‘Smart’ T-shirt was produced to Measure Heart Rhythm

As a result of five years of R&D works carried out at Kahramanmaras Sütçü Imam University, a t-shirt that senses rhythm of the heart by means of the conductive yarns in the texture of the fabric and transmits it to smartphones via Bluetooth connection was produced.

In order to produce a smart T-shirt, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suat Çetiner from the Department of Textile Engineering of the Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University was at the head of R&D works jointly performed by the Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Electronics and Communication Engineering departments. As a result of five years of R&D works, a T-shirt that allows smart textiles to make electrocardiography (ECG) imaging was developed.

The t-shirt, which was developed by producing wearable, flexible, innocuous fabric sensors instead of metal sensors, removes the need to go to the hospital.  It also removes electrodes or probes attached to the body in the course of ECG at the hospital. Of course, we are talking about a garment that can be worn not only by the patients with cardiac arrhythmia but also by everyone.

The operation of the system is as follows: Thanks to the conductive yarns in the texture of the fabric, the electrical signals of the heart are detected and transmitted to the electronic module without any need for a cable. This module also sends ‘heartbeat map’ to smartphones via Bluetooth connection in order to process collected information.

Award from Tübitak

In his statement on the topic, Suat Çetiner said that the smart T-shirt received the third prize in Turkey in the Basic Industries’ category in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition organized by TUBITAK. Çetiner also added that the T-shirt had a high commercialization potential and invited you to support ‘angel investors’.

With Epson Labelers, Akbarkod Will Print Labels in Any Color for Users

Signed an agreement with Epson Turkey, Akbarkod will provide a technology for users the Epson labelers which enable printing in any color. The company will host its visitors at Hall 9, Booth 903A at the HIGHTEX 2018 Exhibition.

Provides solutions in the fields of barcodes and labels in many industries such as readymade clothing, footwear, chemistry, medical, cosmetics and retail, and at the same time providing hardware and technical services, Akbarkod strengthened its position within a short time and became one of the most important companies in the industry today. Caner Şahin, Sales Manager who answered our questions about the solutions offered by Akbarkod, told us about the constituents which have been effective in the company’s success. Caner Şahin stated that they were established as a 3-partner company in 2011 and today they continue growing with a momentum since the start of the year, enjoying the advantages of ready-made customer portfolio, inventories and participation in exhibitions. “We knew what to do when we started this work,” Şahin said, “we knew the industry closely as we are also from within. After establishing our brand with a new enthusiasm with the Akbarkod name, we quickly expanded our team. We have invested in domestic and foreign exhibitions and now I can say that we are among the best companies in the industry today. ”

Şahin says the most important feature distinguishing them from their competitors is to focus solely on this work, noting that they have meticulously carried out all the processes with their 24-person team from delivery to technical support. Şahin said “Our job seems to be easy, but actually there is a difficult process running behind. You can find all of the products we sell in a stationary in a back alley, in a store that sells textile consumables. Unfortunately, this is where the market is coming at. But our difference is we are doing only this. We do not sell textiles or stationery products. Our team is totally focused on that and for 5 years now we are trying to do it in the best way we can. So far, we have been successful at it.”

Complete Central Solutions for Customers

Emphasizing that as Akbarkod they focus on offering complete central solutions for their customers, Şahin says “While we sell both hardware products and consumables, we provide technical support on all materials we sell at the same time. We also came to where we are today by including the software in our body upon demands.”

Caner Şahin also gives information about the product range of Akbarkod. “We also sell and provide technical support for products such as barcode printers, barcode readers, hand terminals. We sell consumables, especially for the textile sector, and labeling fabrics such as Japanese viscose, satin, nonwoven, coton, tyvek as well as ribbons like B110A, D110A, Wax and Wax/Resin for printing. At the same time, we offer for our customers barcode labels used in many industries.”

Textile companies accounting for about 70 percent of its customer portfolio, Mr. Şahin says they are working with Turkey’s leading textile manufacturers like Eren Holding, Batik, Koton, and Taha Group.

