Brückner Signed Contract for a Major Project with Dinarsu

Brückner, with a 70-year history of textile finishing, is known worldwide as a technology partner for all companies working in the drying, coating and finishing of web-shaped materials.

The variety of materials to be processed with Brückner technologies, from clothing fabrics to nonwovens to carpets, glass or coatings, has never been limited.

Brückner can offer new concepts in the field of continuous dyeing. Brückner, which also has new solutions in the field of multi-layer stenters, has invested a lot in the denim industry and has also increased its personnel. The German market leader offers integrated finishing systems for pigment dyeing, synthetic resin finishing and coating.

Verena Ruckh, Head of the Advertising and Marketing Department of Brückner

We interviewed Verena Ruckh, Head of the Advertising and Marketing Department of Brückner, for the ‘German Special Section’ of our Tekstil Teknoloji magazine. Saying that, “Turkey is one of our most important market for many years” Ruckh, continued as follows; “We signed a contract for a big project with the world-famous carpet manufacturer Dinarsu.”

How was 2019 for your company and what are the company’s plans for 2020? What are your expansion plans?

2019 was a year of division for us. The first half of the year was much quieter than the years before. Due to the global economic situation, many customers were cautious about new investments. The most constant thing at that time was uncertainty, which made a proper planning almost impossible for us. We were hoping for the ITMA in Barcelona in June. And the fair really gave us a boost again. Many visitors came with new and specific projects, others wanted to modernize or upgrade existing machines and everybody was of course interested in our innovations and highlights. In the meantime, we are back on course for further growth and are looking confidently into the year 2020.

Two years ago, our new production plant in Tittmoning in southern Germany was inaugurated. Here we have the possibility to build very heavy and also much larger machine components than before. The expanded space allows us to build machines for research and development purposes or to test customer systems before they leave our factory. In addition we are able to react much more flexible to the increasingly special customer requirements and this often gives us a considerable competitive advantage.

How important is the Turkish market to your company and how much business is carried out here?

Turkey has been one of our most important markets for many years. With our long-standing agency Inter Tekstil in Istanbul, we feel very well represented here and we also have a local team of installers and a large spare parts warehouse. So we are always on the spot when a customer needs support or a wear part needs to be replaced quickly. The year 2020 has just begun and we have already sold some machines to Turkey. Among others we finalized a contract for a major project with the world-renowned carpet manufacturer Dinarsu. Established in 1955 in Istanbul, DINARSU is today the number one company in the Turkish carpet industry. With targeted investments and a wide range of products the company takes solid steps towards being a world brand. DINARSU is the first tufting carpet manufacturer in Turkey holding CE certificate and the first and only manufacturer to offer a picture quality production with a 400 dpi resolution. The German machine manufacturer BRÜCKNER has already delivered some lines to DINARSU in the past years. Recently a further major order for several lines for the latex back coating of tufted carpets was finalized. The delivery of the first line is planned for summer 2020, others will follow at the end of the year and at the beginning of 2021.

What trends are you currently seeing in the textile machinery industry?

After the global economy weakened considerably last year, we are currently seeing an upward trend in the textile industry. There will be a lot of movement in the future, especially in the area of technical textiles or even nonwovens, as new materials and technologies are constantly developed in this sector. The coating or functionalisation of textiles will also be a major topic in the future. The term Industry 4.0 is also on everyone’s lips at the moment. We have developed a lot of new features in this area and presented it for the first time at ITMA 2019. Worth mentioning here, among others, is a new user-friendly visualisation of our machines, intelligent assistance systems for monitoring maintenance intervals or a new simulation tool for energy-optimised production.

What industrial and economic challenges are currently impacting your company and how is your company responding to them?

There are several challenges to be overcome, the most recent one is of course the spread of the corona virus. It is no longer just an issue in China, but in the meantime for the entire global economy, because China is a large market for the global textile industry. Our flexibility when travelling is currently limited, trade fairs in Asia are postponed or cancelled and therefore discussions and business transactions are also postponed to an uncertain time.

