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LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

13 th July 2020

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AITEX is one of eight worldwide FIFA-approved laboratories for the approval of artificial turf football pitches. The FIFA quality concept has become a recognised international standard. Laboratories who are recognised by FIFA must undergo a rigorous selection process in which the technical capacity of the laboratories is evaluated.

The FIFA Quality Concept for Synthetic Surfaces was created with a commitment to standardise the quality and safety of artificial surfaces for football players and to promote the development of artificial turf technology.

The FIFA Quality Programme has several objectives: to improve the game at all levels, and protect the health of players and clubs and associations who need products that meet the highest safety and quality requirements.

FIFA has designed two categories or quality marks for artificial turf depending on the needs of the players and the use for which the surfaces are intended:

o FIFA QUALITY is primarily aimed at grassroots football, mainly in the amateur level. The certification is valid for three years.

o FIFA QUALITY PRO, is primarily intended for professional and high-performance football. The certification is valid for one year.

The process of certification of a sports surface takes place in different phases. Firstly, the artificial turf systems are pre-tested in the laboratory and if the results of the analysis meet all the requirements, FIFA can certify the pitch with either the FIFA QUALITY or FIFA QUALITY PRO labels if it is installed with an artificial turf system previously approved by FIFA. Only FIFA-accredited companies can initiate this process.

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I+D+i Projects

9th July 2020

In response to the need for new high-performance, functionalised textile materials, AITEX focuses its research on the following areas:

  • Development of innovative solutions that provide functional properties to the user’s skin.
  • Development of non-wovens using environmentally friendly technologies

In this respect, the Institute is working on the research and development of the following projects

Fundetex II – Research and development of detergent formulations that provide functional properties to the user’s skin and health

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During the project’s second year, FUNDETEX II aims to develop detergent and softener formulations that provide functional properties to the user’s skin and health.

With this project, AITEX hopes to advance the development of different formulations and impregnations in fabrics with different probiotics that provide properties for the skin; develop and implement reproducible methodologies for evaluating special properties; and identify additives or functional compounds for atopic skin and psoriasis.

Nobico – Development of high performance mono and bi-component nonwovens

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The Nobico project aims to develop Spunmelt non-wovens with special properties using environmentally friendly materials.

The Spunmelt non-woven market is concentrated around the use of thermoplastic materials of the “comfort” type, mainly polypropylene, polyester and polyamide. This project aims to provide added-value factors to the materials by providing them with new properties.

The successful outcome of the project will develop non-wovens for use in sectors such as food, agriculture, construction and personal hygiene.

 

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This project is funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through the IVACE Programme.

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R+D

9th July 2020

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During 2019, the project achieved its first milestone, with work carried out both on the insertion of technical carbon fibres using Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP) technology, and on manufacturing composites via Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) with thermosetting and fireproof resins.

During this year, LIGHTCOMP 2020 aims to develop functional lightweight composites with properties including heating, lighting and even the ability to measure physical parameters using integrated sensors.

The challenge lies in the use of smart fabrics, functionalised resins and cores for low weight, combined with mechanical and functional properties that meet the needs of a sector as demanding as transport.

At the same time, environmentally friendly composite materials will be developed using natural fibres to replace conventional carbon fibres, and recycled carbon fibre textile substrates so that waste can be reintroduced into the production chain.

The main objective is to obtain high added-value solutions for the private land transport market by developing low weight composites with functional characteristics.

To achieve this goal, three areas of action have been defined:

Composite material elements used in the bodywork and external vehicle components.

Composite material elements used in the interior cabin linings of vehicles.

Composite material elements used in the structure of vehicles.

The results will include high-performance textile-based structures using embroidery technology with technical fibres such as carbon, glass or polypropylene. These fibres offer a high degree of physical stability which, when formed into a composite, greatly reduce the weight of the materials, offering structural characteristics similar to much heavier components. The difference in the properties offered by technical fibres compared to natural fibres or recycled carbon fibres will also be evaluated.

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

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SUSTAINABILITY AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

14th July 2020

A new mentality is being forged among textile manufacturers: aware of the environmental impact of the sector, concern for sustainability is on the rise.
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An initial study carried out by AITEX’s new sustainability and circular economy technical unit has shown that the private sector is increasingly aware of the need to change from linear economic models (manufacture – use – waste) to circular economic models that aim to keep the value of products and materials as high as possible, for as long as possible, while generating the least environmental impact. However, an alarming lack of knowledge of all the concepts that this new business model implies has been detected.

