Technical Textile Research at TRIC

Textile Research and Innovation Centre worked on a collaborative project with National Foods to develop a technical fabric solution to reduce contamination of aflatoxin produced during the drying of red chilli in interior Sindh. A recent article by National Foods’ staff highlights some of the outcomes from this work.

Better late than never

Back in the day when I used to be an ambitious senior at the Textile Institute of Pakistan a bunch students thought they could go to Sri Lanka for the Textile Institute World Conference in Colombo. Here’s their story!
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Mr Waqar Malik – Chief Executive ICI Pakistan visits TIP

The Quack! team and student body of TIP thank Mr. Waqar Malik – Chief Executive AkzoNobel (previously ICI Pakistan),  for giving us sometime out of his busy schedule.

During his visit he was briefed about the new vision of TIP and strategic measures taken towards its achievement. After lunch with faculty members, in the cafeteria. He visited the campus along Mr. Tariq Ikram and Mr. Umair Saeed. Continue reading “Mr Waqar Malik – Chief Executive ICI Pakistan visits TIP”

MEGATECH ’09 to start March 3

The 7th International Machinery Exhibition of Garment and Textile Technology (MEGATECH), Pakistan will begin on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, and is scheduled to remain open till Friday March 6. Federal minister for Pakistan textile industry, Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan will inaugurate the exhibition which will feature 450 companies from 28 countries.

Scheduled on March 4-5, ’09 is the 2nd International Technical Textiles Conference in which textile specialists from United Kingdom, Turkey, India and Pakistan will participate.

Textile scientists and academicians from Textile Institute of Pakistan’s Textile Research and Innovation Centre are all set for their active participation in the event where they will present their latest research on the development of technical textiles in Pakistan.

This year, TIP will also display selected posters highlighting final year students’ research projects at the ‘Knowledge Village Pavilion’ along with textile universities from all over Pakistan.

Why we do what we do!

Research in textile is a ridiculously funny idea! What can you possibly explore in a unit or so inch long simple cellulosic material?!

Generally speaking, yes, research is exciting, challenging and we all find ourselves discussing about that Hydron machinery that sought to replicate Big Bang. We all remember Dolly, the cloned sheep too well. Deep down, we wonder in awe about how anyone can so radically change our concepts about space-time being intertwined, and how the heck was modern logic discovered which gradually progressed into modern digital computing.

…but textile research? What can it possibly discover? Fine, we can have a fabric more finer, more stronger. We can do a tad bit of this and a tad bit of that to increase production, decrease energy consumption. But somehow these news only find space in a boring editorial of a rendezvous magazine. That’s it.

And well, there is some research in textile taking place in some western countries, and gradually it will trickle down to us. So what is the fuss about this textile research centre in Pakistan and that also right at the top of our heads?? Who cares? Seriously??!

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TRIC holds seminar

dsc00036-mediumdsc00068-mediumAs a part of their much appreciated campaign aiming at developing a culture of research among the student body, the Textile Research and Innovation Centre at TIP held their 2nd seminar on Feb 23, ’09 at the institute’s auditorium.

The first paper presented by Aasim Ahmed, Research Assistant, focused on the study of surface modification of fiber surfaces through plasma treatment. Aasim’s presentation was followed by one on a newly developed design of a blowroom that offers better efficiency, occupies less space and doesn’t damage fibers compared to OCB units currently being used. The functioning of this machine was explained by Daoud (TS3) and Noman (TS4), who are also the inventors of this machine.

Several students and faculty members attended the event, however it would be good if more people realize that there’s more to TIP than just picnics and sutta corner gossip sessions.

Support a good cause. Sometimes, you need to support for the sake of it, even if your interests lie elsewhere. If things go well, they’ll do wonders for all that’s associated with you, and you’ll be glad to have been a contributing factor in its success. Be the change you want to see around you.