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The next edition of ITMA in Barcelona from the 20th to the 26th of June

AITEX will be present at the next edition of the ITMA international fair from June 20th to 26th at Fira Barcelona

The Institute will be at stand UL D106 in the Research & Innovation hall (UL), where we will present the technological innovations, new fabrics and equipment certifications in the different sectors and the R & D projects we are developing. In addition to presenting more than 50 experimental plants where high value-added solutions are developed for technical markets for technical, smart textiles and new high-performance materials. An added attraction this year is the chance for visitors to view some of the testing carried out at AITEX in virtual reality.

ITMA has become the leading international textile machinery exhibition and exhibitors from 45 countries take the opportunity to present the latest trends and technologies at the four-yearly event. Decision makers and entrepreneurs in the textile industry and students have the opportunity to find out all about the industry at the fair.

Technological innovation is a basic element of the textile and garment industry’s evolution and fundamental for its success.

For more information:

ITMA 2019: https://www.itma.com

Catálogo informativo ITMA

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More than 420 students take part in the AITEX 2019 Olympics
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The director of AITEX, Vicente Blanes, was on hand early to open the AITEX Olympics for fourth-year high school students. The motto of the Olympics is ‘Young people trained for modern textile industry’. More than 420 students took part in the Francisco Laporta Sports Centre in Alcoy from the following high schools: Las Carmelitas, Las Esclavas, José Arnauda, La Salle, IES Cotes Baixes, IES Andreu Sempere, Santa Ana, San Vicente de Paul y Salesianos San Vicente Ferrer.

Throughout the morning of April 30, students took part in various activities such as paddle tennis, volleyball, paintball track, handball, mad race obstacle course, golf simulator, videogames and a mountain bike circuit. In addition they all participated in an orientation circuit which involved following a series of clues around the sports centre to demonstrate their understanding of the different sectors in the textile sector. A fun and educational way of finding out by the industry and its different sectors.

Rafael Pascual closed the Olympics with a speech thanking all the students who attended and also the City of Alcoy for its support. He underlined the importance for young people to be aware of the employment possibilities in the textile industry and its bright future. Alberto Belda, councillor of education and sports in Alcoy, spoke on the importance of the activities to promote sports among the young and that the day was a fun way to learn more about the textile sector. To end the conference, AITEX raffled 9 mountain bikes, one for each training centre, among all the participants.

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AITEX’s 2019 Science Campus for third and fourth year high school students
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There are 30 grants available; 15 for third year students and 15 for fourth year students.

The Institute has launched the “AITEX Scientific Campus” to support and encourage young people to study scientific and technical qualifications with applications in the textile industry. The idea is to give students hands-on experience in science and its use in problem solving in various fields of research and innovation, as well as promoting coexistence among students from different teaching centres.

The Campus will take place at the AITEX facilities in Alcoy, from June 24 to July 5, 2019, in two 5-day sessions, from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: third and fourth-year students from around the central regions of the Valencian Community will be able to participate in the program.

The Campus will take place at the AITEX facilities in Alcoy, from June 24 to July 5, 2019, in two 5-day sessions, from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: third and fourth-year students from around the central regions of the Valencian Community will be able to participate in the program.During the course at AITEX, students will visit and learn in the Institute’s laboratories: the chemical laboratory, where they can learn about the essays and certifications of wastewater and environment, health and cosmetics, microbiology and chemical analysis. The physical laboratory, geotextiles and sports surfaces. The core accounts laboratory where agreements are signed with companies to perform QA and testing for harmful substances. The fire behaviour laboratory for textile and construction materials. The protective clothing laboratory, to visit the fall tower facilities and different equipment for conducting tests for head, hearing, facial / eye, respiratory, insulation, clothing and gloves and the comfort laboratory, with its rain tower equipment, wind tunnel and climatic chambers.

Additionally the students will gain an insight into the research and development work carried out by the Institute’s R & D groups, and visit the facilities of the various experimental plants of the following groups:

  • Technical Fibres and Nanotechnology (Experimental Plants).
  • Materials and Sustainability (Experimental Plants).
  • Smart Textiles and ICT Solutions (Experimental Plants).
  • Technical Finishes, Health and Biotechnology (Experimental Plants).
  • Innovation in Fashion, Design and Garment-making (Experimental Plants).

