The apparel, indoor, and outdoor markets will be dominated by traditional fibers and fabrics for many years to come. However, there is a growing demand for high-performance fiber and fabrics that can improve the comfort of sporting and active wear, hospital beds and garments. As a result, fibers that can quickly move sweat from the body to the surface of the fabric where it can be evaporated. By controlling moisture, the fabric feels more comfortable. Similarly, the deep channels can trap air, producing a cost-effective alternative to down feather-filled blankets, jackets, etc.
Fiber shapes can offer an amazingly effective way of trapping air in and around each of the fiber. Thermal insulation is increased with the fiber and fabrics ability to trap air so bicomponent-shaped fiber make them ideal for this application.
The shape of the winged fiber also offers advantages to engineers seeking alternative acoustic and thermal barriers. The winged fibers can be adjusted to provide surface areas and shapes that may create unusual sound absorption properties. There is increasing demand for acoustic insulation in ceilings, walls, furniture, and floors. But no place else is the demand and performance requirements greater than in automobiles.
Facemasks: The open structures of the Nano Channels offer a lower pressure drop that makes facemasks more comfortable than mask made from typical small denier fibers. The channels also create areas that provide excellent dusk holding capacity. This also extends the life of the facemask and its cost-of-use.
Air & Liquid Filtration: Nano Channels offer a high surface area for maximizing particle capture while minimizing pressure drop, resulting in filters that can produce cleaner air while reducing energy costs.
Small liquid particles are efficiently collected in the deep channels of the Nano Channel enabling the collection of greater load with no increase in operating pressure resulting in reduced filter changeout and lower operating costs.
Nano channels can easily be used to construct HEPA quality filters that can filter 99.97% of 300 nm particles. HEPA filters are used in clean rooms, medical facilities and Federal and Defense installations.
Liquid filtration mostly requires larger fibers and resists consolidation during use, maintaining its open structure. This allows efficiency and service life. The media can operate as pre-filters or final filters to produce potable water bringing drinking water to every part of the world.
Access to multiple fiber formations and a variety of nonwoven substrates enable us to combine components with different attributes to build the product that fulfills your ultimate need. Testing and developing the ‘what if ‘scenarios is what we do.
The application of artificial leather is a global and growing industry. In the future, the demand for artificial leather will continue to increase as the cost of producing real leather is driven higher. Much of this increasing cost is the result of regulatory and environmental restrictions created by the dangerous chemicals used to tan and process the leather.
The Winged Fiber can also be produced from biocompatible and biodegradable polymers. These kinds of fibers are useful in applications that range from scaffolds on which stem cells are grown and ultimately used to regenerate bones.
The winged fiber has been tested as a scaffold on which stem cells are grafted and used to grow artificial bone. In other work, the very high surface area of the winged fiber is being evaluated as a wound bandage because of its hemostatic properties.
The winged fiber has the same surface area as traditional chromatography beads but can be produced with a manufacturing cost. These facial masks are principally sold to women for moisturizing and whitening of the skin.
The ability of a winged fiber to hold creams and other cosmetic ingredients makes it a soft, strong, applicator or wipe material for cosmetics. A woman’s cosmetic facial mask is currently in market testing.
Wipes are used in numerous markets, some very technical and other disposable. Our variety of bi-component fiber and nonwoven fabrics enable us to engineer into the fabrics the requirement to meet the end use needs, whether it be for cleaning your computer, clean room application or towels for athletes. Soft but strong wipes with porous structures are ideal for applying creams or removing makeup and oils as well.