Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / New fibre testing device gives cotton an edge
New fibre testing device gives cotton an edge
09
Mar '10
A 'fibre maturity' testing device designed to improve the quality of fibre produced by Australian cotton growers and yarn quality in overseas spinning mills has been licensed to new-start Australian company, Cottonscope Pty Ltd.

Developed by CSIRO's Cotton Research Unit – with support from the Cotton Research Development Corporation (CRDC) and the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC – the 'Cottonscope' instrument automatically measures cotton maturity, directly and accurately, in around 25 seconds.

"A fast, accurate and direct measurement of cotton fibre maturity has been sought by the industry for decades," says the Unit's Leader, Dr Stuart Gordon.

"In 2001, a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) team took up the challenge to create and test a new prototype instrument for the industry. The team built several prototypes and put them through some rigorous trials to verify consistency of performance and results."

Those trials were followed by 'real-life' tests in which the instrument's results were used to measure when a crop was mature enough for harvest, thereby allowing for predictions of the 'textile consequences' of immature fibre on neps and dye uptake in fabric generated from in-field and ginning practices. (Neps are small fibre knots associated with immature fibre that cause cotton yarn and fabric quality to be downgraded.)

"Cottonscope will also be valuable in the spinning mill where it will enable more accurate prediction of nep creation, dye uptake and overall quality control when cotton bales are laid down for processing at the mill,” Dr Gordon says.

"Of further benefit is the instrument's ability to monitor the maturity and fineness of various cotton breeds to assist in the selection of better cotton varieties for the production of high quality fabric."

BSC Electronics Pty Ltd in Western Australia has established Cottonscope Pty Ltd to produce and market the instrument in Australia and overseas.

In late March this year, BSC Engineering Director, Mark Brims, will join Dr Gordon in presenting Cottonscope to the International Committee for Cotton Test Methods at the 30th International Cotton Conference in Bremen, Germany.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 23rd Mar 2017

South Korean Samil Spinning acquires Buhler Quality Yarns

South Korean yarn producer Samil Spinning has acquired US based...

Apparel/Garments | On 23rd Mar 2017

E-retailers to pay up to 1% TCS under GST

E-retail marketplaces will need to deduct up to 1 per cent tax...

Textiles | On 23rd Mar 2017

Lanxess to expand chemical intermediates capacity

The Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit of German...

Interviews View All

Rajiv Sirohi
Shara

‘Portugal is taking away a major share of the mill made sector.’

Arvind Saraf
Triveni Sarees

e-Commerce is still evolving fast with constant flux and surprises

Deepak Jain
Baggout

We are using Facebook and Instagram to promote ourselves

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao
Nayaab

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

news category


Related Categories:
March 2017

March 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search