During the AITEX Scientific Campus, students will also visit textile companies in the area to see the industry’s most up to date and innovative manufacturing facilities.

Subscription is open until 7th June 2019.
After subscriptions close, AITEX will publish the list of successful applicants at www.addyng.com.

For more information:

See the requirements and application form at: https://addyng.com/addyng-en-accion/campus-cientifico-aitex-2019

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Applications for new functionalisation and environmental protection technologies in rug manufacturing

R&D PROJECT

7th May 2019

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The rug and carpet manufacturing industry is a traditional sector and one in which innovation mostly involves design and texture rather than the use of new materials or processes, which tend to be more concerned with meeting the requirements of certain sectors such as the car industry and construction.

In the textile industry, the functionalisation of fabrics has become a very useful way for companies to remain at the forefront of innovation using a range of technologies to confer new properties on fabrics. The result is that the manufacturer can offer fabrics with added-value factors to stand out from the competition with unique customised products.

The advantages of functionalising textiles have led to developments in more technical and innovative applications in health care and cosmetics, where price is not such an important factor and where it is easier to detect niche markets in almost any textile field. One of the potential beneficiaries of the trend is the rug-making sector.

Environmental protection is becoming ever more important and sustainability, biodegradability and recyclability are factors which the consumer is taking more into account when deciding on their purchase.

The concept of sustainability has evolved from a linear economy through a circular economy model and now embraces the cradle to cradle concept which not only aims at zero waste but also that the product can be used as raw material in other sectors, particularly in rugs and carpets.

The core goal of ECO&TECNO CARPET II is to create functional rugs and carpets which use materials and processes to enhance the recyclability of the product and to undertake research into the revalorisation of the waste created at each stage of manufacture to lengthen its lifecycle and create an added-value factor.

It was designed as a two-year project and for 2019 the goal is to consolidate and optimise the results of the first year and explore new work lines, including the use of printed finishes.

The project is funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE, and co-funded by the EU’s ERDF programme, within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.
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Research projects in high added-value textile solutions for strategic markets

23rd April 2019

AITEX defines its research projects in line with the European Strategic Agenda for Innovation and Research in the Textile and Clothing Industry, Horizon 2025. The Strategic Agenda identifies and describes the most important strategic research lines for the textile industry and the research priorities within the horizon of the next few years to 2025. The Agenda has identified 4 Strategic Innovation Themes which are essential because of their particular impact on the evolution of the textile and clothing industry:

I. New high-performance, functionalised textile materials

II. Advanced manufacturing and digitalisation of the value chain and business models (Industry 4.0)

III. The circular economy and resource efficiency

IV. High added-value solutions for growing strategic markets

AITEX is researching the following lines concerned with high added-value solutions for growing strategic markets:

  • Research into added-value textile solutions for the habitat sector. VALHABITAT

The core objective is to carry out research and analysis and offer consultation and transfer of trends to promote product development in the HABITAT sector.

All the trends we have studied are focused on HABITAT and more specifically on products which are influenced by society: sociocultural and technological factors whose development impacts a particular market.

  • Research of high added-value solutions for cosmetics.  

The main objective of the COSMÉTICA  project is to study and develop high added-value solutions for cosmetics, particularly as regards:

  • Research of new natural ingredients with cosmetic properties
  • Research into the encapsulation of active compounds to enhance their functionality, stability and to enable their release over time.
  • Research into new cosmetic formats to apply active compounds: nanofibre veils to encapsulate and protect delicate active compounds.
  •  Design and manufacture of double-sided nanofibre veils and research into their biological performance for periodontal treatment. DENTALTEX

The motivation behind DENTALTEX was that the morphology and ability to release periodontal drugs and compounds would justify the development of an optimised alternative to the non-additivated membranes currently available.

