First at the Finishing Line For 150 Years

Swiss fabric innovator Schoeller Textil has taken the finishing of two-layer laminates for protective clothing and outdoor and active sportswear to a new level of production efficiency with the installation of a Monforts Eco Applicator unit.

The innovations over the decades from this company – which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year – are too numerous to mention.

They include the introduction of the first elastic ski apparel at the start of the 1960s, the integration of Kevlar into motorcycle jackets in the early 1980s and the first temperature regulating fabrics over twenty years ago.

These include coldblack® for UV protection, energear™, which exploits the beneficial properties of far infrared from the body, NanoSphere®, for water, oil and dirt repellency, along with highly wash and abrasion resistance, 3XDRY®, for moisture management, and the latest environmentally-sensitive Schoeller treatments, ecorepel® and ecodry.

Having led the field in stretch woven fabrics for many years, Schoeller considerably expanded its range of knitted fabrics through the acquisition of fellow Swiss manufacturer Eschler Group in 2012.

 

Standards

Manufacturing in Switzerland, of course, comes with environmental responsibility – the country has consistently ranked Number One worldwide in the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) and as a consequence, Schoeller has had to meet standards even higher than in surrounding European companies.

Everything a manufacturing plant does is strictly regulated, including the land, water and air that is used, but Schoeller was an early responder in this respect, having become the first textile company in the world to receive bluesign® certification back in 2001 – indeed, the company was instrumental in establishing this highly-successful system.

It excludes all environmentally harmful substances from the manufacturing process, sets guidelines and monitors their observance for environmentally friendly and reliable production.

Natural fit

The advantages that can be provided by the Monforts Eco Applicator for water, energy and raw material savings were a natural fit for the company’s plant.

It has been designed to provide significant energy savings with reduced liquor application, eliminating the need for a conventional wet-on-wet padder and employing trough and roller techniques to apply just the required amount of liquid/coating to fabrics via contact with the roller.

As a long-standing Monforts customer, Schoeller already operates two 2.4-metre-wide Montex stenters, the most recent being a 60-metre long, ten-chamber unit.

This has a very long feed-in area, since for some laminated materials it is necessary to use two A frames for feeding in the different materials, as well as accommodating padding and laminating/coating and bonding machines.

Both stenters are connected to a heat exchange system. On the latest stenter, the waste air also goes through the heat exchanger to heat up the fresh air, providing two sources of recycled energy – both air and water. Half of the energy used for warm water at the plant is gained through heat recovery. The energy is harvested from the waste air of the steam boilers as well as the stenters, and the residual heat of the recovered steam condensation.

Minimal Application

 “It’s not possible to finish the layers individually, prior to hot melt laminating so the fabrics and membrane films are dyed separately prior to being laminated, and then finished together by the Eco Applicator before going to the stenter,” explains Michael Killisperger, manager of Schoeller’s finishing and coating department. “The Eco Applicator is designed for minimal application, and we can measure the moisture humidity at the entrance of the unit and then after both the first and second passes through it.

“Ideally we’re looking for 20% residual content – 10% on each side. Most of these membranes are highly elastic so high control of the fabric tension is also required to prevent the creation of stripes. This can also be controlled at various points within the unit.”

The installation is part of an on-going programme that has seen over 25 million Swiss francs invested in new technology at the Schoeller plant over the past decade and has led to further new product developments such as the introduction of upcycled Econyl® yarns (by Aquafil SpA) and the PFC-free ecorepel® Bio technology, based on renewable raw materials, as new components for the company’s industry-leading membranes.

Clariant launched AddWorks® at Chinaplas 2018

 

Clariant’s new AddWorks solutions – AddWorksATR 146, AddWorks LXR 568 and AddWorks TFB 117 – are specifically aimed at improving performance and efficiency of plastics materials for compounders, polymer and fiber producers in China’s major plastics manufacturing segments.

The full AddWorks portfolio consists of differentiated market-specific synergistic additive blends that streamline production processes and create value for customers while enhancing performance. Each solution is customized to specific market needs, underlined by broader considerations such as emission reduction, and less energy and resource usage.

Sustainability and Performance Are Important

Sustainability and performance for the world’s largest auto market to support the significant investment in electric vehicles in China, Clariant launched two additive innovations that improve the lifetime of lightweight automotive parts and under-the-hood applications and reduce VOC emissions in an easy to use single solution.

AddWorks ATR 146 is a new low dosage, sulfur-free heat and light stabilizer for filled polypropylene (TPO) compounds used in interior applications. Its exceptional heat and light stability and long term color retention offers the automotive industry unmatched performance. It shows no surface cracking after 700 hours at 150°C, which enables dashboards, instrument panels, door panels and pillars to maintain their aesthetics longer than with traditional stabilizers.

