St. Louis-based Baldwin Technology Co. Inc. recently completed the installation of a TexCoat G4 finishing system at Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, Graniteville, S.C. The coated fabrics producer selected the TexCoat G4 as part of a major facility upgrade.
“Anytime you change from a traditional process like padding, it is human nature to be a little skeptical,” said Doug Johnson, executive vice president of Development and Technical Services, Graniteville Specialty Fabrics. “Baldwin organized production-scale trials for us at a nearby TexCoat-equipped factory. We took the finished fabric and scrutinized the look and feel, and performed a battery of tests in our lab to American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists spray-rating and hydrostatic-head standards. The results were impressive.”
In other Baldwin news, the company recently partnered with the Zeis Textiles Extension (ZTE) at North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles, Raleigh, N.C. The university now houses a TexCoat G4 in its dyeing and finishing lab that can be used as a pilot lab to test processes and products at industry scale. ZTE’s labs employ student workers who also can use the equipment for their capstone and research projects.