Enter the "fiberizer
," a machine conceptualized by Lewis and her Fiber Science colleague, Anil Netravali, as part of their broader effort to turn post-consumer textile waste into new products.
, and drum screen machines have been selected for the pulper discharge system, while Fibersorter and Combisorter machines will be installed for high efficiency coarse screening.
From there the material is fed into a disk refiner, also known as a fiberizer
, where the fire retardant is added.
Lewis and collaborator Anil Netravali, the Jean & Douglas McLean Professor in Fiber Science and Apparel Design, have been developing a "fiberizer
" to convert discarded fabrics into other products, including pillow stuffing, wall panels, or placemats.
Joa, who founded the company that bears his name, was applauded for inventing a wood pulp fiberizer
as well as making the first completely automated machine for making feminine hygiene napkins.
So we'll apply this grant to develop an industrial-grade Fiberizer
for small and medium-sized businesses."
features a fixed hammer design enabling a guaranteed througput of 4000 pounds (1800 kg) of fluff per hour.
To reduce apparel waste, Netravali recently designed a "fiberizer
," a machine that breaks down textile fragments to create material that can be used in pillows, packaging, and stuffed animals.
Six years ago at INDEX'84 it revealed a long life, pulp fiberizer
Mode Mill, which was revolutionary in its design concept and still used today by many converters who have installed it on their Fameccanica sanitary napkin and baby and adult diaper machines.