Significant Cooperation with Epson Turkey

Continuing to bring innovations for customers in the barcode systems which they offer for food, shoes, retail and other sectors, Şahin says “We are able to give our customers what they want by using our manufacturing advantage in the field of labels. The most important factor in this is to be in the manufacturing process. In this regard, we recently signed an agreement with Epson Turkey. With Epson labelers, we will offer a technology which enables users to print their desired label in color. People are now tired of single color labels. Now they want colorful products. When they look in a product box, they want to see the product in color on the label. With Epson Turkey, we will try to achieve this.”

Finally, in response to questions on Akbarkod’s growth targets, Şahin said, “We were established as a sales company. Then we included manufacturing and software in our organization. Now we have a steady growth chart. We are a company which attaches a great importance in exhibitions every year. We care about development and growth of our team and we also make investments in this sense. With our software team and our agreement with Epson Turkey, we aim to provide better and more complex services. Our objective is to provide more services for the end users. We believe that we will achieve this with the infrastructure we have.”

Reminding that HIGHTEX is a very important exhibition for them, Caner Şahin said, “HIGHTEX is very important for our company to build cooperations. As in previous years, we will have be in the HIGHTEX Exhibition this year with our barcode and label solutions.”

Italian Textile Machinery at Techtextile North America

The next edition of Techtextil North America, which will take place in Atlanta from May 22nd to 24th, opens under the best auspices for the American technical textiles and nonwovens market.

According to the figures released by IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) US market for specialty fabrics and technical textiles registered a growth of 2.6% in 2017 and the projections for 2018 are quite positive.  Moreover US Specialty and Industrial Fabrics export figures rose 4.22% in 2017 over 2016.

The positive scenario of the US industry has pushed many local companies to invest in new technologies. Also Italian exports to US market testify the will of American textile customers to invest in new equipment. In 2017 January-November period Italian exports of textile machinery to US market reached a value of about 90 million euro, with an increase of 10% on the same period of the previous year. In 2017 the most relevant share of the Italian machines exported to US market was for the finishing sector (33%), followed by accessories (22%).

At Techtextil North America ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and Italian Trade Agency (ITA) have organized an Italian Pavilion, where some Italian machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical textiles will show their innovative solutions.

ACIMIT members exhibiting in the Italian Pavilion are: 4M Plants, Bematic, Beta, Durst, Fadis, Ferraro, Flainox, Monti Antonio, Ms Printing Solutions, Ramina, Sei Laser, Simet, Stalam, Testa, Ugolini.

Best-in-Class Weaving Innovations From Itema

Itema, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of weaving machines, spare parts and service providers, exhibited its latest generation products at Techtextil India from September 13th to 15th at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

Itema is registering an upward trend in inquiries for advanced weaving machines from weavers of technical fabrics and the Italian technology major – with over 180 years of combined expertise from the merger of three historic brands, such as Sulzer, Somet and Vamatex – expects that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. Itema is present in India since 2002, counting more than 50 employees, with sales and after-sales teams, technical support and advanced repair centers in Mumbai, Coimbatore, New Dehli and Ichalkaranji to ensure the highest possible standard of weaving solutions, with a complete offering and service to its valuable Customers in the Indian market. Itema is uniquely positioned to offer technical textile manufacturers the top three weft insertion technologies Rapier, Airjet and Projectile, in what is the most comprehensive portfolio on the market today for technical applications to weave the widest range of fabrics. The rapier R9500 loom is by far the most suc- cessful rapier loom in recent history. The continuous roll-out of customized special versions tailored for technical applications, including OPW Airbag, Fiber Glass, Bolting Cloth, among others, the wide weaving width up to 540 cm, as well as new and advanced devices make the R9500 by Itema the perfect machine for the manufacture of the full range of technical textiles, including ones with the finest monofilament yarn, multilament yarn with high tenacity, and multiple pick insertion fabrics.
The airjet A9500 – the most innovative airjet weaving machine in the market – inspires the curiosity and sparks the interest from real technology buffs and has already amassed important refer- ences, especially in medical applications and automotive fabrics. Looking at specific technical applications, the Itema airjet A9500 provides undeniable benefits, matching unparalleled performances and the highest productivity with superior textile efficien- cy. The Itema A9500 is pre-set for independent motorized Jacquard with no cardan shaft, allowing to weave specific tech- nical textiles (such as Airbag OPW) with no speed limitations. When it comes to weaving very high density fabrics, the A9500 is customized with dedicated devices to ensure best-in-class results. Key components are reinforced to ensure optimized machine control and reliability whilst Itema patented devices guarantee reduced consumption and superior textile efficiency. Technical fabrics are the specialty of the legendary and unique projectile P7300HP due to the unparalleled versatility and reliability of its weft insertion system. The unmatchable uniqueness of the positive weft transfer consists in the single insertion driven by the projectile, which catches the weft and carries it directly with no exchanges, providing unmatched efficiency.
The P7300HP continues to harness great interest from projectile weaving aficionados and represents an unbeaten and unbeatable benchmark for those looking to weave the very widest fab- rics – up to 655cm weaving width – and high-specialty materials, such as agrotextile, geotextile and carpet backing fabrics. When it comes to weaving tape yarns, the Itema projectile weaving machine provides the highest performance compared to all the other insertion technologies in the market.