AddWorks LXR 568 is a high performance processing stabilizer that helps to prevent plastic resins, especially polyolefins, from degradation at high processing temperatures. For the automotive industry, this reduces the tendency of injection molded polypropylene interior car parts to turn brittle during heat exposure, enabling them to maintain a defect-free surface.

The new AddWorks TFB 117 offers a number of benefits to help stabilize and smoothen fiber production processes, protect color, and improve heat stability and mechanical properties of fibers.

Martin P. J. John, Head of BL Performance Additives at Clariant, comments: “AddWorks solutions are an ideal fit with China’s priority of achieving more sustainable production. They save time and reduce complexity along the production process, with easy to use formats that reduce health risk and chemical waste. Our new state-of-the-art production facility in Zhenjiang, China, which opens later this year, is dedicated to the manufacturing of AddWorks to deliver innovative solutions tailored to the needs of the market.”

In addition to AddWorks, Clariant presented Exolit® OP 1400, a highly stable non-halogenated flame retardant enhancing safety during the charging process.

Clariant also introduced two ranges of performance waxes that smoothen the production of automotive plastics for under the hood applications, Licowax® and Licocare® RBW. The recently launched Licocare RBW is a series of multi-purpose additives based on crude rice bran wax. They offer better shaping flexibility, better mechanical properties and enhanced surface finish, which results in a reduced rejection rate and a more effective dosage.

New Concepts for Airbags

The need for security is deeply rooted in man for evolutionary reasons. Airbags and safety belts are considered life-saving safety features in accidents and can be found in all vehicles today. They have been and are continuously developed.

New Future Demands for Safety Belts and Airbags

Future autonomous driving places entirely new demands on the car occupant protection, as seat positions can be chosen freely in future interior spaces. As a result, new concepts for belts and airbags have to be developed.

To meet the high standards of the automotive industry, the highest quality standards are placed on the airbag fabric. CREALET supports the fabric quality with its selvedge thread let-off devices during the weaving process at the selvedge area.

Solutions for Weaving Dense Fabrics

When weaving dense fabrics it can happen that the selvedge area of the fabric becomes looser than the rest of the fabric. This waviness has a negative effect; particular during the winding and unwinding of the fabric and during the coating process.

These disadvantages can be eliminated or at least minimized by feeding the selvedge threads electronically and at a higher tension to the weaving machine with separate spools.

The selvedge thread let-off devices guarantee a constant warp tension from the full to the empty spool. The devices can be equipped with a tension display to ensure the reproducibility of the settings.

Highlights for Quality Assurance in the Nonwoven Market

The BST Group, especially BST eltromat International, BST eltromat Japan, BST eltromat Shanghai and BXD, an agent of BST eltromat Shanghai, presented several highlights for quality assurance systems for the nonwoven industry at this year’s ANEX2018 at booth 124 in Tokyo.

The company showed reliable solutions and products for web guiding and 100% inspection. Of course, visitors can also learn more about the other product segments: register control, web monitoring, color measurement, surface inspection, color management, workflow, automation, thickness measurement and basis weight measurement.

The product sector web guiding in the focused at the BST eltromat booth. The company’s customers can select among different web guiding systems based on their technical and economic requirements for cutting or converting nonwoven materials. They can choose among eco, basic and high-end solutions that can be easily adjusted to specific tasks upon request. BST eltromat’s portfolio for web guiding in the nonwoven industry e.g. includes various web edge sensors, actuators, guiding devices, controllers and coatings for the guide rollers.

This enables BST eltromat to cover the enormous range of materials processed in this market. In Tokyo, visitors saw demo machine with a running web equipped with different web guiding systems and components: the CompactGuide with WideArray sensor, and the Chinese BasicGuide with infrared sensor IR 2011. By its controller, the CompactGuide is very easy to use, which is the crucial factor for all operators.

The intuitive operation is constructed in a logical way, and the operators can see at a glance whether the materials are being controlled accurately. The use of WideArray sensors from BST eltromat’s subsidiary AccuWeb is very common in the nonwoven industry. Due to their large measurement area, these tried-and-tested, wear-free and thus maintenance-free web edge sensors do not need to be mechanically adjusted or aligned when used with varying web widths. During operation, they automatically compensate for environmental influences such as dust pollution or temperature fluctuation.

