TITLE

Epitropic fibres for technical polyester textiles

PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
Man-Made Textiles in India;Nov2004, Vol. 47 Issue 11, p429
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article features Epitropic fibers for technical polyester textiles. The process of producing anti-static fibers was developed in the 1970s by ICI Fibres Ltd., but it is only in recent years that Epitropic Fibres Ltd. has positioned the product as a successful international brand. Epitropic Fibres is the only company in the world that can lay claim to the epitropic process, according to the company. Epitropic fiber consists of carbon particles embedded in the polyester fiber. When blended with regular fibers, it confers conductivity to textile fabrics--usually, although not exclusively manufactured using nonwoven technology. Applications of epitropic fibers, where it is essential to safely discharge static buildup, include dry filtration, footwear lining, safety work gear, carpets and upholstery. Approximately 1% epitropic fiber prevents discomfort from static in everyday clothing and carpets, about 2-5% epitropic fiber is necessary in fabrics for industrial filters and safety workwear. Resistivity is approximately 1-100 Mw per square-meter but is dependent on the fabric and its construction. A new product has product antistatic and antimicrobial properties. The new product has been developed by Epitropic in conjunction with AddMaster using the Actif Hygiene brand antimicrobial additive as of November 2004..
ACCESSION #
15376417

 

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