For example, recycling, which is what springs to mind when talking about the Circular Economy, is the last process that should be applied. Other stages, such as design for recycling are necessary beforehand, as not all products are recyclable. The new European Directive ((EU) 2018/851) obliges Member States to start the selective collection of textile waste before January 1st 2025, establishing the objectives of reuse and recycling of these waste materials. This will have an impact on the entire textile value chain as manufacturers will have to start designing and preparing their products for mechanical and chemical recycling.

Likewise, self-declared environmental claims in the market have increased, leading to confusion among producers and consumers in the face of the growth of products that are called “green or sustainable”. In the face of “greenwashing” or misleading advertising, it is important to be aware of the existing voluntary eco-labels and certifications regarding sustainability and traceability, as they are an important transparency tool that makes it easier for consumers to find information on the environmental impact of products when making purchasing decisions.

For this reason, AITEX is drawing up a Sustainability and Circular Economy Guide specifically for the textile sector in which the most relevant aspects to be taken into account by companies will be dealt with in separate chapters.

The aim of the Guide is to reduce confusion among companies in the sector on environmental sustainability, to stimulate the introduction of improvements in textile processes and products, and to encourage the integration of environmental sustainability into the strategy of the company itself by facilitating the transition to circular business models.

Each chapter will be written to take into account the current state of the sector, and both the content and the actions proposed will focus on a level of real application by textile companies.

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The specific objective of each chapter is summarised below:

I. Environmental concepts.

To harmonise the use of the most frequent and relevant environmental statements for the textile industry (e.g. biodegradability, recyclability, life cycle, etc.)

II. Materials.

To objectively analyse the most significant advantages and disadvantages of the materials most frequently used in the sector.

III. Certifications and labelling.

To identify all those certifications applicable in the textile sector according to the international sustainability regulations and standards, and their conditions in the labelling of products.

IV. Business models and success stories.

Highlighting successful initiatives of transition to circular business models as an example to be applied in companies of the textile industry.

V. Ecodesign.

To identify the keys of design to ensure durability, reuse, maintenance, and recyclability of textile products.

VI. Processes and technologies.

To analyse the different technologies for the recycling of textile waste, taking into account the level of development, the type of materials that can be processed and current real availability.

VII. Regulations.

To provide an analysis of the regulations at a national and European level on environmental sustainability that apply to companies in the textile sector.

VIII. Resources of interest.

A compilation of material to work on the implementation of improvements in the field of sustainability from within the company.[/vc_message]

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The environmental impact of the textile sector has become one of today’s most worrying issues, as it is the second most polluting industry on the planet. The high consumption of water and chemical products, its carbon footprint, dumping and the emission of microplastics are some of the critical aspects of the production process. Coupled with the enormous quantities of waste and the low recycling rate (only 1% is transformed into new garments) means that the development of sustainable strategies and business models are urgently needed.

In response to the needs and challenges that this change represents for the textile sector, AITEX has created a Technical Unit for Sustainability and Circular Economy that will work transversally along three lines of action: R+D, Laboratories and Training.

In R&D, AITEX has 37 experimental plants to work on the challenges posed by the circular economy at all stages of the textile life cycle, through the development of its own research projects or in collaboration with partners. The line covers everything from eco-design and environmentally friendly production processes, to the prevention of waste and recycling in the final phase of the textile production cycle. The development of new bio-fibres and bio-polymers, chemical and mechanical recycling processes, the revaluation of pre- and post-consumption waste, the use of auxiliary products of natural origin and research into eco-finishing processes are some of the fields in which R&D projects are currently being carried out.
AITEX’s laboratory facilities provide companies with infrastructure and laboratory equipment for the characterisation of products, quality control and certification, in compliance with international sustainability regulations and standards. Voluntary eco-labels or certifications in sustainability and traceability are an important transparency tool that provides consumers with information on the environmental impact of products when making purchasing decisions. AITEX is an accredited entity for the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) and Recycled Claim Standard (RSC) certifications that verify the content of recycled material in products as well as compliance with good environmental practices in processes.
Likewise, the Institute creates social and environmental value by promoting environmental education, innovation, efficiency and the generation of employment and a stronger industrial base. AITEX’s Training Division provides technical training in new sustainable techniques and low environmental impact textile processes through courses in collaboration with other leading institutions such as the UPV.
With the introduction of the Technical Unit, AITEX makes its capabilities and resources available to textile manufacturers to improve their position as environmentally sustainable companies and to generate business opportunities through the change to new circular models.
After an initial analysis of the sector’s needs, one of the actions that will be carried out in the short term is the creation of an Environmental Sustainability Guide for the Textile Sector; in which concepts, applicable regulations, available certifications, success cases and good practices will be clarified.
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AITEX will attend the twenty-second International Safety Fair over the 25th and 28th of February in Madrid. Pay us a visit in Hall 3, Stand E05.

