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Graphic element A sample production mini-line for testing new textile processes and materials
     
 
A new sample production line allows testing on a more economical and environmentally friendly scale, while avoiding costly starting and stopping of main textile production.
 

Modern textile manufacturing comprises a chain of several linked operations, including spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and printing. These and other processes generate a considerable amount of hazardous waste, most of which results from the use of solvents. European textile manufacturers are now subject to ever more stringent environmental regulations covering the generation, transportation, and management of such hazardous waste, all of which incur heavy expenses.

A large percentage of operating time in textile factories is devoted to sample runs for testing new processes, materials and formulas. Many of these test runs are ultimately unproductive but result in just as much waste as any other production run.

This project was aimed at the development of a sample production mini-line which would allow new processes to be tested on a more economical and environmentally friendly scale, while avoiding costly starting and stopping of main textile production. The resulting system, including all of the major textile manufacturing processes, requires smaller amounts of toxic chemicals and reduces the amount of time needed to produce samples.

Cordis RCN: 20208
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