Friday, April 3, 2009

Versatile Industrial Applications of Textile

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Textile is not only about clothing, it has many other uses that we don't even think about. The more common uses of textile other than in making apparels is that of making home furnishings. Other uses include making of many textile accessories and trims like braids, bows, appliqu├ęs, Velcros etc. There are many other fashion accessories too that make an extensive use of fabrics such as bags, scarves etc. Among all these things, what is not included generally are the industrial textile products-the products that are used by other industries to support their whole manufacturing activity.
There are many such industrial products such as tarpaulins, tents, slings, display booths, conveyor belts etc. that are a necessity for proper functioning of industries. Tarpaulins or tarps are made up of water repellent fabrics and are used by the industries to cover the transportation trucks or to protect their movable or immovable belongings.In fact selecting truck tarp fabrics is a work of great concern. Cotton canvas and polyethylene fabrics are the popular fabrics for making tarps.

Apart from tarps, slings are also an important textile product that is used for lifting and handling various materials. There are many types of industrial slings namely chain slings, wire rope slings, metal mesh slings, natural and synthetic fiber rope slings, and synthetic web slings. They are selected by the industries according to the size, weight, shape, temperature, sensitivity of the material to be moved, and environmental conditions under which the sling has to be used. Nylon, Dacron, polyester, polypropylene etc. fibers and fabrics are widely used to make these industrial slings.
Yet another very useful textile product for industrial application is tent. The industrial tents are used as storage facilities, sales areas, exhibition halls, weather-protected space, production and workshop facilities, airport check-in halls or waiting rooms, and also as a cover for building sites and protection for tipped sand or gravel, etc. Cotton, nylon, polyester, and other UV protective and waterproof fabrics are used to make these tents.
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