Another challenge is the increasingly complexity of requirements of our customers. Almost every order is a very special one and an individual project that we cannot pull out of the drawer. Here it is necessary to work very closely with the customer and in the end to present a solution that is perfectly suited to his needs. Fortunately, we have a large number of long-standing employees who contribute technological know-how and decades of experience. We therefore feel well prepared for the future and are looking forward to the coming challenges.

Interview: Dilek HAYIRLI

Andritz Needlelooms: Leading The Way In Quality Performance

Andritz Over the coming years the market for nonwoven materials is set to grow significantly, and because of its ability to produce strong, durable end-use products, needlepunch technology will become one of the most important bonding processes in nonwoven production.

Based on many years of experience in this field, Andritz has the expert knowledge, technical capability and flexibility to create reliable needlepunch lines to meet the specific needs of its customers.

Needlepunch technology can be used with nearly all fibers and can be customized to produce fabrics of varying tensile strength and weight distribution, making it extremely versatile for use in many applications. One of the most dynamic markets for this technology is in the automotive industry where there is an increasing need for lightweight and heavyweight applications to insulate against external noises made more noticeable with the trend towards electric powered vehicles. There is also a growing market for materials produced with needlepunch technology in the areas of geotextiles, filtration products, roofing and flooring materials and furniture.

Andritz Asselin-Thibeau, located in the town of Elbeuf in Normandy, France, is the Center of Competence for the manufacture of needlepunch, thermo bonding and chemical bonding technology for the global nonwoven business. Jean-Philippe Dumon, Sales Director, Nonwoven Division says, “We have quite a history of manufacturing nonwovens equipment on this site, the Asselin company originally started creating and manufacturing crosslappers, pre-needlers and needlers as long ago as 1950 and could be considered as real pioneers in the creation of the nonwoven industry.”

Fast forward to the present and the company in Elbeuf is one of Andritz’s leading production sites in the area of nonwovens. Dumon continues, “The pioneering attitude of the past continues here, and every year we increase our repeat business, but we are also growing in terms of market share for our needlepunch lines and technology.

“We are proud of the fact that we are always investing at this site, every year we are commissioning new tools for our machine tool plant, we have implemented all the latest management principals, and despite continuous growth, we have managed to increase production with the same footprint.”

The needlelooms manufactured at Andritz Asselin-Thibeau go out to nonwoven producers all over the world, with 40% going to countries in Europe, including Russia and Turkey, 25% to the US and another 25% to Asia.

“In an industry which is currently moving in many new directions, Andritz also works with independent mid-size nonwoven producers, offering knowledge and expertise to enable the creation and running of an optimal needlepunch line,” says Dumon. “This can be supplied entirely by Andritz, where it can control everything and guarantee the final results, or, with its capability to mix technology, can supply individual machines into an existing line.”

Andritz Needlelooms: Robust, Versatile, Easy to Operate

The design of the needleloom, a key piece of machinery in the needlepunch line, takes a large part of Andritz’s innovative work at Elbeuf. The company focus is to offer high reliability, high performance and the lowest cost of ownership as possible. Andritz needlelooms are highly durable and offer a variety of punching speeds and working width sizes. The needling density can be adjusted to accommodate any thickness of material and can be made capable of needling from one side or both, making them extremely versatile for a wide range of applications.

An important feature of the Andritz needleloom is the way in which it is designed for ease of cleaning. Some fibers create a lot of dust during the loom process which can contaminate the product, especially where the line is used for creating different types of materials. “Andritz needlelooms are designed so that all the areas that come in contact with the product are visible and a space over the plate gives clear accessibility for suction to remove dust from the plate and needles,” explains Dumon. “This greatly increases the efficiency of the loom by producing consistent products and reducing the time required for cleaning and maintenance as well as being safer for the operator.”

A further key contribution to the efficiency of ANDRITZ needlelooms is the use of the largest, toughest available bearings, resulting in a much more robust machine with a much longer life expectancy. These bearings can last for years – in many known cases they were only replaced after 12 years of constant use as a precaution, even though they were found to still be in good condition. This extended life requires the bearings to be kept at an optimum working temperature, which is why Andritz needlelooms use oil as a lubricant, applied constantly to ensure the lifespan of the bearings. The combination of using large bearings and oil lubrication results in less downtime for maintenance bringing a far greater return on investment for the customer.

