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Fabric perfect for winter!

Columbia Sportswear

Thermal reflective fabric technology is an innovative, new product launched by Columbia Sportswear. It’s Omni-Heat 3D technology made of  breathable fabric is a great base for winter clothing.

The winter fabric creates an entirely new warm experience, according to the company Columbia Sportswear based Columbia. Addictional heat-retaining foil component permits moisture vapor transfer to occur. It makes the fabric is comfortable to wear while providing warmth.

Winter fabric

First of all, the reflective aluminum foil is laminated. Then, small pods of vertically oriented fibers are attached to the fabric using a printed adhesive and an electrostatic deposition process.

The fabric uses fibers for a reason. First, they provide a little air between the fabric which adds additional insulating capacity. But more importantly, what the fibers do is lift the reflecting component off whatever the fabric is next to, which allows the reflectors to reflect the infrared radiation emanating from the body. It minimizes  heat loss via conduction, thereby maximizing the heat retaining properties of the fabric.

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An unique project

It is an unique project, by adding the reflective component.  The fibers is vertically oriented. The most important aspect of the new technology is the how we can use it. This new fiber can be applied to a number of different types of base fabrics. Iakes it widely applicable. It also sounds like a perfect solution for a collection of winter clothes. Clothes that would keep the warmth even in the coldest environment.

“From what we have researched, there is nothing like this technology on the market,” Nordhoff senior public relations manager added. “Unique may be an adjective that is thrown around all too often, but in this case, I do think it’s appropriate.”

RemaDays 2019 Trade Fair!

RemaDays 2019 Trade Fair was a great event to find out more about the newest innovations in the commercial world in Poland. This edition was an outstanding occasion to meet a wide variety of exibitiors, including the textile trade.

RemaDays Trade Fair took place on 13-15.02.2019 and again was organized in Nadarzyn near Warsaw. It enticed a record number of visitors and exhibitors from all over the world.  The trade fair was also a great occasion to  find out more about textile news. Our Tetex delegation showed up to discover what technical textile is used in commercials and advertising.

What is the advertising industry?

We already know! A lot of new contacts begun on the two huge market halls. Our attention was caught by wooden funfair. It is a collection of wooden figures for building a 3D brain teaser. As the manufacturer says, it is a great idea for a gift – for friends, family or colleagues.

Wooden City

It is also worth to mention the innovative stickers made of special electrostatic foil. It can be stick to different materials and doesn’t leave glue stains. Apart from this, a lot of companies presented eco-friendly products. For example metal straws which are reusable. We could also see wide variety of ecological bags made of recycled materials.

Printing on textiles

The best of the best

The trade fair was a great occasion to look for inspiration and new ideas. However, our redaction has to admit that the biggest surprise this year was a hologram suited on a windmill. It displays 3D images. This innovative product creates unique visual effect. The visitors appreciated this exhibition gathering together by the stand. This idea was also the winner of golden trophy in the competition of innovative products.

Our particular attention drew also the paper made of stone. However, it was not the first time we hear this idea, it is still something interesting. First of all, the paper can be produced without engaging trees, what makes it more ecological. Moreover, it is waterproof and tear resistant. The exhibitors were presenting different offers of calendar gifts made of stone paper.

Printing on textile

What is up in textile world?

The most interesting for us was the textile zone. We could notice that printing on fabrics is still something very popular. The work of printers was observed for instance on the Epson exhibition. It presented their newest printer, which was made in collaboration with Robustelli. The Monna Lisa Evo Tree printer is a high quality product which combines the quality with maximum efficiency. It allows to print on different kinds of fabrics making it look like – for example embroidery. What is more, the printer reduces the use of energy.

Wiair company was presenting ecological system of air fillers production. The device was presented on the exhibition during this year’s edition. It uses polyethylene of high density and foil of thickness 20 mm. It is a great solution for developing online shops, production lines and warehouses.

How technical textile is used in commercial environment? For example in production of advertising balloons. They are produced by – for instance – company Ten Balony. Their exhibition was surrounded by the company of huge balloon monster. It was very easy to notice it!

Tent balony

The RemaDays 2019 was not our first occasion to try and check commercial and advertising industry. However, this edition was a great occasion to catch new ideas and use them in our technical textile world!

Trade Fair

Monofilament with a special surface

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Perlon produces a new monofilament which has special particles incorporated into it. It can also be used in the field of Advanced Technical Textiles for example in filtration.

