The textile world at a glance: From change to networking
Demand is huge and the range on offer is growing: Hightech textiles are in demand and successful all over the world. In contrast to the significantly younger sister technology of smart textiles, hightech textiles already have a long tradition: There is evidence to show that natural material has been in use in earthworks since the times before Christ. The latest developments in this field, hightech and technical textiles, are also exciting and are becoming established beyond their previous application fields, including in the casual wear sector.
In addition to innovative materials and production technology, factors such as lean production and Industry 4.0 are also becoming ever more important in the textile sector. This means that processes can fade into the background, creating space for creativity and investment. A trend that Groz-Beckert is not only following, but also actively shaping, while also setting new standards.
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Knitted fabric is treading new paths
You can now see them again on Sundays in the park: the joggers, walkers and strollers. Some are dressed fashionably, others are focused on performance. But they have one thing in common: The shoes must match – not only the outfit, but above all the foot, as well as the type of activity. We all know how good it feels to take off uncomfortable shoes or the great feeling of wearing the right shoe. The trend towards knitwear in sports shoes makes a significant contribution here.
Hightech meets woven fabric
Compared with other types of woven fabric, technical textiles are certainly among the most inconspicuous and yet are essential in our modern world. Airbags, conveyor belts, reinforcement fabrics in tires, as well as carbon and fiberglass fabrics, are just a few examples from this field that surround us every day and go largely unnoticed. Yet they carry out important tasks: For example, the fabric in a tire seals the air pressure inside and maintains its shape. Last, but not least, the final part in this series of topics focuses on technical textiles.
New development approaches in the field of needling technology
The concept of stabilizing and hardening earthwork with natural materials can be traced back to 3,000 B. C. According to records, woven fabric and reeds were found in Babylon.
Thousands of years later, the basic principle hasn't changed. But the methods and materials can hardly be compared at all with the technique used back then.
While materials like wood, stone, concrete and even cotton were still used into the 20th century in the field of road construction, the focus is now mainly on synthetic polymers generally known as plastics.
Nonwovens (including thermally bonded spunbond matts) began being used in the middle of the 1960s. At the end of the 1960s, the first needled nonwovens were used in earthworks by Rhône-Poulenc Textile, France.
It took another 20 years for standardization and standards for geosynthetics (ASTM, ISO, BSI) to become a serious focal point.
The new online product catalog
Just in time for the DOMOTEX 2018 trade fair, the new online product catalog went live for Groz-Beckert tufting customers. It’s not just the new design that immediately catches the eye, the platform also offers a wide range of new benefits to users – way beyond the options offered by the previous version.
"Well carded is half spun"
The global consumption of fibers is constantly increasing. This trend is partly due to the increasing demand for staple fiber yarns. The fiber consumption among spinning companies in 2016 was around 50 million tons. Thereby worldwide 250 million short staple spindles and 30,000 long staple spindles consume around 50 million tons of staple fibers. The fiber consumption is likely to increase even further over the coming years. Groz-Beckert wires are indispensable for carding the fibers in spinning operations.
Smart INH – process optimization and digitalization during sewing
The clothing industry hasn’t remained unaffected: Lean production, Industry 4.0 and digitalization entered the clothing production process a long time ago.