Within bespoke designs, Andritz can adapt the needleloom according to the need of the customer. For example, in lighter weight nonwoven fabrics where the surface aspect is of high importance, the parts of the needleloom that interact with the fabric are optimized to minimize uncontrolled draft and create the ideal needle distribution pattern, enabling the production line to run faster. For fabrics that require a heavy punching load, Andritz has introduced the Dynamic Harmonic Shifter (DHS), technology, which eliminates the vibrations generated from the tougher needling requirements which would otherwise damage the machinery.

“We listen intently to our customers”

The use of the needlepunch process is growing steadily across Europe and globally where in today’s nonwoven market, customers are looking for flexibility, low operating costs and consistent quality of the finished product. Andritz works directly with customers to discuss specific requirements according to their end products and available resources. In this way a thorough understanding of how best the needlepunch line and needleloom can be designed is gained, to bring high added value to the customer by creating stable products and getting long-lasting results, bringing them the best return on investment. Where required needlelooms can be customized for specialist use, one example of which is the double velour machine which incorporates two frames with the same brush, resulting in doubling the process speed while reducing handling which increases the quality and consistency and brings production costs down.

As part of the design procedure Andritz uses its neXmatrix simulator tool to compare different possible line set ups to find the best possible solution to identify and meet the customer’s requirements. Customers can also make use of the state-of-the-art trial center facility in Elbeuf, which combines all the latest Andritz technology in its complete needlepunch pilot line, including the SCADA monitoring system.

Performance may vary from one fiber to another so the trial center enables the design team to record the machine performance and adjust it according to the customer’s needs to create the optimal conditions for the most efficient line and best product quality. Having this facility helps to reassure the customer and give them a real feel for nonwoven lines and equipment working at an operational level.

“We really like to get close to our customer,” says Dumon. “We listen intently to what their situation is, what their products are, and what they are used for. We engineer a simulation in our pilot line here in Elbeuf and give them a real-time first-hand demonstration of their products being made. Customers are always impressed with our ability to not only simulate their needs, but also show them what other possibilities for new products there could be in the future.”

By using this approach, Andritz can create a proposal that meets the customer’s business plan. New, innovative and proven equipment can then be installed, up and running in a short space of time offering greater potential for high productivity from the outset. This method ensures that Andritz provides the appropriate range of equipment with the innovations needed to optimize the customer’s investment by producing the most viable volume of a consistent, high-quality product in a cost effective and efficient way.

Revolutionary Innovative Technology from DiloGroup: The H Alpha Loom

In its 117 year history, DiloGroup has always set new standards in regard to machine performance and efficiency. Innovative technologies like DI-LOUR, DI-LOOP and Hyperpunch have created new markets for the nonwovens industry and have contributed to continuous growth.

DiloGroup, consisting of DiloSpinnbau, DiloTemafa, DiloMachines and DiloSystems, offers production machinery for complete processes to make needled staple fibre nonwovens, from fibre preparation, to carding, crosslapping or aerodynamic webforming, needlepunching or other consolidation technologies for any fibre material.

With its recent developments DILO is continuing this strategy of high-quality engineering and revolutionary innovative technology.

The H Alpha loom is a new variation of Hyperpunch technology. By reducing detrimental draft, increasing throughput speed and lowering costs, it is of interest for universal applications.

The surface quality of nonwovens is an important parameter and highly influenced by the needle pattern. The new needle pattern “8000X” can be considered a breakthrough for realizing very uniform stitch distributions over a wide range of line speed. The related “6000X” is suitable for Hyperpunch needle looms.

The Hypertex technology combines a grid of endless fibres and nonwoven fabric as a sandwich using the needlepunch process. An additional weaving process becomes unnecessary. The grid improves the tensile strength of products such as filters or roof sheets and will lower costs and production time.

In the field of “textile additive manufacturing” the “3D-Lofter” will offer further chances of fibre savings for needlefelts used in the automotive and other applications because topologically distributed fibre masses can be positioned in the felt where needed by so called “individual webforming spots”.

