Technical Education

Introduction to Nonwovens: Raw Materials, Processes, and End Uses

Learn about the raw materials and processes used to make nonwovens as well as the markets in which they are used.

Global Nonwovens: Supply and Demand, Markets and Products

In this video, we review current data on the supply and demand of nonwovens, identify common markets and products, and take a look at some innovations in store for the future of the nonwovens industry.

Raw Materials Used in Nonwovens

In this video, we discuss the various materials used in nonwovens, how they are formed, and their characteristics and common end uses. Learn about common nonwoven raw materials, both natural and synthetic.

Nonwoven Materials & Structures: Fiber Orientation and Basis Weight

In this video, we address the unique structural aspects of nonwovens; specifically, how fibers are oriented within nonwoven materials as well as the basis weight. Learn about nonwoven characteristics and how they can affect the process, material performance, and end uses.

Nonwoven Materials & Structures: Fiber Shape & Size

Explore fiber geometry in terms of fiber fineness, cross-sectional shape, crimp, and fiber length. Watch the full video below to learn about fiber, shape, size, and its distribution and see how all these elements impact nonwoven properties.

Nonwoven Materials & Structures: Bicomponent Fibers and Pore Structures

Take a look into various types of bicomponent fibers and how they are tied to characteristics such as pore structure. This video demonstrates how this is an important factor for many applications including filtration, diapers, and wipes.

Web Formation Processes: Opening, Carding & Crosslapping

This video explains how fiber webs are formed by a three-step process of opening, carding, and crosslapping. This process lets manufacturers produce versatile fiber webs for different applications with varying degrees of strength and flexibility.

Bonding Processes: Hydroentangling

In this video, we discuss the process utilizing high-pressure water jets to entangle fibers. Learn about key characteristics of hydroentangled products, some of the factors that affect these materials, and today’s market and common uses.

Bonding Processes: Chemical & Thermal Bonding

In this video, you will get an overview of nonwoven bonding through chemical and thermal means. See the qualities of the varied chemical binder application methods, as well as the benefits of thermally bonded materials.

Web Formation Processes: Airlaid & Wetlaid

This video explains how fiber webs are formed by dispersing the fibers into either a fast-moving air stream or by suspending fibers in water through a modified paper-making process.

Needlepunching Basics

In this video, you will see the basics of the popular needlepunching bonding technique for forming nonwoven materials. Learn about the fundamentals of the process, fiber parameters, needle types, as well as the wide range of product applications.

Needlepunching: Beyond the Basics

This lecture builds off Needlepunching Basics. Dive deeper into the major components of the bonding process for nonwoven materials and learn about additional needle features.

This content was developed in collaboration with the Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University.
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