste. The system ensures a minimum of good fiber is lost by continuously measuring the velocity of the fiber tufts.
Nonwovens producers can use all this detection power to achieve the guaranteed levels of both comfort for contact with human skin, and appearance, as well as the required quality standards for medical uses.


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Bräcker: presentation at ShanghaiTex 2019

The manufacturer of key components for ring spinning machines Bräcker AG, Zurich/Switzerland, will present a new traveler with up to 50 % longer lifetime and shorter running-in period at the ShanghaiTex from November 25-28, 2019 in Shanghai/China. The new Carbo traveler for ring spinning machines is specially designed for man-made fiber spinners. Carbo is a new coating technology which improves the sliding properties. This results in up to 50 % longer lifetime and a shorter running-in period. Recommended applications next to man-made fibers are also their blends, core yarns and all yarn counts.
In addition, Bräcker exhibits its portfolio of high-quality products which meets the continually rising demands on the textile market like higher speeds and productivity. The rings and travelers offer long service lives, very low yarn breaks and no thermal damages when processing man-made fibers.


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Dornbirn GFC with GFC Startup Days

Sustainability/circular economy, digitalization, technical textiles, nonwovens and the 1st Startup Days are the hot topics at the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (GFC) in Dornbirn/Austria. More than 100 international experts will present their latest innovations of the textile industry.
Sustainable resource management has become a key element for our future. The Dornbirn GFC offers its platform of sustainability and circular economy. The internationally renowned marine research center Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, California/USA, will present new research results and solutions to the topic “Microplastics – a challenge of the 21st century”.
The lecture held by Microsoft will discuss the question of whether the technology from the software industry makes a positive contribution to recycling management and sustainability.
Palo Alto Networks Inc., Santa Clara, California/USA, will provide insights into “Cyber Security - what does the actual landscape look like?”.
The 1st Dornbirn GFC Startup Days take place on September 11-12, in cooperation with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and are designed to provide a networking platform for young companies. Startups in the areas of Smart Fibers, Smart Applications, Smart SportsTech & Outdoor as well as Smart Sustainability & Circular Economy will be present at the congress.
Plenary lectures on the opening day concern topics such as “Man-made fibers in Europe: new and existing challenges in a politically changing environment” and “Challenges of sustainability of synthetic fibers as well as cellulosic fibers”.
Another main topic at the GFC will be digitalization in Europe. Specialists from PwC, Palo Alto Networks, Oerlikon, Microsoft and Henn will debate about the current situation and the question, if Europe can compete with “Silicon Valley” in terms of innovation environment, or if it is already time for a “Silicon Valley & beyond.”  
Furthermore, more than 100 expert lectures on key topics as Fiber innovations, Circular economy and Sustainability, Digitalization and Smart textiles, Surface modification and Additives, Sports and leisure wear as well as Nonwovens and Technical textiles will be held.

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Trützschler: intelligent machine technologies and digital solutions

The producer of textile machinery Trützschler GmbH, Mönchengladbach /Germany, presented at the ITMA 2019 from June 20-26, 2019, in Barcelona/Spain, new solutions for spinning preparation, nonwovens & man-made fibers.
The new intelligent card TC 19i automatically and continuously optimizes the carding gap whose setting has a critical influence on quality and performance. With a precision not achievable by humans, the intelligent card permanently realizes even the narrowest carding gap setting of 3/1000 inch. In addition, new cloud-based digital monitoring and management systems provide yarn manufacturers with transparency over all processes in the spinning mill. The My Wires app, for example, provides information on the status of clothings and service intervals and helps with the planning of reorders. Competent service for re-clothing can be provided immediately by Trützschler Card Clothing (TCC). These digital platforms are not exclusive to Trützschler technology.
An innovation in the blowroom offers more economy and quality as well: The Portal Bale Opener BO-P, with widths of 2,900 mm or 3,500 mm, allows significantly more bales to be placed side by side and processes them in parallel using 2 opening rolls. Thus, it results in significantly better blending and higher productions of up to 3,000 kg/h. As a complete supplier for spinning preparation, Trützschler is also breaking new ground in draw frames, the quality filters in the spinning mill. The autoleveller draw frame TD 10 automatically adjusts the break draft for optimum sliver quality and realizes cost savings due to its compact design and energy-efficient suction system. Like the TC 19i and the BO-P, the TD 10 provides the operator-friendly T-LED remote display which visualizes important machine and production information in a simple way.


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Yarn Expo: earlier September date

Yarn Expo Autumn will take place from September 25-27, 2019 in Shanghai/China. In 2018, the show featured a wide range of yarn and fiber products with 501 exhibitors from 14 countries & regions. The fair will be held concurrently with the 25th Autumn Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, in order to maximize exposure within the textile supply chain.
Last year’s Yarn Expo Autumn proved itself as a strong trading platform as it maintained high exhibitor and visitor turnout, despite the 2018 fair being unable to be held concurrently with Intertextile due to fairground renovations.
The variety of products on offer, as well as the diverse nature of buyer backgrounds found at the fair come together to create a quality business platform. Product groups on offer at the fair will be: natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk and flax/ramie); man-made fibers (regenerated and synthetic); specialty fibers; natural and blend yarns (cotton, wool, silk and linen/ramie); man-made and blend yarns (regenerated and synthetic); elastic yarns; fancy yarns; specialty yarns.
For further information: www.yarn-expo-autumn.hk.messefrankfurt.com.


