Monday, April 16, 2007

[ Technical Textiles for India ]

The various parts of Schlafhorst Auto cone Winder and a view of the full machine from both sides.
Critical parts of the yarn ends splicing zone.
Here the yarn is joined when it breaks after an uneven zone in the yarn or a thick / thin place is removed and spliced without any knot and resumes working "With a wink of the eye."
Intelligent textiles, variously known as Smart Textiles, Electronic Textiles, or E textiles, Non woven fabric and Geo textiles have attracted considerable attention world wide due to their potential to bring revolutionary impacts on human life.
1) Want to know your body's condition after your Gym - If you are wearing a Smart shirt - Your PC will show.
2) Want to buy a Electric bulb - Your shop keeper will test it just by putting it on his shirt, if he is wearing a shirt made out of Electronic Textile fabric.
3) Want to avoid any contamination - You can, if you are wearing a Shirt made out of E-Textile fabric.
4) Want to retain water on your turf - You can, if your turf is laid on a Geo Textile fabric.
5) Want to make your room cold/heat proof - You can, with a Non Woven sheet.
1&2&3 is having a wearer comfortable problem - Research is going on in a rapidly here but 4&5 They are in use since a long time.
What is the problem with 1 , 2 & 3 ?.
A fabric woven or knitted partly with wire ?.
Is it textiles ?.
Research is on to make it a fabric. The unique feature of this is a SILICON based.

Samples are made and tests are on. May be we will get to use them in some areas though not in fashion fabrics immediately. The flexible skin consists of 4 components.
1) Silicon Islands that host sensors,electronics, and bending pads.
2) Metal interconnect wires between silicon islands.
3) Polymer layers that sandwich silicon islands and metal wires.
4) Stitching holes etched through polymer layers, which allow the direct sewing in to fabrics.
More info from -
With a rush for "Research" in every area of Technical Textiles, the benefit that a common man would get is any body's guess.
It may perhaps give some benefit which we have to watch or wait - wait and watch whatever,since research is classified information till it is patented and published. Only in the market the common man gets the chance to accept or reject.

Best Inventions of 2006.
Times Magazine Cover Story.

The Hug Shirt was the subject of a Time Magazine cover story about the best inventions of 2006. The Solution Incorporates conductive Lycra(R) fibers in to it's platform fabric. The conductive fibers digitize (pressure) sensations of an actual physical hug experienced by the wearer and sends those signals via a wireless network to another Hug Shirt wearer such that both parties " feel " The actual Hug.


India's market for medical textiles (list given below) grows 10 - 12 %, making it one of the fastest growing sectors in the country.

However it is currently worth about US$ 500 million, insignificant compared with the global market of US$ $8.2 billion.

The Future for Indian Textile Industry in Medical Textiles.
Initiatives for growth and Questions for TEXTILE MILLS in INDIA to go in for:

What are the new marketing opportunities globally?.
What kind of products are really needed ?.
What will be the effect of an aging and more affluent population in developed economies ?.
Will demand for disposable absorbent products continue to rise in developing countries?.
Which companies are moving away from commodity products to move high-tech and demanding medical textiles ?.
Will environmental issues affect the use of disposable hygiene products ?.
Will concerns over infection prevention in the operating room increase the demand for disposable or reusable surgical textiles ?.
How will advances in biotechnology impact on the advanced wound care products and other bio-functional issues ?.
What effect will intelligent textiles have on the medical and hygiene textiles ?.
Ref:Book on Medical and Hygiene Textiles for all the answers. Price US $830.00

Bayer adds CNT capacity.

The control room of the new Baytubes production facility showing the top of the fluidized bed reactor.
Bayer MaterialScience AG is opening a second production facility for Baytubes, its carbon nanotubes, at H.C. Starck GmbH in the town of Laufenburg, on the German-Swiss border. The new facility will have an annual capacity of 30 metric tons. Together with the pilot production plant for Baytubes already located at the site, this now gives the company a total annual capacity of 60 metric tons in Laufenburg

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