The International Safety Fair Spain, organised by IFEMA, will bring together manufacturers and suppliers of safety equipment in five major areas: security, including electronic security, physical safety and security services; defence, which includes advanced security solutions in defence; cybersecurity, responsible for the protection of business information, systems and data; fire and emergency security, acting actively and passively against fire; and safety in the workplace, covering the protection and welfare of employees.

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AITEX’s advanced protective equipment laboratory

AITEX has continued to innovate and improve the service we provide by focusing our attention on the evolution of our laboratories towards covering items of Personal Protective Equipment that were previously beyond our remit. The Institute has been working for many years as a Notified Body in the evaluation of conformity of PPEs as gloves, clothing and harnesses and combining this experience with customer demand, we have been working towards providing our laboratories with the necessary equipment to evaluate PPEs for eye and facial, respiratory and head protection, and the evaluation of dielectric gloves for high voltage work. This year, visitors to the AITEX stand will get the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the testing facilities at the Institute.

AITEX recently achieved approval by ENAC as a Certification Body for Personal Protection Equipment, in compliance with ISO/IEC 17065:2012.

AITEX will also present its recent accreditation by the National Accreditation Entity (ENAC) as an Individual Protection Equipment Certification Body according to ISO / IEC 17065: 2012 in the field of regulatory action (Regulation (EU) 2016 / 425 and under the conformity assessment schemes: Module B (EU Type Exam), Module C2 (Conformity to type based on production control plus supervised control of the product at random intervals) and Module D (Conformity with the type based on the quality assurance of the production process).

 

Last year’s fair was visited by 43,732 professionals, an increase of 3.4% over 2016, and 1,344 companies from 81 different countries. Business participation rose to 651 exhibitors, an increase of 13% with a wider range of new safety products in each of the sectors represented. The last fair was one of the most representative and innovative to date, given its level of participation and the range of news, content and activities offered.

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The Workshop Contract “Creating ideas, applying trends” was held on the 2nd of December at ATEVAL in Ontinyent.

The workshop was a more personal way for a small group to get hands on experience with the trends discussed in the case study “Tendencias HORECA-RETAIL” in order to learn new approaches to working on the development of new product ideas.
During the workshop, the students worked on two practical cases which they presented as a group at the end of the day in the form of panels displaying current trends.
The case study is just one of the results of the VALHABITAT 2019 project, which is funded by the Consellería de Economía Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE and developed at AITEX by the Fashion and Design Research Group. Some of the stages of the case study have been supported by the Habitat Trends Observatory (HTO), created by AITEX, AIDIMME and ITC.
During 2019, research has focused mainly on public spaces, more specifically on HORECA (Hotels, restaurants and cafés) and retail, bearing in mind that these sectors are strategic markets for the ceramics, lighting, furniture and textile industries.
The research project resulted in the creation of a digital case study which will soon be published at: http://tendenciashabitat.com/.
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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.

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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/).

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LABORATORIOS & INNOVACIÓN

29 de Octubre de 2019

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.

For more information:

ENAC: www.enac.es

European Commission:  Notified bodies nando

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R+D PROJECTS

20th November 2019

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The introduction of new Information Technology and Industry 4.0 in the textile and garment industries is growing year by year, yet despite this growth it is still difficult for the consumer to find wearables and smart textiles on the high street. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the use of automated machinery and IT tools in smart textile manufacturing is still limited.
A smart (or domotic) environment is one that is able to learn from its inhabitants and the surroundings and adapt to them. This definition not only supposes the ability to gather data on the surroundings and inhabitants and act accordingly, but that the environment itself is able to infer appropriate strategies based on observation and a knowledge of the inhabitant’s preferences.
Research in domotics focuses on enhancing the user’s quality of life by employing a range of integrated technologies to provide new services or enhance those already available.

 

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.

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