“diloline 4.0” includes a wide variety of “smart manufacturing” actions in collaboration with Siemens which all aim at further simplifying operation, increasing transparency in web forming and consolidation thereby increasing efficiency. Production data are stored, documented and compared. An “alarm monitor” indicates irregular behaviour. A production analysis documents the reasons for standstill times. This data can be used to avoid irregular behaviour. Numerous information modules can be recalled via mobile apps and cloud data (mindSpheres). All these methods to control the machines and to generate production data will be helpful to further secure the complex functions within the production system independently of personnel and shift.

DiloGroup will showcase its products at booth C50 at Techtextil India.

The Trützschler Card TC 19i: The First Intelligent Card

A new chapter in card development has been be opened: The Trützschler card is intelligent. It performs important settings completely independently and with a precision not achievable by humans, which results in an unprecedented level of quality.

A new chapter in card development has been be opened: The Trützschler card is intelligent. It performs important settings completely independently and with a precision not achievable by humans, which results in an unprecedented level of quality.

Is there a formula for successful innovations? Definitely not. But how does Trützschler manage to continuously raise the bar in carding technology? How can the Trützschler Card TC15 be surpassed in terms of quality and performance?

“The dialogue with our customers is decisive for our developments. We listen to them very carefully when they talk about unresolved problems. High raw material costs, personnel bottlenecks and fluctuating raw material qualities combined with constantly high quality requirements are among the present circumstances that need to be overcome.” Markus Wurster, Sales Director.

The fact that Trützschler has the technical competence to implement these requirements was demonstrated once again at ITMA 2019.

“This is the future!” and “This is the development we need!” were the reactions of booth visitors which sales manager Ralf Müller experienced at this year’s ITMA. “The possibility to increase quality and productivity as well as solving personnel issues through features like T-GO or Wastecontrol fascinated our customers.”

TC 19i main features at a glance:

Self-optimizing precision

For cotton carding, the carding gap between the cylinder and flat clothing should be as small as possible. The optimum gap is 3/1000” (0.075mm) for many types of cotton. For comparison: Not even a sheet of paper fits inbetween. Even an experienced technologist cannot carry out such narrow settings when the card is cold. During operation, centrifugal forces and temperature increases influence these settings significantly.

On the Trützschler Card TC 19i with the Gap Optimizer T-GO, a basic flat setting is only carried out once by our specialists. Afterwards, T-GO ensures an ideal carding gap at all times, whether the card is cold or warm, after clothing grinding, even after clothing replacement. This is a permanent, self-optimizing, intelligent process that takes place without any production interruption.

The key to the profitability of a spinning mill is the maximum utilization of the raw material. On TC 19i, an optical sensor monitors the waste in the suction, thus providing the data for Wastecontrol. If too many good fibers end up in the waste, the system adjusts the mote knife setting on the Webfeed via a servomotor.

Permanent quality control

The Trützschler Nep Sensor NCT (separat option) permanently monitors the web on the doffer. A camera registers and distinguishes neps, trash particles and seed coat fragments. The data is displayed on the screen of the cards and also transmitted to the Trützschler mill monitoring system My Mill. In this way, multiple cards can be monitored regarding quality delivery, and any deviation will immediately be recognized.

Smart and easy operation

The TC 19i provides a multitouch screen that can be used as easily and intuitively as a smartphone. Individual operator recognition and authorization is possible through an RFID chip. In addition, the remote card display T-LED visualizes important machine information in an easy way and helps operators to stay aware of each machine’s status.

Jürgen März, carding specialist at Trützschler, received a lot of positive feedback at ITMA: “By talking to our customers about problems in their mills, we learned about their dependence on skilled staff. The precision of the flat setting is highly influenced by the operator, but reliable and well-trained personnel is difficult to find today. Customers were very impressed by the fact that very narrow settings can be set completely independent. The carding gap is no longer set by a technician, but by an intelligent system. The limitations of human precision have been overcome by Trützschler machinery at this point.”

