Chattanooga, TN, Oct. 23, 2012 -- Propex said it has been awarded a U.S. patent for the yarn manufacturing technology it uses in its proprietary EX3 line of lightweight carpet backings.
The patented technology allows Propex to efficiently produce uniquely textured tape yarns for use in applications such as carpet backing, geotextiles and packaging.
For example, in carpet applications, EX3 backings made with this technology enable carpet manufacturers to produce patterned carpets with higher resolution using light-weight backings.
Carpet manufacturers also benefit from 20% larger rolls, meaning fewer backing changes are needed on tufting machines.
Propex said EX3 also translates to a reduced carbon footprint including as much as 12% less energy consumed during manufacturing.