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.
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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.
With the development of more diversified post-consumer products for technical applications or nonwovens, fiber producers are challenged to produce an increasingly high variety of fiber types, even though most of the fiber consumption is used for spun yarns for the production of textiles, which are mainly “cotton-type” fibers. Polyester plays a dominant role and is still growing worldwide with a 4% average per year.