About textile printing processes and sustainability in textile printing

The Niederrhein University successfully applied for subsidies from the FH Basis grant scheme and purchased new equipment for research. 39 project proposals were selected for grants as part of the funding programme of the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Culture and Science. The Niederrhein University will receive just under Euro 135,000 for procuring machinery.

In the university’s Textile and Clothing Technology faculty a research project in cooperation with companies from the textile and chemical industries can be realised using these funds. The project revolves around digital printing processes used for textile functionalisation.

The faculty will purchase a device capable of observing and analysing the ink drop patterns in printing. This so-called Dropwatcher system can capture high-focus images of individual ink drops as they fly, by combining as high-speed stroboscope with a zoom camera and synchronising them with the print-head ejection frequency. Subsequently, the images are analysed by high-performance software.

“Until now printed patterns could only be assessed via visual inspection,” says Prof. Dr. Mathias Muth, who heads the research project at the faculty for Textile and Apparel Engineering. “For developing ink formulas efficiently, however, it is essential to be able to observe ink drops during the printing process.”

You can hear Prof. Dr. Mathias Muth live at the side events accompanying PromoTex Expo. On the first day of the trade show, 8 January 2019, he will talk about the future of textile printing in the session “Sustainable Trends and Innovations in the Textile Industry”. You will be able to listen to his talk “Fabrics, Inks, Printing Technologies – everything will be green” at Forum 13 from 12.00 noon to 12.30 pm. He asks: “Is Digital Printing the Future for Sustainability in Textile Printing?”

And if you want to know more about the production of sustainable textiles, you should already come to Forum 13 at 11.30 am. Then Thomas Mosner will speak about the stumbling blocks in water-based, sustainable textile printing and explain how to overcome them. We look forward to your visit to our stage in Hall 13, A16.

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