Lenzing™ Fibers Help to Improve The Quality of Life for Butterfly Children

Undergarments, pajamas and bed linens tested for months. Moisture management of fibers reduce sweating and hence itching. Soft and smooth fibers lead to fewer skin injuries.  

The Lenzing Group, market leader for specialty fibers from the renewable raw material wood, has been providing both financial support and textiles made of its fibers to DEBRA Austria, the patient organization for “butterfly children.”

In recent months, several patients with the skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) have tested leggings, undergarments, pajamas, quilts and bed linens made of TENCEL™ fibers and have found them to be comfortable and skin-friendly. The skin of EB patients is fragile like the wings of a butterfly. For this reason, coarse fibers, scratching seams, buttons, zippers and fibers which hardly or do not at all absorb sweat frequently lead to additional blisters and sores and increased itching. In contrast, TENCEL™ fibers feature particularly good moisture management and thus support the nature temperature-regulating properties of the body.

“Lenzing™ fibers are characterized by their special softness and are thus pleasant for the ‘butterfly children’ to wear”, says Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group. “We are proud that textiles made of our fibers are very positively received by young and older EB patients and that we are able to make an important contribution here to improving their quality of life. We make use of positive feedback to develop new products which are even softer and more comfortable.” he adds.

“I am pleased that the Lenzing Group is devoting its attention to further developing specialty fibers, which is an important topic for ‘butterfly children’. This is because pleasant and soft garments which support the nature temperature regulation of the skin and thus a cool and dry feeling contribute to a better quality of life for younger and older patients on a daily basis”, states Rainer Riedl, father of a “butterfly child” and Chairman and Managing Director of DEBRA Austria.

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a genetic disease which is currently incurable. The skin of affected people is particularly vulnerable due to the lack of structural proteins, like the wings of a butterfly. This condition is the origin of the name “butterfly children”. Thanks to its TENCEL™ fibers, the Lenzing Group has a product which stands out due to its particular softness and high moisture absorption and therefore offers outstanding wearing comfort. The cooperation of DEBRA Austria and the Lenzing Group as well as other partners such as the Ebensee Fashion School will be continued due to the positive feedback.

Body Armor To Replace Over 1 Lakh Bulletproof Vests

Body Armor Direct, the number one online direct-to-consumer retailer of government certified body armour has announced a new initiative to replace over 100,000 non-government certified ballistic vests currently in use across US by law enforcement, security personnel and others. Body Armor Direct’s armours are certified by National Institute of Justice.

“Our factory is subject to the compliance test programme. This allows the government to inspect and test our body armour vests at an independent ballistic laboratory to ensure they continue to perform as expected. Whereas non-government certified compliant body armour has no formal oversight,” said Dave Goldberg, chief executive officer, Body Armor Direct in a press release by the company. “Our team is working to educate consumers on the benefits of certified vests by the National Institute of Justice vs non certified compliant body armour vests.”

Body Armor Direct was founded in January 2018 by Dave Goldberg with the mission to save lives. The company sells direct on its website and does not have the traditional dealer, distributor or manufacturers representative network. It offers standard products in standard sizes and all products are Made in US. Customers include the federal government, state and local agencies, corrections, private security companies, schools, churches, hospitals, hotels, lawyers, doctors, athletes, celebrities, businesses and the general public nationwide.

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New Composite Advances Lignin As A Renewable 3D Printing Material

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a recipe for a renewable 3D printing feedstock that could spur a profitable new use for an intractable biorefinery byproduct: lignin.

The discovery, detailed in Science Advances, expands ORNL’s achievements in lowering the cost of bioproducts by creating novel uses for lignin—the material left over from the processing of biomass. Lignin gives plants rigidity and also makes biomass resistant to being broken down into useful products.“Finding new uses for lignin can improve the economics of the entire biorefining process,” said ORNL project lead Amit Naskar. Researchers combined a melt-stable hardwood lignin with conventional plastic, a low-melting nylon, and carbon fiber to create a composite with just the right characteristics for extrusion and weld strength between layers during the printing process, as well as excellent mechanical properties.

