IT3, Inc. is a for-profit division of the Institute of Textile Technology (ITT) and offers comprehensive wet finishing services to textile manufacturing facilities. Experience confirms that the issues pertinent to dyeing and finishing are unique. At IT3, this uniqueness is understood and the appropriate tools have been developed to assist manufacturers in the pursuit of quality, productivity, and efficiency. These tools include educational programs, site auditing, project management, and product and process performance analysis.


 

Education and Training


Often the greatest need in tackling any dyeing and finishing opportunity is education not only for management, but also for floor-level associates. It is crucial for each plant associate to recognize the significance of his or her role in the process and have a thorough understanding of what is actually occurring in the respective processes.


Backed by the experience of ITT's graduate program and years of offering continuing education courses, IT3 can customize training programs that benefit all personnel, taking into account their educational background.


IT3 has become a repository for tremendous amounts of information relating to textile dyeing and finishing processes. Through the education services, information can be shared with plant and manufacturing managers so that they can effectively utilize both new and existing technologies and techniques in the coloration and finishing processes.

 

Auditing


Experience teaches that an extra set of eyes focused on process improvement can be a tremendous asset in any manufacturing facility. IT3 has the experience to provide that added focus. Process audits are available for virtually every dyeing and finishing process including (a) preparation, (b) yarn dyeing, (c) batch dyeing, (d) continuous dyeing, (e) drying, and (f) finishing. These audits focus on the pertinent process variables and always target the identifiable potential improvement opportunities. The surveys are aimed at enhancing productivity and quality.

 

 

Project Management


Process surveys usually result in recommendations for improvement. In addition to providing suggestions, IT3 will assist with the implementation of the process improvement task. IT3 can help coordinate every aspect of project management including feasibility assessment, experiment design and implementation, and cost savings verification.



Follow-up/Performance Analysis


IT3 can provide performance analysis services that are integrated with the clients process improvement program. This can include monitoring of all the pertinent process data for a facility and providing timely feedback and analysis to key management personnel. This service can be a valuable decision tool for the production manager by providing trend analysis and recommendations based on current data.


Examples of IT3 Dyeing and Finishing Field Services


Fabric Pre-Treatment, Dyeing, and Finishing


Pre-treatment process analysis

  • Desizing
  • Size recovery
  • Scour/bleach/mercerization


Coloration process studies

  • Dye cycle optimization
  • Dye/pigment formulation
  • Exhaustion/strike-rate studies
  • Dye equipment evaluation/auditing
  • Printing process evaluation
  • Trimer analysis


Finishing process analysis

  • Dryer/tenter frame analysis
  • Chemical finishing studies
  • Physical finishing studies


Product evaluation

  • Extensive fabric defect analysis capabilities
  • Extensive physical and chemical testing capabilities for fibers, yarns, and finished fabrics


General Process Optimization

  • Chemical system evaluations
  • Solution preparation system evaluations
  • Water pre-treatment studies


Auxiliary process optimization

  • Heat exchanger temperature optimization
  • Hot water/steam system analysis
  • Compressed air analysis
  • Product flow optimization
  • Process simplification
  • Energy conservation audits
  • Thermal efficiency of process piping and vessels
  • Plant-wide energy use profiling
  • Water re-uses studies


The Power of IT3


Services from IT3 are backed by six decades of quality academics, applied research, and industrial consultation. With access to the ITT/NCSU Textile & Material Research Consortium resources such as advanced material characterization capabilities, extensive textile processing expertise, world-class scientists, and one of the most extensive collections of textile literature anywhere, IT3 has the ability to tackle a wide range of customer needs.


 


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