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Oerlikon: new of state-of-the-art R&D and production facility

Oerlikon Additive Manufacturing (AM), a Segment of the technology group Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, inaugurated its US$ 55 million Innovation Hub & Advanced Component Production facility in Huntersville, NC/USA, as part of its ongoing US growth strategy. The facility will serve as a cornerstone of Oerlikon’s additive manufacturing business in the USA.
The additive manufacturing production facility is Oerlikon’s second location in North Carolina – the other site being a center that provides man-made fibers, in particular, carpet yarn systems. Additive manufacturing uses high-tech tools, rapid prototyping and metal and plastics 3D printing to help customers create new components and transform production processes. With the help of Oerlikon additive manufacturing experts and using these new technologies, companies can produce more complex and better performing components that are lighter and last longer, while also simplifying logistics and reducing their environmental impact.
Oerlikon employs more than 1,300 people in 18 US states. The company previously announced that it intends to expand its footprint in the USA in upcoming years.

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The Fiber Year: world fiber production only +1%

In 2018, the worsening economic climate has taken its toll on fiber production that has experienced the slowest growth in three years at 1% to almost 106 million tons. Natural fibers declined by nearly 2% as result of lower cotton cultivation and the manmade fiber business continued its 10 year expansion. Growth of 2% at synthetic fibers was once again outpaced by cellulosic fibers lifting output by almost 3%.
Global activity in spun yarn and filament manufacturing has decelerated likewise to 1% with the filament production growth remaining in positive territory since financial crisis. Dynamics in nonwovens and unspun applications experienced faster expansion than yarns in the 5th consecutive year at 4%.
The textile yearbook “The Fiber Year 2019” from The Fiber Year GmbH, Speicher/Switzerland, comprises latest data and trends on natural and man-made fibers, raw materials with a forecast until 2022 as well as nonwovens. The electronic report with 333 pages can be purchased for CHF650 at: www.thefiberyear.com


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Beaulieu Fibres International: New fibers for nonwovens

One of the largest European producer of polyolefin fibers, Beaulieu Fibres International (BFI), Wielsbeke/Belgium, showcased innovations that pursue new opportunities in areas like automotive, geotextiles, flooring, filtration, upholstery, concrete reinforcement and hygiene.
Greener needlepunch fabrics – the new polyolefin staple fiber UltraBond brings significant sustainability and cost-efficiency benefits to needlepunch fabrics. It eliminates the need for latex or other chemical binders to consolidate nonwovens, contributing to a fully recyclable system. It opens up a new path to create 100% polypropylene (PP) needlepunch fabrics which meet the same performance requirements while reducing the end-of-life environmental impact.
Lightweight geotextiles – BFI’s high tenacity fibers HT8 offer very high tensile strength without compromising on elongation. The fibers provide opportunities to reduce geotextile system cost by maximizing machine efficiency and ensure desired performance at reduced weight - up to 15% compared with standard geotextile fibers. The company also offers a higher dtex range for environmental applications (TRM) and soil reinforcement.
Lightweight automotive composites – the new UltraLink family of engineered PP bonding fibers for thermoplastic lightweight composites are designed to provide an optimal cost to performance ratio in needlepunched compression molded composite materials, when blended with glass, natural or synthetic reinforcement fibers. The fibers are customized to improve the mechanical, thermal and functional properties of the composite, supporting the automotive industry in the continuous strive to reduce weight and improve comfort in a sustainable way.
“Fresh” innovation for hygiene – the new PET-core-Bico staple fibers support the segment’s search to improve final product performance. They bring the advantages of PP or PE sheaths to resilient hygiene-destined nonwovens. The use of PE in the sheath provides softness as required in top sheets, for example, while the configuration with PP in the sheath answers the requirements for ultrasonic bonding. Fibres come in a dtex range from 1.3-6.7 dtex/40 mm in their antimony (Sb)-free version, as required by the latest hygiene safety regulations. The new fibers are part of BFI’s extensive range of Meraklon man-made fibers meeting key market requirements for softness, opacity and lightweight fabrics for hygiene products.


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Itema: new technical textiles division Itematech

Having recently signed an agreement for the business lease of and PTMT srl (formerly Panter), Grandino/Italy, the provider of advanced weaving solutions, Itema SpA, Colzate/Italy, will launch its new textiles division, named Itematech, at the Techtextil in Frankfurt/Germany from May 14-17, 2019. The new company will be exclusively dedicated to producing weaving machines for the benefit of technical fabrics weavers.
Technical fabrics industry differs significantly from standard fabrics production, since it involves highly innovative man-made fibers and yarns and addresses end markets characterized by particular trends. Thanks to the strong know-how resulting from the merger of the expertise and competences between the 2 weaving manufacturers, Itematech will offer a wide range of technological solutions to weave technical fabrics, with a e product portfolio which ranges from negative and positive rapier, to air-jet and projectile weaving machines.

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CIRFS: Paul Schlack Prize 2019 call for applications

The aim of the European Man-Made Fibers Association (CIRFS), Brussels/Belgium, in awarding the Paul Schlack Man-Made Fibres Prize is to promote research and development in manufacturing, processing and application of man-made fibers in Europe.
The prize will be awarded on the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (Dornbirn GFC) on September 11-13, 2019.
There are 2 prize categories:
• the Paul Schlack prize awarded with € 3,000 - for an author of a theme from a university or research institute;
• the honorary prize for a project leader of a joint research project between university/research institute and industry.
Proposals should be submitted to CIRFS as soon as possible, taking into account the deadline of April 2, 2019. Application documents shall be preferably in English, or in another European language, and shall include a copy of the published work. An English summary must be provided in all cases.
For further information: www.cirfs.org

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