Textile Technology section
Starlinger: Production optimization with new software solution
With Grafit 4.0, a complete software solution for central production monitoring and digital process optimization by the producer of machinery and complete lines for woven plastic bag production Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H., Vienna/Austria, it is possible to detect machine downtimes before they happen. The software is used on Starlinger machinery and allows the operator to centrally monitor the complete machine park in real time – be it on a computer, via the smartView app, or on a monitor in the production hall.
Software solutions such as Grafit 4.0 present the data of all connected machines in a clear, accessible form, and thereby make it available to the operator for use and analysis. The data is displayed in real time – for example via the smartView app – which allows for early detection, analysis and correction of errors. The system is available for the complete Starlinger product range and has been designed with this portfolio in mind, but machines of other manufacturers can be integrated as well by means of standardized interfaces. Worldwide, around 2,000 lines are currently connected to Grafit 4.0.
Grafit 4.0 possesses a clear data structure; in the future, this structure will be geared towards machine learning, which means that the system can be trained to detect errors at an early stage.
TenCate: new campaign for functional workwear
Protective workwear is paramount in work environments with high-risk levels. TenCate Protective Fabrics, Nijverdal/Netherlands, has launched an innovative campaign within the textile industry: Made for Life.
The campaign aims to create the best protective fabrics for every aspect of life. The goal is to build a strong and trustful relationship with end users and business partners by engaging with them in a more direct manner. This will produce fabrics that employees truly like to wear, both in high and low risk environments.
By directly involving the entire value chain, TenCate are able to help end users create an innovative and improved safety culture. Coordinated action between the different value chain players is critical to make sure that employees can enjoy their new and improved protective clothing. The result is a good combination of comfort, corporate image, price/performance ratio and protection.
Amann: closed recycling management thanks to new PA sewing thread
With the recycled sewing thread Lifecycle Polyamide, made from polyamide 6.0 (PA 6) continuous filaments, the manufacturer of sewing threads and embroidery threads Amann & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, Bönnigheim/Germany, offers Cradle to Cradle threads.
Lifecycle Polyamide was developed in cooperation with the internationally active consulting institute EPEA GmbH - Part of Drees & Sommer, Hamburg/Germany. The raw material for Lifecycle Polyamide is obtained from recycled fishing nets and other textile waste. Amann does not use any silicones, since no materials that are harmful to health and/or the environment may be used during production. Only compostable dyes are used. Lifecycle Polyamide is therefore certified according to Cradle to Cradle and optimized for recycling as a raw material in the technical cycle. It allows for a consistently closed recycling management without any further waste.
Cradle to Cradle, stands for products that are either used as biological nutrients in biological cycles, or that are continuously kept in technical cycles as technical nutrients. It evaluates the 5 categories material health, material reuse, use of renewable energies, water management and social responsibility.
Freudenberg: nonwovens crimping material offers comfort at reduced costs
The producer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, is responding to the increased demands of the footwear market with an innovative crimping material made of nonwovens. The new fabric will be presented at the Lineapelle leather goods trade fair in Milan/Italy from February 19-21, 2020.
Freudenberg’s crimping material shows high irreversible deformability and dimensional stability with flexibility and soft material character. In contrast to knitted linings, the multi-directional stretching properties of the material allow uniform longitudinal and transverse stretching over the entire vamp area. A low weight-to-area ratio of the crimping material also leads to further weight reduction of the shoe.
For end users, the wearing comfort is increased, while producers reduce their costs in the production process. This is because the possibility of a direction-independent cutting leads to as much as 10% lower waste. Faster thermoplastic deformability in turn enables shorter production times. After more than 72 hours, the milled sheet still has a 100% accurate impression. At the same time, the high cut edge strength increases the creative possibilities in shoe design.
STFI goes Paris
At trade show for the composite industry JEC World 2020, from March 3-5, 2020, in Paris/France,, the Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI), Chemnitz/Germany, presents the latest developments in the field of fiber-reinforced materials for the automotive, transport and construction sectors.
The focus here is on the use of recyclates in combination with primary materials for resource-saving product developments. The institute also presents a design and manufacturing process for complex, thin-walled building geometries made of concrete. In addition to carbon fiber reinforced plastics, developments involving natural and basalt fibers are also presented.
