Eruslu Nonwoven Group Ordered Spunlace Line from Andritz

International Technology Group Andritz has received an order from Eruslu Nonwoven Group to supply a complete neXline spunlace line for its plant located in Gaziantep.

The line has a production capacity of 18,000 t/a and is scheduled for installation and start-up at the beginning of 2021.

This new spunlace eXcelle line will be able to process a wide range of fibers, like polyester, viscose, lyocell, and bleached cotton, with grammages from 30 up to 75 gsm. It will produce high-quality wet wipes for cosmetics applications, fem care and baby diapers, dust wipes, hair dressing towels, medical bandages and gauzes, and many other products. The new line will enable Eruslu to diversify its product portfolio into new technical applications.

Andritz will deliver a complete line, from web forming to drying.

The scope of supply includes:

  • One complete set of Laroche opening and blending machinery,
  • Two inline high-speed TT cards,
  • One JetlaceEssentiel unit, which is the benchmark for hydroentanglement processes, Including an Andritz full filtration unit,
  • One neXdry double drum through-air dryer,
  • One neXecodry S1 system for energy saving

The Fourth Spunlace Line Order

Andritz and Eruslu have a long-term and successful collaboration that began in 2009. This is the fourth spunlace line to be provided by Andritz, and it confirms the strong partnership between the two companies.

Eruslu Nonwoven Group, established in 1972, is a leading Turkish company specialized in the production of various textile products. In the nonwovens sector, the Group provides disposable products for the home cleaning and health sectors.

Güney Biomedical Takes Its Place in the Medical Textile Sector with Mask Production

Güney Biomedical, which is a sub-branch of the Teknik Fuarcılık Group, seized its place among the companies engaged in the textile sector by making new breakthroughs in the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic outbreak. Güney Biomedical, which has just entered to manufacturing experience, produces approximately 250 thousand masks every day.

Many businesses during the troublesome Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic period conducted studies on textile products such as protective masks, gloves, surgical coveralls that protect against the spread of the pandemic. Güney Biomedical, having started its production life with a capacity of manufacturing 250 thousand masks per day, sold a large volume of products in spite of its new establishment. Moreover, the company’s efforts towards exports continue at full speed.

Güney Biomedical, producing masks in the standards of European Union countries, also attaches great importance to production in a hygienic and sterile environment. The company uses the HEPA filter air conditioner and ventilation system used by the European Union countries during the manufacturing process of the protective masks in its production area and produces its masks in a fashion that is entirely for human health.

Production takes place in a hygienic environment

Güney Biomedical, in addition to being especially hygienic, attaches significant importance to the comfortable use of the masks produced under the brand name of ‘besafe’.

The manufacturing stages of the masks takes place as follows:

The masks, which are prepared by employees equipped with special outfits, are untouched and consist of three layers of fabric. These masks are then fitted with polypropylene (pp) coated soft and adjustable nose wires through the utilization of a special system in ultrasonic devices. Later on, these masks are steered to the unit where the tires are attached. Masks fitted with tires on special machines are delivered to the quality and control team. Masks, which are approved by the quality and control department, are sorted and packaged in the packaging machine.

Güney Biomedical manufactures four types of masks, which consist of three layers of spunbond (blue and white) and three layers of meltblown (blue and white). The inner surface of the mask consists of a soft absorbent and hypoallergenic nonwoven layer. In the middle layer; there is spunbond/meltblown filter nonwoven fabric and the outer layer has hydrophobic spunbond nonwoven fabric. The masks that eliminate pressure on the ears through the usage of the comfortable elastic ear loop, do not hurt or cause any cuts in the ear thanks to the latex-free round rubbers and nonwoven fabrics. These masks, which protect against viruses, air pollution, dust and pollen, do not cause allergic reactions because of their hygienic manufacturing processes and quality materials.

Güney Biomedical Produces Mask in Compliance with European Standards

Producing masks at the standards of European Union countries, Güney Biomedical produces in a hygienic and sterile medium. Using the HEPA filter air conditioning and ventilation system in its production area, Güney Biomedical completely produces masks oriented for human health.

