Oligomer: summing up

The complete removal of the oligomers is not possible. However, they can be partly eliminated using speciality chemicals in dyeing, reduction clearing of dark/ heavy dark polyester fibre in acidic medium, proper finish having less affinity for the oligomers, and regular machine cleaning. Here are some things to remember:

  • Clean machine periodically
  • Use of high liquor ratio
  • Avoid prolonged treatments at 1300°C and frequent/sudden temperature changes
  • Use oligomer dispersants during dyeing
  • Drain the bath at highest possible temperature


Summing up Polyester processing

All good things are difficult to achieve

People in the Textile processing industry are no different than this boat. It is moving despite facing the resistance from the waves and the flow of current.

Similarly, we have to solve problems faced in day-to-day processing as and when it occurs. Despite the best possible process controls and control over dye quality and weighing, problems still persist. Identification of the precise cause of fault is not always easy on the shop floor where production is given a priority over quality. Very often the precise cause of the fault is difficult to identify from the dyed fabric.

So, let me conclude by saying that attention to these factors. They alone can help you reduce the problems and discover remedies to processing problems:

  • Chemicals used in the processing
  • Method of dyeing, printing, pretreatment and finishing
  • Machinery used for all the processing
  • Selection of right types of disperse dyes and right dye auxiliaries

After the globalization of the textile industry in 2004 it is now even more important to stay competitive in the world textile market, by cost reduction which can only be achieved by right first time and eliminating all the shop-floor problems in the polyester processing.


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The author is associated with Resil Chemicals, Ahmedabad