Fabric harnessing energy from sun and motion is here

Over the past few years, textile sector has been witnessing a gamut of innovations that has changed the face of the industry. Right from glowing fabrics to self-cleaning fabrics, every innovation in textiles has made people stand up and take notice.

In a new development, researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, US, have woven a new fabric that can harvest energy from the sun and motion. This can be indeed called a turning point in the history of textiles innovation where scientists have woven photoanodes (solar cells made from lightweight polymer fibers) and triboelectric nanogenerators ( generate small amounts of electricity from motion) together to produce a piece of cloth called, ‘hybrid power textile’. The new textile is 320 micrometers thick and said to be ‘highly flexible, breathable, light-weight and adaptable to a range of uses’.

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According to Georgia Tech, the oldest polytechnic universities in the United States, the team used a piece of fabric about the size of a standard sheet of paper, and then attached it to a rod, similar to how a flag is mounted.The textile ‘flag’ was then allowed to blow in the wind while being driven in a car with the windows down, which generated ‘significant power’, even on a cloudy day. The output of a 4 cm x 5 cm piece of the power textile was said to be capable of charging a 2 microfarad capacitor to 2 V in one minute from motion and sunlight, essentially showing “a decent capability of working even in a harsh environment’.

The team published its findings in the journal Nature Energy under the theme, ‘Micro-cable structured textile for simultaneously harvesting solar and mechanical energy’.

This innovation in textiles open up a way for future textile, which is both viable and environment friendly. The best part is that the textile is made of commonly-used polymer materials, which are economical and environment friendly, thus, creating a possibility of large-scale manufacturing. At present, the team is working on improving the durability of ‘Hybrid power textile’ over the long term and optimizing it for industrial purposes, including developing ways to protect the electrical components in it from moisture.

Innovation in Textiles: Nanotex Introduces Durable Wear Technology for Apparel

Nanotex, a Crypton company and leading fabric innovator providing nanotechnology-based textile innovation to the apparel, home and commercial/residential interiors markets,today introduced Nanotex Durable Wear technology for apparel.

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Nanotex and its Nanotex Durable Wear technology is being utilized in the new line of kids clothing called Cat & Jack launched in July at Target Nanotex is comprised of a family of 13 products, such as “Resists Spills”, “Releases Stains,” “Neutralizer” and “Coolest Comfort.”

The brand has more than 100 manufacturer partners worldwide, including not only in branded apparel and outdoor gear, but home textiles and contract and residential interiors markets as well. In addition to Target, Nanotex brand partners include the Gap, Banana Republic, Macy’s, JC Penney’s, Gymboree, Cotton Incorporated, Dickies, Cabela’s, L.L. Bean, Burton, UnderArmour, Ashworth, Nordstrom, Hanes, QVC and others.

Innovation in Textiles: Hohenstein develops textile finish with sensory cooling effect

As part of an IGF research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute have been developing and analysing a textile finish that could provide a sensory cooling effect.

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This being an innovation in textiles, the sensory perception of cold depended not only on the area of skin being treated but also on a range of other parameters, such as the moisture level in the skin and the topography of the skin surface.

This textile finish is based on p-menthane derivatives (agonists) such as WS-3 (N-ethyl-p-menthane-3-carboxamide) or L-menthyl lactate and icilin.These substances have the advantage that, when spread in very low concentrations on small areas of the body, they have a lasting mild cooling effect throughout their period of activity.

This kind of sensory cooling textile finish was tested on different textile substrates made from natural or synthetic fibres and blends, and in concentrations of the active ingredient ranging from 0.1‰ – 1%.

Geo-textile technology being used to repair NH-8

For the first time, Geo-textile technology is being used to repair damaged parts of National Highway-8 (NH-8)

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Geo-textiles are permeable fabrics which, when used in association with soil, have the ability to separate, filter, reinforce, protect or drain. Typically made from polypropylene or polyester, geo-textile fabrics come in three basic forms: woven (resembling mail bag sacking), needle punched (resembling felt) and heat-bonded (resembling ironed felt).Repairing work is going on a war footing to improve the stability of the soil for

Repairing work is going on a war footing to improve the stability of the soil for all-weather road that leads into Tripura.

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Geo-textile composites have been introduced and products such as geo-grids and meshes have been developed. Overall, these materials are referred to as geo-synthetics and each configuration – geo-nets, geo-grids, geo-tubes (such as TITAN Tubes) and others – can yield benefits in geo-technical and environmental engineering design.

16th International Textile Asia Exhibition to begin from 27 Aug in Lahore

Upcoming Textile exhibition in Lahore is beign organised by the Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) from 27th August.

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PRGMEA is taking steps to boost export of value-added sector by bringing latest garment technology at door step. The event will provide an effective podium for joint ventures and collaborations to the textile sector’s SMEs, 80 percent of which are located in Punjab, having no financial capacity to attend international exhibitions.

The exhibiting countries included Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, USA etc. The Management of Apparel has also been invited to participate in the fair.

The three-day mega event is being held from August 27 to 29, 2016 at Lahore Expo Centre.

Textile Conference on Natural Fibres featuring Innovation in Textile

3rd International Conference on Natural Fibers,ICNF 2017, will be held in Braga, Portugal, from 21-23 June 2017. It is the third conference rendering innovation in textiles The conference will focus on Advanced Materials for a Greener World, aiming to explore the potential of natural fibres to build a Greener World for the future generations.

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The textile conference will bring together various universities, research and technological centres, companies and all those interested in these amazing materials called natural fibres. The conference aims to represent a forum for exchanging ideas, presenting the latest developments and trends, proposing new solutions and promoting international collaborations.

The conference is being organized by the University of Minho, through the Fibrenamics International Platform, and is focused on the latest scientific and technical advances in natural fibres and fibre-based materials, for advanced applications towards a greener world.

Textile Technology Innovation: New Robots for the Denim Industry

The textile technology has evolved into a new era where humans are soon to be replaced with robots in the apparel manufacturing industry including denim industry. Recently,VAV technology has developed two robots that can imitate human hands to promise abrasion effects in denim.

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The brand has launched two unique robots Da Vinci OB48 SPRAYING Robot and ERASER MD48 SCRAPING robot that would imitate human hands for abrasion. The new technology promises to increase the production of denims to approx.4000/day. All this made possible with ERASER MD 48 SCRAPING robot.

The SPRAYING robot copy the human movement and spray the water movement. This would help in two ways: No human will be exposed to the dangerous chemicals and enhanced productivity (6000/Day) is another reason that these robots are in full demand in the denim industry.