 

Masks suitable for multi-purpose use with their unique design and comfort; It is produced with spunbond and meltblown fabric options and protects against viruses, air pollution, dust and pollen. Thanks to their hygienic production and quality materials, these masks do not cause ear injuries and allergic reactions.

 

You can visit http://guneybiomedical.com/ to review the masks and make an order.

 

Huggies Awards Grants Through No Baby Unhugged Program

Hugging programs train volunteers to administer the soothing and healing power of touch to premature babies.

‘The Huggies No Baby Unhugged program’ is awarding seven $10,000 grants to help support or establish volunteer hugging programs in hospitals across the country. Hugging programs train volunteers to administer the soothing and healing power of touch to babies who are premature or medically fragile, with the goal of improving long-term health out- comes.“The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can be a place of uncertainty, and parents may often feel overwhelmed by responsibilities outside of the hospital that keep them from being with their baby 24/7,” says Kristin Carnall of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. “Numerous studies show the positive benefits of holding, rocking and soothing on infant weight gain, stress reduction, improved sleep and future language development. We are incredibly grateful to have received the No Baby Unhugged grant to support our NICU families in providing a comfortable, encouraging, intentional space for parents to deliver skin-to-skin care to their infants.”

Since the No Baby Unhugged program was initiated in 2016, Huggies has awarded $250,000 in grants to 25 hospitals, allowing hospitals to invest in volunteer training and recruitment, hugger chairs and educational materials for volunteers.

“We understand the power of hugs and gentle human touch for conveying safety, security and love to babies during this critical time in their development,” says Sara Young, general manager of the Huggies Brand. “Volunteer hugging programs are integral to supporting nurses, comforting parents and promoting healing and growth for babies. Huggies continues to be inspired by these hospitals’ dedication to the infants they treat and remains committed to providing resources to bolster hugging programs.”

OUTLOOK™ 2018 Signed as Most Successful Editon Ever

Over 500 key stakeholders gather for premier nonwoven personal care products and hygiene conference.

With 510 delegates from across the nonwovens and related industries in attendance, OUTLOOK™, the primary conference for the nonwovens hygiene and personal care industry, was again confirmed as a key industry event for the sector, showcasing EDANA’s mission to support the growth and promote the sustainable development of the industry.

The conference examined new product developments, market trends, performance and safety testing and sustainability initiatives during the first two days, with the final day featuring an interactive workshop on building stakeholder trust. Feedback from participants throughout the event emphasised satisfaction with the mix and quality of expert content and the many opportunities to meet with industry peers. With the conference attracting participants from across the whole supply chain and around the globe, OUTLOOK™ again confirmed its position as a unique must-attend event for nonwoven professionals.

“One of the most successful OUTLOOK conferences I have experienced”

Mark Siebert of Berry Global said he found the event to be “one of the most successful OUTLOOK conferences I have experienced.  The record attendance and senior leader participation provided invaluable input on industry dynamics that will shape our participation for the next 5 years.”

The conference, the 17th edition of OUTLOOK™, opened with a keynote speech on EU circular economy and plastics strategies from Werner Bosmans, DG Environment, European Commission. This was followed with a session dedicated to circular economy and sustainability topics. Day 2 of the conference was opened by a presentation from Professor Samuele Furfari of the Free University of Brussels on the geopolitical challenges of the changing energy landscape. Delegates also heard from industry experts on market trends, technical innovations and multiple efforts to introduce further sustainable business practices in the nonwovens industry.

“This edition of OUTLOOK has again featured, as deliberately planned these last few years, a very topical programme, directly addressing the current challenges in our industry, “said Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA. “Discussions on the circular economy strategy, transparency and trust in the supply chain were both thought-provoking and rewarding. It is very encouraging to witness the industry’s increasing readiness to engage in these topics and for EDANA to facilitate constructive dialogue on both strategic and practical solutions. I was also very enthused by the insight of significant industry players on key trends and some very exciting technical innovations in our sector.”

