Today's textiles are not limited to traditional applications such as apparel. Strength, chemical resistance, and other performance characteristics can be optimized through advanced surface modification of the textile’s fibers. These so-called technical textiles are utilized in a wide range of applications in construction, medical, automotive, and manufacturing, as well as protection against ballistics and other hazards. They also help safeguard the environment by replacing heavier, rigid components with lightweight, flexible, nonwoven materials, which help to reduce fuel consumption.
Our Unyte™ family of products enhances the performance of many textile materials and can be used with carbon, glass, aramid, basalt, natural, UHMWPE, and other polymeric fibers, including chopped and continuous formats.
Various types of fibers are reinforced and combined with other materials into basic intermediate formats—woven, nonwoven, braided, and three-dimensional—and then incorporated into a vast array of end-use applications.
The performance and production of technical textiles are enhanced through six distinct pillars of functionality: binding, adhesion, processability, heat resistance, print receptivity, and anti-blocking.
Unyte™ Bind offers multiple solutions that improve fiber-to-fiber adhesion. This improved binding of fibers creates a better structure for applications such as laid or woven scrim and pre-pregs.
Unyte™ Grip promotes the adhesion between fibers and polymeric matrices helping to improve mechanical properties. Increased fiber-to-matrix adhesion is beneficial to pre-preg fabric for composites and multilayer systems, such as roofing underlayment, that combine woven and nonwoven materials.
Unyte™ Glide is for manufacturers of pre-preg fabric and multilayer systems combining woven and nonwoven materials, who can use these grades to increase lubricity and slip and facilitate tow spreading of fibers in technical textile production. They are also used as over-sizing to improve release, drape, and fabric processability.
Unyte™ Heat operates at elevated temperatures without degradation and can withstand more thermal recycling operations. This series provides heat resistance during primary and secondary processing, as well as in the end-use product, making it an ideal solution on braided three-dimensional structures where thermal insulation is required.
Unyte™ Print boosts ink adhesion for improved print receptivity and minimal color bleed. Fabrics that are over-printed for decoration and branding, or with identification codes where legibility is essential, can benefit from these solutions.
Unyte™ Slip produces outstanding anti-block properties making it perfect for fabrics, nonwovens, and pre-pregs which need to be stacked or rolled. It helps prevent finished goods from sticking together, and improve interlayer release and stack-ability.