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Top ten technologies of the month with impact

Many technologies are being invented but only a few having significant impact on the development of Textile and Garments Industries. Here are the top ten textile technologies having the most impact on industrial sector, some with productive quality, some with quantity and few with future progress in mind.

1. Teijin develops radiation shielding Aramid fabric

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Teijin has developed aramid fibre based fabric which protects users against X-ray and gamma-ray radiation. From this May onwards, the company will provide samples to selected customers for applications such as protective clothing and sheet materials used around high levels of radiation, including the medical field, reconstruction activities in disaster-hit north eastern Japan and radiation testing. The level of radiation shielding corresponds to the amount of tungsten blended into the aramid fibre. Fabric products offer excellent flexibility and workability for use in way not possible with lead plates or concrete. In addition, Teijin says, tungsten-blended Technora fabric exceeds the already high levels of flame retardancy and cut resistance exhibited by the regular Technora aramid fibre. As such, Teijin expects its new fabric to be used in materials and protective clothing for people handling high-temperature objects and/or sharp-edged rubble and tools. Teijin’s high-strength para-aramid fibres Twaron and Technora and meta-aramid fibre Teijinconex, which offers superior long-term heat resistance and flame retardancy, are available for a wide range of solutions where enhanced protection is required, such as law enforcement, fire fighting and manufacturing.

2. Gentle Power Bleach™: Bleaching technology by Huntsman

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Gentle Power Bleach™ is a bleaching technology by Huntsman Textile Effects based on the Prima Green enzyme technology from DuPont. This peroxide bleaching system allows for low temperature bleaching of textiles at 65°C and at a neutral pH range. By lowering the treatment and rinsing temperature considerably.

Gentle Power Bleach™ enables water and energy consumption to be reduced by up to 50% and improves productivity by 10% due to less fabric weight loss. ATB is one of the biggest textile mills in Europe with the capacity to process 35,000 kilos of fabric per day. Since using Gentle Power Bleach™, they have reaped substantial savings and have lowered the environmental impact of their operations. A short two minute video has been produced as a joint effort with DuPont. This has been showed on the BBC’s Horizon program on 18 May 1:30 GMT BBC World News.

3. New colours and additives for nonwovens

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Americhem Inc., a global provider of custom colour and additive solutions for synthetic fibres, will showcase its latest products at the upcoming Techtextil trade fair including its new nVision line of colour and additives for nonwovens. The company will also exhibit a wide range of sample products produced by its customers from a variety of market sectors and will have commercial and technical product experts on hand who will be available to answer questions. Customers benefit from these pilot fibre manufacturing equipment, which includes high- and low-speed synthetic fibre spinning lines in Europe and spunbonded nonwoven fabric and monofilament manufacturing available through our global plant network.

4. QUV Accelerated Weathering Tester : Technology from Q-Lab

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The QUV accelerated weathering tester reproduces the damage caused by sunlight, rain and dew. In a few days or weeks, the QUV UV tester can reproduce the damage that occurs over months or years outdoors.

To simulate outdoor weathering, the QUV tester exposes materials to alternating cycles of UV light and moisture at controlled, elevated temperatures. It simulates the effects of sunlight using special fluorescent UV lamps. It simulates dew and rain with condensing humidity and/or water spray. The QUV accelerated weathering tester is the simplest, most reliable, and easiest to use weathering tester available. With thousands of testers in use worldwide, it is the world’s most widely used weathering tester for fabric and garments.

5. Clariant Launches Colour Forward Interiors
Clariant Launches Colour Forward Interiors; First colour and trend forecasting guide for fibers and textiles. ColorForward Interiors starts from a color palette created from an analysis of four important societal trends chosen by Clariant’s color experts from a myriad of global inspirations. Each trend theme is then represented by five colors that capture the spirit and emotion behind the trend. The palette is then doubled in size, to include complementary shades. Each color is reproduced in nylon or polypropylene fibers that are formed into pompons stored in a presentation box. The pompons can be rearranged inside the box to create hundreds of combinations.

