In a future of technical apparel and performance applications, fabrics need to involve to keep up with evolving industry practices. Nonwoven materials are the fabric that find wide ranging applications in several modern industries.
Nonwovens and netting technology can be engineered to be used for a single time, multiple times or to be durable for long periods of time. The practicality of their application has led to several innovations in the development of nonwoven and mesh netting technology
Manufacturing & Design
Over the past 40 years, nonwovens and mesh netting manufacturing has vastly improved since their first development in the paper as well as plastic and textile industry. These fabrics are made from individual fibers that are gathered together into flat sheets, or from molten plastic that is then extruded to form a mesh like structure.
Thanks to their porous nature, these materials have the properties of resilience, absorbency, and strength. They can be engineered to specially also offer a bacterial barrier, elasticity, flame retardancy and liquid repellence. These textiles can either be thin or bulky to offer cushioning support, depending on their end application.
Today, nonwovens and mesh netting technology have found several applications in and around homes as well as industries. Some of the many applications of these fabrics include:
- Absorbent hygiene products such as tampons and diapers.
- Industrial wipes for manufacturing, automotive and food industries.
- Medical field for surgical disposables, bag liners, dressings and wipes, etc.
- Buildings as flame-retardant exteriors and roofing solutions.
- Cable wrapping for communications as well as power and industrial cables.
- Household for home décor, linens and upholstery, and furniture.
The mesh netting technology also finds application in the development of membranous filters and supporting nets. Further innovations in these textiles will lead to even more applications by customizing them for use in even more industries.
Innovations in Nonwoven Design & Development
Innovation is what helps nonwoven technology manufacturers keep up with the ever changing needs of the industry. As more and more complex applications are required, manufacturers factor these into the development process for greater efficiency in the supply chain.
The sharing of ideas and the adoption of best practices across industries is a key factor for growth in this space. By encouraging engineers and providing key support to research and development functions, these materials are given a boost.
Besides this, custom engineering is also taken up for different industries based on the demand so that a more diversified product can be made. By working with customers closely, manufacturers are better able to understand their growing needs, and even find ways in which they can improve their processes through the use of nonwoven technology.
Taking Cue From Industry Leaders
As one of the leading manufacturing companies in the world, SWM International has set the industry standards for global nonwoven and mesh netting technology. Through specialized manufacturing processes, SWM International helps to design and develop nonwoven fabrics that have a wide range of applications in different industries. Mesh netting such as extruded netting, aperture film, knitted and multilayer netting is also developed here to withstand tough conditions in agriculture and industrial applications, and to satisfy the sterile requirements of the medical and sanitation industries.
With well developed R&D labs, custom engineering solutions and an innovation center, SWM International is set to change the face of the nonwoven textile industry.