Lignin chars easily; unlike workhorse composites like acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) that are made of petroleum-based thermoplastics, lignin can only be heated to a certain temperature for softening and extrusion from a 3D-printing nozzle. Prolonged exposure to heat dramatically increases its viscosity—it becomes too thick to be extruded easily.

But when researchers combined lignin with nylon, they found a surprising result: the composite’s room temperature stiffness increased while its melt viscosity decreased. The lignin-nylon material had tensile strength similar to nylon alone and lower viscosity, in fact, than conventional ABS or high impact polystyrene.

The scientists conducted neutron scattering at the High Flux Isotope Reactor and used advanced microscopy at the Center for Nanophase Materials Science—both DOE Office of Science User Facilities at ORNL—to explore the composite’s molecular structure. They found that the combination of lignin and nylon “appeared to have almost a lubrication or plasticizing effect on the composite,” noted Naskar. “Structural characteristics of lignin are critical to enhance 3D printability of the materials,” said ORNL’s Ngoc Nguyen who collaborated on the project. Scientists were also able to mix in a higher percentage of lignin—40 to 50 percent by weight—a new achievement in the quest for a lignin-based printing material. ORNL scientists then added 4 to 16 percent carbon fiber into the mix. The new composite heats up more easily, flows faster for speedier printing, and results in a stronger product.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Launches New Surgical Fabric

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a leader in fibre-based materials, has announced the launch of its new ViroSēl fabric, constructed for the most critical areas of a surgical gown, designed to keep medical professionals protected and comfortable.

ViroS l is Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s next generation Breathable Viral Barrier (BVB) surgical fabric that has a specially formulated design that provides the opportunity to create robust seam seals for highly critical areas of a surgical gown, the company reports.

“We leveraged our BVB product development and manufacturing experience to create a fabric that can be reliably used in the most protective and comfortable surgical gowns on the market,” said Jason Beard, product platform leader, Medical, Ahlstrom-Munksjö. ViroS l is a tri-laminate fabric constructed to be impervious, breathable and comfortable. The outer layer is fluid repellent and durable. The barrier layer has a monolithic film membrane making it impervious to liquids, viruses and bacteria. The chemical composition of the film itself allows moisture vapor to pass through it, keeping the surgical staff cool and dry. Finally, the darker inner layer was designed to reduce shadowing, and is soft to the touch which makes it comfortable to wear for long periods of time.Surgeries like Cesarean sections, gastric and cardiac often have a substantial amount of fluids involved and are lengthy to complete. This means protection and comfort are essential for the medical professionals wearing the surgical gown. Infection control is imperative as there is risk to the patient and staff to potentially come into contact with these fluids. International in- dustry standards are used to test and measure the barrier performance for liquids and blood-borne pathogens for materials used in protective clothing like surgical gowns. ViroS l passes these stringent standards providing the impervious protection needed in the surgical environment, the manufacturer explains.

Filter Media for Air Pollution Control Applications

Ahlstrom-Munksjö also announced the launch of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Extia 1000, breakthrough, highly durable, filtration media designed to extend filtration lifetime for air pollution control applications,  helping to protect people and the environment. Extending filtration lifetime by more than 40%, helping customers to extend the operational duration, before needing to change the filters. “Giuseppe Costa, VP Product Development Filtration and Performance said “Due to its unique design, Extia 1000 dramatically extends filtration lifetime; it also delivers highly effective removal of coarse particles at over three times lower level of pressure drop.”

Ipeker Makes a Difference in Textile Products with Vegan Fabric Production

Ipeker company, founded in 1930, started its business life with the production of silk in Ottoman period at the end of the 1800s and then continued with fabric manufacturing. Ipeker, one of the most important companies of the world, started to use vegan fabrics produced with V-Label certificate in home textile.

Currently exporting to 52 countries, Ipeker has completed the testing process and produces vegan fabrics with the V-Label certificate given by the European Vegetarian Union. Using its experience in home textiles, the company is the pioneer of the world in this field. With offices in Germany, England and Italy, Ipeker serves with vegan and vegan cupro fabrics in a wide range of countries including Germany, France, Italy, America, Japan, Australia and Canada.

