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Nonwoven Textiles To Hit Market

(Filed Under Textiles News). The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University has announced a partnership with Enercon Industries Corp, a manufacturer of equipment for the plastics and packing industries, to develop technology to advance the functionality of nonwovens and technical textiles.

“The goal of the project is to bring nonwovens into intimate apparel,” said Seshadri Ramkumar, associate professor in the nonwovens and advanced materials laboratory of TIEHH. “The partnership seeks to explore the opportunities of commercializing atmospheric plasma technology in the nonwoven and specialty fabrics industry to make apparel-grade nonwovens and other value-added fabrics, such as liquid-repellent fabrics and breathable protective fabrics.”

According to a statement released by TIEHH, “plasma technology is a surface modification treatment technique using gasses for the nonwoven and technical textile industry to modify the surface of the materials. This makes it suitable for various desired applications, such as making a fabric more or less absorbent. Before, this treatment could be carried out only at low pressure, which was not feasible commercially in the industry. Recently, atmospheric pressure plasma technology was developed in which the plasma treatment could be achieved in normal atmospheric pressure.”

Rory Wolf, Enercon’s vice president of business development, claimed his corporation has pioneered the use of atmospheric plasma in several industries, including textiles. “Success with enhancing the wettability and dyeability of textiles is well-proven,” he said.

Results obtained by Ramkumar support Wolf’s statement: “Initial lab trials indicate that Enercon’s atmospheric plasma technology improves a nonwoven fabric’s breathability by as much as 95 percent, which is a welcoming result for exploring atmospheric plasma for a number of value-added applications.”

For further information, contact Ramkumar at (806) 445-1925 or at or contact Wolf at (262) 250-3163 or at

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Published 02-10-2009 by Bruna Fernandes

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