Non-woven Fabrics from DVC
Delaware Valley Corporation maintains a family-owned heritage of providing custom-designed Non-woven fabrics for the automotive, industrial, marine, medical, construction, RV, and truck & bus industries. We have experience in fashioning automotive Needle-punch Non-woven carpet and other automotive non-woven solutions dating back to the early 1960s.. Our automotive non-woven textiles have made their way into such GM, Chrysler, and Ford platforms as the Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Silverado, Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan, Ford Econoline, Ford Navigator, Pontiac Grand Prix and others.
Automotive Fabrics are only one aspect of our portfolio of non-woven and needle-punch textiles, though they have been instrumental in developing our rapid response mentality and custom design non-woven fabric knowledge base. Our Textile Design group, commitment to innovation and cost conscious approach to Needle-punch Non-woven fabric and felt manufacturing, enable us to produce a wide range of popular and useful industrial and consumer fabrics. The beauty of the non-woven fabric industry is flexibility.... the ability, with innovative thought and the proper selection of raw materials, to be able to produce a wide variety of end products for un-related industries. Non-woven fabrics can be engineered to perform functions as varied as heat insulation tiles for the space shuttle to carpet cushion underlay and from dermal medical wraps to wall coverings. This flexibility is the key to success in our ever-changing world, and Delaware Valley embraces the opportunity to work with forward-looking customers to design custom non-woven fabrics to meet these ever-changing current and future needs. We can supply non-woven fabrics as components or finished product to end uses as varied as:
Auto/Truck/Bus/Marine.... floor mats, seating fabrics, trunk and cargo compartment liners, hull and wall liners, ceiling fabrics, and fender covers.
Home/Building ....carpet and rug underlay, entry mats, runners, carpet tiles, area carpeting, wall coverings, furniture floor slide/protectors, lally column coverings and roofing felts.
Recreation.....putting green mats, barbecue mats, pool cover edge protectors, gun safe and case liners, turf field drainage and sideline matting.
Industrial...fatigue matting, oil absorption, vinyl substrates and fluid transfer.
Delaware Valley continues to look for new uses of our non-woven fabrics, and we look to you, our customer, for new direction.
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What Are Non-Wovens?
"Non-woven fabrics are fibrous sheet or web structures produced by bonding or interlocking fibers by mechanical, thermal or chemical means."
Non-woven products most familiar to the consumer are: disposable diapers, towels, and scrub pads. Less well known since they are less visible are non-wovens used as quilting pads inside bedspreads, draperies, ski parkas, sleeping bags, and upholstered furniture. Further materials of non-woven construction are used extensively by manufacturers in the form of gaskets, air and water filters, and most recently in road construction. In fact the list of products is endless and grows constantly as non-wovens take over markets formerly dominated by felts and woven goods.
History of Non-wovens
In the 19th century, (when England was the leading textile producing country), realizing that large amounts of fiber were wasted as trim, a textile engineer named Garnett developed a special carding device to shred this waste material back to fibrous form. This fiber was used as filling material for pillows. The Garnett Machine, though greatly modified, today still retains his name and is a major component in the non-woven industry.
Later on, manufacturers in Northern England began binding these fibers mechanically (using needles) and chemically (using glue) into batts. These were the precursors of today's non-wovens.
This art remained the same into the middle of the 20th century and patents as late as the 1930's depict such bats specially made to insulate railroad box cars in the U.S.
Now in the 21st century, though some fillings and padding are still made as they were in England almost 2 centuries ago, non-wovens have progressed beyond Garnett's dreams. Non-woven fabric was used between the Space Shuttle heat resistant tiles and the spaceship's skin and non-wovens were part of the space suits worn to the moon. The limits to the use of non-wovens remains only in the imagination of man, and new innovations are developed on a steady basis.
Intro to needles
Ribbed Entrance Mat
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