There is a gas that has been used for over 100 years to disinfect, sterilize, render non-toxic water, air, and surfaces in the fields of food, medicine, pharmaceutical, etc.
This gas is lethal for various pathogens and for most viruses because it alters their RNA and DNA, and, at high concentrations, it also undermines the capsid, or external protein shell. Several authoritative scientific studies show, it is effective in 99% of cases.
We’re talking about Ozone.
Since 2010 we at Tonello have been producing technologies that use ozone reliably and safely. These technologies are also used to sanitize and disinfect garments, accessories, and equipment.
Today, in the midst of the global emergency caused by the COVID-19 virus, we are particularly happy to present the complete Tonello sanitizing range, from production to the shop: in fact, the disinfecting technology can be installed on all of our washing and dyeing machines, while a specific software upgrade will allow conversion of the ozone technologies already in use for the treatment of denim (Ofree, ECOfree or ECOfree 2) to also allow sanitizing and disinfecting.
And for those who are not yet using Tonello washing and dyeing machines?
The upcoming reopening of clothing stores brings with it two fundamental questions: how to make garment try-ons safe for the customers?
And how to give shopkeepers the certainty that they are following a protocol which, beyond the now normal “format” (social distancing – staggered entrance – gloves – masks – sanitizing gel), is actually virus-proof and allows them to go back to work with relative serenity?
In this case, the definitive solution is SaniCare, a new range of static cabinets for sanitizing, and disinfecting garments, accessories, and protective devices. The SaniCare cabinets allow garments to be re-readied for try-on or sale in just minutes.
SaniCare cabinets are safe, easy-to-use, and available in different sizes, in order to meet the needs of various types and sizes of commercial environments: from large spaces in shopping centers to city boutiques, today they can offer their clients an even more salient service. In addition, a more industrial size has been designed for disinfecting during the last phase of garment production, before shipping.
In fact, SaniCare neutralizes most known pathogens: the customer in a shop can thus try on garments with complete confidence that there are no dangerous viruses, fungi, dermatitis, or other annoying dermatological contamination, etc. lurking on the garments.
One day, hopefully very soon, the COVID-19 will be defeated, but something has already changed forever, even, and above all in the habits of consumers and the increasingly attentive and aware requests from the final customer.
That is something that for us at Tonello has been our “mantra” forever.
Mahlo infrared technology for the most accurate results
Non-nuclear measurement: Mouth and nose protection, disposable protective gowns and gloves are currently among the most important articles in the corona crisis. Above all, medical personnel and first-aiders such as the fire brigade and police are dependent on them – and must be able to rely 100 percent on their functionality. With its systems for process control and quality measurement, Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG has been supporting manufacturers in the reliable production of high-quality nonwoven articles for decades.
The protective mask production is running at full speed (InkheartX / stock.adobe.com).
In a nonwovens line, the moisture content after spunlacing and the basis weight and residual moisture profile after drying are important parameters for ensuring quality and optimizing the production process. The production process has to run in such a way that the product is guaranteed to have the desired functions, but still be as cost-effective as possible for the manufacturer. The key to success is automated measurement and control of these essential parameters.
For example, if the weight does not correspond to the specifications, this can lead to errors in functionality, but also to unnecessarily high raw material consumption. A fleece that is too light for medical masks may no longer be able to meet all safety standards and thus become a health hazard. Nonwoven webs that are used as supports for operating tables are also typical spunlaced nonwovens. If this type of product is too heavy, it does not affect function and safety. However, more resources are wasted than actually needed. The result: rising costs and a higher burden on the environment. The same applies to the residual moisture in the product. If the product is too moist, there is a risk of mold growth, and if the fleece is too dry, the energy consumption in the line is too high.
The advantages of quality control are obvious: If critical parameters are systematically controlled and regulated, this is reflected in higher fabric quality. This means less rejects and less consumption of raw materials. This not only saves manufacturers time, but also money.
Nonwovens are in great demand during the Corona crisis. Among other things, protective masks are made from it.