The Trützschler Card TC 19i: The First Intelligent Card

A new chapter in card development has been be opened: The Trützschler card is intelligent. It performs important settings completely independently and with a precision not achievable by humans, which results in an unprecedented level of quality.

A new chapter in card development has been be opened: The Trützschler card is intelligent. It performs important settings completely independently and with a precision not achievable by humans, which results in an unprecedented level of quality.

Is there a formula for successful innovations? Definitely not. But how does Trützschler manage to continuously raise the bar in carding technology? How can the Trützschler Card TC15 be surpassed in terms of quality and performance?

“The dialogue with our customers is decisive for our developments. We listen to them very carefully when they talk about unresolved problems. High raw material costs, personnel bottlenecks and fluctuating raw material qualities combined with constantly high quality requirements are among the present circumstances that need to be overcome.” Markus Wurster, Sales Director.

The fact that Trützschler has the technical competence to implement these requirements was demonstrated once again at ITMA 2019.

“This is the future!” and “This is the development we need!” were the reactions of booth visitors which sales manager Ralf Müller experienced at this year’s ITMA. “The possibility to increase quality and productivity as well as solving personnel issues through features like T-GO or Wastecontrol fascinated our customers.”

TC 19i main features at a glance:

Self-optimizing precision

For cotton carding, the carding gap between the cylinder and flat clothing should be as small as possible. The optimum gap is 3/1000” (0.075mm) for many types of cotton. For comparison: Not even a sheet of paper fits inbetween. Even an experienced technologist cannot carry out such narrow settings when the card is cold. During operation, centrifugal forces and temperature increases influence these settings significantly.

On the Trützschler Card TC 19i with the Gap Optimizer T-GO, a basic flat setting is only carried out once by our specialists. Afterwards, T-GO ensures an ideal carding gap at all times, whether the card is cold or warm, after clothing grinding, even after clothing replacement. This is a permanent, self-optimizing, intelligent process that takes place without any production interruption.

The key to the profitability of a spinning mill is the maximum utilization of the raw material. On TC 19i, an optical sensor monitors the waste in the suction, thus providing the data for Wastecontrol. If too many good fibers end up in the waste, the system adjusts the mote knife setting on the Webfeed via a servomotor.

Permanent quality control

The Trützschler Nep Sensor NCT (separat option) permanently monitors the web on the doffer. A camera registers and distinguishes neps, trash particles and seed coat fragments. The data is displayed on the screen of the cards and also transmitted to the Trützschler mill monitoring system My Mill. In this way, multiple cards can be monitored regarding quality delivery, and any deviation will immediately be recognized.

Smart and easy operation

The TC 19i provides a multitouch screen that can be used as easily and intuitively as a smartphone. Individual operator recognition and authorization is possible through an RFID chip. In addition, the remote card display T-LED visualizes important machine information in an easy way and helps operators to stay aware of each machine’s status.

Jürgen März, carding specialist at Trützschler, received a lot of positive feedback at ITMA: “By talking to our customers about problems in their mills, we learned about their dependence on skilled staff. The precision of the flat setting is highly influenced by the operator, but reliable and well-trained personnel is difficult to find today. Customers were very impressed by the fact that very narrow settings can be set completely independent. The carding gap is no longer set by a technician, but by an intelligent system. The limitations of human precision have been overcome by Trützschler machinery at this point.”

Smart Textiles To Fight Mosquitoes: A New Approach

A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) claimed mosquitoes to be the deadliest and most dangerous species on planet in terms of human deaths. In 2015, 438,000 malaria-related deaths were reported globally. The incidence of dengue has reportedly increased 30 times in the last three decades. Several countries are reporting their first outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases such as zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.

With the ever increasing cases of resistance of mosquitoes to repellents, several groups have tried incorporating new repellents into fabrics. There have been several efforts towards designing smart textiles that can prevent mosquito bites. Microencapsulation has been commonly used. However, these methods are prone to drawbacks like non-sustainability and lack of reusability. Another approach uses microbeads, which again are costly and tedious. This restricts the use of conventional microbeads and micro-capsules for practical day-to-day applications.

