The technology creates open end denim, ring spun denim, crosshatch or slub

The technology creates open end denim, ring spun denim, crosshatch or slub

Spanish garment research and development firm Jeanologia has launched a new laser technology that creates slubs on denim fabrics without the harmful effects of hand sanding or manual scraping.

Light Scraper, the company claims, creates open end denim, ring spun denim, crosshatch or slub by pressing just one button, and reduced time to market by four weeks. It incorporates a virtual sandpaper, replacing manual scraping, which can cause chronic tendinitis, muscle problems and breathing difficulties, and is still used by one million workers in Asia.

In addition, Jeanologia expects manual scraping to disappear over the next two years thanks to this new technology.

“Light Scraper will be a landmark in the textile industry,” said Jeanologia president Enrique Silla.” This is the third generation of laser technology that will achieve a fully automated, efficient, ecological and ethical production without losing the authenticity and natural look of the garments.”

Silla later added: “As part of the jean industry, it is our responsibility to protect the health and safety of thousands of workers, reduce environmental impact and promote innovation. The future of the industry becomes more professional by creating new professionals such as technical finishing, laser designers, artists of denim, service technicians, etc.”

Jeanologia has invested more than EUR3m (US$3.4m) on research into the technology over three years. Laser and ozone technology developed by the company five years ago allowed the elimination of sandblasting and reduced almost half of the water consumption used when manufacturing jeans.