Technical textiles save lives: 5. Decontamination tents
You will find technical textiles in mouth masks, quarantine curtains, triage tents, mattress protectors, medical intervention clothing, decontamination tents, temporary storage rooms, aprons, in the construction of emergency hospitals, ... Technical textiles protect, save lives and make a difference.
What is technical textile
Technical textiles are the third pillar of the textile industry, in addition to fashion textiles and interior textiles. It is a collection of textile products that offer a solution to a whole range of social and industrial challenges.
And today there are more challenges than ever. The Corona Codid-19 virus keeps the whole world in the pliers. With all our might, we fight this vile creature. Technical textiles play a crucial role in this. How, what and why is covered in this series. In this article we highlight decontamination units.
Another word from another language that pops up in our vocabulary as if it were nothing. After Lockdown, triage now decontamination.
Decontamination comes from French and literally means decontamination. It is the process by which people, clothing or materials used during disasters are cleaned of micro-organisms, chemicals, bacteria, viruses and radioactive substances. In the case of Corona Covid-19, the purpose of decontamination is to prevent the spread of the virus.
Decontamination is most commonly used in hospitals and by the fire brigade, but often the capacity is too limited. Mobile decontamination units and tents offer a solution here.
There are ten variants of mobile decontamination units, tents and containers: with fixed panels, made of textile, in a truck, as a structure on a trailer, on a pallet, as a loose tent on uneven ground, ... So many manufacturers, so many types of decontamination units exist.
Because we are producers of technical textiles, we know the decontamination tents best. Most decontamination tents are versatile and can also be used as a field hospital, crisis room or shelter. If the tent is used for decontamination, the ground sheet often forms a catch basin that can easily be replaced after use.
We leave the construction of the decontamination tent to our customers, we supply them with the technical textiles from which it is made. The quality of a decontamination tent stands or falls with the quality of the material from which it is made. We believe that technical textiles should meet the highest quality requirements precisely because they often have a say in deciding on life and death.
The fabric of a decontamination tent is exposed to a lot of disinfecting products for a long time. Often the tent is also industrially cleaned after prolonged use. And as an added bonus, the decontamination tent stands in all weathers and must at the same time be able to withstand frequent breakdowns and breakdowns in order to be moved from one outbreak site to another.
After that, the tent must still be as solid as it was when it was first used, which means that it must not have any visible defects such as cracks and leaks, but it must also be spared from invisible defects such as creases and cracks that cause bacteria to form.
Customers all over the world process our technical textiles into decontamination tents.
How it's made?
The production of a technical textile for decontamination tents is a bit like cooking: bringing the right ingredients together and processing them into a delicious meal.
The ingredients of a technical textile for a decontamination tent are:
- A yarn
- A tissue
- Coating paste
The composition and quality of these ingredients, the right equipment and of course the best people ensure reliable and high quality technical textiles suitable for the much needed decontamination tents.
We work roll-to-roll (from roll to roll), which means that we let a fabric roll of about 3000 running meters in our machine on one side, after which it is coated and varnished on the front and back on the other side.
In order to be able to guarantee the quality completely and at all times, we have taken all elements of the production process into our own hands. For example, We spin our own yarns, we weave ourselves, we make our color pigments and varnishes ourselves and connect all these components together in the coating process.