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Technology is the basis to achieve efficiency and proficiency. While day by day business is becoming more competitive and difficult, companies which are vigil enough to adopt new technology always enjoy a bit more than all others. Countries like Bangladesh are quite behind in generating or manufacturing technology. Because it requires huge investment behind innovation and so, Bangladesh has not done that. But of course the country should emphasize more on proper implementation and adoption of best available technologies worldwide. Unless achieving this adoption capacity Bangladeshi companies are to suffer in coming days while it’s textile and apparel makers are in huge competition with many good technology adopting countries. Technology Today is a regular section that’s brings some important technological developments happening in the sector. Readers can have fair idea on those before they choose the right one for them. For any feedback or comments please mail to: farhan@textiletoday.com.bd


SSM introduces latest textile machines for conventional covering

Scharer Schweiter Mettler AG (SSM), a Switzerland-based textile machinery manufacturer invented two machines for conventional covering and displayed at the 15th China (Yiwu) International Exhibition on Hosiery, Knitting, Dyeing & Finsihing Machinery, which took place in Yiwu, Zhejiang, China, last month. At the fair, SSM shared a booth with its representative Chemtax Industrial Co Ltd. It displayed two machines—SSM FM1 preciflex manual high-speed parallel winder and SSM NOVA-CS conventional single covering machine.

The flexible and innovative concept of the manual SSM FM1 preciflex permits the cost efficient preparation of flanged bobbin for the covering and twisting process. The SSM NOVA-CS conventional single covering machine is designed for the production of high quality elastic covered yarns ranging from fine to medium final counts. The key features are: inverter driven motors, electronic traverse system, touch screen terminal with recipe management, high quality spindle drive for minimum speed variation, eco mode with programmable spindle speed over time, and a sturdy machine design for low maintenance costs.

Hohenstein Institute develops wash-resistant antimicrobial treatment for protein fibres

As part of an IGF research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute and the Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials (DWI) have developed an antimicrobial treatment for wool and other textiles containing wool, which is said to be wash resistant.

At the Hohenstein Institute, researchers concentrated on producing a colloidal dispersion of mixed substances (a colloidal complex) in an aqueous dispersion medium. This is what a suspension is called in which the antimicrobial particles (1nm < size > 1μm) consist of two substances: the ionic biopolymer alginate (SA) and a type of silanequat (the cationic tetraoctadecyl silicon ammonium compound (TSA)).

The DWI developed a hydrogel coating made of polyamines and silver colloids and studied the effectiveness of the silver-release layers that were produced in situ in the treatment of pure woollen fabric and in fibre mixes.

The tests showed that by combining two active components (silver ions and Si-quats) the growth of microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) on wool and on wool and polyester blends could be greatly reduced. And the effectiveness against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bioindicators can be increased by a higher proportion of TSA.

New Sensitive Fabrics collection for sportswear

Sensitive Fabrics brand by Eurojersey, the leading Italian warp knitter, has once again affirmed its leadership in the sports sector with a high-tech collection in a unique and exclusive Made in Italy style. The latest technology offers great performance for every sports activity, the company reports, starting with the innate features of Sensitive Fabrics, such as lightness, breathability, no curling, no pilling, and more – a source of inspiration for evolving designs, body mapping and innovative combinations.


The new brand fabrics are especially designed for water sports, where resistance to chlorine and fast drying are essential and outdoor sports, where protection from UV rays and difficult weather conditions makes a real difference.

The Fabrics range features Sensitive Plus, Sensitive Seric Plus, Sensitive Touch and Sensitive Ultralight. Sensitive Life and Sensitive Power fabrics are designed specifically for water sports for their chlorine resistance, sun block and quick drying. Sensitive Fit fabrics are for technical, functional apparel with an extra comfort shapewear effect, while Sensitive Sculpt have been developed for garments offering maximum elasticity, perfect shape maintenance, great support, freedom of movement without constricting and effective muscle compression.

Archroma launches nature-inspired clothing colors with full traceability

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, is combining the old and the new in a range of “biosynthetic” dyes for cotton and cellulose-based fabrics – EARTHCOLORS – which are derived from almond shells, saw palmetto, rosemary leaves, and other natural products. EARTHCOLORS make use of agriculture waste products that would otherwise be sent to landfill. They can be used to provide rich red, brown and green colors to denim and casualwear.

Wearing its heart on its sleeve, so to speak, Archroma is providing brand owners with the possibility of transparency along the complete supply chain for EARTHCOLORS. And it is also offering to make that transparency available to clothes shoppers – just as long as they have a smartphone with them. To make EARTHCOLORS, Archroma transforms biomass from waste products of the agriculture and herbal sectors in a patent-pending process. Not one square meter of land is set aside to grow the raw material for these dyes, so there is no competition for arable land, company reports.

PROJECT clothing introduces high performance winter jackets

Melbourne based performance apparel company PROJECT clothing will introduce three high performance outdoor/winter sports jackets and pants combinations incorporating Celliantinfra redfibre at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market that takes place from 21-24 January 2015 in Salt Lake City. The company will debut its new line of three technical ski/snowboard jackets with accompanying pants at the exhibition, which include the Arctic, the Downhill and the PowderPowder: The Powder ski jacket consists of a waterproof 15,000 membrane outer shell with a Celliant sports mesh liner and a host of key details. The impermeable outer layer with the Celliant fabric liner, clinically proven to absorb and recycle the skier’s body heat to increase blood flow and performance, is said to ensure all day comfort and dynamic function.