The new monofilament

PearlTech has particles incorporated into the polymer matrix protrude slightly from the monofilament surface. It gives PearlTech® an interesting optical appearance and a structured surface finish. It provides improved stability against wear, reduces machine power consumption whilst reducing the build-up of dirt on the end product. This is in comparison to standard polymers. The particles have no negative effect on hydrolysis resistance and furthermore offer the possibility to avoid the use of fluoropolymers. Through its ability to be customized, PearlTech opens up the market for a host of new possibilities.

The company is currently developing and carrying out research in the bio-monofilament field. They are looking into extrudable bio-based as well as biodegradable polymers with the aim being a sustainable monofilament for individual use in end product.

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How does it work?

The size and shape of the particles is irregular and the material is unrelated to the base polymer. The particles are added into the polymer melt and evenly distributed over the whole cross-section. These newly acquired properties remain intact throughout the lifetime of the monofilament.

The range includes monofilaments with special properties such as flame retardancy, elasticity, abrasion resistancy, stain resistancy, energy efficiency and UV stability. To avoid the need for a separate coating process, Perlon has developed HighGrip monofilaments with tribological properties. These PET based Bi-Co monofilaments have a specific surface with special adhesive properties and different softening points.

Future of biodegradable sandals

Fungal mycelium from an unidentified species of fungus, growing across a decomposing leaf. The mycelium is the vegetative part of the fungus and is made up of a mass of thread-like hyphae. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. May.

At last year’s National Sustainable Design Expo, two students from the University of Delaware presented biodegradable sandals made of mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste.

Jillian Silverman and Wing Tang from the fashion and clothing department created a bio-composite material. Created entirely from renewable regional raw materials. As Silverman says – The fashion industry produces a lot of waste, so the question of sustainable development is an issue everyone tries to solve.

Difficult beginnings

The project had its beginnings in 2015, when Silverman started her undergraduate Summer Scholarship and decided to study mushroom mycelium. The idea to use this root system from which the majority of edible mushrooms grow seems to fit perfectly into the economical use of natural resources. The research results turned out to be unsatisfactory. The breakthrough came only in cooperation with Professor Huantian Cao (Director of postgraduate studies, Co-chairman of the Sustainable Clothing Initiative) who became interested in the project related to the mycelium. 

Researchers experimented with the cultivation of various fungal species and the use of various materials known as substrates in which the mycelium forms a network of roots. They bred numerous samples, dried them and tested them for potential use as shoe soles.

The natural design of the shoe

The samples grew in various nutrients, for example in chicken feathers and in textile wastes obtained from donations for the poor (those that can not be used in any other way).

Chicken feathers and textile products provide nutrients for the mycelium. They are also an auxiliary material that helps to develop it – said Cao. – They act as a kind of glue to form the basis and structure for the mycelium.

The use of textile waste from used clothing fits into project of sustainable development. Students and lecturers are looking for ways to help non-profit organizations find ways to use millions of pounds of donated clothing that can not be re-sold.

Fungal mycelium from an unidentified species of fungus, growing across a decomposing leaf. The mycelium is the vegetative part of the fungus and is made up of a mass of thread-like hyphae. 

The mushroom boot itself – the final product of tests – is not modeled or cut at any moment. The mushroom is grown on a soft, solitary shape, which is strengthened by a layer of vegan skin. Next, there is a shred of muslin fabric that serves as the skeleton of the sandal.

 

 

The future of biodegradable shoes

Before the mushroom sandals hit the shelves, it will take a long time, but the team of researchers is very optimistic. Their previous work results are more than satisfactory. Because of the location of the University near Kennett Square in Pennsylvania, they do not have to worry about running out of resources. Kennett Square is known as the World Capital of Mushrooms.

Research at the University of Delaware combines strategies for the sustainable development of local production and the use of biocompatible renewable resources to address environmental problems associated with the clothing and footwear industry. As a result, a group of researchers received prestigious funding from the People, Prosperity and the Planet category granted by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency in the USA.

Find out more about biodegradable materials!

Cooling fabric relief!

Cooling fabric

The newest project of the fabric, that can cool bodies is revolutional to performance cooling. This special cooling system makes sure that your body is kept in the right temperature even in the hottest environment!

Triple chill effect

Have it ever happened that sweating was disturbing your everyday life? If yes, the newest project of cooling fabric might be something for you. Its patent-pending yarns and specialized manufacturing techniques combines natural cooling minerals, active wicking and rapid drying technology to create a Triple Chill Effect™ for an instant and permanent cooling sensation that won’t ever fade or wash out. All Brrr° fabrics are rigorously tested by independent global textile labs to verify their superior cooling, wicking and drying capabilities. The tests prove the ability to reduce skin temperature by almost 3°F over 20 minutes of normal wear.

triple chill efect

Why is it important?

