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Suominen launches intelligent nonwovens concept
Suominen is taking a concrete step in its changemaker strategy and introducing Suominen intelligent nonwovens concept to the market. The new concept makes it possible to embed digital features into Suominen nonwovens. Suominen is a Finland-based company that manufactures nonwovens as roll goods for wipes as well as for medical and hygiene products.
With Suominen intelligent nonwovens, product traceability and product safety can be taken to a new level. It also provides brands with a new kind of sophisticated marketing tool. These are only some examples of opportunities the concept offers, according to a press release.
The concept stems from Suominen’s research and development projects that have already led to the launch of high definition design series, a revolutionary pattern selection for nonwovens. Suominen intelligent nonwovens concept adds a unique technical capability into the mix and combines artificial intelligence with extremely high definition patterning. With Suominen intelligent nonwovens, all kinds of digital features can be embedded into the substrate without deteriorating other functionalities or aesthetic appearance of nonwovens.
“For instance, if a consumer would want to know the origin of the raw materials of the wipe he just purchased, he can retrieve the data by just scanning the wipe with his smartphone. If a wet wipes manufacturer notices a flaw in a wipe and wants to track the origin of the nonwoven, it can be done quickly with a smartphone. It is up to us and our customers to imagine what can be achieved with this technology. It can be applied to virtually any application,” Markku Koivisto, chief technology officer of Suominen said.
Suominen intelligent nonwovens has been named as one of three finalists competing for Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) innovation award that recognises innovation that creatively uses advanced science and engineering principles to solve challenges within the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry. The winner will be announced at the RISE conference in Raleigh, NC, US, on September 13, 2018. (GK)