For the past 2 years, the Baldwin’s TexCoat non-contact precision spray technology from the manufacturer of finishing systems Baldwin Technology Company Inc., St. Louis, MO/USA, has been applying antimicrobial agent for a global apparel manufacturer, uninterrupted 24/7. Agion Antimicrobial from the provider of customized antimicrobial, odor control and water repellent solutions Sciessent, Beverly, MA/USA, is designed with smart-release technology.
TexCoat technology applies softener and antimicrobial chemicals to fabrics during the finishing process. The system uses precision spray technology instead of padding or soaking/bath methods to evenly apply finishing chemicals.
Baldwin’s “non-contact” method of applying liquids to surfaces is highly efficient and eco-friendly because the minimum required amount of chemicals can be used. It also ensures zero contact between the fabric and the chemistry that is sprayed, eliminating contamination of finishing chemicals by the fabric. When the fabric color changes, the system removes the need to drain the chemical pad/foulard, along with the associated downtime and environmental impact from finishing chemical waste.
The TexCoat system automates chemical changeover including the cleaning sequence between chemicals. The system is flushed with hot water and the new recipe is loaded. This all happens seamlessly with the new recipe selected by a barcode reader that scans the barcode on the work order.