Hot weather is a normal thing during summer almost all over the world. It can also be very inconvenient. Overheating may also influence our self-confidence. When we exercise or sit in an overheated room at the office or crowd into a packed room for a social gathering, many of us get hot and clammy. Fabrics that draw away the heat and moisture our skin can help keep us more comfortable and refreshed. It is worth to have a closer look on the proposition from Brrr°, as the startup has closed on an additional $1 milion in funding and plans to continue their rapid expansion into a store near you. We will keep an eye on it!

Elegant purse made of wooden textile

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Wood is one of materials that is universally considered to look elegant. It is often used in industrial design products like furniture, parquet floor or other elements of interior design. Wood makes it look classy and ensures higher quality. This time a team of textile designers Tesler+Mendelovitch created absolutely original and unusual kind of material – textile wood.

Textile made of wood

This kind of material fits industrial, art and fashion design perfectly. Interest for unique products is constantly on the rise. No wonder there are more and more companies, concept stores and ideas which promote unusual look by selling unique wearables. Tesler+Mendelovitch proved that wood can be a good choice to produce an innovative  and unique textiles.

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Wood inspired the designers with its special structure, properties and look. They carried out researches of new wooden textile. The team designed the material with geometrical and architectural surface structure and incorporated it into several products. That way  Tesler+Mendelovitch launched their project ”Wearable Wood” which is a series of elegant clutch purses. The purses are soft in touch and flexible at the same time. All of them have a magnetic clasp and ensure a comfortable grip. The production process of the purse uses specially selected wood and grains to maintain the highest standards.

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Timeless style and elegant look

Without doubts, wood clutch purses are one of those classy and original products on the market of fashion accessories. It stands out visually as an element of art that we can wear. Its architectural form highlights the luxurious and modern look. The purses are handmade with the wood of best quality. They are lightweight, comfortable to hold and offer a spacious interior for your personal items. The clutches present an elegant, innovative and timeless style which will find its followers nowadays as well in the forthcoming years.

Portable battery in your t-shirt

One of the biggest blockades for the development of intelligent wearable sensor technology is the fact that so far no long-lasting and light battery has been developed that could provide them with energy.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have reported that they have developed a system for storing energy charges that can be easily implemented in any clothing. They will be able to charge electronic wereable devices and biosensors.

Textile power storages as portable battery

The new method uses a micro-supercapacitor and combines the conductive coated conductive threads with a polymeric film. Thanks to a special sewing technique it is possible to create a flexible mesh of electrodes on a textile base. The product created in this way has a very high storage capacity that can power biosensors and still can be worn comfortably.

Experts say that despite the significant miniaturization of electrical devices, this trend bypassed portable batteries, which were usually too large and too inflexible.

The benefits of using technology

We show in this way that you can literally sew on your shirt pattern, which will be a portable battery. This opens up new possibilities for the use of biosensors and the wereables tech” – reports team member Trisha L. Andrew.

Our supercapacitors are excellent for storing mobile energy because they have a higher power density than traditional batteries.”

The technology is still being researched and developed. The specialists agree that using electrochemically active materials is very difficult. Until today it was also too expensive. Modern technologies allow, however, to make technology more economical. Before the solution is introduced for wider use, It will also be necessary to carefully examine its safety.

Further development plans

The team at the University of Massachusetts works with other researchers at the Health Monitoring Center. Together, they are working on the creation of a new generation of smart clothes. The clothes will have sewn in textile sensors and microprocessors with low power. This will make them monitor the movement of the body, including muscles and joints, without any discomfort during normal everyday functioning.

 

Learn more about new technologies in textiles!

Fabric based protective equipment

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Over 13 milion people everyday use  protective equipment during work for medical services in the United States of America. Wearing textil-based protection gear is esential to limit morbidity and mortality of patients in their care as well as themselves.

Respiratory protective equipment

In the last few decades, the investigations have shown that infectious pathogens can be transferred to healthcare personnel through their respiratory organs and dermis via air and liquids and through mucus membranes. Thus, protective equipment is essential for healthcare personnel. Consequently, there are different types of personnel gear including medical masks, respirators, gloves, gowns. Primarily they are textile-based and used regularly by healthcare personnel.

By the 1990s, different types of fibres (e.g. polypropylene and cellulose) were used to produce medical masks. Contemporary medical masks are usually composed of three nonwoven fabric layers-a cover web, a filter layer and a shell fabric. The innermost cover web is a spun-bonded nonwoven mat and lies next to the wearer’s skin. The filter layer between the cover web and shell fabric is a melt-blown nonwoven mat that primarily deters hazardous aerosol particles, microorganisms and bodily fluids. The shell fabric is the outermost layer exposed to the ambient environment. This fabric is made from a spun-bonded nonwoven mat and supports the filter layer.

