Webbing & rope
By interlacing fibers and threads strategically to enhance specific fiber qualities, weaving produces structural textiles. Longitudinal (x-direction) and horizontal (y-direction) weaving strands are woven together perpendicularly, forming parallel warp and weft/filling yarns.
The resulting structure from weaving is stable along both the x and y axes. Weaving is the most durable and adaptable method for producing textiles. It offers high strength, elongation, energy absorption, ideal strength-to-weight ratios, flexibility, and sewability, which are all essential qualities.
Webbing and tape are the two primary categories that classify narrow textiles. Webbing refers to thin textiles that are 12 inches or less in width and possess a longitudinal strength of at least 1000 pounds per inch of width. On the other hand, “tape” denotes thin materials having a longitudinal strength below thousand pounds per inch of width.
Tapes, ropes and structural webbings are manufactured using shuttle looms, crochet loom, needle looms and braiders, respectively.
1、The needle loom is the best choice for large-scale production of materials due to its speed.
2、The shuttle loom, on the other hand, produces a more evenly loaded webbing with its structural, regular, and woven edges, offering greater flexibility in weave design.
3、This approach is ideal for applications that require the most flexibility in weave design. Flat woven, tubular material, and 3-D textiles can all be produced with complete symmetry on both ends of the woven substrate. Parachutes, for example, provide consistent edge loading when deployed rapidly.
Man-made fibers like nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and rayon are common choices.
1、Nylon Yarn for Webbing & Rope
Nylon is a great choice for webbing applications due to its longevity, hardness, strength, and dyeability. When it comes to applications such as parachutes and PPE/fall protection, nylon’s ability to expand under stress and absorb energy makes it a smart choice. Additionally, nylon is hygroscopic and absorbs moisture, though all materials will wick moisture, the moisture content of nylon fibers will increase.
2、Polyester Yarn for Webbing & Rope
Polyester is a common synthetic fiber used in the manufacture of webbing. Its strength is comparable to nylon, and it has a reduced elongation characteristic, making it an ideal option for seatbelts in cars and airplanes. Polyester resists moisture re-absorption, making it suitable for use in applications near freshwater and saltwater. Although polyester can be dyed, it requires more heat and pressure than nylon.