Monforts: A Single Source Supplier For Sustainable Finishing

As energy costs continue to rise Monforts Vice President, Klaus Heinrichs, describes how solutions from Monforts are ‘bucking the trend’ with sustainable energy savings for finishing applications.

Monforts has a number of advanced technologies that can help mills who are finishing a diverse range of fabrics to achieve higher productivity and significant savings in both energy and raw materials. Most notably, the Eco Applicator soft coating unit as a replacement to conventional padder systems allows the very efficient application of finish coatings to fabrics via a highly sophisticated plc-con- trolled, so called ‘kiss’ roller system.
The unit itself does not actually save the energy, but by applying only the precise amount of moisture with functional finish, ensures the subsequent drying time is shorter – in some cases dramatically resulting in smaller dryer capacity.
In addition, the Eco Applicator is being made available for knitted fabrics, following the development of a guidance system specially- adapted to the needs of delicate knit treatments.
The Eco Applicator’s versatility allows mills to apply finishes to just one side of the fabric, or both, and even to apply separate finishes to each side or to specific areas of a fabric, for endless possibilities.

Eco Denim Line
Such savings extend to a wide range of fabrics, and while initially market-proven mainly on conventional woven fabrics, many major denim manufacturers are now reaping the benefits, with the Monforts Eco Denim concept.
The MonfortsThermo Stretch unit for the stretching and skewing of denim fabric under steam results in a much gentler treatment than was previously achievable.
This results in much less steam having to be applied. The larger fabric content of the Thermo Stretch unit in combination with the ‘double rubber’ twin compressive shrinking unit in minimum residual shrinkage values and highest production speeds which could not be achieved before.
In the denim industry, this concept is making a significant contribution to higher productivity and lower energy consumption and we now have references in Vietnam and Mexico.

Monforts texCoat
The recent acquisition of Austria-based Timatec and the integration of its range into the Monforts portfolio has further strengthened the company’s position in respect of coating technology. Nowadays we are the only manufacturer that can offer a completely integrated coating lines from a single source and the coating machine is tailored to the subsequent Monforts drying technology by offering a complete coating line from a single source – with all the benefits resulting from a fully integrated plc control.
Our system has the shortest fabric path from the coating unit into the stenter and we have all variations of coating application systems too, such as knife over air, knife over roller, magnetic knife or printing head. All of these options are available in wider widths too,wider widths too, with the engineering from a single source. I think that is a big advantage. Due to its structure, former Timatec units were only sold machines in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Today we have new references in Turkey, Mexico, India, Pakistan and other markets.”
Eco Booster
The benefits of heat recovery are now being recognised globally. In the past, demand for heat recovery was mainly confined to Europe but this has now expanded to encompass all regions of the world. We are experiencing a high demand in countries such as China and Turkey, but also in countries where we never expected the issue to arise, such as in Algeria and Bangladesh.
Our Eco Booster heat recovery unit was initially offered as a machine which had to be cleaned manually, but is now fully automatic, putting an end to maintenance downtime.
A large denim producer in Turkey has recently installed five of these Eco Booster units which combine heat recovery with exhaust clean- ing as a fully integrated system.
Monforts was the first to offer heat recovery as a standard system, while all other manufacturers offered it as an option. The self-clean- ing function is a significant advantage.
The Eco Booster is equipped with an electric drive which makes computer-controlled optimisation of the heat exchanger’s perform- ance to the prevailing exhaust air streams possible and the auto- mated cleaning system eliminates down times for uninterrupted production.
It measures the pressure inside the system and automatically start- ing-up the cleaning cycle when necessary.
All of these technologies are engineered to provide our customers with highly effective, energy saving solutions with sustainable ben- efits.”