Medical gloves

Source: http://medresrzeszow.pl/offer/rekawice-medyczne/

Dermal protective equipment

Medical service employees often put their hands at high risk to come into contact with bodily fluids that may contain pathogenic microorganisms. In order to prevent the transfer of liquid-borne microorganisms, since 1890 it has been standard practice for healthcare personnel to wear sterilised medical gloves. In the last few decades, a great deal of improvement has occurred in the production of medical gloves. Presently, medical gloves are generally made of different water-repellent textile polymers (typically made of latex, nitrile rubber, vinyl, or neoprene) which can protect healthcare personnel from direct contact with contaminated liquids.

Along with the hands, other body parts of healthcare personnel may also come into contact with contaminated liquids. In order to prevent the transfer of pathogens, the use of medical gowns by healthcare personnel has been in practice since the early 19th century. These gowns usually consist of a long piece of cloth, fastened at the back with twill tape ties. Disposable medical gowns are made of paper and/or thin plastic, and reusable medical gowns are generally made of natural (e.g., cotton) and/or synthetic (e.g., polyester) fibres. The fibres are converted into yarn through a spinning process, and then woven into fabric. Finally the fabric is converted into medical gowns.

Oil barriers protect environment

floating oil barriers
The 3200 mm wide oil barriers set new benchmarks in environmental engineering: They can withstand harsh conditions on the open sea and are not overtopped even by high waves.

New standards on high seas

Increasing the energy requirements around the world mean an increase in the amount of crude oil transported by sea. It brings increase in the risk of incidents entailling considerable impact on the environment, as well as on a company’s profitability – both during pumping on the drilling rigs and in the event of martime disasters involving damage to giant tankers. Hand-made oil barriers produced by Continental not only protect the environment, but also reliably contain oil spills even in turbulent seas. With a width of 3200 mm, they are especially suitable for use on rough seas. Floating barriers surround leaked oil at sea so that tankers can quickly pump it out of the water using hoses. The oil barriers have extremely thin walls for their width – 6-7 mm. This prevents even thick layers of oil from floating into the open sea and ensures instead that the oil is reliably contained.

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The new project of an old idea

The method of surrounding oil in this way is not new and the floating barriers have also proven themselves for many years in several use during maintenance work on drilling rigs. However, the latest generation of the oil barrier has a special feature to offer. Tested by Continental company under special test conditions and at sea, floating barriers are extraordinary reliable and secure. The development team also paid particular attention to strength. Flotsam in the sea can damage the floating barriers. The high-strength fabric and sturdy rubber layer of the Continental development is extremely impressive in this respect, too, withstanding pressures up to 0,5 bars in the laboratory. The barriers are airtight like bicycle inner tube – after all no air must be allowed to escape during deployment. Air is pumped into the barriers as soon as they are lowered into the water by the winch of the ship contained.

Can artificial “electronic skin” protect its users?

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Researchers from the University of Connecticut and University of Toronto have invented artificial skin which gives its users some extra capabilities. The skin is stretchable and has special sensors to detect a magnetic field or changes in pressure. The invention might be also significant for those who lost their feeling due to amputation or burns.

The document was published in Advanced Materials journal. According to researches the new electronic skin is elastic, stretchable, shapeable and can imitate human skin. It is a new group of intelligent wearable electronics. The expectations regarding the material are high. It should detect a magnetic field, vibrations, sound waves, and other unusual changes. The new artificial skin might be useful during the disposal of hazardous materials or rescue missions. What is more, it might assist with remote monitoring and health care. The invention sounds also very promising for amputees and burns victims as it could help regain a degree of feeling.

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How does it work?

The electronic artificial skin uses a “multimodal ferrofluid‐based triboelectric nanogenerator” which is actually an elastic silicone nanotube filled with ferrofluid. The tube is wrapped with copper wire to allow electrical signals to be sent through it.

Science and technology

E-skin apart its properties to sense changes in environment like a real skin can be also waterproof. The artificial skin could adjust its shape and hold it for years. Unfortunately, the material is not as flat as real human skin. Researchers are still working on finding a solution to that problem. If the invention gets all the approve needed they expect to introduce their product into the market in a few years. The main object for the researchers was to develop an artificial skin that could sense more than its human counterpart. This way we could became more aware of dangers that surround us. Thanks to the newest technology and science it is possible.

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