In today’s world, you’d be hard pressed to find a manufacturing facility that doesn’t use compressed air. It may be easy to name a handful of industries where compressed air is used for packaging or powering pneumatic air tools, but what about its use in textiles? Yes, textiles. Compressed air helps fuel the ~$12 billion U.S. apparel industry where American families spend close to $2,000 each year on clothing.
How are compressors used in textiles?
To bring their beautiful creations to life with sophisticated colors and patterns, fashion designers rely on compressor-powered weavers or spinners for faster production. In clothing manufacturing, compressed air is also used in:
Air jet weaving
Spinning – ring, open and air jet spinning
Man-made fiber production – partially oriented yarn (POY) and fully oriented yarn (FOY)
Winding and dyeing nonwoven textiles
Pneumatic transport for PET chips
Oil and clothing don’t mix
Because compressed air touches clothing fabric throughout the production process, it’s recommended that manufacturers use oil-free compressors. Any risk of oil coming in contact with the fabric can cause fabric-darkening grease stains and damaged/unusable end products.
Investing in Class 0 certified equipment not only reduces risks of rejections, but it also optimizes production with less downtime and extends service intervals. If you’re interested in learning how oil-free compressors can impact your textile manufacturing plant, leave us a comment below, and an Atlas Copco expert will reach out to you.