Comez: 4-in-1 warp knitting machine for R&D
The new DNB/EL-32 is an electronically controlled warp knitting machine from the producer of textile machinery Comez International, Cilavegna/Italy, with double needle bed that is especially designed for the development and production of complex and sophisticated textiles.
Because of its versatility and flexibility, the DNB/EL-32 is the ideal machine for research and development processes in textile laboratories. Among the several innovative features on the DNB/EL-32 are the introduction of an electronically controlled 12 bar configuration and electronic long shifting device. The combination of these elements allows a high number of different configurations, since the machine can be designed with 8 or 12 bars, all electronically controlled. Further available configurations include a design with 2 central DLTs and 8 bars, or 2 external DLTs and 6 bars.
Rajby: 1st C2C Platinum Standard for a denim fabric
Rajby Textiles, Karachi/Pakistan, is the first company in the world to have achieved the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Platinum Standard for a product. Its Beluga denim fabrics have gained the ultimate sustainability score in all 5 categories covered by the C2C standard, which is acknowledged as involving the toughest and most thorough testing and assessment it is possible to put a product through.
The C2C Certified Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process, aiming to achieve a circular economy approach. The 5 quality categories on which products are graded are material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.
So far, the C2C Certified Product Registry lists 612 separate products, with 113 being Gold standard. Rajby has already achieved Gold for its Greenmystery and Blue Magic denim fabrics.
With a 10,000-strong workforce, Rajby has a monthly production of 3.2 million m of denim and 1.3 million finished garments. Its advanced technology includes a denim finishing range comprising washing compartments, padder, a weft straightener, cylinder dryers, a levelling field, a compressive shrinking unit, felt calender, inspection table and an outlet combination from A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach/Germany. With a working width of 2 m, the complete installation has a length of 42 m.
Navis Tubetex: 6 meter wide nonwovens machine
The producer of finishing machinery for the textile industry, Navis Tubetex, Lexington, NC/USA, has launched a 6 m wide nonwovens machine serving the automotive marketplace. The line comprises stenter with dryer, accumulation, inline inspection, rewind section and includes a sophisticated integrated controls package.
The 6 m line runs a wide range of nonwoven goods. This makes it suitable for wider production runs while providing waste reduction. Complementary, wide-format machinery especially for nonwovens production is currently being engineered. The launch is expected in the first quarter of 2020.
DyStar: resignation from ETAD to join TEGEWA
The manufacturer of textile auxiliaries and dyes, Dystar Singapore Pte. Ltd., Singapore, has resigned from Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD), Basel/Switzerland, and has joined the Association of Manufacturers of Process and Performance Chemicals (TEGEWA), Frankfurt/Germany, as a member since January 2020.
The executive decision to leave ETAD and join TEGEWA was made after careful considerations during the periodical reviews and business alignment sessions on current global business needs, market demands and customers’ requirements. The company concluded the immediate need to work with an organization that can better represent and support the chemical industry in a fast and challenging environment and at the same time provide essential support to the textile chemical producers, the brands and retailers, among other stakeholders in the worldwide supply chain.
TEGEWA, being a sector association within the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), Frankfurt/Germany, is also actively involved in the work of VCI. The association has over 100 members and represents manufacturers of chemical substances and mixtures, such as surfactants, textile, paper and leather auxiliaries, colorants, cosmetic raw materials, antimicrobial agents, polymeric flocculants and allied products.
Suominen: innovative and more sustainable nonwovens
In financial year 2019 the net sales of nonwovens producer Suominen Corp, Helsinki/Finland, decreased by 4.6% to €411.4 million. Sales of Americas business area were €261.7 million (2018: €259.9 million) and sales of Europe business area €149.8 million (2018: €171.3 million).
In 2019, the share of nonwovens for baby wipes was 40% (2018: 39%), for personal care wipes 22% (2018: 22%), for home care wipes 20% (2018: 20%), for workplace wipes 9% (2018: 9%) and for medical & hygiene applications 8% (2018: 8%).
Suominen expects that in 2020, its comparable operating profit will improve from 2019, when operating profit amounted to € 8.1 million (+76%).
A new strategy, which was announced in the beginning of January 2020, is targeting growth by creating innovative and more sustainable nonwovens for the customers. Also, the profitability through more efficient operations and by building a high performance culture will be improved.