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The Role of Textile Products in Fighting the COVID-19

Self Help Group member working at Koel Apparel Park, Palamu, JharkhandMs. Farhat, a Self Help Group member working at Koel Apparel Park, Palamu, Jharkhand. Women’s self-help groups (SHGs) have come to the fore as foot soldiers in India’s fight against COVID-19 (Coronavirus). So far, more than 19 million masks have been produced by some 20,000 SHGs across 27 Indian states. Photo Credit: Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (For illustration purpose only)

Editorial Note

From time to time, the world faces strange epidemics no less dangerous than the plague and cholera, SARS-CoV. Today it is exposed to a new virus and a threat called Corona.

As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus continues to increase in the United Kingdom, a virus expert has revealed why additional steps are required when it comes to textiles to help protect against spreading.

We are all concerned, each according to its capabilities, to tackle this dangerous phenomenon.

We all wear ready-to-wear clothes and we use home furnishings in public places, such as transportation, woven and non-woven, knitted and braid fabrics. And these textile products, if they were treated in any way: chemical, thermal, biological, structural would have been reduced, even to prevent infection with the Corona virus, from the infected person to others, or the surrounding environment, but had the fabrics and clothing been treated against the viruses, they would have decreased cases of infection and transmission of the virus, pending the establishment of a drug and a cure to completely get rid of the Corona virus. Continue reading The Role of Textile Products in Fighting the COVID-19

AEPC Study On Impact Of COVID On Indian Apparel Exports

The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has done this study to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Indian Apparel industry. The study is based on:

  1. Secondary survey on overall impact of COVID-19 crisis on India in perspective of Global Apparel Value Chain.
  2. Primary survey on Impact on Revenue, Inventory, Wages and Government schemes.
  3. Primary survey on Buyers and Order Position

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Voith EMA Electromechanical Actuator

The EMA electromechanical actuator is a linear and oil-free actuator. It is mounted to the control valve and actuates it directly. The control variable is the strokes of the piston rod. The rod position feedback is integrated into the drive.


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For a University of applied sciences, cooperation with industrial companies forms a bridge for the transfer of scientific know-how – and one collaboration between Voith Turbo in Crailsheim, represented by Mr. Willi Zinnecker (Vice President Actuators and Governors), and the Institute for Fast Mechatronic Systems (IMS), headed by Prof. Jürgen Ulm at the Künzelsau Campus, deserves special mention. The partnership started 10 years ago has very quickly turned out to be a win-win situation for both sides. The university’s extensive expertise in the field of electromagnetism flowed into new Voith Turbo developments in the area of electromagnetic drive systems, such as the oil-free actuator EMA with safety features shown below, crowned by patents and research transfer prizes in 2012 and 2019. Thanks to these very successful R&D activities, high-tech actuators are assembled by a team of specialists in the Voith Turbo production hall in Crailsheim, followed by intensive tests. Then the actuators are shipped all over the world and installed in mission critical steam turbines for power plant & compressor applications at the customer’s premises. A remarkable cooperation arrangement that will hopefully last for many more years! #Voith #Career #VoithTurbo #Cooperation #University #Future

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Cilllia – 3D Printed Hair Structures for Surface Texture, Actuation and Sensing

Looking into the Nature, hair has numerous functions such as to provide warmth, adhesion, locomotion, sensing, a sense of touch, as well as it’s well known aesthetic qualities. This work presents a computational method of 3D printing hair structures. It allows us to design and generate hair geometry at 50 micrometer resolution and assign various functionalities to the hair. The ability to fabricate customized hair structures enables us to create super fine surface texture; mechanical adhesion property; new passive actuators and touch sensors on a 3D printed artifact. We also present several applications to show how the 3D-printed hair can be used for designing everyday interactive objects. Continue reading Cilllia – 3D Printed Hair Structures for Surface Texture, Actuation and Sensing