Ipeker, is the first and only manufacturer position in cupro fabric in Turkey, working hard on the production of vegan fabrics to produce more environmentally friendly fabrics. Ipeker Board Member İhsan Ipeker, who stated that there is no animal protein at any stage of the produced fabrics said; “This is guaranteed by DNA testing. Its are also stated as process in the Oeko-Tex certifications. We are the first company in the world to realize this. Our fabrics travel around the world with TR code. This is another source of pride for us.”

Vegan Cupro Fabric slow down the aging process

The vegan cupro fabric, which is produced from cotton wastes, is mixed into the soil within three months when it is buried. With this fabric, the company aims to protect the rights of life rather than using animals as a product. In addition, the company Ipeker argues that animals are not a property of people, even a piece of their bodies should not be used for the comfort of people. This fabric, which is sensitive to human skin, contains the least amount of detergent on it. It slows down permeating chemicals used in washing to human skin. It has climatic properties in terms of skin sensitivity. Thanks to its non-electrifying feature, it enables the body functions to work more smoothly.

In addition, Ipeker developed Vegan Sleep Technologies as a result of the work of its 35 people R & D team. The anti-aging pillows produced by the company eliminate the factors that accelerate aging, slow down this process as much as possible.

Alternative Adhesive for Textile Industry from Kordsa

Kordsa, which operates in the field of composite technologies with tire and construction reinforcing, has produce a new adhesive collaborating with Continental. This new technology can be the new standard adhesive of the textile reinforcing materials industry.

Kordsa introduced its new invention which it developed with Continental at the beginning of 2018 at Tire Technology in Hannover. Kordsa Technology Director Devrim Özaydın said that, “Since 2008 we have been working on an environmentally friendly adhesive formula with a non-resorcinol and formaldehyde free in the field of tire technologies. While we are developing the chemical structure, Continental has also developed application-related technologies.”

Devrim Özaydın said that they think this new technology could be the new standard adhesive of textile reinforcing materials sector. Özaydın added, ”We will present all information to the world with the right of  free  use in order to be the new standard of the industry.” Devrim Özaydın stated that they achieved to change the formula used in the tire cord fabric bath within the framework of this cooperation and stated that the formula they have reached is more ecofriendly formula that can be an alternative to the resorcinol formaldehyde formula which has been used for 80 years. In addition, Kordsa carry out studies on new technologies to increase energy efficiency and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by taking the environmental effects into consideration in the İzmit R & D center. For example, it developed a new concept in the finishing process with the Minidip project , while the ABC project achieved an average energy saving of 10 to 15 percent on twisting machines.

Kordsa has 218 approved patents

In the first half of 2018, Kordsa is among the global leaders with the number of patents published in the patent research database. Özaydın said, “We increased our total patent portfolio by approximately 60 percent in 2017. As of July 2018, we have 174 inventions worldwide, 717 patent applications and 218 approved patents.”

Awarded R & D Centers

Kordsa’s first R & D center in Izmit was established in 2008. In 2016, with the investment of 30 million dollars, they established the second R & D centers in the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, which they implemented together with Sabancı University. This center is the first carbon cloth and prepreg manufacturers who support the basic research to the production of prototype parts in Turkey.

Kordsa to expand its global footprint in aerospace industry with a new US investment Kordsa has signed a definitive agreement to acquire approximately 96% share of Axiom Materials Acquisition LLC, total enterprise value of USD 181 million, which provides advanced composite for aerospace and industrial applications. composite technologies that we entered with our first investment in 2013. We realized Composite Technologies Center of Excellence investment in 2016. As part of our inorganic growth targets, following the acquisition of three composite firms in 2018, we have taken the necessary steps to acquire yet another composite company based in the US. In order to leave behind long approval processes in aircraft parts and space vehicles, we set out to acquire Axiom Materials, an approved supplier for aerospace industry. With this acquisition, we will lead the advanced composite technologies for the next generation industrial and transportation applications, as well as the aerospace industry.