Picanol Participated Techtextil India

Picanol, among the leading names in the weaving machines market, was among the participants of the TechTextil India Fair, one of the most important exhibitions in the field of technical textiles.

As a global leader in the industry of weaving machines, Picanol enjoys growing success in the market for Technical Textiles, offering technical weavers highly customized solutions for very specific applications, based on machine platforms that are also applied in mainstream applications.

Techtextil India Exhibition, held every two years in Mumbai, the largest city in India and the ninth largest city in the World, took place between 13-15 September. Techtextil is the leading international trade fair for Technical Textiles, and the world’s most important centralized marketing and sourcing platform for users and manufacturers of technical textiles.
Picanol has been active in India since 1956 and at the end of 2007, Picanol India was founded. So later this year, Picanol India will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of operations in India. During the trade fair, Picanol India presented break-through solutions in different Fields such as wide weaving (up to 540 cm), heavy weaving and specific solutions for car seats, bullet-proof fabrics, coated fabrics and others.

Andritz Nonwoven Highlights its Cutting-Edge Technologies at Since 2017

Andritz Nonwoven, part of international technology Group Andritz, will be presenting innovative nonwovens production solutions that target technologies for the Asian markets at Since 2017 in Shanghai, China.

Andritz Nonwoven aXcess calender range: The key to spunbond applications
neXcal twin aXcess, the latest development in the Andritz aXcess calender range, originates from the reputed and proven technology of the neXcal twin. With a speed range of up to 600 m/min and a standard roll width of up to 3,800 mm, the neXcal twin aXcess is a spot-on solution for medium capacity production lines. With one engraving roll in production and one in the stand-by position, the three-roll cal- ender warrants significant flexibility in the medium-capacity nonwovens market. The neXcal compact two-roll calender completes the Andritz aXcess calender portfolio.

Raising the bar for Chinese market standards: Andritz neXline spunlace eXcelle with TT card and JetlaceEssentiel
Chinese nonwovens manufacturers are increasingly requiring higher capacities and top-class quality for spunlace nonwoven products serving local and export markets. Andritz Nonwoven has the right solution and offers neXline spunlace eXcelle with TT card web forming and JetlaceEssentiel hydroentanglement units for very high capacities. Several lines have been sold this year, the first line is scheduled to begin operations before the end of 2017. Cutting-edge Chinese nonwovens producers are clearly targeting this configuration. In addition, Andritz Nonwoven offers a neXline spunlace eXcelle in crosslapped configuration, which is especially suited for technical products and disposable face masks.

Andritz (China) Ltd. Wuxi: Supplier of complete lines and full service for the Asian nonwovens industry
As an all-round partner for the nonwovens industry, Andritz (China) Wuxi branch covers sales, technology, manufacturing, operations, and service competences for nonwovens aXcess lines and individual machines. The Andritz aXcess range focuses on producers with medium-capacity requirements, combining the advantages of proven technologies while providing reliable solutions in all nonwovens segments, such as hygiene, wipes, disposable face masks, automotive, filtration, and geotextiles.
Andritz Wuxi is the local manufacturer of key components, such as cards, crosslappers, drafters, needlelooms, hydroen- tanglement units, and dryers, attending to local market demands. In addition, complete lines and individual machines are pre-assembled and inspected at this facility before delivery. The Andritz roll service center in Wuxi com- prises state-of-the-art grinding equipment and a test stand for various kinds of rolls up to 1 m in diameter and 10 m in length. Here, Andritz offers customers complete roll service, such as repairs and upgrades, in line with European quality standards for the Asian textile, nonwovens, and paper indus- tries.Furthermore, the Andritz facility in Wuxi provides a top- notch needlepunch line on industrial scale, including card, crosslapper, pre-needler, and needleloom. The pilot line gives nonwovens producers the opportunity to conduct trials with newly developed or modified products under real production conditions prior to market launch.

