Pectinases, Liquid

BioPrep®

 With products in the BioPrep® family, your cotton mill can eliminate high-temperature alkaline scouring. The result is savings in water, energy and time. BioPrep® products give cotton knits a superior hand feel and lasting softness. That means you can reduce or even eliminate the need for softeners.  The BioPrep® family of products is available in a range of concentrations. 

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Key Benefits
  • Eliminates high temperature alkaline scouring

    BioPrep® products are an alternative to conventional alkaline scouring at high temperatures. They deliver more consistent and reliable results to your mill. 

  • Saves energy

    Fast-acting, enzymatic BioPrep® products don't need the high temperatures of conventional scouring. That allows you to make savings of up to 50% in pre-treatment process energy costs. 

  • Saves water

    Conventional alkaline scouring needs chemical neutralization. It also needs thorough rinsing with up to three baths. BioPrep® products only need one. By reducing the number of baths needed, these products can save your mill up to 67% water in the pre-treatment process.

  • Reduces weight loss and maintains strength

    Sodium hydroxide and other chemical alkalis used in conventional scouring don't just break down wax. They also attack the cellulose. That reduces fabric weight and strength. The specific action of BioPrep® products only targets pectin. The result is a 1-2% reduction in weight loss compared to conventional scouring. That helps fabrics to maintain their strength. 

  • Reduces COD and salt loads in wastewater

    Processing cotton naturally leads to high COD,  BOD and TDS loads in your mill's wastewater plant. Conventional scouring further increases COD loads. BioPrep® products reduce COD, BOD and salt (acid and alkali) loads. That helps your plant stay in compliance and reduces your mill's overall environmental footprint. 

  • Simplifies process for higher mill capacity

    BioPrep® products simplify your process, as you need fewer chemicals and lower temperatures. That saves you time, which means you can optimize use of capacity. 

  • Safer to use

    With enzymatic BioPrep® products, you can eliminate harsh chemicals from your pretreatment process. That leads to improved worker safety at your mill. 

  • A more sustainable solution

    This product is both biodegradable and renewable. It saves water and energy as well as reducing chemical loads in your effluent. That makes it a more sustainable solution that can also improve worker safety in your mill.

How pectinases work in biopreparation of textiles

Even dyeing depends on efficient wax removal. Pectins 'glue' wax to fabric fibers. Textile mills use pectinases to break down pectin. That releases the wax and prepares fabrics for even dyeing. 


Scouring is a key process in textile production. It's a pre-treatment for cellulosic fibers, including cotton. It removes impurities from the fibers.  These impurities include waxes, pectins, hemicelluloses, and mineral salts.  

Even dyeing is dependent on efficient wax removal. Pectin acts like a glue that binds wax to the fibers. So efficient wax removal is dependent on efficient pectin removal. 

Pectin consists of long chains of polygalacturonic acid. These chains are linked by glycosidic bonds. Pectinase enzymes break these bonds  to break down the pectin.

Textile mills use alkaline pectinases to break down pectin in fabrics. That enables efficient pectin and wax removal, and prepares the fabrics for even dyeing.

 

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