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DIGItal finishing with High Speed Ink-Jet technology, significantly improving sustainability, flexibility and economic performance of the textile FINishing industry

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 304431

  • Start date

    14 July 2012

  • End date

    13 July 2015

Funded under:

CIP

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 291 465

  • EU contribution

    € 1 020 000

Coordinated by:

TEN CATE PROTECT B.V.

Netherlands

Objective

In most cases for textile treatment an excess of chemicals using water as carrier is being applied in process vessels (foulards and other processing techniques), with mass transport being the fundamental principle for carrying the chemical to the substrate/fibre. More than 90% of the organic chemicals and auxiliaries in dyeing operations does not stay on the fibre. A very significant part of the organic raw material load entering the textile process ends up in the waste water.

In the last decade, digital printing is entering the textile process market. Speeds are limited to maximal 5 m/min due to required intermitting operation being used in most existing digital textile printers. With traditional textile finishing process speeds of 40 35 m/min, these machines are obviously not a suitable replacement of traditional process lines. The continues printing process developed by TCP and validated together with REG enables high speed digital processing of textile substrates.

The main purpose of this project is the first demonstration/application and market uptake of the Digital Textile Finishing concept as a major eco-innovation for the textile industry, using two digitalized products as carriers for this innovation. TCP and REG will show the technical reliability of the technology/concept (as negative perception is a major hurdle for a broad market entry), as well as the innovative potential (making way for eco-innovation) and the strong environmental benefits, together making this a very cost effective solution.

The implementation of a digital finishing concept at the first time on an industrial scale, replacing a (major) part of the traditional dying, printing, coating and finishing operations as is, and leading to a significant reduction of environmental impact and at the same time an improved economical performance due to new product potential, increased production flexibility, shorter runtimes and significantly less consumption chemicals, water and energy.

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Coordinator

TEN CATE PROTECT B.V.

Address

Campbellweg 30
360 Nijverdal

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

G.a. KOELE (Mr)

Participants (1)

REGGIANI MACCHINE S.P.A

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 304431

  • Start date

    14 July 2012

  • End date

    13 July 2015

Funded under:

CIP

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 291 465

  • EU contribution

    € 1 020 000

Coordinated by:

TEN CATE PROTECT B.V.

Netherlands