The BasicGuide is also in use in the nonwoven industry. It is a particularly powerful, cost-efficient and compact guiding device that can be quickly and easily put into operation via the plug-and-play function, just like the CompactGuide guiding device. Further components, such as the controller ekr 500 digital and other WideArray sensors, will also be presented at the booth.

Devan Launches New Antimicrobial Brand Line

Devan Chemicals, a Belgian-headquartered provider of finishing technologies, recently launched a new multifunctional antimicrobial brand line. The brand line consists of their well-known, but recently rebranded quat-silane antimicrobial solution, combined with extra features.  

This new line enables Textile manufacturers to apply multiple functionalities via one single treatment.

BI-OME®, Devan’s recently rebranded antimicrobial solution, has been launched with interesting extra features. The speciality chemical provider has combined its antimicrobial technology with other functional finishes in its product range and now offers a variety of combinations:

  • BI-OME® Quick dry combines the antimicrobial properties (for odour control) with advanced moisture management properties to promote efficient and faster evaporation to aid cooling and comfort.
  • BI-OME® Stretch combines the antimicrobial solution with stretch recovery properties for better fit.
  • A more revolutionary variation is BI-OME® AV, which has an antiviral activity in addition to its antimicrobial properties.
  • Of course, BI-OME®, the antimicrobial solution without any extra features, remains available. Devan’s experience with antimicrobial technology goes back a long time. More than 25 years of research led

to the creation of the BI-OME® product range. Thanks to the combination of a cross-border support package (mill training, quality control, etc.) and unique product excellence (non-migrating, no use of silver), Devan’s antimicrobial technology is widely chosen across the globe.

BI-OME® is fully BPR and EPA compliant, Oekotex and Bluesign registered, can be delivered worldwide and is applicable for apparel, home textiles, bedding, transport & mobility, etc.

‘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’.

Petsa Made Big Progress in a Short Time with its Environment-Friendly Products

Petsa Tekstil has become the first integrated facility in Turkey that produces both recycles, and pet film and leakproof containers.

Petsa Tekstil is a brand new brand. Regardless of that, it made a fast entry into the business with an immense capacity. Can you tell us about the foundation history of Petsa based on the motto “Inexperienced mind cannot achieve anything”?
Petsa entered the sector in the year 2009 with PET recycling work and started to make investments quickly. It purchased the first PET film machine in the year 2010 and started to produce plaque and film and became one of the leading companies of the sector in the years 2011 and 2012 with its additional 2 Pet film machinery. By starting the leakproof disposable food container production in the year 2012, it increased its capacity and reached a higher capacity within food container production targeted to final user via additional investments. Right now, it became the first integrated facility in Turkey that produces both recycled, pet film and leakproof containers. Today, there are a total of 3 – 4 integrated facilities. We have approximately 1200 tons of PET plaque capacity per month.
In the year 2015, Petsa directed its attention to textile sector and made an investment in polyester spunbond nonwoven fabric and started the operations of a facility with 5000 tons capacity yearly in the last months of 2015. All of the investments here are works that are specific and not really open to competition, has as its Company Partner and General Director Professional Mechanical Engineer Aykut Peltek, who is experienced in textile and extrusion works for 20 years. He pioneered many investments related to textile and plastic works and transformed his experiences together with Hasan Sarıoğlu (Financial Advisor) in the year 2009 into investments within the body of the company Petsa Tekstil Amb. Plastik San. Tic. Ltd. Şti. he founded.

Can you tell us about the product variety and innovative works targeted towards the needs of the market?
Petsa Tekstil company produces approximately 1000 tons of raw materials out of PET bottles monthly through recycling in its Küsget complex located at a 4000 square meters of indoor space. We contribute greatly to environment and economy by processing 1000 tons of monthly garbage of the Southeast Anatolia region. These raw materials are firstly transformed into PET Film and then into disposable food containers in our factory of 4500 square meters located in 3rd organized industrial area. When producing the food containers, the recycled raw material is used with original materials in the middle, below and above thanks to the 3 layered new technology and thus food containers are produced in compliance with the world food codex. These products are sold to the whole world under the brand of PETSA within the inspection of the ministry of the food and rural affairs. Our new investment polyester spunbond fabric work is operating in the newly opened 5th organized industrial area within a space established on an area of 1500 square meters. We are selling our products to the whole world with a brand called Petsabond. Petsa is the only producer company within Southeast and Eastern Anatolia regions in terms of food containers. Since the shipping and transportation of these food containers are high, we provide products suitable to the usage and needs of our region. Petsabond fabric work is completely a specific work and there were a total of two companies producing in Turkey. Thus we entered into the market as the third company.