Berteks Produces Odorless and Non-flammability Fabric

Berteks, which has been in operation for nearly a century, continues to provide services by adding strength to its power every day. Growing with the knowledge and experience that goes on for three generations, Berteks develops itself with new technologies. The company, which has a high standard of production quality, has more than a thousand employees.
Berteks manufactures 30 million sqm of fantasy curtain fabrics annually in the machine park where the latest model weaving machines are located. The company exports to more than 200 countries on 5 continents and holds the field in the home textile market. About 80 percent of the company’s production is fancy yarns, drapery and upholstery fabrics, decorative roller blinds, zebra, pleat and polyester screen curtains, home decoration and glass balcony curtain systems, cartel and book production.
About 40% of the production is made up of technical textiles, the company has 22 registered brands, 2 patents, 8 beneficial models and 16 designs.
Berteks, which allocates approximately 5% of its turnover to R&D, has been serving in the R & D department with its team of 45 people since December 2016. The company aims to develop more inno- vative, modern, value-added products with its R & D center. The company has been working on energy-producing cur- tains lately. Nonlammability feature is developed in fabrics produced with special coating. In addition, these products will be provided with a high level of dirt-repellent antibacterial.
Berteks also has an acoustic curtain. The curtain is made of fabric that absorbs sound waves. The fabric that minimizes the sound in the environment is preferred in many areas. The product is mainly sold to European countries.
Because of the glass fiber used in roller blind PVC fabrics, Berteks produced polyester screen fabric instead of odorless fabrics in summer months. This product is odorless and it has a Non-flammability feature.
The company also has TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) 1501 projects. With the developed machine project, an increase in productivity is achieved and a work that strengthens the industry 4.0. The company’s has fabric projects which clean production will be in its 1501 projects. At the same time, Berteks is developing university-industry coopera- tion with 1505 projects.

Australian Researchers Support Smart Garment Technology for Parkinson’s Patients

A team of researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and UNSW Sydney has received a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Shake It Up Australia Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to test eHealth and smart garment technologies to prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s disease.

NeuRA’s Dr Matthew Brodie and Associate Professor Kim Delbaere, who lead the study, are working with industry partner Sensoria Health and aim to make StandingTall-PD the leading eHealth solution for maximising mobility and preventing falls in people with Parkinson’s disease.

“Existing dopamine therapies offer benefit in treating motor dysfunction in Parkinson’s but may not alleviate gait and balance challenges,” says Jamie L. Hamilton, PhD, MJFF Associate Director. She adds, “this project has the potential to become an affordable option to address gait and balance issues and improve overall quality-of-life for people with Parkinson’s.”

The neuro-rehabilitation program, known as StandingTall-PD, uses visual, audio and sensory cues to help rewire the parts of the brain that control walking in people with Parkinson’s. The program aims to prevent freezing-of-gait and falls, and enhance participants’ independence.

How does the program work?

Participants will be given a NeuRA training mat with colour-coded stepping targets, a pair of Sensoria Smart Socks, an iPad and phone. The program, practised daily, will encourage participants to step on coloured stepping targets that match a series of colours displayed on their iPad. At the same time, they will listen to rhythmic auditory cues like music and a metronome beat that are synchronised with the vibrating Smart Socks.

The combination of visual, audio and sensory elements helps to form new connections in less affected parts of the brain, leading to improved walking ability.

The program enables participants to self-manage and monitor their own progress via an app on their phone. The app can also trigger stimuli during everyday activities, such as vibration in their Smart Socks, if they are in danger of experiencing freezing-of- gait, falls or if they show signs of shuffling feet.

Clinicians can also monitor participants’ progress remotely and adjust the program to provide ongoing and personalised continuity of care.

IsraVision, Avoids Errors in the Production of Nonwoven

IsraVision has developed an application called Web-Monitoring. Thanks to the application, visual error detection can be done, users can obtain reliable information about the surface weight and uniformity of the material.

How uniform is the material distributed in the final product? The answer to this question helps manufacturers of nonwovens to do more than just optimize their use of resources. Mistakes occurring during production often show up as varying material thicknesses in the final product.