Downhill: Designed for the hardcore, dedicated skier, PROJECT’s new Downhill has the added advantage of a 100 gsmCelliant polyester lining, which is clinically proven to recycle the heat generated on each run to ensure maximum warmth and comfort during the ride to the top, the company reports.

Arctic: PROJECT’s smart Arctic jacket is designed for those who are heading into extreme sub-zero winter environments. Featuring a 30,000 membrane storm-sealed impermeable outer layer, coupled with Celliant-infused premium goose down insulation, this lightweight high performance jacket is the ultimate for most adventuresome skiers and boarders.

Bureau Veritas launches wearable technology testing solution

Bureau Veritas’ holistic approach enable the Wearable Technology market to validate that their wearable devices or applications are ready for the market and surpass market needs from compliance, performance and security angles. These aspects comprise Wireless Testing (Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, etc.) and Qualification; Chemical Testing, including Allergens / Nickel Release; EMC Testing; Safety Testing; Wireless Charging Testing (QI Certification). In view to performance: Reliability / Ingress Protection Testing; Consumer Panel Evaluation; Comparison Testing; Battery Life Testing; Battery Life Testing; Antenna Performance Testing. In view to secure and safe operation: APP interoperability testing across multiple platforms, connectivity, Quality of Service and Security.

BASF and Glunz develops four new colours for MDF

German BASF and Glunz (manufacturer of wood based panels) have jointly developed four new colours for MDF (Medium Density Fiberboards). The new shades are Royal, Curry, Berry, and Terra. These are based on BASF pigment preparations from the dispers range and are marketed under the brand name INNOVUS® coloured MDF as part of the global INNOVUS décor collection of Glunz.

The patent registered Dispers pigment preparations have been developed by BASF specifically for use in wood based panels such as MDF. These specially designed fibreboard materials consist of mass coloured wood fibres , offering virtually unlimited design options for various fields of application, namely from top quality interior fittings and store design to trendy office furniture. Dispers pigment preparations ensure an even mass coloration of the material and stand out due to their great shine, as well as their colour and light stability.

Benninger presents latest developments in Cold Pad Batch dyeing 

Benninger, the Swiss  textile finishing and cord production machine ranges manufacturer, is offering its Kusters S-roller technology as a safe, reproducible dyeing method – the CPB (Cold Pad Batch) process. According to the company, the CPB process is becoming increasingly important, as it can be used to dye both short and long yardages of knitted and woven fabrics very economically.

Application system:  Impregnation in the padder is the most important part of CPB dyeing, Benninger reports. There are also other factors affecting the process that also require consideration but cannot be directly influenced by a plant engineer. On the surface, the demand for an application system for forced application is relatively simple, Benninger observes and it must be ensured that the dye can be equally and constantly applied across the entire width of the fabric after a short period of contact with the dye liquor. This is only possible if the squeezing pressure and the squeezing nip can be kept constant, the company adds.

This task becomes complicated when the properties of the material to be dyed have to be included in calculations. From a purely technical viewpoint, conditions are affected by different fibre and yarn thicknesses, absorbency, fabric tension, weft distortion, admission moisture content and liquor temperature, dye properties and errors such as dye migration at the selvedges during drying. For this reason the requirements to be met by an application system are complicated and can only be satisfied by the use of state-of-the-art control and instrumentation equipment.

Karl Mayer Malimo introduces the Biaxtronic® CO

KARL MAYER MALIMO has combined the key components of its RS MSUS-V machine with biaxial technology and developed a biaxial machine featuring weft insertion in line with the courses. This new innovation is known as the Biaxtronic® CO. Compared to the conventional version, this new composite machine offers an improved cost:benefit ratio and advantages in terms of its operation and maintenance. But above all, the quality of the product has changed — an important advantage, particularly for the Chinese wind turbine market. There, manufacturers of multiaxial structures for the blades of wind turbines want a construction containing weft yarns that are not pierced during the knitting process.

The Biaxtronic CO combines the latest materials with complex design solutions, especially in terms of the drive technology and the weft insertion system. These optimised features enable this high-performance machine to reach speeds of up to 1,400 min-1 and to achieve maximum production rates of 6.5 m/min. The weft laying frequencies are also extremely high. The Biaxtronic CO produces top-quality products, despite its high speeds.

INVISTA and Lenzing are cooperating on new denim concept

INVISTA, owner of the COOLMAX® brand, and Lenzing, owner of the TENCEL® brand announced a second innovative collaboration in denim, a COOLMAX fabric blended with TENCEL fibre. A joint-presentation has been made at the Première Vision show in Barcelona, Spain.

Following the growing trend toward athletic leasure wear, INVISTA and Lenzing have been working on the development and promotion of this innovative new denim concept that will provide wearers with cool dry comfort, softness, and sustainability, all in one fabric. Recent studies By INVISTA confirm that women are looking for more performance attributes in their clothing, as well as aesthetic features such as soft hand. COOLMAX® fabrics blended with TENCEL® meet both of these needs, as well as providing consumers with a sustainable option.  One of INVISTA’s offerings than can be used is COOLMAX ® ECOMADE fibre that is made from 97 % recycled polyester.

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