Taiwan Textile Producer Found a New Way to Talk About Semiconductor Clean Room Fabric – They joined Fashion Week

August 19 23:36 2022

When you think of clean room tech, textiles might not be the first thing that comes to mind in a space where the discourse is dominated by talk about semiconductors. While often overlooked, the importance of comfortable fabrics cannot be understated. So, we were quite surprised to have found one company trying to highlight the importance of versatile clean room garments in a most unique way – by putting on a fashion show.

Clean room apparel often causes thermal stress to the wearer and can make them feel uncomfortable during work. Some poorly-designed cleanroom apparel can even cause intense perspiration, increasing the microclimate humidity and moisture content in the fabrics of both the under and outer garments. Several pieces of evidence state that consistently wetting reduces the air permeability of fabric packets and leads to a deterioration of the wearer’s physical state. In order to address such challenges related to cleanroom textile, Taiwan based textile manufacturer Asiatic Fiber Corporation (AFC) has designed a unique range of dust-free and comfortable fabrics designed specifically to enhance overall comfort for the wearer.

CLEANROOM FABRIC HITS THE CATWALK

AFC’s cutting-edge technology is not only a huge leap forward for cleanroom comfort, but has already been applied to outdoor apparel such as jackets, gloves, and neck warmers as well as indoor apparel that includes heated supporters and socks. Indeed, these new textiles are so versatile that they have been demonstrated on the catwalk in a series of haute couture garments by designer Xiang-Rong Zhan as part of Taipei Fashion Week 2021, in what was quite possibly a world first.

The fashion show, which was featured prominently in local media in Taiwan, really turned heads and drew attention to the potential that ESD textiles could have across all facets of life. This just goes to show that there does not need to be a compromise between comfort, style and functionality.

It should be no surprise to learn that  Asiatic Fiber Corporation (AFC), which has been a leading organization in the design of dust-free and conductive cleanroom products for over 30 years, has now innovatively created a new clean & safe series for industrial environments. The technology behind these bleeding edge fabrics, ESD control technologies, integrate fine particles which imbibe the textile with excellent anti-static properties.

In addition, “Conduction” and “shielding” are the two other core technologies that have been used to create high-performance materials that prevent particle adsorption from dust, bacteria, human dander, and more. The measure of “air permeability” or air flow to most of us, is frequently used in the industry to determine the quality of such products and this is one area where these new textiles really shine.

With an excellent air permeability measurement (30.53 c.c/cm2/sec) and a cotton-like feel, teams wearing these new fabrics should notice an increased comfort level and working efficiency. Microfibres build dense cloth structures that block the penetration of human dust and create a microclimate between the wearer and the clothing, attributing to the better airflow.

A CUTTING-EDGE PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE

In order to improve the comfort and versatility of the textiles the entire fabric manufacturing process has had to be upgraded, with the incorporation of high-quality conductive yarn and new fiber techniques to create a variety of different high-tech fabrics that utilize the following technologies.

  • Moisture Control

AFC uses the base Moisture Control System (MCS) technology which increases the hydrophilic properties of the material by allowing moisture to evaporate or transport along the yarn to dry faster.

  • Stain Repellent

Stain repellent technology helps to prevent dirt from sticking to the fabric and allows most ground-in stains to be easily removed during the next wash-cycle or dry-cleaning.

  • Thermoregulation

The fabric is a PCM (Phase Change Material), that is designed to absorb and act as a layer of insulation – a two-way thermostat effect – releasing heat when the body is warm and absorbing heat when the temperature lowers. It’s able to be adjusted to within a specific temperature range.

  • Hybrid Cooling

For unidirectional cooling, AFC fabrics use two cooling mechanisms; one provides instant cooling by absorbing heat energy released by the wearer’s body. The second mechanism provides long-lasting cooling by vaporizing moisture away from the skin. These two mechanisms together maintain the highest level of comfort.

In addition to providing the utmost comfort, AFC’s exclusive technology also includes adding an antibacterial finish to the products. Based on advanced germ trap technology, the fabric has performed well in tests designed to measure the protection against pathogens. The well-designed textile has an antibacterial coating that avoids the growth of bacteria on the clothes. Their R&D Team frequently tests the fabric’s performance to assure excellent particle filtration efficiency and particle shedding to reduce contamination risk. 

An ECO-FRIENDLIER APPROACH TO CLEANROOM FABRICS

Indeed, with new manufacturing technologies, new ways can be found to reduce environmental impact. The textile industry is considered as one of the biggest water consumers, both in terms of freshwater intake and effluent discharge. A significant amount of water is wasted in a traditional dyeing technique which may become a serious environmental problem in the near future. In order to address such issues, AFC uses the “waterless dyeing” technique which not only saves water but also increases the durability of the fabric.

The “waterless dyeing” technique also reduces pollution and energy usage, becoming an innovative practice to drive changes in the textile industry. AFC is one of the few textile manufacturers in East Asia having the R&D capacity to implement the technology which uses eco-friendly yarns that can effectively reduce environmental impact. The initiatives of AFC include efforts to eliminate unnecessary excess operational waste and conserve natural resources.

Economical, comfortable, and eco-friendly yarn with enhanced filtration and barrier capabilities are all leading trends in the textile industry, and while this versatile fabric is creating a seismic shift in the cleanroom, it’s also making a case for itself across other industries, and has even strutted its stuff on the catwalk. Now that is truly revolutionary.

ABOUT ASIATIC FIBER CORPORATION

With a solid foundation in producing cleanroom and conductive fabrics, Asiatic Fiber Corporation (AFC) has obtained 32 domestic and international patents. It has been a trusted partner for world-leading companies in Europe, Nordic, and America in the past two decades. AFC’s products are sold in 62 countries worldwide, making it an industry pioneer in cleanroom and anti-static products in Asia.

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