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Ten of the top technologies of the month

Every month it draws closer with several talentedinnovations and launching of new technologies. From those ten technologies are highlighted for our readers who are eager to know about high tech innovations in the textile and apparel industry. If you are attached to make out regarding any technology just email atfarhan@textiletoday.com.bd

USTER® AFIS PRO 2 fiber test instrument to optimize yarn processes

Spinners can rely on accurate data from the USTER® AFIS PRO 2 fiber test instrument to optimize yarn processes for quality and profitability. The role of the USTER®AFIS PRO 2 fiber testing instrument from Uster Technologies in process optimization is wide-ranging, but it can be neatly exemplified by focusing on one specific area of concern to spinners: fiber maturity. The challenge here is to identify and deal with immature fiber content. Immature fibers are a real menace in spinning, causing breakages, unacceptable nep counts, excessive short fibers, and even high levels of waste. Tackling the problem before spinning calls for reliable quality data, covering key parameters for neps. And this is where the USTER®AFIS PRO 2 comes into its own, providing accurate information on total nep count and size, fiber nep count and size, seedcoat nep count and size, and maturity. Armed with this knowledge, spinners can optimize their spinning preparation processes to achieve the consistent quality levels their customers demand.1

Dystar makes environmental headway

Dystar has released its latest sustainability report which details how the business continues to make encouraging progress in reducing GHG emissions, water use and waste generation. The business slashed its water use per tonne of product manufactured by 39 per cent between 2011 and 2012, while GHG emissions were cut by around 13 per cent in the same period. Waste generation was also cut by 12.5 per cent.

2Creel specialist Cygnet Texkimp launches new R&D programme

A new Research and Development programme designed to drive the development of breakthrough technologies for the global composites and carbon fibre sectors has been launched by market-leading creel manufacturer Cygnet Texkimp. The programme, based around a £100,000 new trial line, will include extensive trials of sizing, spreading and film coating machinery destined for use by prepreg and composites manufacturers producing high-grade carbon fibre for the aerospace and performance textile markets. The programme will be housed at Cygnet Texkimp’s UK headquarters in Cheshire, where companies will be able to run detailed trials of new machinery using their own materials, to help determine the exact specifications of the technologies they need.3

Sweating thermal articulated manikin is called after British master detective

In a competition, customers and employees of the HohensteinInstitute in Bonnigheim voted to decide on the name for a new sweating thermalarticulated manikin. The latest piece of test equipment in the Clothing Physiologydepartment will now be called “Sherlock”. The manikin, built to look like a 175 cm tall man and with fully jointed limbs, came from the manufacturer MWNT with the name “Newton”. The manikins are normally renamed by the test institutes using them. Of the three names that were offered to choose from, in the end “Sherlock” found favour with a majority of the approximately 150 people who entered the naming competition, by a narrow margin over “Isaac” and “Carl”.”Sherlock” is the latest member of a large “test family” which helps the experts at theinternational textile test and service centre to investigate and optimise the wearingcomfort of textile products of all kinds.4

Huntsman Textile Effects Launches New TERASIL® Inks to Allow Truly High-Speed Sublimation Transfer-Paper Printing

Huntsman Textile Effects is enabling true industrial-speed dye sublimation transfer-paper printing with the launch of its new TERASIL® Subli XKS inks. Designed specifically for the Kyocera high-speed printing head, the TERASIL® Subli XKS inks use a simple waterless application system that ensures excellent runnability and consistency at speeds up to 30 meters / min, with excellent color depth. These new Kyocera-approved inks allow dye houses to adopt industrial-scale sublimation printing as an alternative to direct printing, which is both time consuming and water intensive, requiring as much as 60 to 80 liters of water to produce 1 kg of high quality printed polyester goods.

Smart diaper alerts parents when it is wet

Researchers at the University of Tokyo made a super thin sensor that can go inside diapers to alert caretakers when it is time for a change. The invention from Takao Somey and a team of researchers at the University of Tokyo announced in June 2013 in the Journal Nature, that they did come up with flexible circuits, thinner than a piece of plastic wrap, that could be implanted in the body to monitor body temperature and blood pressure or implanted on the roof of the mouth to be used as a touch pad for quadriplegics. Another attempt was to make diapers more intelligent involved QR codes, the Tokyo team led by Someya and TakayasuSakujrai (both professors at the university) crated a disposable, organic sensor that can be embedded in a diaper.  The sensor, which is printed on a film using inkjet technology, responds to conditions that cause a change in electrical resistance, such as pressure, temperature, and most relevantly wetness. When it senses that the diaper needs to be changes, it sends a signal to an external data reading device.5

Zyvex Technologies launches second generation of nano-composite

American ZyvexTehnlogies (founded in 1997) as the world’s first molecular carbon nanotechnology company and the first to commercialize products using carbon nano-materials, is introducing a second generation nano-composite highly toughened with carbon nanotubes under the name of Arovex® HT. It is destined to improve the durability of carbon fibre products. It was designed for customers of any indusrry with product that cannot afford to fail. It is delivering extreme fracture toughness with over a 200 % improvement compared to traditional reinforced composite materials. Arovex® HT is the next leader in composite durability. Customers have already found success deploying the first generation of Arovex in sporting goods, aerospace, automotive and marine industries, illustrating the commercialised scale and usefulness of nano-composites.

Men’s Basics with X-STATIC XT2® Silver technology

U.S. Mack Weldon (founded 2012) introduces the latest innovation in Men’s Basics with X-STATIC  XT2® Silver Technology. Mack Weldon is a New York based apparel brand focused on reinventing men’s basics. Underwear and T-shirts incorporate fabric technology originally developed for NASA, U.S. Special Forces and Olympic Athletes. The new collection was launched February 3, 2014. The line consists of a boxer brief and crew neck T-Shirt with patented X-STATIC XT2® silver technology. This fabric innovation combines pure silver, pima cotton and Lycra® for the most luxurious and anti-microbial performance underwear.7

BASF builds new chelating agent plant

BASF is noting a fast growing global market demand for its innovative chelating agent Trilon®M (methylglycinediacetic acid), a phosphate alternative, and therefore the company will build a new world scale plant at Evonik’s Theodore, Alabama site. The investment amount to around USD 90 million and crate around 20 additional jobs. Production start up is scheduled for the second half of 2015. The investment in Theodore, Alabama, will free up capacity in Ludwigshafen, Germany, to serve the increasing European demand for Trilon®M triggered by the phosphate regulation for consumer automatic dishwashing detergents to be expected in 2017. In the U.S., phosphates were already banned 2010 from consumer automatic dishwashing detergents in 16 states.

US Macy introduces Shaquille O’Neal Menswear

Basketball and celebrity superstar Shaquille O’Neal and Peerless Clothing announced their partnering to create a new fashion menswear collection. he new collection will offer the latest fashion trends, popularly priced, with sizes that range from regular to Big & Tall. It will be available at 100 Macy’s stores nationwide and on macys.com, starting mid-February, and will include suit separates and sport coats. Individually or paired together, these pieces will make men o every size feel comfortable and well dressed. Patterns include traditional solids, stripes and plaids, as well as modern and unexpected sharkskin in shades of black, navy, tan and grey. Suit separates anchor the line, as they offer the opportunity to choose jacket and pant sizes perfect for customers with varied proportions. Retailing from USD 150 for a pant to USD 400 for a jacket, Shaquille O’Neal will allow the 60XLO guy to shop in the same store and look just as dapper as his size 40R friend.

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