The textile industry encompasses thousands of global supply chains thousands of different products. That said, speed and reliability can mean the difference between major financial losses and profitability.
One of the key parts of the industrial textile process is using liquid coatings to modify and control the behavior of the fibers in the textile products. It's vital to pay close attention to the amount of liquid coating that's applied.
Unfortunately, hundreds of samples need to e measured every day in a busy manufacturing facility, which makes traditional fabric processing a nightmare.
Why isn't traditional fabric processing enough?
The traditional methods of fabric processing are time-consuming and require skilled operators. Traditional methods also include flammable and hazardous solvents that can be dangerous not only to the employees using them but also the manufacturing facility itself.
Because of these issues, traditional fabric processing can lead to higher costs. The consistency of the liquid coatings also varies depending on the individual employee using them. This is where NMR comes in.
What makes nuclear magnetic resonance beneficial?
When you think of NMR spectroscopy, you may not think of using it in the textile industry. But using NMR means solvent extraction isn't necessary and measurements can be carried out by process operators.
With NMR, measurements of liquid coatings are fast and efficient with hundreds of samples being measuring out every day at a lower cost.
Here are a few other benefits of using NMR in your textile manufacturing facility for chemical analysis of liquid coatings:
Improved methodology. NMR analyzers and NMR interpretation software can tell the difference between the hydrogen signal from solids such as textile and liquids such as oil-based coating.
Improved flexibility. There is an enormous range of fiber types and liquid coatings tailored for use with particular fibers to optimize their properties. NMR methods are able to meet the requirements of those specific products including yarn, staple fiber, textiles, non-wovens, and monofilaments.
It's simple and quick to use. NMR makes it easier to measure the liquid coating level for each product line. Measurements usually take one minute per sample.
Interested in NMR spectrometers and NMR interpretation software?
Nuclear magnetic resonance is one of the top analytical methods in modern chemistry. In fact, NMR spectrometers with permanent or electromagnets can range anywhere between 60 MHz to 100 MHz for optimal use.
If you're interested in benchtop NMR spectrometers or NMR interpretation software, or both, for your manufacturing facility or lab, Nanalysis is the place for you. To learn more about NMR applications and how you can benefit from benchtop spectrometers, contact Nanalysis today.