Smart Textiles of the Future

Entertainment, communications and electronics continue to exert an ever-growing influence on our lives, our achievements and our sense of well-being. This perpetuating trend increases the importance of incorporating electronic products and components into our clothing.

The goal is to make our lives more pleasant, safer, and more productive through the integration of electronics in the clothing and medical sectors. Modern examples include heating and cooling components, sensory properties, and lighting elements, as well as GPS functions.
To achieve this objective, we need to develop woven and knitted fabrics in which, besides the usual fibers, conductive textile materials, components and sensors can be incorporated or on which these elements can be applied. These elastic or non-elastic textile constructions must add real value for the wearer through reliable and worthwhile functionality. They must also provide the in-use properties expected of conventional garments and be producible on an industrial scale.

Exciting cooperation projects

To create these high-tech textiles of the future, cooperation between widely diverse specialist fields is essential.Schoeller Textil AG and Eschler Textil GmbH work closely together with partners from the garment and medical sectors as well as with electronic companies and research institutes.
There is immense scope for application. The broad variety of conceivable and achievable end-use sectors ranges from entertainment, sport and interior design to medicine. Schoeller is in the process of developing a heatable E-soft-shell material that can be cut to size as required.
This innovative laminate is structured like a conventional soft-shell with corkshellTM technology, and can be produced for sale by the meter. The heatable backing is manufactured by Eschler. Specially incorporated conductive yarns enable uniform heat distribution and specific heating surfaces are functional at the usual voltages. The material can also be dyed and washed. Another example of current cooperation is HYDRO_BOT. Schoeller is working together with Osmotex on an electro-osmotic membrane for use in outer- wear. Using highly conductive yarns, Eschler has in addition developed a textile surface that can monitor lung function in real time by acting as a sensor in electrical impedance tomography. This allows doctors and other medical professionals to see for the first time what is happening in the thorax of patients on artificial respirators and to adjust treatment as required.

Functional, Colour-Coordinated And Super Comfortable
Schoeller textiles for the motorcycle category combine a high degree of functionality with trendy looks and maximum comfort. Thanks to a coordinated colour concept, the various fabrics can be ideally combined with one another. Various Schoeller technologies furnish the hightech fabrics with additional benefits.Schoeller’s innovative and extremely sturdy motorcycle segment textiles are specifically designed to serve motor bike manufacturers, brands focused on motorcycle wear and urban commuting, as well as professional motorcyclists such as motorcycle police.
The schoeller®-dynatec and schoeller®-keprotec® protective fabrics are characterized by an extremely high degree of abrasion resistance. In addition to the DIN EN 17092 test for pro- tective garments for motorcycle drivers, they are also subjected to a special impact abrasion test in the fall simulator.
Coordinated colour concept The state-of-the-art motor bike collection makes a convincing impact not only in terms of functionality but also in regards to colors. The elastic or non-elastic hightech fabrics can all be perfectly combined with one another in shades of grey, black or red.
In conjunction with the innovative Schoeller technologies such as c_change® climate membrane (for optimum and breathable protection from wind and weather), coldblack® (for reliable protection from heat and UV rays) or ceraspaceTM (for extreme abrasion and heat protection in the case of a fall),Schoeller offers the ideal solution for the most varied range of uses. New washable schoeller®-reflex articles in a variety of colours also ensure extensive protection in poor visibility.

