Research & Development, Education
INDEX 14, the largest meeting place between the players in the nonwovens supply chain and its customers, will once again showcase the INDEX 14 Award Excellence in the nonwovens and related industries on 8 April, the opening day of the exhibition that will take place from 8-11 April in Geneva, Switzerland.
About 380 member companies of the German Certification Association for Professional Textile Services are especially committed to the hygienic processing of laundry from retail, trade, industry, hotels, restaurants and the health services.
The hygienic processing of laundry from hospitals and care homes is one particular focus of quality certification. This requires systematic hygiene management in the connected laundries, which is defined by the stringent requirements of RAL quality certification mark RAL-GZ 992.
With the FILTECH Show taking place from 24th-26th February 2015, the City of Cologne in Germany will turn into the top-meeting-place for all those involved with filtration and separation and adjacent sectors.
Encasings used by allergy sufferers to protect mattresses, pillows and duvets from dust mites are also an important hygiene precaution anywhere where bed occupancy changes regularly.
According to the Hohenstein Institute research team, there are disadvantages to the covers available on the market, on account of the coated membrane inside them that is said to fail to provide a satisfying level comfort and breathability.
Scientists at the Institute therefore have developed a new kind of special pillow encasing designed to suppress the noise and absorb the sleeper's sweat more effectively as part of a research project.
A new sweating thermal articulated manikin, built to look like a 175 cm tall man and with fully jointed limbs, has been named ‘Sherlock’ by customers and employees of the Hohenstein Institute.
The latest piece of test equipment in the Clothing Physiology department came from the manufacturer MWNT with the name ‘Newton’.
It is now the latest member of a large ‘test family’, which helps the experts at the international textile test and service centre to investigate and optimise the wearing comfort of textile products of all kinds.
Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions and services, has reported an 88% growth in revenue for the first fiscal quarter of 2014 compared with the same period last year.
The company’s revenues amounted to $597,354 compared with $317,670 for the fiscal quarter of 2013. The increase in revenues of $279,684 was primarily due to increases in sales to suppliers of the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and in the textile industry, the company reports.
Dr James Hayward, President, CEO and Chairman of APDN said: “Our sales pipeline and the strength of our customer base continue to grow. Our investments in R&D have provided an enviable patent estate. With a strong infrastructure in place and an experienced team of employees and management, we are delivering against stronger demands.”
TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials, has signed a new two-year partnership contract with AZL Aachen, the Center for Integrative Lightweight Production in Aachen, Germany.
The companies will be jointly developing composite material solutions for emerging volume markets, such as the automotive industry and the oil and gas industry.
A perfect storm of overlapping trade show schedules and an east coast blizzard reduced attendance at the Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market 2014, held January 22 to 25 in Salt Lake City. Although the halls of the Salt Palace seemed quieter than usual, there was plenty of enthusiasm for the new products and technologies developed for winter weather from the more than 1,050 exhibitors.
An important trend was the development of hybrid yarns, fabrics, and technologies that improved product function and often resulted in cost benefits. For example, the iconic down puffer jacket saw a number of innovative concepts in insulation, driven by the recent 30% rise in the cost of down, and the controversy over the force-feeding and live-plucking of geese.
Some very big claims are being made for the potential benefits of wearable technologies, and not least in the field of mobile health applications, or so-called mHealth.
According to Qualcomm Life, headquartered in San Diego, California, this will save the USA $305 billion in the next decade as a result of the increased productivity it brings to the medical industry, along with a further $205 billion from the widespread adoption of home-based remote monitoring.
There are 300 million people in Europe and North America and 860 million worldwide with at least one chronic disease and it’s estimated that 25% would immediately benefit from wireless home monitoring solutions.
A new Research and Development programme designed to drive the development of breakthrough technologies for the global composites and carbon fibre sectors has been launched by market-leading creel manufacturer Cygnet Texkimp.
“We have plans in place to develop several new pieces of machinery that we know the market needs, and that will help our customers break new ground in their fields,” said Luke Vardy, Technical Director of Cygnet Texkimp.