What kind of policy do you follow in terms of customer satisfaction? How do you assess your technological investments in regard to that aspect?
All of the businesses we conduct are customer oriented and we produce company specific products. As an example, in Gaziantep that is famous with its dessert, we have the capacity to design dessert containers and to put them into market. We can constantly play an active role in the market by providing the necessary fiexibility in accordance with the customer demands.

When talking about your quality polity you mentioned “We Awareness”. These are not the definitions we always come across with. Can you please be more specific about that? Are there social responsibilities lying behind?
All the productions we make are environment friendly and 100% recyclable products. Besides, we contribute greatly to the economy through raw materials acquired from the local resources. Using the latest technologies, we think that our company fulfills its social responsibilities with its quality product, good service and environment sensitive products.

Which products and technologies will you be displaying in your participations to fairs and especially to Index 2017?
At Index fair, we will be displaying our PES spunbond nonwoven fabric product under the brand of Petsabond. Our production, which started its operations approximately a year ago, took as to the highest ranks in terms of fabric quality thanks to the high technology machinery and system usage. The fabrics ranging from 15 to 180 gr per square meter with a width of 320 cm can be produced in addition with varying colors and features. Our fabric that can be especially used in sectors such as automotive, filter, lamination, roof insulation and construction, furniture, bed, agriculture and packaging, are heavily demanded in technical textile works thanks to its waterproof / air permeable features. Exporting to many countries in the world, our company will be in the stand no. 4381 at Index fair so as to meet its new customers and to get in contact with the new partners.

At the end of 2016…

Hello,

ekran-resmi-2016-12-13-12-20-29We had a lively 2016. We had times when tensions rose at conjunctional developments and international relationships both in global market and in our country. In the light of the economic data, we can evaluate that our sector has grown among all these developments. Regardless of the adverse events that took place in the Middle East, coup attempts and terrorist attack in our country, our sector continued to be one of the locomotive sectors of our country. Comparing with the data of the previous year, textile sector that has a shining place of our country ended the year more positively. We also observed that the investments in especially yarn and weaving machines increased rapidly in accordance with the news that came from the international markets. In addition to the pressure created by the political events that took place in the east of our country, we can say that the new investment incentives created by the government covered the unfortunate events we had to face. Being the fair with the highest participation and visitor rates among all ITM exhibitions up to now, the ITM 2016 and HIGHTEX 2016 fairs, organized by us as Teknik Fairs, draw the attention of the whole world to our country. The sector also had a busy year together with Itme Asia+Citme 2016 and the upcoming India Itme 2016 this month. As the reports published after the fair shows, our sector will grow even more under the light of the new developments taking place every passing day. We transfer all these developments in the sector and inform you through Tekstil Teknoloji and Nonwoven Technology magazines. We will be together with more technological and innovative investment news with the upcoming of the New Year.

The sales of ITM 2018 and HIGHTEX 2018 will gain speed with the beginning of the New Year. We gave the start for the ITM 2018 Fair in the past months and the halls already are already filling up at incredible speed. We would like to invite you to visit our web sites to be informed about latest developments without losing further time.

Wishing the year 2017 will bring fortunate events to our country, world and sector. See you in the new year …

Best Regards,

Saying Goodbye To 2016…

PROF. DR. İSMAİL USTA

Nonwoven Technical Textiles Technology

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Dear Readers,

The fairs and conferences organized for the textile industry in the year 2016 were quite intense. Especially Techtextil North America, Aircraft Interior / Germany, Automotive Interior / Germany and Hightex2016 / Turkey fairs, which were organized especially in the field of technical textiles, were attracted by the exhibitors, experts and visitors. In addition, technical textile and composite material conferences in industrialized countries have provided valuable contribution and information to the participants. On the other hand, ITM2016/Turkey and ITMA Asia + CITME/China fairs, which provide service to the entire textile industry, were held with a great number of participations. It is possible to say that higher density will continue for technical textiles in 2017 and 2018 as well. Jec World Composite fairs and informational meetings will be held in Paris/France from 14-16 March 2017 and Techtextil fairs and conferences will be held in Frankfurt/Germany on 9-12 May 2017. We would like to mention that registration process started for both organizations.

On the other hand, 14-17 April 2018, 8th International Istanbul Textile Conference on Evolution of Technical Textiles ETT2018 organized by Marmara University Textile Engineering Department, ITM2018 and HIGHTEX2018 organized by Teknik Fuarcılık A.Ş. and Tüyap Tüm Fuarcılık Yapım A.Ş will be held simultaneously in Istanbul TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Centre. All announcements and registration of the ETT2018 conference will be made via www.ett2018.com.

Happy new years;

Best Regards….