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Washing New Fibers & New Textiles

New fibers and new textiles! Is there new chemistry to wash them? Or do we wash these new fabrics just like we always have?

There may not be a right or wrong answer to this question as I have stated it.

What generally happens is new fibers or textiles are generally developed for a market need, as well as the manufacturers desire to market and sell a product that gives them a competitive advantage. No matter what the industry application, the manufacturer is marketing the features and benefits that a product will bring to the end user.

In all situations the manufacturer will have tested their product in "field tests" to verify the results that they are expecting. This field testing will include the performance of their product, and very often the handling procedures such as the washing process. Generally, it is in these "field tests" that the manufacturer of the product will determine what they want the washing process to be. There are extensive tests that are performed over and over in an attempt to measure the strengths and weaknesses of the product being tested. The circumstances that occur in the "real world" can't always be duplicated for all conditions such as quality of water, available hot water temperatures, particular types of washing machines, the degree of soil and the overall handling of a tested product.

Laundry chemical manufacturers handle their businesses in much the same way. Most reputable companies are constantly trying to improve their product line and develop new technology that will give them an advantage over their competition. After extensive development and in-house tests to satisfy the Chemist, R&D and Marketing comes outside verification. "Field testing" is a very critical part in the development of new chemical products. Most often a laundry detergent manufacturer will test-market in different parts of the country to determine what differences might be experienced when coming to market with the product being tested.

Many times different laundry detergent manufacturers will work with the textile manufacturer to determine the most effective way to clean new products so the end user will be satisfied in all regards, that being the product performance, quality of washing and finishing process.

Textile manufacturers are not always on the same page as to what benefits a new textile may deliver to the customer and how that customer needs to have the product cleaned. However, as long as new fibers and textile products are developed and chemistry is following a parallel path to making each industry better for the customer, we can expect both product lines to benefit from each other.

Quick Rinse - News From Around The World

Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”