Developments and Automation in Protective Textiles
Today’s requirement is no longer about spinning, weaving or knitting, but rather about flexible material Engineering. Yarn and fabric producers and finishers too must be extremely well informed about the materials to be processed. It is essential to know how these materials will perform in the Sun, Wind and Rain.Woven sportswear fabrics are also used for protection against wind and weather and also for insulation purposes. Woven fabrics for protection against the weather were previously coated with polyvinyl alcohol and polyvinylchloride in most cases. Polyvinylchloride coating guarantees absolute water proof, but has a serious disadvantage. It allows no passage of air; the wearer perspires only after a few minutes and has no opportunity of giving off body moisture to the outside. Today, there is a wealth of alternative coatings and methods to replace PVC, like micro porous fluorocarbon coating perhaps, which provide some breathing activity to the fabric.
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