Michelman Introduces Unyte™ Brand of Surface Modifiers for Technical Textiles at JEC World 2019
Michelman is excited to introduce its new family of Unyte™ surface modifiers formulated specifically for manufacturers of technical textiles and pre-preg fabrics. Designed to help technical textiles and pre-preg fabrics achieve advanced form and function in both woven and nonwoven materials, this brand of water-based emulsions includes binders for carbon, glass, aramid, basalt, UHMWPE, natural, and other polymeric fibers.
“We are known in the fibers and composites industry as the interface adhesion experts,” explains Mr. Steve Bassetti, Global Marketing Director for the Industrial Manufacturing Group at Michelman. “Our expertise in formulating surface treatments such as sizings, binders, and film formers, strengthened by our understanding of end-use applications, provides technical textile manufacturers an unequaled set of solutions offering various functionalities that can be applied at the fiber level or as an oversizing. Specifically, we help the construction, ballistic, medical & hygiene, automotive, filtration media, pre-preg, and consumer products industries improve the performance and functional behavior of textile applications.”
The performance and production of technical textiles are enhanced through six distinct pillars of functionality: binding, adhesion, processability, heat resistance, print receptivity, and anti-blocking.
Unyte™ Bind offers multiple solutions that improve fiber-to-fiber adhesion. This improved binding of fibers creates a better structure for applications such as laid or woven scrim and pre-pregs.
Unyte™ Grip promotes the adhesion between fibers and polymeric matrices helping to improve mechanical properties. Increased fiber-to-matrix adhesion is beneficial to pre-preg fabric for composites and multilayer systems, such as roofing underlayment, that combine woven and nonwoven materials.
Unyte™ Glide is for manufacturers of pre-preg fabric and multilayer systems combining woven and nonwoven materials, who can use these grades to increase lubricity and slip and facilitate tow spreading of fibers in technical textile production. They are also used as over-sizing to improve release, drape, and fabric processability.
Unyte™ Heat operates at elevated temperatures without degradation and can withstand more thermal recycling operations. This series provides heat resistance during primary and secondary processing, as well as in the end-use product, making it an ideal solution on braided three-dimensional structures where thermal insulation is required.
Unyte™ Print boosts ink adhesion for improved print receptivity and minimal color bleed. Fabrics that are over-printed for decoration and branding, or with identification codes where legibility is essential, can benefit from these solutions.
Unyte™ Slip produces outstanding anti-block properties making it perfect for fabrics, nonwovens, and pre-pregs which need to be stacked or rolled. It helps prevent finished goods from sticking together, and improve interlayer release and stack-ability.