On the 7th November, the technology platform for manufacturing industries (PLATECMA), organised a workshop on product personalisation at the offices of SUAVINEX. The day’s goal was to analyse product personalisation from the viewpoint of manufacturing industries including ceramics, toys, metalwork, textile and woodworking, etc.
Various companies and experts on the subject met to talk about the importance of personalisation in today’s industry. The concept has formed part of the strategy of many manufacturers for the past 30 years or more and is now almost a prerequisite for the modern consumer. Personalisation is a key aspect of differentiation as it is influential in the consumer’s purchasing decision.
However, manufacturers need to remain competitive in today’s global environment and so personalisation must go hand in hand with Industry 4.0. Technology is providing manufacturers with the chance to offer personalised processes in line with market demands, without losing sight of the need to be technically and economically viable, as personalisation may be accompanied by increased costs.
The workshop was attended by more than fifty organisations including the State Agency for Research (AEI) and Royo Group, which is currently presiding over the platform.
Suavinex, Acrata cerámica, Unisa, Micuna and Ecus Sleep were on the roundtable, which was moderated by the journalist Miquel Hernandis. During the debate, companies had the opportunity to talk of their experiences with the personalisation of products and services and talked about the difficulties and hurdles they had to overcome.
The FORO TRANSFIERE event was also presented (for more details, visit https://transfiere.fycma.com). This is the only event in Spain that supports technology transfer between the public and private sectors.
Additionally, the CEO of Sisteplant, Ana Santiago, gave an overview of the current and future state of the private sector as regards personalisation and its links with Industry 4.0, highlighting the importance of technology to industry and the need to maintain a focused approach to its implementation.
The workshop was rounded off by a tour of the facilities at SUAVINEX during which attendees had the opportunity to see the company’s manufacturing process and how it has successfully integrated personalisation as part of the company strategy.
Vist Platecma’s website to view full documentation and a presentation of the workshop, as well as other industry and manufacturing news: (http://www.platecma.com/).
AITEX IS APPROVED AS A CERTIFYING BODY FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT IN COMPLIANCE WITH ISO/IEC 17065:2012
AITEX has recently been approved by ENAC (The National Accreditation Body) as a Certification Body for Personal Protection Equipment in compliance with ISO/IEC 17065:2012.
AITEX has recently been approved by ENAC (The National Accreditation Body) as a Certification Body for Personal Protection Equipment in compliance with ISO/IEC 17065:2012 within EU Regulation 2016/425, under the following evaluation of conformity schemes: Module B (EU Type Examination), Module C2 (Conformity of type based on production monitoring plus random supervised product monitoring) and Module D (Conformity of Type based on production QA).
The scope of Approval 155 C-PR364 granted to AITEX can be viewed on ENAC’s website (www.enac.es) covering the scope, products and hazards that AITEX can test. AITEX is also registered as Notified Body number 161 on the European Commission’s website (nando).
This new approval enables AITEX to provide certification of category II and III PPEs as both types require the application of Module B and, in the case of Category III, either Module C2 or D.
Depending on the evaluation procedure within (EU) 2016/425 which the client requires AITEX to test for as a Notified Body:
Module B: the EU Examination of Type is the part of the evaluation procedure that a Notified Body uses to approve the technical design of a PPE, verifying and certifying that the design complies with essential health and safety requirements required by the Regulation.
Module C2: the Notified Body will test the product to verify the QA procedures during manufacture and the homogeneity of the PPE and its conformity with the type described on the EU Type Examination Certificate and applicable health and safety requirements.
Module D: the Notified Body will evaluate the internal QA system to verify compliance with the requirements referred to in para. 3.2 Annexe VIII. It shall presume conformity with those requirements in respect of the elements of the quality system that comply with the corresponding specifications of the applicable harmonised standard.
The accreditation process integrated the requirements of ISO / IEC 17065: 2012 to the systems that AITEX previously applied, to certify under the conformity assessment schemes of Module B and C2 Personal Protection Equipment, establishing for these products the application procedures for Module D, which AITEX had previously only used for Marine Equipment. Thus, by integrating systematics with different scopes, AITEX has standardised within a single Accreditation Scope, the certifications for which it is approved, specifically in 155 C-PR364. For further details, visit the official ENAC website.
