Digital Power Corp’s Disruptive Laser-based Textile Finishing Process

Digital Power Corp’s Disruptive Laser-based Textile Finishing Process


Unique. Innovative. MTIX has developed the MLSE process to address the economic and environmental challenges of today’s textile industry. The system synthesizes changes to the structure of fabrics to impart a diverse range of performance characteristics from water repellency fire retardancy antimicrobial and improved dye ability all at 55 metres per minute. Integrating multiple system elements and providing a simple operator interface MTIX has developed a control system, which allows full access to the individual components providing a reliable recipe and batch processing schedule and performance reporting for batch traceability. Bringing together the plasma and laser energies in a controlled environment and a unique configuration provides the MLSE system with its patented technology. Using state-of-the-art handling systems the MLSE equipment can be used to process the full spectrum of natural and synthetic material substrates at widths up to 2 meters. The cleverly designed system allows fabric to be taken off and then presented on rolls, trolleys, or horses. The four processing zones allow multiple syntheses to be affected into the fabric on a single pass. Providing the continual supply for the different environments of the MLSE process zones involves a sophisticated gas feed system. Nitrogen generation minimizes processing costs and minimizes gas bottle handling and a bank of chillers keep the system components within defined process parameters. All the discharge from the system is gaseous, which is passed through a catalytic filter before being exhausted cleanly to atmosphere. MTIX has invented the MLSE technology and has brought it to a production reality offering industry a real alternative to traditional processing. The MLSE process provides a vehicle to revolutionize the textile industry. The patented technology can be applied to a wide range of textile processes as well as offering the potential for technological advances in other industrial sectors.

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