The project has developed a double-sided bioabsorbable nanofibre veil which can provide specific properties depending on the side used, to treat different areas affected by periodontal disease. One face of the veil is designed to promote alveolar bone regrowth and the other to regenerate periodontal ligament and the radicular cement.

These projects are funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

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AITEX’s Advanced Protective Equipment Laboratory

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

17th May 2019

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AITEX’s mission is to continue to innovate and improve the services we provide by concentrating on the evolution of our laboratory facilities for PPE’s which were outside the scope of our original remit. As a Notified Body, we have worked for years evaluating the conformity of PPE’s such as gloves, clothing and harnesses. Harnessing our experience to meet our clients’ demands, we have strived to equip our laboratories with the most up to date equipment to evaluate PPEs designed for eye, facial and respiratory protection, helmets and dielectric gloves for high-tension power line workers.

There are many different types of risk factors which could affect an operator’s eyesight at work and the right type of PPE must be selected for a given health and safety risk.

Another risk to which operators may be exposed, and of no less importance, is that of lung diseases contracted from breathing contaminated or oxygen-deficient air at work. The employer must provide operators with respiratory protection as a preventative measure whenever necessary, as risks may cause irreversible harm or even death, and this type of PPE is classified as Type III.

Type III PPEs provide protection in high-tension work, and the use of insulating gloves and sleeves is obligatory in any work environment where the risk exists. The laboratory performs non-destructive testing to current standards to individually test PPEs before use and then again six months later to ensure that the article continues to provide the class of protection for which it has been designed.

Last but not least is head protection: the head houses different vital organs that need protecting  and which are exposed to different risks including mechanical injuries such as trauma and impact, noise, vibration, electromagnetic radiation, electricity, aerosols, particle vapours etc.

AITEX has extended its scope as a Notified Body to cover the evaluation of different filtration and respiratory equipment. To meet these wider needs, the Institute has recently installed a range of testing equipment to comply with the various standards necessary to certify a whole array of protective equipment.

Requirements for helmets

The minimum requirements that a helmet must comply with depend on the degree and nature of the risk. According to the EU’s harmonised list of standards, the following apply to helmet certification:

  • EN 397:2012+A1:2012 Industrial Safety Helmets
  • EN 50365:2002 Insulating helmets for use on low voltage installations
  • EN 812 Industrial bump caps
  • EN 14052 High performance industrial helmets
  • EN 443:2008 Helmets for firefighting in buildings and other structures
  • EN 966:2012+A1:2012 Helmets for airborne sports
  • EN 1077:2007 Helmets for alpine skiers and snowboarders
  • EN 1078:2012+A1:2012 Helmets for pedal cyclists and for users of skateboards and roller skates
  • EN 12492:2012 Mountaineering equipment. Helmets for mountaineers. Safety requirements and test methods

Ocular and facial protection requirements

Harmonised standard EN 166:2001 specifies the necessary requirements for a PPE to be certified as offering protection against a range of risks, and further classifies the PPE as optical (EN 167: 2001) and non-optical (EN 168:2001). The first category covers properties including transmittance, optical power and light diffusion.

Obligatory requirements include the following tests: incremental resistance, resistance to ageing, stability in high temperatures, UV resistance, resistance to corrosion and fire, and others.

Specific requirements depend on the type of protectors and particular protection against different risks including: optical radiation, impact by high speed particles, molten metal, burning solids, liquid splashes and drips, large dust particles, gases and fine particles, electric arc flash and side protection. Electrical arc flash is tested under GS ET 29 and performed at AITEX’s Madrid facilities.

Optional requirements include resistance to surface deterioration by fine particles, fogging, protection with high IR reflectance and impact by high-speed, high-temperature particles.

Requirements for respiratory protection

Filtering respiratory equipment can comprise the following components:

1. Face adaptor + filter

– Face adaptor:

  • Full mask (EN 136).
  • Half or quarter mask (EN 140)

– Filters:

  • Particle filter (EN 143)
  • Gas filter, gas and particle filter (EN 14387)

– Masks without inhalation valves and with detachable gas filters, gas and particle filters or particle only filters (EN 1827)

2. Self-filtering mask

– Self-filtering masks can be fitted with a valve or not:

  • Against particles (EN 149)
  • Against gases and gases and particles (EN 405)

Requirements for insulating gloves and sleeves

AITEX tests safety equipment made of elastomers for electrical work (rubber and latex, synthetic, natural or combined).

