Barnhardt Innovation

Cotton batts for cars advertisementWe’re guessing that you’re already somewhat familiar with cotton. And though you might not know it, you’re probably well acquainted with Barnhardt’s purified cotton, too. We’ve been around for years, in part because we place a high premium on cotton customization.

From the field to the consumer’s hand, no one understands cotton—and reinvents ways to maximize its potential—like we do. We take great pride in providing custom cotton solutions for our domestic and global partners.

Meeting Our Customers’ Demand

hydri-technologyCollaborating with partners to create new products is just one way we changed the course of cotton. For example, new state-of-the-art cleaning equipment was developed to achieve the high degree of cleanliness that our revolutionary High Q® and High Q Ultra® fibers possess.

Due to customer requests, we also altered the way we purified our raw cotton material. In 1994 we developed a breakthrough and environmentally friendly chlorine-free process called TCF (Totally Chlorine-Free) to purify our cotton.

And using organically grown fibers an additional purifying process was developed that allowed for the production of fiber that meets the rigorous demands of Oregon Tilth and the USDA to be certified as a 100% organic product.

So even today we still adhere strictly to customer demand, tailoring the fiber processes and fiber finishes to meet exact specifications.

Better Cotton, Based on Research and Metrics

Our Technical Services Laboratory doubles as our research and development center, and houses some state-of-the-art Barnhardt services:

USTER Technologies AG / AFIS PRO

  • Pilot Kier: by simulating our production process, our process continually improves.
  • Pilot Cards: We’re always willing to simulate process trials on purified cotton for potential customers.
  • AFIS Fiber Analyzer: provides metrics such as fiber length and foreign matter so that our customers have valuable data to base decisions on.

From our premier High Q® and NeedleEze® fiber offerings to our proprietary enhancements in cotton softness, absorbency, and wickability, we’re completely committed to cotton.

In fact, if you’re looking for nonabsorbent cotton, we can provide that as well, which is an important element in products such as top sheets for baby care, feminine care, and adult incontinence products.

Our innovation spans more than 100 years. And for our current and future customers, we plan to remain committed for at least 100 more.

The Proof Is In Our Products & Finishes

While we mentioned a few of our cotton breakthroughs above, if you want to learn more, here’s an extensive list of products, fibers, and finishes that Barnhardt has brought to the cotton table over the years.

HiLoft™ Cotton
another recent Barnhardt development, this is a cotton fiber with higher loft and resilience.
High Q® and High Q Ultra®
these are fibers that were developed for products that required a higher degree of removal of plant material.
HyDri™ Cotton
one of our newest products, this cotton is processed to a high degree of whiteness and is hydrophobic even after hydroentangling.
NeedleEze® Fiber
this is an applied fiber finish that allows for less needle wear and breakage during the production of needle-punched fabrics.
UltraClean™ Cotton
this is comber or virgin cotton that has been cleaned through our exclusive Barnhardt mechanical cleaning process.