A conventional method for determining both values is to measure the moisture with a simple infrared or microwave sensor in combination with a beta or X-ray sensor for the basis weight. Because of the radiation and the safety requirements associated with it, the user would like to avoid nuclear measurement if possible. This is easily possible with Mahlo’s sensor technology. For spunlace products, mainly fibres such as cotton, PE, PET or rayon are used. These have the pleasant characteristic that they absorb light in the near infrared range. Water and the other materials have different spectral ranges and can thus be distinguished. By measuring the attenuated radiation, the moisture content and the weight per unit area of different materials can be determined.
Therefore, only one Mahlo infrared sensor, calibrated for the respective fibre types, is required to determine and evaluate the values. The measuring process is contactless, non-destructive and without unwanted influence on the product properties. This method is particularly useful when a manageable quantity of different goods is produced. The calibration is adapted to the products and stored in the article memory.
The necessary measurement and control tasks are performed by the modular quality control system Qualiscan QMS » from Mahlo. The cross direction profile of the measurement is displayed over the entire fabric width by means of traversing sensors. Depending on the application, the infrared sensors Infralot IMF or Infrascope NIR are used.
Mahlo has already successfully implemented many such applications and offers the user a perfect tool with high measuring accuracy and easy handling. Our technical service ensures that the desired measures are implemented 100%. Not only can products with “zero defects” be manufactured continuously, but quality, efficiency and profit can also be increased in the long term.
Entrepreneur Dr. Heike Wenzel completes the board of the mechanical engineering company
Since April 1, 2020 Dr. Heike Wenzel has been a member of the advisory board of Mahlo GmbH + Co KG. With her, the machine builder from Saal could win an experienced partner from the industrial sector. The entrepreneur from Wiesthal succeeds Fritz P. Mayer, who is retiring from his position.
Dr. Heike Wenzel acts as managing associate of Wenzel Group GmbH & Co. KG, a leading supplier of measurement technology based in Lower Franconia. The company operates worldwide, but is nevertheless a 100% family-owned business – a great similarity with Mahlo. Dr. Wenzel appreciates the values of this culture and knows about the special responsibility that goes along with it. By combining tradition and innovation, she is leading the company into the future and is working to further expand the market position in the field of measurement technology.
“We are looking forward to working with our new advisory board member”, emphasizes Mahlo-owner Ralph Greenwood-Mahlo. “Dr. Wenzel brings a lot of experience in the field of sensor technology from her own company. The Wenzel Group is also a medium-sized family business.
Dr. Heike Wenzel is married, mother of two children and is a volunteer at the IHK Aschaffenburg, currently as Vice President. During the last years she has realized her dream of owning her own riding stable and relaxes while riding her horse.
“As a family business owner, one thinks long-term and seeks the exchange of ideas with other entrepreneurs. Therefore, I am happy to be able to bring my values and ideas to Mahlo here. The goal of my actions is always to harmonize the requirements of the customers with the interests of the company and its employees. This has worked excellently at Mahlo so far and I would like to actively contribute to its continuation.
Thomas Wiederer, BRÜCKNER Sales Manager (left) and Kevin Harris, responsible Project Manager from DAVID NIEPER Ltd. (right)
DAVID NIEPER partners with BRÜCKNER Textile Technologies
DAVID NIEPER a British fashion house designing and manufacturing luxury women’s clothing, knitwear and nightwear in Derbyshire/ UK for almost 60 years has installed a state of the art dyehouse with the latest BRÜCKNER finishing technology. DAVID NIEPER Ltd. is a family owned fashion house founded in 1961. The company designs and manufacturers its entire women’s fashion collections in Alfreton, Derbyshire/ UK, including both knitting and sewing operations, as well as catalogue printing for its mailorder operations throughout Europe. Superior product quality and customer satisfaction are the key factors for their long lasting success and in order to improve quality further and secure just in time production DAVID NIEPER has decided to introduce dyeing, finishing and printing processes for fabrics. For this, the company acquired a new production site for the installation of a complete new dyeing and finishing and digital printing facility.