6. Innovative mattress offers dust mite protection

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Laboratory tests concluded by the Hohenstein Institute, Germany, have revealed that a new Wellmed dust mite protection mattress can help those suffering from household allergies. “For the first time ever, this offers the hope of a good night’s sleep for around 5 million people suffering from a house dust allergy in Germany – completely without side effects,” the Institute revealed.

Integrated textile heating elements allowed the test mattresses to be heated to 55 °C (131 °F) three times a week in order to eradicate the existing mites that are most likely to be found in bedding because of their need for moisture to survive.

Professor Dirk Höfer, the inventor of the dust mite protection mattress, believes the permanent effect of the technique has been proven: “The average useful life of a mattress is 10 years. We used the results of the field study to project the allergen exposure for this time period. Even then, it will not reach the sensitization threshold for the patients.”

A group of 20 house dust allergy sufferers received new Wellmed mattresses in 2011, supplied by the Institute and the bedding retailer Gailing in Ludwigsburg. Throughout the testing period half of mattresses were heated using the new technique. An objective of the study was the amount of allergenic dust mite faeces found in the mattresses and examined by Dirk Höfer and his team.

The first check already showed the difference between the two groups, revealing minimal traces of allergic dust mite faeces in the test group as compared to the placebo group.

7. Monforts New Sanforisor  provides better control

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The Monforts Sanforisor was installed earlier this year and after a subsequent six-month evaluation period, it is now being fine-tuned and ‘tweaked’, based on the exacting internal findings of Pincroft’s operators.Operating at speeds of between 20-100 m/min and processing fabrics with weights of up to 550 gsm, the sanforiser has been the subject of a number of improvements in recent years to provide increased residual shrinkage at higher production speeds. These include precise and automatic grinding of the rubber belt to increase its efficiency and life, along with greatly reduced water consumption for cooling.Simplified belt removal – possible in just a single shift compared to the industry standard two days – is accomplished by an integral lifting device to lift up the rollers, rather than having to completely remove them. In addition, Pincroft has installed an advanced automatic vision system on the sanforizer for detecting fabric faults

8. Noflam-HV : New multi-function FR fabrics from Argar

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Noflam-HV is a new range of flame retardant, high visibility knitted fabrics specifically targeted to protect against fire, which is enhanced with a high visibility function, in Yellow Fluo colour. “Protection, wearing comfort and extraordinary wash-fastness give these fabrics top level performance capabilities and the flame retardant features of Noflam-HV knitted fabrics fully comply with the specifications of EN11612 Certifications rules,” says Umberto Negri, Owner and General Manager of Argar Technology.The flame retardant function is guaranteed by intrinsic properties of the fabrics, assuring, in this way, the best performance and durability.

9. Permanent flame protection for synthetic fabrics

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Swiss textile innovator Schoeller has launched a new fabrics range called Pyroshell which offers permanent flame protection for polyester and polyamide fabrics. According to the company Pyroshell, the latest development from Schoeller-works – revolutionises the entire area of flame protection. With this technology, Schoeller succeeds in combining permanent flame protection with polyamide and polyester fabrics. Therefore, safety personnel, railway workers, police officers and electricians, for example, are not only ideally protected in the case of possible contact with fire and sparks, but can also enjoy the familiar wearing comfort of wear of synthetic functional fabrics.Breathability, tear-out force, abrasion resistance, lightness, elasticity or ease of care are just some of the positive properties that Schoeller says will make work infinitely more comfortable in the future –  for example for staff in public authorities, and will have a positive impact on their performance capacity.

10. Light management for greenhouses : Knitted Screen Technology

Netherlands-based company Elasol  has developed one such technology that uses an innovative elastic, warp-knit textile in an intelligent system to help balance sunlight, shade, temperature and humidity. It is an elastic clothing which automatically stretches or retracts to control the amount and angle of light. The screen would need to combine a robust elastic fibre that was also UV resistant, with an easily adjustable structure that would provide more or less sunlight or shade as required, in an automated system that responded to available light.

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