Insulating gloves are covered by EN 60903:2003 + C1:2003 + C2:2005 and are categorised as below:

  • Insulating gloves (IG).
  • Composite gloves (with mechanical properties) (CG).
  • Long composite gloves (LG).

Classification by special properties are designated as follows:

  • A    Acid
  • H    Oil
  • Z    Ozone
  • R    Acid, oil and ozone
  • C    Very low temperatures

Insulating sleeves are covered by EN 60984:1992 and IEC 60984:2014 and are categorised as below:

  • Straight sleeve
  • Curved or angled sleeve

Classification by special properties are designated as follows:

  • A    Acid
  • H    Oil
  • Z    Ozone
  • S    Oil and ozone
  • C    Very low temperatures

EU Certification of Type

Before any PPE can be marketed in the EU it must meet the health and safety requirements laid out in EU Standard 2016/425, through the following evaluation of conformity procedure: EU Examination of Type (module B).

Through the procedure, the Notified Body not only evaluates the prototype of the PPE using harmonised testing procedures, but also its technical documentation, the information leaflet accompanying the article and its labelling. Once approved, the Notified Body will issue an evaluation report and an EC Certificate of Type.

The EU Certificate of Type will be issued together with either of the following options:

  •  Conformity of type based on an internal production appraisal and random supervised production QA checks (module C2) 
  •  Conformity of type based on production QA testing (module D)

AITEX has recently been approved and notified to test, evaluate and certify personal respiratory protection equipment under module B and to issue the EU Certificate of Type. The Institute has also been approved to evaluate Category III PPEs (module C2); which requires AITEX to undertake random production testing at least once a year, and at the latest a year after issuing the certificate to verify production homogeneity and the PPE’s conformity with that described in its EU Certificate of Type. Once each step has been completed, the manufacturer must then display the EC kite mark on its products, in compliance with the EU’s harmonised requirements and may then market the articles.

Protection equipment in this category, and the EC mark, must show the identification number of the Notified Body that carries out the production QA testing and be accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity in accordance with annexe VI, Standard 2016/425, for each PPE model.

More information: 

AITEX’s Advanced PPE Testing Laboratory israel.soriano@aitex.es 

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Registration open for the 7th “Companies with a Human Face” Symposium
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The 13th of June will see the 7th “Companies with a Human Face” Symposium organised by the Chair for Mission Management and Corporate Government of the Catalonia International University (UIC).

The subject of the Symposium is «the future of work», and the day will be a chance for business people, managers, academics and researchers to meet and discuss their concerns and hopes for better management of organisations based on the full development of human potential.

The symposium will take place in the Auditorio Sophia at the Hotel Las Arenas in Valencia.

As a member of the Mission Management Chair, AITEX has a range of special offers available:

      • AITEX associated company (first enrolled person): free
      • AITEX associated company (each additional enrolled person): 60€ per person.
      • AITEX clients: 60€ per person.

For more information and enrolment forms: http://direccionpormisiones.uic.es/13-de-junio-la-fecha-del-7o-simposio-empresas-con-rostro-humano/

Contact:

Quico Sempere – Institutional Department

qsempere@aitex.es

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Notified Body for the certification of marine equipment

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

25 de abril

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Maritime transport is a market in continuous growth and most articles connected with it require special certification. Among other requirements, any article must pass safety standards which are covered by international agreements.

Health and safety in international maritime transport

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is the UN’s specialised agency that deals with the safety and protection of international maritime transport and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. It was created by virtue of an agreement adopted on March 17, 1948 in Geneva, under the auspices of the United Nations, and met for the first time in January 1959. It currently has 172 Member States.

In the beginning, its remit revolved around the drawing up of international agreements and regulations on safety and prevention of marine pollution. The first task of the IMO when it was created in 1959, was to adopt a new version of the International Convention for the Safety of Human Life at Sea (SOLAS Convention), the most important of all maritime safety treaties.

