Partnering opportunity

Double-face textiles production with high efficiency

Summary

A German university offers a process for producing knitted fabric with two different surfaces. The process is twice as fast as conventional methods. The invention is at technology readiness level 2. A prototype will be built. Licensees are sought to implement and further develop the solution.

Partner sought

The university of applied sciences offers interested companies licenses to the invention and the patent application as well as potential cooperation opportunities with the inventors. Potential partners to implement the method would be from textile industry, textile recycling or textile machine engineering.

Description

This development of a German university of applied sciences describes a process and a device for the production of double-face knitted fabrics using a double plating technique: Three threads are fed simultaneously to the knitting machine, with the third thread passing through both levels, where it is tied alternately into the stitches. The novel process, which enables the production of knitted fabrics with two different surfaces, greatly improves production speed. Double-face textiles like these are usually produced on a circular knitting machine by connecting thin threads using handle stitching. This means that the two sides have to be knitted consecutively. The method presented here now enables simultaneous knitting of front and back, which saves at least half the time and ensures tighter setting. Areas of application include the garment industry, especially circular knitting machines and circular knitters, as well as recyclers of double-face knitted fabrics. Companies from these areas are sought for license agreements. Within these agreements there is the possibility to participate in further development tasks.

Advantages and innovations

The technology is characterized by higher production speed than conventional consecutive knitting and thus leads to immense time savings.

Development stage

Under development/lab tested

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted


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