The solution proposed by its research team adds the necessary advantages of in-trend micro-encapsulation technique and gets rid of their drawbacks.

The proposed idea is to use a smart textile system that incorporates a refillable mechanism that can be reloaded multiple times with mosquito repellents on the go, controllable by the user. This work demonstrates the superiority of sustainable smart textiles to be used as a platform for mosquito repellent technology.

Making use of shape memory polymers (SMPs) for this purpose, the concept is new and gives the user the advantage to control the release of repellent multiple times, depending on need. SMPs are smart textiles having a specific shape that is stored in their ‘memory’, which when subjected to external stimulus like heat, magnetic or electric field, change and return back to their ‘memory’ shape when the stimulus is removed. The patent for the same is under process.

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Kordsa Acquires AXIOM Materials with an Investment of USD 181 Million

Kordsa, a subsidiary of Sabancı Holding and a global player in the reinforcement technologies market, acquired US-based Axiom Materials.

This acquisition of USD 181 million paved the way for Kordsa to be the only worldwide qualified manufacturer of Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composites.

Kordsa has stepped into the advanced composite materials industry with Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, conjointly established with Sabancı University. Kordsa has expanded its area of operations and competencies with its 2018’s acquisitions of Fabric Development, Textile Products and Advanced Honeycomb Technologies providing advanced composite materials to the aerospace industry. With the acquisition of Axiom Materials, Kordsa has completed the first phase of its goal to build a second Kordsa in composite technologies. Widely used in aircraft engines, the value-added materials produced by Axiom Materials have different applications in various industries and are considered as the material of the future. This acquisition, which is critical to develop Kordsa’s competencies in strategic and high growth areas, strengthens Kordsa’s potential to develop new products.

Pointing out the position of Kordsa in the Holding’s vision,  as Sabancı of  New Generation, Mehmet Göçmen, Sabancı Holding CEO, said: “Dynamic portfolio management and high technology-oriented investments are critical areas of focus in the transformation process of Sabancı Group. Kordsa, the flagship of our vision to grow in high value added industries, transforms into a company capable of producing advanced material technologies with its investment of approximately USD 300 million in composite technologies in the last two years. Following the acquisition of four US-based major companies, Kordsa built a business line with annual gross revenue of over USD 150 million. With this new investments, Kordsa as the supplier of leading global companies, now becomes the only worldwide qualified manufacturer of Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composites. This key acquisition, which is a clear sign of our mindset to manage our business based on universal standards, will also support the development of our country in international markets.”

Cenk Alper, Sabancı Holding Industrials Group President and Chairman of Kordsa, regarding the acquisition of Axiom Materials stated: “We continue to support our organic growth in the composite technologies market with inorganic growth investments. We took the first step of our growth strategy with the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, one of the few integrated production centers in the world. Our journey went ahead in aerospace industry with Fabric Development and Textile Products, which produce highly-engineered structural materials; our competency has expanded with the acquisition of Advanced Honeycomb Technologies, which produces advanced materials for cabin interior parts. With this investment, we will create a growth platform in North America, the aerospace hub.”

Ali Çalışkan, Kordsa CEO, regarding the purchase of Axiom Materials, which leads the composite market through its R&D studies, stated: “We took a very important step that reinforces our vision ‘Inspired from life, we reinforce life’. With the acquisition of Axiom Materials providing advanced technology composite materials to the next generation transportation vehicles as well as the aerospace industries and leading the composite market through its R&D studies, we have expanded our expertise in the field of composites and finalized the portfolio of advanced composite intermediates. With the acquisition of Axiom, we  completed the first phase of our goal to build a second Kordsa in composite technologies. Today, we are the only worldwide qualified manufacturer of Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composites. I am both proud and excited for the days ahead. After the tires, wings, hulls and the interior of the aircrafts, Kordsa will also reinforce aircraft engines. “

Solar Cells Embedded Clothes Can Charge Mobile Phone

Scientists from Nottingham Trent University have developed a technology to embed miniaturised solar cells into yarn that can then be knitted and woven into textiles. This can lead to clothing embedded with tiny solar cells the size of a flea which will allow wearers to generate electricity on the move and charge items like mobile phones and smartwatches.