BRÜCKNER Textile Technologies/ Germany supported this approach from the very beginning – as a first step, development trials have been conducted with DAVID NIEPER’s project team in the showroom at BRÜCKNER’s Headquarter in Leonberg near Stuttgart/ Germany to determine together the most suitable machine layout for an excellent preparation for printing process in combination with an extraordinary fabric handle. Key factors to overcome these requirements are a very gentle fabric tension system to avoid any excessive fabric tension during production, followed by a soft, but efficient, compacting process as last step to achieve a unique fabric handle.
The installed 3-bay BRÜCKNER stenter frame is especially designed for running small production lots, but due to the unique BRÜCKNER feature of alternating heating source arrangement every 1.5m, still 6 independent temperature zones can be adjusted according to the individual requirements of each fabric. Furthermore, the 3-bay BRÜCKNER stenter is equipped with newly developed, completely lubrication free vertical chain, which is reducing maintenance efforts, cost and products wastage. After the stenter treatment, the fabrics will be brought to a brand new inkjet printing department, containing the latest digital printers for brilliant images and unmatched colour depth. After the printing process, as a last step, the fabrics will be compacted on a BRÜCKNER rubber belt/ felt belt compacting range. As the only system available on the market, this machine offers the possibility to handle stable woven fabrics but in the same way also knitted fabrics containing very sensitive fibres such as fine cotton, viscose, Lyocell and silk blended with elastane. The felt belt calender, following the rubber belt compacting unit, gives the fabrics an unrivaled appearance and helps the fabric to drape beautifully and have a luxurious feel to satisfy the demands of DAVID NIEPER’s challenging customers. BRÜCKNER thanks DAVID NIEPER for this challenging project!
Christoper Nieper OBE, Chief Executive DAVID NIEPER Ltd. says: “This is an exciting opportunity for our business. Working in partnership with BRÜCKNER means that we are able to harness new technology which will make DAVID NIEPER the first fashion manufacturer in the UK to digitally print onto cotton jersey. The digital print factory is the latest and largest investment our company has made in sustainable production. We challenged BRÜCKNER to provide us with a system that would offer superb quality, while upholding our commitment to sustainable textile production.”
OBERTSHAUSEN, Germany — April 20, 2020 — In many places, face masks are now an essential item on the agenda of the compulsory program relating to the exit from the corona lockdown. These masks are required in large quantities, but they are scarce goods. In view of the massive shortage of masks, the textile machinery manufacturer KARL MAYER reacted quickly, and together with partners for production and testing, set up a highly efficient production in record time. One of the used double needle bar raschel machine made by Karl Mayer enables the production of roughly a quarter of a million masks per month.
This innovative company based in Obertshausen initially developed face masks that can be made on Karl Mayer machines in high numbers and in a one-step production cycle. In other words: the masks are produced entirely without the need of any sewing work. Two models are available for the various demands.
Type 1 is produced at short notice and is suitable for everyday life. Due to their 3D shape, these masks have a tight fit and good wearing properties. They offer a convenient air exchange, a soft skin feeling, and prevent friction points on the ears, even after long-term use. The masks can be reused after their utilization. Simply wash and dry them, and the next application can start immediately.
Type 2 provides all the advantages of type 1, but it can be equipped with a replaceable nonwoven lining via a pocket. This increases the filtration capacity, at the same time ensuring minimum waste after use.
Regarding the filtering effect, the certification process is currently underway for a medical standard for both mask types.
To ensure a fast use of the face masks in Germany, Karl Mayer equipped a customer with the required machine technology and the instructions for the production of the masks. The mask manufacture will start at the end of April.
Once the installed Karl Mayer machine is running at full speed, it is possible to produce up to 400 masks per hour or 240,000 pieces per month. At the same time, Karl Mayer is working on reducing the production time for additional machines, so that capacity can be increased as quickly as possible. “By mid-May we can achieve a production of up to half a million masks per month. We are pleased that we can contribute to more safety for people with our know-how and our machines. Further developments, such as mask sizes for children, are in preparation,“ explained Oliver Mathews, sales director of the Warp Knitting Business Unit at Karl Mayer.
Posted April 28, 2020
Source: KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH