Sportswear that can measure heart rate and other performance metrics, and jackets that can control a smartphone are at the cutting edge of the burgeoning wearables sector. With a focus on technology, design and function, this trend is placing new demands on fabric makers developing e-textiles and other smart garments.
But the growing field of high-tech textiles does not solely involve integrating electronics into yarns and fabrics to produce trendy apparel; technical textiles are offering solutions in a wide range of end-uses using innovative yarns, fabric constructions and finishes.
By Martin McCoustra and Robert Mather, Heriot-Watt University and Power Textiles Ltd.
Gas plasma treatment technology will be a game changer for processing textiles, and in particular technical textiles. The treatments adapt their surface properties without affecting any of their bulk properties. The plasma technique provides a clean, dry approach that consumes far less energy than do traditional wet treatments, the level of effluent is greatly reduced and, crucially, equipment on an industrial scale is commercially available1.
TAPPI is pleased to announce that the 2016 NETInc Conference. NETInc (Innovative Nonwovens Conference) will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 15-18, 2016. The NETInc Conference is organized by the Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists (NET) Division of TAPPI. NETInc is the perfect forum for Nonwovens Industry professionals and academics to share information that encourages …
Voting Now Open Online at Nonwovens Industry Website INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced 15 leading companies are finalists in five categories for its IDEA16 Achievement Awards, in partnership with Nonwovens Industry magazine. Voting is now open online at: www.nonwovens-industry.com/idea16-achievement-awards. The awards recognize the brightest innovations from the leading companies, individuals, …
Comoli’s E200 is a spindle driven winder designed to reach a speed of 3500 m/min that makes it suitable for direct spinning lines for continuous filament yarns, both multi-filament and mono-filament, of polyamide 6 and 66, polyester, polypropylene and other chemical fibers.
It provides an extremely precise package formation, based on parallel random winding combined with electronic traverse system. It offers the possibility of designing the shape and the tapering of the bi-conical output package, with both symmetric and also asymmetric (pineapple structure, for example) package sides.