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Sara Sanz

Alfombras funcionales y sostenibles

PROYECTO I+D

26 noviembre

El sector de las alfombras y moquetas es un sector muy tradicional cuyas principales innovaciones van más enfocadas a los diseños y texturas, más que a los residuos generados. Con el proyecto ECO&TECNO CARPET AITEX incorporará nuevos materiales y procesos que cumplan con los principios de sostenibilidad, biodegradabilidad y reciclabilidad cada más presentes en la conciencia social.

El sector de las alfombras y moquetas es un sector muy tradicional cuyas principales innovaciones van más aplicadas a los diseños y texturas que a la incorporación de nuevos materiales o procesos, que únicamente se aplican para conseguir los requisitos requeridos en determinados sectores cómo el transporte o la construcción.

En el sector textil la funcionalización de los tejidos se ha convertido en una herramienta útil para las empresas que quieren encontrarse en la vanguardia de la innovación puesto que permite dotar a los tejidos de nuevas propiedades empleando tecnologías muy variadas, obteniendo un producto con un valor añadido dentro de su propio sector de mercado y marcar diferencias con la competencia lo que reporta a las empresas un sello distintivo único y personalizado.

Dadas las ventajas que reporta la funcionalización de los textiles, es un proceso que se ha ido desarrollando en aplicaciones más técnicas e innovadoras, como la sanitaria o cosmética dónde el precio no suele ser un factor determinante y donde es más fácil detectar las necesidades hacía prácticamente cualquier aplicación textil, pudiendo ser uno de los beneficiarios el sector alfombras.

Por otra parte, la sociedad cada vez se encuentra más concienciada con la protección del medio ambiente y principios como la sostenibilidad, la biodegradabilidad o la reciclabilidad son factores tenidos en cuenta por los consumidores a la hora de elegir un producto.

Los conceptos relacionados con la sostenibilidad han ido evolucionando de la economía lineal a la economía circular hasta el actual de la cuna a la cuna (cradle to cradle) que pretende no sólo la generación de residuos cero, sino que el producto sirva como materia prima para nuevas producciones siendo aplicable a cualquier sector, incluido el de la alfombra y moqueta.

El proyecto Eco&Tecno carpet tiene como principal objetivo el desarrollo de alfombras y moquetas funcionales incorporando materiales y procesos que permitan una mejora en la reciclabilidad del producto final y la investigación de la revalorización de los residuos generados en todas las etapas del proceso para incrementar su ciclo de vida y darles un nuevo valor añadido.

Este proyecto cuenta con el apoyo de la Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana a través del IVACE, y está cofinanciado por los fondos FEDER de la UE, dentro del Programa Operativo FEDER de la Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.  EXPEDIENTE: IMDEEA/2018/117

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Textiles labelled with UV STANDARD 801 ensure the protection factor of the product

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

28th of May

In 2018 the UV STANDARD 801 certification celebrates its 20th anniversary. The certification process establishes the UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), which is used to specify the sun protection factor of textile materials.

Unlike other standards and methods, the  UV STANDARD 801 certification measures the UPF of a textile taking into account the particular requirements to which it is subjected during its use.

The sun is life to us, but too much is harmful and ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause lasting damage to the eyes and skin. However, exposure to the sun is vital to the body’s ability to produce vitamin D, vital to bone development. The problem is that babies and young children have little or no protection, and therefore should only enjoy limited exposure to direct sunlight. It takes up to 15 years for the human body to develop full protection against harmful UV rays, but even then, this UV protection is only effective for a limited period of time, which could be only a few minutes depending on the type of skin, when exposed to direct sunlight outdoors.

What protects us from overexposure to UV rays?

When sunbathing, we usually use a sunscreen with UV protection. But even the most powerful of these, known as sunblock, only provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50. When you’re in the water or you dry off with a towel, your sunblock loses effectiveness and must be re-applied to ensure long-term protection.

Textiles also provide protection from the sun’s rays and the colour and design of the clothes are important: dark colours provide a higher level of protection than light and the denser the material, the greater the protection it provides against UV rays. In addition, synthetic fibres have a higher UV protection factor than products made from natural fibres.

How can you recognise textiles with UV protection?