To ensure uniform weight for nonwoven materials, a new inspection solution now controls the material distribution within the web, thus increasing efficiency and yield of production lines.

The application, often called Web-Monitoring, extends an already proven system: in addition to visual error detection, users receive reliable information on surface weight and uniformity of the material. Beyond basic weight, the system also checks for “cloudiness”, i.e., fiber distribution within the material. This allows for quickly detecting exceedingly thin or thick spots. Even more complex faults such as craters that occur during coating can be reliably captured with the inspection expansion. As a result, goods with deficiencies will not be processed or delivered.

Higher quality for the entire production process Comprehensive inspection of surface and homogeneity not only reflects the quality of the product but also the quality of the manufacturing process. The inspection for example, makes deficiencies in the rolls’ functionality easily visible: both roller tracks on the material surface and uneven material distribution are decisive indications that a roller might be defective. Employees working along the line can thus be quickly alerted to faults in the process and take appropriate action to avoid producing rejects.

Versatile expansions contribute to multifaceted inspection for optimum production results

Extending existing inspection systems with additional features provides a cost-effective, fast and sustainable way to increase an inspection’s efficiency and thus the quality of the final product. A wide range of options is available for this purpose, including intelligent use of defect data while materials are being cut as well as so-called beyond inspection features. The latter utilizes defect data to enable of retroactively repairing and produced rolls thereby improving quality. Particularly interesting for nonwoven manufacturers among these extensions is the so-called embossing control. Intelligent LED along with software extension make a precise testing of embossed materials possible. Never has a modern inspection performance package been more versatile or powerful. Producing to the highest standards of quality thus becomes child’s play for manufacturers.

 

Searching for the Battleship Steel Version of Spider Silk

Biotech company AMSilk and Airbus are planning to use artificial spider silk to create an entirely new generation of composite material they believe could revolutionise aerospace design.

Spider silk is one of nature’s most astonishing materials. Stronger than steel, tougher than Kevlar and incredibly lightweight, a spider web made from fibres as thick as a pencil would be able to catch a fully loaded A350 weight around 200 tonnes. For decades, scientists have sought to recreate spider silk’s astonishing properties for industrial use. But those efforts have been unsuccessful – until now.AMSilk, based near Munich in Germany, is the world’s first industrial supplier of what it calls synthetic silk biopolymers – artificial spider silk. In 2016, AMSilk even made a prototype shoe with a major sports clothing label. But now, together with Airbus, it wants to transfer its technology to aerospace.

To do this, Airbus and AMSilk will work together on creating an entirely new area of composite materials. Leading the cooper- ation for Airbus is Detlev Konigorski, innovation manager for emerging technologies and concepts.

“Currently, AMSilk produces silk on a metric tons scale per annum, but this isn’t yet aerospace-ready,” he says. “You could compare it to steel – what you use to make cars isn’t the same as what you use to make battleships. We’re looking for the battleship steel version of spider silk.”

After first decoding spider DNA, AMSilk realised that by taking the animal’s specific genetic code for producing silk and introducing it to bacteria, they could artificially reproduce an identical material. The company now carries out this process in 60,000 litre tanks four storeys high, which are filled with water and heated to 37°C to grow the bacteria. The end result is a powder that can be formed into a fibre, film or gel.

The greater use of carbon fibre composites has helped reduce air- craft weight, and therefore fuel consumption, in recent years, but AMSilk’s Biosteel fibre has superior flexibility and shock resistance capabilities.It bends without losing strength, so it could be integrated on parts away from the fuselage that are prone to debris impact or bird strikes. It could help protect space equipment in a similar manner or be applied to defence products.

The silk also has remarkable antibacterial properties, so we might be able to integrate it inside an aircraft cabin as a more hygienic material. “Airbus and AMSilk aim to launch a prototype composite in 2019. The chance to work with an entirely new material opens up a wealth of exciting possibilities,” says Konigorski. Ultimately, this material could enable us to approach design and construction in an entirely new fashion.”