IFAI Expo: Implementing greener chemistry in supply chains

November 2nd, 2021

The global textile industry is moving steadily toward a future dependent on greener chemistries than many of the ones currently in use. There are several factors driving this trend, including increasing consumer demand for greener products, but the process involved with converting to more sustainable chemistries and processes is both complex and risky. According to […]

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Hohenstein introduces digital education

May 24th, 2019

In March 2019, Hohenstein Institute introduced hohenstein-academy.com, an online learning portal. Digital and independent of time and location, the academy offers access to valuable content from all areas and competences of the company to anyone interested. The site includes webinars, webcasts, tutorials and further digital formats in subject areas including textile knowledge, comfort and performance, […]

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Performance finishes for performance textiles

October 1st, 2018

Perhaps the people who develop textile finishings by coating or laminating could best be described as the unsung problem solvers—superheroes, even—of the textile performance world. Do they wear capes? Maybe they should—textile capes finished with performance-enhancing treatments. Problem solving is the basis of their work, as they treat textiles to enhance performance, in response to […]

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Exo-skeleton supports overhead work

February 1st, 2018

Workers who must raise their arms over their heads for long periods of time know how strenuous it can be. Even though many companies have eliminated long-term overhead work, in some industries it can’t be avoided. To aid workers who deal with this type of manual labor long term, the Hohenstein Institute, Bonnigheim, Germany, has […]

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Efficiency of PCM products tested

August 8th, 2017

The Hohenstein Institute, Bonningheim, Germany, is investigating the effectiveness of Phase Change Materials (PCM). Researchers developed the first measuring method that allows the effect and efficacy of PCM in textiles to be tested without costly wearer trials. The research project involves testing PCM-containing products from the market and coating textile samples with varying quantities of […]

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Textile finishes reduce allergen load

August 5th, 2016

In a joint pilot study, scientists from the William Küster Institute at the Hohenstein Institute, Boennigheim, Germany, and CHT R. Beitlich GmbH in Tübingen, Germany, have established principles for pollen management on textile surfaces. Researchers developed two anti-pollen textile-finishing treatments. The biofunctional finishes work in opposite ways: either repelling the pollen or binding it in. […]

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Hohenstein researches textiles’ softer side

June 23rd, 2016

The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, has developed a digital method which allows 3-D analysis of the surface of textiles that come into direct contact with people’s skin. This new microscopy technique will allow greater understanding of the mechanical nature of contact between textile surfaces and skin, enabling manufacturers to improve the friction properties of textiles. […]

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A burning interest in graphene surface coatings

April 30th, 2015

Hohenstein Institute research explores how carbon may lead to next advance in personal protective equipment. The Hohenstein Institute is exploring how a single layer of carbon just one atom thick may lead to the next advance in personal protective equipment. Graphene, made of carbon linked in a hexagon honeycomb lattice, conducts heat and electricity and […]

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