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Non-woven Textiles

Various Non-Woven TextilesIn our ever-changing world, it is essential to have a versatile product like non-woven textiles. These textiles are a perfect solution for many industries with many different uses. 

Delaware Valley Corporation’s non-woven products are produced on needle-punching looms and have been used in various industries. We are always looking for new ways to utilize this versatile fabric. If you are looking for non-woven fabric for your business, it is crucial to understand what it is, its benefits, and how it is produced. 

What are non-woven textiles, and what are they used for?

Non-woven textile is a type of fabric that is made from bonded and/or interlocked fibers. It can be used for purposes as varied as face masks, medical garments and diapers to carpet underlay, floor mats, automotive trunk liners and wall coverings. Non-woven fabrics are known for their versatility, which is why they are so popular in many industries for many applications 

According to INDA, non-woven fabrics are made by bonding or interlocking together fibers or filaments. Some are flat, porous sheets others, such as those from Delaware Valley Corporation, have a loft and a structured face as desired. Non-woven textiles can be made from combinations of various types of fibers,  or films. The resulting fabric is strong and resilient, making it ideal for many uses. 

Needles-punched textiles are commonly used in industries, such as the automotive, consumer and construction. Textiles from Delaware Valley Corporation can be used as wall coverings, filtration, sound deadening, or even dermal medical wraps. 

How non-woven textiles are made

The selection of raw materials is the first step in the manufacturing of a non-woven textile. These raw materials can be natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, or synthetic fibers, such as polyester or nylon. Next comes the decision regarding the construction of the textile. The construction is dependent upon the fiber chosen and the end-use of the textile. Construction and the process used to achieve it include Airlaid, Wetlaid, Meltblown, Spunbond, Needle-punched and variations of these. We at Delaware Valley Corporation generally believe that Needle-punched is the most versatile. 

Sew Guide notes that needle-punched, non-woven textiles are created by linking or interlocking fibers together using a needle (barbed in this case) or fluid jet to entangle them. A binder (such as a low melt powder or  fiber) can be added to the web and thermally activated after interlocking to hold the fibers in place.  

Advantages of using non-woven textiles

The following are just a few benefits of using a non-woven technical textile. 

  • Strong and long-lasting. Depending upon the material of the fiber, these fabrics can be resistant to mildew, moth, and ultraviolet light and easy to clean and maintain. 
  • Versatile. They can be used for various purposes, face masks, medical garments and diapers to carpet underlay, floor mats, automotive trunk liners and wall coverings . Additionally, they can be made from different types of fibers, including natural fibers like cotton or bamboo and synthetic fibers like polyester or polypropylene. 
  • Sustainable. They can be made from recyclable and recycled, as well as biodegradable materials. This makes them an excellent choice for those looking for an environmentally friendly solution. 

Applications of needle-punched textiles

As mentioned earlier, these textiles have a wide range of applications. Some of these applications include: 

  • Walk-off and Fatigue mats: You have seen them in the lobby of many buildings in various colors with ribbed, diamond and other face structuring. They are durable, washable and used to keep the lobby floor dirt free or to prevent stress from long periods of standing.   
  • Carpet underlay: This is a common use for needle-punched and other non-woven fabrics. They are used as carpet underlay because they are durable and resistant to moth and mildew while helping to cushion the carpet preventing premature wear and dimpling from furniture. 
  • Geo Textile: Needle-punched non-wovens can play several rolls in construction and geo-stabilization. Examples include filter media for soil reinforcement, stabilization between layers of different particle size, as slip sheets in roofing to prevent polymer migration or underneath pond liners to cushion against puncture as well. 
  • Sound and Heat insulation: These fabrics are often used as insulation in the automotive and construction industries. With their loft and air holes, they can insulate against heat and cold migration. These textiles can absorb and deflect sound energy via minute vibrations of their loose fibers. 
  • Wall coverings: Needles-punched non-woven fabrics can also be used as wall coverings. They are easily cleaned and available in various colors and patterns, making them a popular choice in many public spaces 
  • Dermal medical wraps: Needle-punched non-woven medical textiles are often used as dermal medical wraps. They help to protect the skin and keep wounds clean and sterile such as those used to make leg and arm casts. 

A wide variety of these textiles are available on the market, each with unique benefits. When selecting a fabric for your project, it is essential to consider the specific needs of your project. With so many options available, you will find material that will meet your needs. 

We provide the perfect fabric for your needs

Delaware Valley Corporation has several years of experience in the non-woven textile industry, specifically we produce needle-punched materials and webs. 

They are available in many colors and patterns, making them an ideal choice for many applications. These textiles also have been used in many industries, such as construction and automotive, because of their heat insulation properties. 

It is also easy to clean and maintain, which makes it ideal for carpet underlays or wall coverings. Contact us or request a quote today to learn more about our products and how we can help you with your next project. 

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