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What are the key areas on which every Leather Technology Engineer works most of the times?

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Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
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Head Guidance & Counselling at Project Wisdom, CSR initiative of Canam Consultants Limited, Chandigarh
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Leather technologists work with the chemical processes used in the preparation, treatment and finishing in leather production. They use scientific and technical skills to ensure the production cycle runs efficiently and safely, and that finished products meet quality standards.

There are various stages to the manufacturing process in which technologists are involved, including:

Curing- initial preservation of the hide before treatment by salting, chilling or with biochemicals.

Liming and fleshing- the removal of hair and tissue from the hide causing it to become alkaline in nature.

De-liming and bating- using enzymes to neutralise the alkalis produced in the previous stage.

Pickling and de-greasing- weak acidic solutions are applied to the hide to preserve and prepare it for tanning, and solvents applied to clear any residual grease.

Tanning- a key stage, using chromium salt compounds, aldehydes or vegetable extracts, which stabilises the leather, stops it from putrefying and gives it the versatility for use in a wide range of products. It also gives added resistance to the effects of heat, water and micro-organisms.

Dyeing, drying and finishing- leather is coloured and mechanically dried, and finishes are applied to conceal surface flaws and provide a protective coating, for instance, waterproofing.

Before dispatch, leather products are measured and graded according to customer requirements, for instance, softness, colour, thickness and finish.

Typical duties combine the supervision of operatives on the factory floor with laboratory work, researching, testing and sampling the chemicals, dyes and products in use. Monitoring of waste and by-products is also important to ensure that they fall within safety limits. Technologists also undertake administrative duties, writing up research and operational reports for managers.

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Deepak Rana
Deepak Rana
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  • Kangra

Below is the list of the key areas on which the leather technology engineers work most of the times:


1. The leather technology engineers work with the management teams to work out the plans for the leather treatment and processing. A number of things have to be considered at this stage- costs, budget, suppliers, sales and marketing. Every thing needs to be planned and therefore they need to assist the management in providing the information and the details of the various processes so that the various things could be figured out with the help of right analysis and projection.

2. The leather teachnology engineers work on the core part of their work which is to process the leather and then use the right technology for the finishing purposes. This part of the work consumes most of their time as there are a variety of things involved in the process. They have to work with the workers to remove the initial scrap like hair and other material stuffed in the leather. After that they have to work on the purification of the leather so that it can further be tanned. After that the final work is done on the leather which is to color it and make it appear beautiful. The packaging part is also very important. They have to make it appear wonderful.

3. The leather technology engineers have to stay in touch with the suppliers and make sure that the supplies are reaching in time. The supply chain management team's coordination is also very important and equally important is the fact that they negotiate with the dealers to get the best deals for the supply of raw material.

4. The leather teachnology engineers being an expert in leather technology often attned events and seminars related to their field and present their project works and the innovation that they have brought. These events also help them to grow their network with other engineers and hence do a collective learning in the field of leather technology. Therefore they work on many areas.

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