The main objective of the SOLAS Convention is to establish minimum standards for the safety of the construction, equipment and use of ships. Flag States are responsible for ensuring that ships flying their flag comply with the provisions of the Convention, which prescribes the issuance of a series of certificates as proof that this has been done.

The global dimension of shipping requires the European Commission to implement and support the international regulatory framework for maritime safety.

Harmonisation across the EU solves these problems. Directive 2014/90 / EU together with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/773 and other international instruments, establish common rules to eliminate differences in the application of international standards through a series of clearly identified requirements and uniform certification procedures.

The free movement of goods is a cornerstone of the European single market and the EU has developed original and innovative instruments to eliminate barriers to the free movement of goods. The mechanisms established to achieve this objective are based on the prevention of new obstacles to trade, mutual recognition and technical harmonisation.

MarED (Marine Equipment Directive)

The Marine Equipment Directive (MarED) provides a framework for coordination and cooperation between its members, the Commission and observers in the implementation of the Maritime Equipment Directive. It is the intention of MarED to be a conduit for the exchange of information among the members and to harmonise technical aspects. In addition, MarED aims to resolve areas of doubt to enable a consensus to be reached on the procedures of EC-type examination and type examination modules in order to avoid differences between Notified Bodies.

AITEX’s role as a Notified Body

AITEX is Notified Body number 0161 and can issue marine equipment certificates for fire protection, accredited under EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012 and is recognised by the IMO. The Institute is approved to issue certificates for the following articles:

  • MED/3.1: Primary deck coating
  • MED/3.3: Firefighting equipment: Protective clothing (immediate proximity)
  • MED/3.5: Firefighting equipment: Gloves
  • MED/3.13: Non-combustible material
  • MED/3.18: Flame-retardant surfaces and floor coatings
  • MED/3.19: Upholstery, curtains and other hanging textiles
  • MED/3.20: Upholstered furniture
  • MED/3.21: Bedding

For more information:
AITEX’s Fire Behaviour Laboratory
: cdolza@aitex.es

Artículo publicado en AITEX review nº61, seguir leyendo: https://www.aitex.es/revista/

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AITEX participates in the 3rd meeting of the European project VESTLIFE

R&D PROJECT

AITEX participates in the 3rd meeting of the European project VESTLIFE (Ultralight modular bullet proof integral solution for dismounted soldier protection) in Bergamo (Italy), where preliminary results have been presented and the European Defense Agency (EDA) Project Officer, representatives of the Spanish, Portuguese and Finnish Armies as well as the different centers and companies from Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Finland participating in this project coordinated by AITEX have participated.

 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research under grant agreement No PADR FPSS-01-2017- GA 800876”. This publication reflects only the author’s view and the EDA and the EC are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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AITEX will be in attendance at TECHTEXTIL Frankfurt from the 14 to the 17 of May

AITEX will be at the upcoming international technical textile fair, Techtextil Frankfurt, which will take place from the 14th to the 17th May.

The AITEX Technological Institute will be in Hall 3.1 stand B53, showing the innovations and R & D projects that the Institute is currently developing, in addition to introducing the 50 experimental plants where value-added solutions are developed for technical markets, and where we develop and research smart, technical textiles and new high-performance materials.

The Techtextil fair is the largest international exhibition of technical textiles, nonwovens and functional clothing textiles. The fair is the world’s leading platform for researchers, engineers, manufacturers and users of technical textiles with applications in fashion, sports, personal protection, construction, medicine, agriculture and the automotive industry.

The motto of the 2019 edition is ‘Space for innovation’, and visitors will be able to attend exhibitions as well as enjoy an extensive program of conferences by experts on different areas of application in the Techtextil Forum.

Alongside Techtextil, Texprocess will showcase all the latest innovations in machines, services and solutions for the textile industry of the future.

Techtextil and Texprocess bring together 1,800 international companies and 47,000 professional visitors from around the world.

More information:

Techtextil: https://techtextil.messefrankfurt.com

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