The best way is to choose textiles that guarantee a high level of UV protection. Textiles with UV protection provide an extremely effective barrier against UV rays and depending on what they are made from, can provide a UPF of up to 80.

Unlike other standards and methods, the  UV STANDARD 801 certification measures the UPF of a textile taking into account the particular demands to which it is subjected during its use. For swimsuits and sportswear, this could be, for example, aspects such as stretching and wear during use. In addition, the SPF is also affected during and after textile care. In the case of specific sun protection textiles such as umbrellas and awnings, various climatic conditions of sun, rain and humidity must be considered. As a result of these conditions, the protection time is drastically reduced (or in the worst case is almost completely lost), and this must also be reflected in the indicated UPF rating to avoid putting the user at risk. Accordingly, members of the International Association for Testing for UV-applied Protection recommend measuring the UV protection factor in accordance with UV STANDARD 801.

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The SEACOLORS project receives the BEST LIFE ENVIRONMENT PROJECT AWARD during EU Green Week, the largest environmental event in Europe. EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the 2016 and 2017 LIFE Awards and the nine winners include projects from Belgium, Greece, Spain, Italy, Austria, Poland and Slovakia.

The main objective of the LIFE SEACOLORS project is to obtain natural dyes from a sustainable and renewable source, such as micro and macro algae, and then to use them in the textile industry to replace synthetic dyes.

Algae represent a source of natural dyes for the textile industry, without generating the level of contamination produced by the synthetic dyes in widespread use today, or the disadvantages posed by natural dyes obtained from other plants, which require large areas for cultivation and have a very low pigment content.

The biological characteristics of algae and current cultivation techniques that are being developed around the world, mean that algae are emerging as a potential candidate as a source of dyes. Macro and micro algae are cultivated with different objectives: as food, to purify water or as an energy source, but they can also be used to obtain vitamins, fatty acids, dyes and stabilising agents, among other products with more functional applications.

The starting point for SEACOLORS was the identification and selection of strains of macro and microalgae from which pigments could be extracted and then evaluated for textile applications.

Micro and macroalgae pigments are extracted from the different active compounds, including carotenoids and phycobiliproteins in their molecular structure which produce the colour. The resulting natural and renewable dyes are an alternative to synthetic dyes, and turn the dyeing process into a procedure which is more environmentally friendly and cost effective, particularly with regard to reducing waste water treatment. In addition, the biomass generated during the extraction of dyes can be reused in other activities, such as the production of metabolites (as antioxidants or polysaccharides), for agricultural applications or as ingredients in food and feed for animals (concept of biorefinery).

The project is coordinated by AITEX, with the collaboration of Produção e Comercialização de algas and its derivatives Lda (AlgaPlus), Banco Español de Algas- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University (BEA) and Spanish Association of Biocompanies (ASEBIO)

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LIFE SEACOLORS is funded by the European Commission through the LIFE program. File number LIFE 13 ENV / ES / 000445

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Development of ecological multifilaments with a high added-value factor

R & D PROJECT

28th of May

The use of synthetic fibres is now widespread. However, the shortage of the main raw material, oil, and the levels of pollution generated during the production process pose a major problem. The SPUNTEX project aims to develop sustainable fabrics from multifilaments derived from polyesters, and with various functionalities incorporated such as anti-odour and flame-retardant capability, and UV protection.

Synthetic fibres are the most popular worldwide fibre type, and Polyester (PET) is the leader with a 70% market share. In the near future, this high demand will become PET’s major drawback as raw materials become scarcer coupled to the environmental concerns posed by high CO2 emissions created by the manufacturing process.

AITEX has detected sufficient need to propose this project to develop new multifilaments from sustainable polyesters, such as recycling from bottles (rPET) or partially biobased (bioPET), which will include innovative features such as anti-odour and fireproof functionality, traceability or UV protection.

The general objective of the project is to develop new multifilaments from sustainable polyesters, such as recycling from bottles (rPET) or those synthesised from certain biodegradable materials (bioPET).

Additionally, these fibres will incorporate new functionalities such as anti-odour and fireproof capabilities, traceability or UV protection. This will be achieved during the compounding process, as prior to the project, these capabilities could only be additivated into virgin raw material, not recycled or bio materials.

