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Rethinking Textile Replacements/in Micrex News/by News Letter
The disposable paper dress, in 1966 a revelation and new development, has proven to be a failure. The nonwoven substrates available at that time made unappealing, uncomfortable products.
Since then, the nonwovens industry has developed, and the time is right for new, improved products to replace textiles, going beyond fashion and the paper dress, such as hospital bed sheets, tablecloths and window treatments.
This is where Micrex technology comes in:
You can use Micrex’s technology to transform nonwovens from 2D into 3D materials. You can also add properties such as softness and stretch, more closely matching the desired qualities of textiles than ever before:
Add softness: get rid of harshness in your sheet material.
Turn 2D into 3D: add three dimensional effects to your nonwovens. At Micrex, we have been adding these 3D effects to several grades of nonwovens for years.
Add extensibility (comfort stretch): at the same time as adding a decorative effect – providing you with a huge advantage over other technologies. The result: a textile replacement with desirable textile properties.
Best Practices for Roll Goods Trials/in Micrex News/by Richard Walton
The product development process starts with a trial, and at Micrex, every new product we develop also started this way. We’d like to share what we’ve learned about the trial process to help ensure that your next trial a success. (Updated May 2, 2022)
Roll Goods Trials – Best Practices
Why Micrex Will Not Sell Lab Machines/in Micrex News/by Richard Walton
When Micrex technology was in its infancy in the 1960’s and 70’s, the company’s strategy was to outfit leading firms in the nonwovens, paper and packaged goods industries with small scale R&D equipment to foster product development. This strategy was pursued, and about ten lab-scale Micrex®/Microcrepers™ were sold.
Following the machine sales, Micrex waited for these R&D machines to start producing new commercial products. Our management was patient and continued to sell R&D lines.
Armed with the perspective of over 50 years of pursuing this R&D strategy, we note that none of the R&D machines in the hands of our customers produced a successful commercial product. The absoluteness of this outcome was stunning. Why were these machines not succeeding? In fact, it was even worse. Companies with R&D equipment were not running trials at Micrex either. It was as though possession of R&D equipment prevented companies from using Micrex technology.
In the last twenty years we have developed insight into what happens with the equipment:
While these learnings seem very negative, the reality is that literally hundreds of highly successful products have been produced by Micrex/Microcrepers around the world. The operative question for Micrex was then: if the R&D machines did not provide the path to aid new product development, what would?
Our solution: screening trials at Micrex. That is how our Free Screening Trial Program was born. The R&D trials are carried out at Micrex. Our technical team brings years of experience and a breadth of equipment. While we figure that a “free trial” actually costs Micrex about $2,000, it provides a seamless and speedy way to get a reading on whether Micrex technology might be applicable for a customer product. Further, performing these trials improves our skillset on the machine, and informs us on what our customers want.
Screening Trials arrive at Micrex from all over the world daily. Usually we can give feedback to the customer within a few days.
To save time, money and increase your likelihood of success, we recommend that you forget about the R&D machine, and try a Screening Trial.
Creating New Barrier Products/in Micrex News/by Richard Walton
About 1/3 of the Micrex®/Microcreper™ installations globally are producing healthcare related products. These range from wound care and medical devices to barrier products such as CSR wrap.
Another area of application are substrates used to enhance the performance of the building envelope. Microcreping adds extensibility, and conformance – significantly improving the utility of the substrates used in barrier applications.
Companies around the world are looking for new products to respond to the current coronavirus, as well as future threats. Some materials which may be too stiff, harsh or otherwise unusable for barrier applications can be rendered suitable by treatment by the Micrex Process.
If you are involved in the development of new barrier or protective products, we encourage you to take advantage of our no cost Screening Trial program and see if Micrex can help you improve your product.
RISE 2019/in Micrex News/by Richard Walton
Visit with us at the RISE conference September 24 – 25 at North Carolina State University and The Nonwovens Institute.
New Ways to Think About Absorbency/in Micrex News/by News Letter
Customize the absorbent properties of your sheet materials using Micrex technology.
Learn about the traditional measures of absorbency, as well as how The Micrex Process can enhance the absorbency of your sheet materials. Read more
Our Product Is Our Technology/in Micrex News/by News Letter
We are often asked — “What are you selling?” This is a reasonable question for companies looking for commodity products.
There are no “Micrex wipes” or “Micrex bandages” – At Micrex, our product is our technology.
We collaborate with some of the most creative Research & Development organizations in the world. Micrex may be viewed externally as a contract converter or equipment manufacturer by some, but at our core, we are focused on new products.
To see what we can do now and in the future, we suggest that you focus on how The Micrex Process alters product properties, such as bulk, stretch and extensibility, pre-shrinking, absorbency, decorative effects and softness on a wide range of substrates.
The real question is: how can these attributes be used to enhance your existing products or enable a whole new product category. Every product developed with Micrex technology was once a new product.
Microcreping and Composites/in Micrex News/by News Letter
What does a ham and cheese sandwich have to do with Microcreping?
We like to use it as an example of what you can do to transform your materials. Many materials that would benefit from Microcreping will not process due to complications with temperature, fiber length, or a variety of other factors.
At Micrex, we can successfully Microcrepe these materials by building a composite “sandwich”: your material (the “ham and cheese” in our diagram) is placed between layers of a material that can be Microcreped. The Micrex®/Microcreper™ processes the whole “sandwich” to create a new product.