BTRA over the years is providing solutions to technical and techno-economic problems regarding- Quality, Machine Production, Machine Maintenance, Manpower Complement, Quality Systems, etc. through Shop-floor Investigations in weaving and chemical processing areas. The type of segments covered are as follows:
Composite or textile processing industries carrying out bleaching, dyeing, printing, finishing of all blends and unions of woven and knitted fabrics.
Weaving industries making woven fabrics on shuttle and /or shuttleless loom in plain and various designs consisting grey or dyed yarn.
Dyestuffs and chemicals/ auxiliaries manufacturers and suppliers interested to improve their profitability in global market.
Manufacturers of chemical processing machinery for fibre, top, yarn, fabric etc. interested for optimising the machines features for customers benefits.
Right first time production of internationally acceptable quality fabric for international retailer/market.
Fibre manufacturers interested to give optimum productivity at compatible cost with quality consistency.
Manufacturers of Technical Textiles (Coated, Laminated, Medical, Industrial, etc.).
Manufacturers of non-woven fabrics.
Fabric Defect Analysis
Calibration services to industry
Details of Technical Services Provided by BTRA
Coverage of Studies Undertaken
Development of different types of non-woven products such as industrial filters, geo-textiles, canal liners, waddies, blankets/carpets, etc. for specific applications. BTRA develops different non-woven products at its modern pilot plant on request. Some of the products developed by BTRA are as follows.
Needle punched non-woven using 100 % polyester fibre for the specific application of collecting the metals from seawater for Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, Trombay.
Nursery bags from jute needle punched non-woven for PSG Technical Institute, Coimbatore.
Banana/cotton blended needle punched non-woven fabric for the in-house project.
Non-woven fabrics from Oxipan fibres (equivalent to carbon fibres) from IPCL, Baroda.
Non-woven blankets from polypropylene waste fibres.
Testing of non-woven products are undertaken - such as non-woven shoe lining, single rip test for non-woven, bursting and tensile strength of non-woven, non-woven geo-textile testing, CR-after washing of non-woven high loft padding and static charge measurement on non-wovens.
Undertaking trials in BTRA pilot plant for non-wovens.
Process study and standardisation of process parameters for quality optimisation in weaving preparatory and loomshed.
Performance evaluation of different machines in weaving preparatory and loomshed to improve productivity.
Thorough maintenance audit of weaving machinery to improve operating performance and service life of machinery /spares /accessories
Yarn waste control
Product evaluation and cost optimisation
Sample weaving and product development in pilot plant
Services to decentralised powerloom sector
Technical guidance to improve quality, productivity and product diversification
Providing services such as loom tuning, overhauling and maintenance
Training weavers and jobbers
Fabric Quality Inspection
BTRA initiated this activity for the benefits of fabric exporters to export quality cloth. Fabric quality comprises fabric defects as well as fabric properties. BTRA undertakes inspection of finished fabrics that are ready for delivery at the site level as well as test the fabrics for their physical and chemical properties for compliance with the buyers’ requirements. Moreover, it offers essential backup services such as diagnosis / rectification of fabric faults and testing facilities. In short, the following activities are covered.
Fabric Inspection and Certification backed by total technical support for diagnosis and correction of faults as well as relevant testing
Product Specification and Properties Certification
Techno-Co-ordination in Raw material Quality, Spinning, Weaving and Processing
Right Quality Fabric Sourcing / Quality Assurance
Process optimisation by way of quality / process control
Measures to upgrade the quality of the fabric
Evaluation of critical factors to optimise production cost
Measures for reducing fabric damage and reduction in value loss
Water conservation by way of process optimisation and other suitable preventive/corrective measures after detailed shop-floor studies
Thorough maintenance audit of wet processing machinery to improve operating performance and service life of machinery / spares /accessories.
Undertaking trials in pilot plant
Boiler Monitoring – To check thermal efficiency of the boiler/thermic fluid heater by indirect method. Based on the results obtained, suggestions are given for improvements to the optimum level of efficiency.
Steam Trap Operation Testing – Working of steam traps are assessed by non-contact type instruments. This help to reduce line steam losses and improve machine productivity.
Establishment of workload and work assignment of labour for various categories in a textile unit as well as optimisation of labour complement and workload to optimise labour costs
Thorough streamlining of reporting systems and procedures to optimise staff costs
Optimisation of machine production and efficiency
Scrutiny of viability proposals, restructuring proposals and revival proposals
Certification of modernisation / renovation done by textile units
Valuation of fixed assets in textile units
Folding studies to reduce fabric value loss such as cutlooking practices, training of folding workers, etc.
Conducting periodic surveys on –
Labour and machine productivity in Weaving and Chemical Processing
Stores Consumption in Weaving
Costs in Weaving
System Certification Assisting units to get Certification of ISO – 9000 for quality