The E-BRODER II project is researching and developing smart textiles using embroidery technology to create domotic applications and the project’s second year has concentrated on continuing the three ongoing lines of research to achieve better performance.
The second SEAT textile challenge, organised by AITEX-UPV Chair, was presented on the 21st of November.
The forthcoming SEAT sessions will take place on the following dates, so students can start to prepare their ideas for presentation:
2nd session: Creativity. 28/11/19
3rd session: Selection of ideas. 12/12/19
4th session: Prototypes. 06/02/20
5th session: Briefing SEAT. 20/02/20
R+D at the service of the textile industry to create and transfer value-added factors.
High added-value solutions for emerging strategic markets. AITEX concentrates its research efforts on the following fields:
- Functional textile products for health, sport and personal protection
- Textile solutions for environmental and human protection
- Textile solutions for construction and habitat; energy efficiency and smart interior design
- Textile solutions for transport systems; lighter, cleaner, safer
- Personalised, functional fashion products.
AITEX is working on R+D for the following projects:
The principal goal of OPTI-ACE is to integrate optical sensors into fabrics for use in the manufacture of sports clothing and articles that can harvest and process performance data to evaluate and enhance the player’s performance.
The GREENFILS project has developed flat ribbons of PLA and PHB with two goals in mind: firstly, to study the effect of certain variables – the temperature of the cooling bath, godet speed, stretch ratio, post treatments, the presence of a nucleating agent in the polymer and the time after extrusion – on the material’s mechanical properties. Secondly, a compostability study of the two biomaterials with respect to ISO 20200:2015.
The TeCos project studies the evolution of thermoplastic composite technology by incorporating new production processes. The resulting developments will be implemented through four work packages in which the use of recycled carbon fibre (rCF) plays an important role.
These projects are funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.
AITEX está acreditado por la Entidad Nacional de Acreditación (ENAC) como Organismo de Certificación de Equipos Marinos según ISO/IEC 17065:2012.
AITEX está acreditado por la Entidad Nacional de Acreditación (ENAC) como Organismo de Certificación de Equipos marinos según ISO/IEC 17065:2012 en el ámbito de actuación reglamentario (Reglamento 2014/90/UE) y bajo los esquemas de evaluación de la conformidad: Módulo B (Examen UE de Tipo), Módulo F (Conformidad con el tipo basada en el control de producto) y Módulo D (Conformidad con el tipo basada en el Aseguramiento de la calidad del proceso de producción).
MED/3.3 Equipos de bomberos: Indumentaria protectora (proximidad inmediata)
MED/3.5 Equipos de bomberos: guantes
MED/3.13 Materiales no combustibles
MED/3.18 Superficies y revestimientos de pisos con características de débil propagación de llama (a, b, c, d, e y f)
MED/3.19 Tapizados, cortinas y demás materiales textiles colgados
MED/3.20 Muebles tapizados
MED/3.21 Artículos de cama.
Igualmente el Organismo de Certificación de AITEX se encuentra Notificado y publicado en la web de la Comisión Europea (nando) como el Organismo Notificado nº 0161.
Con esta nueva acreditación AITEX puede dar el servicio de certificación para equipos marinos.
En función del procedimiento de evaluación del Reglamento 2014/90/UE que se solicite al Organismo Notificado de AITEX:
Módulo B: el examen UE de Tipo es la parte de un procedimiento de evaluación de la conformidad mediante el que un Organismo Notificado examina el diseño técnico de un equipo marino y verifica y certifica que dicho diseño técnico cumple los requisitos esenciales.
Módulo F: El organismo notificado efectuará controles del producto para verificar la homogeneidad de la producción y la conformidad del equipo marino con el tipo descrito en el certificado de examen UE de tipo y con los requisitos esenciales.
Módulo D: El organismo notificado evaluará el sistema de calidad para determinar si cumple los requisitos. Dará por supuesta la conformidad con dichos requisitos de los elementos del sistema de calidad que cumplan las especificaciones correspondientes de la directiva.