The technology has been tested and proven to charge a mobile phone and a Fitbit. The cells are encapsulated in a resin which allows the textile fabric to be washed and worn like any other form of clothing. Measuring only three millimetres in length and 1.5 millimetres in width, the cells are almost invisible to the naked eye and cannot be felt by the wearer. For all intents and purposes, garments appear exactly the same as any other form of clothing despite having the capability to generate electricity. Project lead Professor Tilak Dias, of the School of Art and Design, said: “By embedding miniaturised solar cells into yarn we can create clothing and fabric that generate power in a sustainable way. The clothing would look and behave like any other textile, but within the fibres would be a network of miniaturised cells which are creating electricity. This could do away with the need to plug items into wall sockets and reduce the demand on the grid while cutting carbon emissions. The electrical power demand for smart e-textiles has always been its Achilles heel and this technology will allow people to use smart textiles while on the move,” Dias added.

Up to 200 miniaturised cells can generate 2.5-10 volts and up to 80 miliwatts in power. The university’s Advanced Textiles Research Group made a proof of concept textile of 5cm by 5cm size with 200 cells.

This proved powerful enough to charge a mobile phone and a Fitbit. Researchers say if 2,000 solar cells were incorporated into a textile it would generate enough power to charge a smart phone.

Researcher Achala Satharasinghe, who developed the prototype as part of his PhD at the university, said: “This is an exciting technology which could revolutionise the way we think about solar power, clothing and wearable technology. With the availability of miniaturised solar cells we can generate power in a range of new ways, by utilising things like clothing, fashion accessories, textiles and more. It will allow mobile devices to be charged in environmentally-friendly ways which are more convenient for consumers than ever before,” Satharasinghe said.

Oerlikon Presented Its Expanded Nonwovens Product Portfolio at the IDEA 2019

Oerlikon presented its complete nonwoven plant portfolio for the production of airlaid, meltblown, spunbond- ed and hybrid materials at this year’s IDEA in Miami from 25–28 March. The focus of its presentation was on solutions for hygiene, medical and other disposable nonwovens.

Visitors to this year’s IDEA can inform themselves on the wide range of products at Oerlikon’s exhibition stand.

Two strong partnerships for disposable nonwovens

While two years ago the Nonwoven business unit of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment focused almost exclusively on solutions for technical applications, the company has now expanded its product portfolio to include solutions for disposable nonwovens by establishing strong partnerships.

Oerlikon & Teknoweb Materials – two strong partners for the nonwoven industry

As early as spring 2017, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers’ Nonwoven busi- ness unit had entered into a strategic partnership with the Italian company Teknoweb Materials.

Teknoweb Materials is an established technology supplier in the field of wipes and other disposable nonwovens. With its LEVRA technology, the company has its own patented, particularly efficient manufacturing process for wipes. It also has extensive process know-how on the making and further processing of these nonwoven materials. The Nonwoven busi- ness unit of Oerlikon’s Manmade Fibers segment com- pletes this partnership with its well-established machine and plant solutions. Teknoweb Materials also were be represented at IDEA at the Oerlikon exhibition stand.

Cooperation with Shaoyang Textile Machinery

For spunmelt systems solutions for hygiene and medical applications, Oerlikon has been in cooperation with the Chinese machine and plant manufacturer Shaoyang Textile Machinery since Autumn of last year. The goal of these cooperation partners is to advance the international marketing of spunmelt plants outside of China. Oerlikon Manmade Fibers’ Nonwoven business unit contributes its plant engineering know-how and is responsible for product and process guarantees. Oerlikon also assumes the overall project responsibility as well as world-wide customer service outside of China.