ETT 2018 8th International Istanbul Textile Conference: Evolution of Technical Textiles

14-16 April 2018, ETT2018 organized by Marmara University, ITM 2018 and HIGHTEX 2018 organized by Teknik Fuarcılık A.Ş. and Tüyap Tüm Fuarcılık A.Ş. will be held simultaneously in Istanbul TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Centre.

Owing to the success of the 7th International Istanbul Textile Conference which was held in 2016 in Istanbul for the textile and apparel industry, we want to take this opportunity to discuss and share the new development in technical textiles and apparel industry by inviting you again to the city where East meets West, to a place steeped in culture and history. Istanbul is proved to play host on this auspicious occasion to the 8th International Istanbul Textile Conference on Evolution of Technical Textiles (ETT 2018) with a theme of “Recent and Future Advances in Innovation and Enterprise in Traditional Textiles, Technical Textiles and Clothing”. It is clear that the role being played by textile in the applied materials science is considerable and that there is still ample scope for further development. For this conference, the focus is on looking beyond the gadgets and the broad spectrum of papers demonstrates when, where and how technical textiles are selected for their true value and applications.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity to meet leading personalities with research, management and technology experience from all over the world and to discuss with them any ideas and proposals in your particular field. The ETT 2018 is intended to intensify and promote cooperation among academics, inventors, textile specialities and producer companies. This time, International Istanbul Textile Conference and International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITM) have signed a collaboration agreement for the contemporary scheduling in synergy of the next editions of their respective events ETT Conference and ITM Exhibition, which will now be held 14-16 April 2018 in the Istanbul TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Center. ITM is the largest exhibition in Turkey and in the region, is among the most important exhibition in the World. ITM 2016 is a global textile show with 49.730 visitors and more than 1.000 textile technology producer companies presented their latest models and technologies in operation. As usual the papers cover a wide spectrum of issues, all of which are pertinent to the successful use and application of technical textile. The papers represent current research on technical textile issues and within the nine conference themes, contributions cover:
• Latest development on spinning, weaving and knitting
• Latest development on dying and finishing
• Medical Textiles
• Technical Textiles
• Smart and Interactive Textiles
• Surface Coatings
• Advances in Apparel Design
• Ecological Textiles
• Composites Materials
• Textile Innovations
• Computer Technology for Textiles and Apparel

Meeting Point In Technical Textiles Techtextile 2017

Techtextil Symposium 2017 is an informative and visionary expert forum revolving around the subjects of technical textiles, functional garment fabrics and their multifarious applications. At the 19th edition of the symposium from 9 to 12 May 2017, which is held concurrently with the two leading international trade fairs, Techtextil and Texprocess, renowned experts will present the latest research results, as well as new products and applications.

Moreover, in addition to the proven lecture format, discussions and workshops will facilitate an active exchange of ideas for the first time. Experts interested in making a contribution are invited to subject proposals for the individual formats. The closing date for receipt of proposals is 7 November 2016. “Each area of application has specific requirements with regard to the properties and production of technical textiles. At the same time, textiles are the key to new solutions in fields such as architecture, medicine and safety”, says Michael Jänecke, Director, Technical Textiles & Textile Processing Brand Management. “The symposium permits an interactive debate about current problems and innovative visions of the future, and opens up new perspectives for participants.”

Themes and formats:
The focus of Techtextil Symposiums 2017 will be on new developments, trends and potential areas of application for technical textiles and nonwovens whereby emphasis will be given to both processing and new products. Special themes include apparel textiles, including smart textiles and wearables, printing technologies, such as 3D and digital printing, and the internet of things with regard to textile machines and sustainability.

The thematic blocks:
• Apparel textile / wearables
• 3D printing / digital printing / printed textiles
• Bio materials / bio-degradable materials / sustainability
• Challenges and expectations of the sector from the user perspective
• New materials / textiles
• New technologies
• New applications
• Internet of things with regard to textile machines
• Modern marketing tools for launching products onto the market Lectures, workshops or discussions will be held depending on the theme. Proposals must be submitted in English. The lectures will be selected by the experts of the international Programme Committee.