The final goal of the project is to provide new added-value factors for manufacturers in the textile sector of the Valencian Autonomous Region through the implementation and use of new sustainable raw material.

The successful completion of the SPUNTEX project will provide fibre for the following sectors: lingerie, fashion, sportswear, workwear, labels and tapes, the car industry, home textiles, furniture and contract furnishings.

This project has the support of the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and is co-financed by the ERDF funds of the EU, within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014 -2020. FILE: IMDEEA / 2018/110

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Business Seminar: Industry 4.0 (II)

Industry 4.0 (II)

Cloud, Cybersecurity and Big Data

The next Business Seminar Industry 4.0 (II) “Cloud, Cybersecurity and Big Data” will take place on June 25, at 15:30 and will include the following presentations:

  • What to expect from BIG-DATA through examples, Miguel Egea (SolidQ)
  • Discover what the cloud can do for you, Edu Tomás (PlainConcepts)
  • Cybersecurity: are we ready? Luis Samblás (Systems and networks analyst at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Alcoy Campus. CEO and CTO of Protect-it)

What to expect from BIG-DATA through examples.

Miguel Egea
Miguel is a technical engineer in computer systems with more than 15 years’ experience in the world of data, working for different private and public sectors. He is recognised by Microsoft as an MVP on platform 14 times since 2002. He holds a Master’s Degree in Big Data and Analytics from the universities of Santiago and Murcia.

Everyone is talking about Big Data: is it a fad or does it have real applications in the daily life of SMEs? During the presentation the technological concepts of big-data will be explained for us mere mortals; its contribution, costs, who needs it and for what and its practical application in industry and its relationship with Industry 4.0. Related aspects, such as the Internet of Things applied to industry will also be addressed. If you are planning to attend, we hope at the end of the presentation that we will have demystified Big Data and that you will have a clearer idea of what it is and how it can help you.

Discover what the cloud can do for you

Edu Tomás
Edu is a developer with more than 18 years’ experience and focuses on business solutions in Microsoft technologies. His experience is in Desktop, Mobile, Web and distributed architecture and he currently specialises in distributed architecture running in containerised & serverless scenarios. He is a regular speaker at events on Microsoft technology.

In this talk we will see what the cloud can offer and how to get the most out of it. We will also address migration strategies and discover when it is better to go to the cloud or stay on the ground.

Cybersecurity: are We Ready?

Luis Samblás
With more than 22 years’ experience as a Systems and Networks Analyst at the Alcoi Campus of the UPV, CEO and CTO of Protect-it, a cybersecurity consultancy, Luis has installed systems master plans in SMEs as well as being involved in system technology, servers and networks training. He is a co-founder of “Entradas a tu alcance”, a ticketing system and online services.
Samblás will take us into the world of cybersecurity, through practical demonstrations, analysing the current state of the IT landscape in the business world, covering topics such as security in communications, email and access to computer systems, online stores, online fraud, RGPD and a long list of related topics.
His talk will also address one of the main current problems: Ransomware. Ransomware is present in many cyber-extortion scenarios in hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide, and Luis will perform a practical demonstration of how it works.
The presentation will end with a set of basic guidelines on how to tackle the entire range of cyber threats at ground level.

Admission to the seminar costs €200, but is free to associates of AITEX and ATEVAL.

The seminars aim to bring about knowledge transfer to companies in crossover areas of interest, and to facilitate the implementation of actions and projects to improve competitiveness. AITEX works together with companies and specialised consultants in each of the themes.

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Bespoke training provided by AITEX

TRAINING

During 2017, 49 companies from the textile, clothing and fashion sector have relied on AITEX to provide BESPOKE courses. This training has been taught either in the applicant’s own facilities itself, in the AITEX facilities, or a mixture of both. 267 students have been trained over a total of 954 training hours.

The specialist areas at which these activities are aimed include technology and textile innovation, quality control and processes, sustainability of textile processes, Textile design, pattern making and confection, maintenance, ICT and legislation and standardisation.

The training activities have been taught by both internal and external experts in each of the topics involved, and were supported by the most up to date teaching materials and media.

Contact person: Carmen Jover, Head Department of Training, Aitex

(cjover@aitex.es )

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