Industrial wipes

EDANA represents over 85 percent of the total volume of nonwoven consumer products on the market in Europe. The nonwovens industry is committed to developing and promoting materials that ensure the health and safety of users.

The demand for single or limited-use industrial and institutional wipes has advanced significantly in recent years as a result of the desire for convenient, time saving, easy to use products that are economically efficient and prevent cross-contamination. The nonwovens industry has met these demands with cutting-edge technologies and new ideas which have benefited the industry and taken it forward with incredible momentum.

Industrial wipes are disposable nonwoven products used for a variety of applications in industry and institutions, including food service wipes, general industrial, and specialty wipes and medical wipes. These products can be wet or dry and may be impregnated with ingredients for specific purposes, such as polishing, cleaning, or removing bacteria.

Different nonwoven processes and technologies are used to produce specific properties in an industrial wipe to match every industrial wiping requirement with the perfect nonwoven solution.

The Advantages of Using Nonwovens

  • Consistent, high performance, custom engineered for each application
  • Hygienic, convenient, excellent cost and value in use
  • No residual oils, chemicals or other contaminants that can leave streaks and smears, causing losses in time and quality
  • No significant residues of heavy metals (lead, zinc, nickel) or EOX (extractable organic halogens)
  • A wide range of materials and dispensing solutions to find the ideal nonwoven wipe for any application

Links & Additional Information

  • Technical study of laundered reusable wipes before use prepared by IFP (April 1998)
  • Health Risk Assessment of Industrial Wipes prepared by IBEVE (Instituut Voor Bedrijfsveiligheid VZW) and Toxikon Europe NV (December 1998)
  • Technical study of laundered reusable wipes before use prepared by Swerea (October 2008)
  • Toxicological evaluation of residual content of metals in industrial wipes prepared by MT Promedt Consulting GmbH (December 2009)
  • Technical study of industrial nonwoven disposable wipes before use prepared by Swerea IVF (December 2009)
  • Gradient Corporation Study on Rental Shop Towels
    http://www.inda.org/subscrip/inj03_4/p22-37-beyer.pdf
  • Nonwoven wipes: launderable vs disposable, Dr. Dong Zhang, Industry instight, Intertech PIRA (July 2007)

Examples of Applications

Manufacturing, Engineering and maintenance

  • Cleaning machinery and tools
  • Absorbing fluids and oil
  • Hand cleaning

Automotive industry

  • Surface preparation before painting
  • Polishing
  • Oil and chemical absorbents

Transportation

  • Vehicle cleaning and maintenance
  • Window cleaning

Printing

  • Machine cleaning and maintenance
  • Absorbing ink and other fluids
  • Hand cleaning

Food industry

  • Machine cleaning and maintenance
  • Absorbing fluids
  • Hand cleaning

Janitorial

  • Delicate polishing
  • Equipment cleaning and maintenance
  • Dust removal

Electronic and Computer Industry

  • Delicate and intricate cleaning
  • Dust removal

Optical Industries

  • Polishing
  • Dust removal

General

  • Wet floor cleaning

Producers of Industrial Wipes

EDANA Member product suppliers include:

Technologies Used

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