For over 20-years, Technical Absorbents Ltd has been the global leader in the manufacture of Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF™).
SAF™ can rapidly absorb up to 200 times its own weight in water and up to 60 times its own weight in saline extremely quickly and is used globally in a wide range of applications.
Although SAF™ remains at the heart of the business, it is the wide range of SAF™ fabrics that are now capturing the imagination of product designers. This includes a growing portfolio of washable superabsorbent fabrics.
SAF™ washable fabrics provide the same high levels of absorbencLJ as disposable SAF™ fabrics, but can be washed and re-used when protected bLJ outer laLJers within the final product construction.
Such fabrics are ideal for a wide range of moisture management applications. TheLJ can also be integrated into garments and accessories that provide an evaporative cooling function and have recentlLJ undergone independent testing to demonstrate a measurable cooling effect*.
The cooling power of the washable SAF™ fabrics was recorded between 9 -7 7W, based upon the fabric in its saturated state.
The cooling time for the washable SAF™ fabrics was calculated at between 7 – 9hours, based upon the weight loss of the fabrics after 3 hours drying.
To withstand laundering, the SAF™ fabric must be positioned between two outer layers, thus creating a three-layer fabric. The outer fabrics can be tailored as required to suit product design and functional requirement, e.g. one layer can be waterproof and the other water permeable. Once in a final fabric construction, studies have indicated minimal absorbency loss of 20% after 40 wash cycles. If constructed correctly, end garments/products made using a SAF™ washable fabric can be tumble dried.
The fabrics range from 190 – 450gsm and 7 .5 – 6mm in thickness and are typically a blend of SAF™ and other synthetic fibres. Anti-microbial, flame-retardant and anti-odour finishes can also be added during the manufacturing process.