Category Archives: Executive Pages

DSM Dyneema : Creating Value with Biomedical Textiles

2013-08-03_135131Creating Value with Biomedical Textiles : Leads to Innovative Quality Practices
By Carola Hansen, Business Manager for Dyneema Purity® fiber of DSM, and Kevin Johnson, Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Biomedical Structures LLC

Over the last few years, much of the innovation in the medical device industry has been fueled by advancements in fiber and other textile technologies specifically designed for use inside the human body. These medical textile breakthroughs have supported a broad array of implantable devices ranging from vascular grafts and surgical mesh to heart valve components and orthopaedic sutures to fabric scaffolds designed to aid in tissue engineering. The fabrics these applications are built upon help deliver more life-like products with the potential to perform better, last longer, and increase comfort in the body – all of which can potentially significantly improve outcomes for patients. Continue reading DSM Dyneema : Creating Value with Biomedical Textiles

Superomniphobic Surface : A Material that Most Liquids Won’t Wet

We’ve seen lots of hydrophobic materials before, but these water- and liquid-repelling materials often work within constraints. Some liquids bounce or wick away, while others–based on properties like viscosity or surface tension, or whether the substance in questions is organic or inorganic–are not affected by the hydrophobic qualities of the material. But a team of University of Michigan materials science is reporting a breakthrough : a superomniphobic coating that is resistant to pretty much any liquid we know of.  Continue reading Superomniphobic Surface : A Material that Most Liquids Won’t Wet

Energy-efficiency Improvement in Electric Motors

2013-06-10_152620When considering energy-efficiency improvements to a factory’s motor systems, a systems approach incorporating pumps, compressors, and fans must be used in order to attain optimal savings and performance. In the following, considerations with respect to energy use and energy saving opportunities for a motor system are presented and in some cases illustrated by case studies. Pumping, fan and compressed air systems are discussed in addition to the electric motors.  Continue reading Energy-efficiency Improvement in Electric Motors

Teijin Develops Radiation Shielding Aramid Fabric

Teijin Limited has announced its development of aramid fiber fabric that protects users against X-ray and gamma-ray radiation. The company from May will provide samples to selected customers for applications such as protective clothing and sheet materials used around high levels of radiation, including the medical field, reconstruction activities in disaster-hit northeastern Japan and radiation testing. Continue reading Teijin Develops Radiation Shielding Aramid Fabric

Materials of the Future : Innovations from Oerlikon of Switzerland

If the Eiffel tower had been built 124 years later, Oerlikon would have assuredly played a significant part in its construction. Because what was riveted, screwed or welded together using iron and steel components back then would today be primarily made of composites – and the Oerlikon Textile, Vacuum and Coating segments today supply a wide range of technology and components for their production. These are the focus areas of research at the Oerlikon. Continue reading Materials of the Future : Innovations from Oerlikon of Switzerland

APJeT’s™ Eco-Friendly Plasma Technology

Sustainable & Economical Technology APJeT’s™ Eco-Friendly Plasma Technology is the Future of Textile Pretreating & Finishing

Atmospheric Plasma Jet Source : APJeT™ machines use revolutionary plasma technology to provide a superior fabric treatment. Our machines operate at atmospheric pressure and do not require vacuum systems. APJeT’s technology was designed with the environment in mind. No harmful emissions or waste water treatment are associated with APJeT’s technology. The plasma and chemistry are applied without heat, water, or any electrical risks to the fabric (such as arcing, which can result in holes and burn marks).  Continue reading APJeT’s™ Eco-Friendly Plasma Technology

Textile Fibers Outlook for Cotton & Carbon Fibers

The Fiber Year 2012 report (supported by Lenzing) has shown that in 2011 world fiber output increased 6.4% to a total volume of 85.9 mn tons, in which 33.2 mn tons was from natural fiber output (up 7.1%) and the other 52.7 mn tons was from man-made fiber output (up 6%). Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) has forecasted that the growth for world fiber market will be increased to a volume of 93 million tons in 2015 and 101 mn tons in 2017. In terms of fiber consumption, the report by Lenzing indicates that in 2011 the world consumption increased 2.4% to 82 mn tons or an average consumption of 11.8 kg fiber per capita. Continue reading Textile Fibers Outlook for Cotton & Carbon Fibers