Our technology consultants are your personal coaches throughout any project or trouble shooting operation, maintaining a close collaboration with your company at all times. To give you the best possible advice they rely on a solid team of researchers and lab assistants.
Hygiene and Medical Textiles
Medical devices are developed to maintain the integrity and comfort of people who are ill or of people with functional deficiencies or of injured or burnt people. Some devices aim to support the body and are able to replace deficient organs.
Medical devices are a group of products including implants, ortheses, classic or smart protheses, tissue reconstruction, care products, invasive protheses, sensors, ans passive or active stimulators, but also less sophisticated products such as bandages and compresses.
These medical devices are used in applications related to health and well-being. They don't include medecins.
Technical Textiles, Interior Textiles & Upholstery
Technical textiles can be divided into many categories, depending on their end use.
The classification system developed by Techtextil, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, is widely used in Europe, North America and Asia, and specifies the following application areas:
Agrotech, Buildtech, Clothtech, Geotech, Hometech, Indutech, Medtech, Mobiltech, Oekotech, Packtech, Protech, and Sporttech, Architech (Architectural textile), Military textiles, Autotech (Automobile textiles), Smartech (Smart Textiles), Wearable computers.
Every type of textile, whatever its application or functionality, is made from fibres and/or yarns, available in all sorts of forms and types.
The main distinction is the one between natural fibres and man-made artificial and synthetic fibres.
Because fibres and yarns have a crucial role in determining the final properties of a textile material, a lot of innovation is taking place in yarn engineering resulting in the marketing of many novel fibre and yarn types each year.
By following up these new types, Centexbel keeps its database up-to-date.
Centexbel's laboratory and scientific collaborators are experts in characterising yarns and fibres by means of chemical, physical and microscopic techniques.
Centexbel also advises and guides companies in the selection of fibres and yarns to obtain the desired comfort properties, mechanical properties, chemical functionalities, burning behaviour, etc.
Each fibre has its own properties and functionalities. Selecting the right one is therefore crucial to the final product!
Sustainable Processes, Coating and Finishing
By coating textile substrates or by treating the surface of materials, the producer considerably increases the product's added value.
New application fields, social trends and market shifts are pushing companies to anticipate these challenges in a flexible and efficient manner by applying new techniques, polymers or additives and/or by adapting their products to new assembling techniques, such as welding, adhesion...
The consultancy service supports companies to defy these problems or challenges and is primarily focused on increasing the competitive and innovative forces of the companies.
Floor and decorative wall coverings
Textile, laminate and resilient floor coverings (wall-to-wall, tiles and planks) and decorative wall coverings (in the form of rolls and panels) fall within the scope of building materials and are therefore subject to the European Construction products Regulation (CPR) 305/2011.
The technological consultant informs you about legal regulations, European and international standards and technical requirements. You can also contact him for information and assistance related to innovation, research, product analyses and all other technical and practical issues.
Because of the growing importance of ecological production processes, Centexbel supports the industry by means of a varied offer of relevant research projets, by a constant follow-up of the environmental legislation and by the organisation of training sessions, the publication of the montly Milieufax and by accompanying individual companies.
Sustainable Products and Quality
Sustainable products are products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal.
REACH is short for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - REACH - wants to guarantee the safe use of chemical substances and preparations throughout the entire industrial production chain and therefore imposes not only obligations on the producers and importers of chemicals concerning the gathering and distribution of information on the characteristics of the substance, but also on the downstream users, such as textile manufacturers. After all, each downstream user has to assure the proper safe use of chemicals and see to it that the necessary information is sent to the chain, also about substances contained in articles.
The Centexbel consultant guides you through all practical issues and testing programmes concerning hazardous substances.