Los certificados emitidos otorgan la “marca rueda de timón” identificada con el número de organismo notificado y el año de emisión del mismo, lo cual es imprescindible para incluir un equipo marino en una embarcación.
R+D at the service of the textile industry, creating and transferring value.
Added-value solutions for growing strategic markets. AITEX is focusing its research on the following areas:
- Textile-based functional products for Health, Sports and Personal Protection.
- Textiles to protect and provide solutions for the natural world and society.
- Textile solutions for construction and habitat; energy efficiency and smart interior design.
- Textile solutions for transport systems; lighter, cleaner and safer
- Custom-made functional fashion articles
AITEX is working on the research and development of the following projects:
The main objective of year two of DENTALTEX II is to create a prototype consisting of a micro-porous central core, covered by different nanofibre veils additivated with drugs for periodontal treatment.
The main objective of the FUNDETEX project is to develop detergent and softener formulations that provide functional properties to the skin that are beneficial for the user’s health, through research into additives and liquid and solid functional compounds of interest (mosquito-repellent, moisturising, anti-cellulite, etc.). In addition, studies will determine how effective the transfer of the properties of the detergent or softener to the user is, when in contact with the washed clothes and fabrics.
The core objective of BIENESMART is the development of textile solutions that monitor vital signs and physiological and biological parameters for the improvement of people’s well-being.
The objective of the STAR project is the research and development of smart textiles for architecture and construction that allow users to interact with technological, sustainable and creative infrastructures that enhance their quality of life.
These projects are funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.
More than 2300 professionals from the cosmetic industry gathered at the 4th Cosmetorium fair held on October 23 and 24 at the Fira Montjuïc in Barcelona. This year is the second time AITEX has participated, and the fair covered a much larger exhibition space than previous years. 137 exhibitors, both national and international, who presented their new launches, products and services, supported the event: 13% more than the previous year.
Cosmetorium represents the largest showcase for the sector in our country. Manufacturers’ innovations and launches marked the new trends within the industry, with a clear commitment to conscious, responsible and sustainable cosmetics throughout the cosmetics manufacturing chain.
Within the scientific program organised by Cosmetorium, AITEX gave a conference on electro-spinning technology and its applications in cosmetics, which proved popular and generated considerable interest among leading companies in the sector. Electrospinning allows a new generation of nonwovens to be created, in a network of intertwined nanofibres. In the cosmetic sector, technology is used to manufacture masks or patches with active compounds, which dissolve and become absorbed completely during use, without creating waste.
AITEX also participated in the Tech Focus program on innovation in efficiency and effectiveness tests for hair care products, which was attended by leading companies in the sector who wanted to learn first-hand the range of innovative trials AITEX can provide.
AITEX has a stand at the leading health and safety in the workplace fair in Düsseldorf from the 5th to the 8th November 2019
AITEX will be in Hall 4 Stand 4F01, introducing all the certification and testing services it offers in personal protective equipment. The A + A Fair actively contributes to progress and innovation for the benefit of people and businesses, and is the leading fair in occupational safety and health.
AITEX’s advanced protection equipment laboratory
At the Textile Technological Institute (AITEX), we strive to continue innovating and improving the services we provide, focusing our attention on the evolution of our laboratories towards aspects of Personal Protective Equipment that were previously beyond our remit. The Institute’s laboratories have been working for many years as a Notified Body in the evaluation of the conformity of PPE in the form of gloves, clothing and harnesses. Taking this invaluable experience as a base, and seeking to meet customer demand, we have been working to provide our laboratories with the necessary equipment to evaluate PPE for Eye and Facial Protection, Respiratory, Head Protection and Evaluation of Dielectric Gloves for high voltage work.
Global and comprehensive eye and face protection service
Between the two, these accidents represent 72.9% of all accidents related to injuries to the head and 4.4% of the total workplace accidents.
The prevalence of eye and facial accidents previously revealed shows how important protection is in the workplace, as well as the need to assess the risks of each job and promote employee training so they can choose the appropriate PPE according to the risk to which they are exposed.