Smart Textiles To Fight Mosquitoes: A New Approach

A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) claimed mosquitoes to be the deadliest and most dangerous species on planet in terms of human deaths. In 2015, 438,000 malaria-related deaths were reported globally. The incidence of dengue has reportedly increased 30 times in the last three decades. Several countries are reporting their first outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases such as zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.

With the ever increasing cases of resistance of mosquitoes to repellents, several groups have tried incorporating new repellents into fabrics. There have been several efforts towards designing smart textiles that can prevent mosquito bites. Microencapsulation has been commonly used. However, these methods are prone to drawbacks like non-sustainability and lack of reusability. Another approach uses microbeads, which again are costly and tedious. This restricts the use of conventional microbeads and micro-capsules for practical day-to-day applications.

The solution proposed by its research team adds the necessary advantages of in-trend micro-encapsulation technique and gets rid of their drawbacks.

The proposed idea is to use a smart textile system that incorporates a refillable mechanism that can be reloaded multiple times with mosquito repellents on the go, controllable by the user. This work demonstrates the superiority of sustainable smart textiles to be used as a platform for mosquito repellent technology.

Making use of shape memory polymers (SMPs) for this purpose, the concept is new and gives the user the advantage to control the release of repellent multiple times, depending on need. SMPs are smart textiles having a specific shape that is stored in their ‘memory’, which when subjected to external stimulus like heat, magnetic or electric field, change and return back to their ‘memory’ shape when the stimulus is removed. The patent for the same is under process.

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Kordsa Acquires AXIOM Materials with an Investment of USD 181 Million

Kordsa, a subsidiary of Sabancı Holding and a global player in the reinforcement technologies market, acquired US-based Axiom Materials.

This acquisition of USD 181 million paved the way for Kordsa to be the only worldwide qualified manufacturer of Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composites.

Kordsa has stepped into the advanced composite materials industry with Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, conjointly established with Sabancı University. Kordsa has expanded its area of operations and competencies with its 2018’s acquisitions of Fabric Development, Textile Products and Advanced Honeycomb Technologies providing advanced composite materials to the aerospace industry. With the acquisition of Axiom Materials, Kordsa has completed the first phase of its goal to build a second Kordsa in composite technologies. Widely used in aircraft engines, the value-added materials produced by Axiom Materials have different applications in various industries and are considered as the material of the future. This acquisition, which is critical to develop Kordsa’s competencies in strategic and high growth areas, strengthens Kordsa’s potential to develop new products.

Pointing out the position of Kordsa in the Holding’s vision,  as Sabancı of  New Generation, Mehmet Göçmen, Sabancı Holding CEO, said: “Dynamic portfolio management and high technology-oriented investments are critical areas of focus in the transformation process of Sabancı Group. Kordsa, the flagship of our vision to grow in high value added industries, transforms into a company capable of producing advanced material technologies with its investment of approximately USD 300 million in composite technologies in the last two years. Following the acquisition of four US-based major companies, Kordsa built a business line with annual gross revenue of over USD 150 million. With this new investments, Kordsa as the supplier of leading global companies, now becomes the only worldwide qualified manufacturer of Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composites. This key acquisition, which is a clear sign of our mindset to manage our business based on universal standards, will also support the development of our country in international markets.”

Cenk Alper, Sabancı Holding Industrials Group President and Chairman of Kordsa, regarding the acquisition of Axiom Materials stated: “We continue to support our organic growth in the composite technologies market with inorganic growth investments. We took the first step of our growth strategy with the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, one of the few integrated production centers in the world. Our journey went ahead in aerospace industry with Fabric Development and Textile Products, which produce highly-engineered structural materials; our competency has expanded with the acquisition of Advanced Honeycomb Technologies, which produces advanced materials for cabin interior parts. With this investment, we will create a growth platform in North America, the aerospace hub.”

Ali Çalışkan, Kordsa CEO, regarding the purchase of Axiom Materials, which leads the composite market through its R&D studies, stated: “We took a very important step that reinforces our vision ‘Inspired from life, we reinforce life’. With the acquisition of Axiom Materials providing advanced technology composite materials to the next generation transportation vehicles as well as the aerospace industries and leading the composite market through its R&D studies, we have expanded our expertise in the field of composites and finalized the portfolio of advanced composite intermediates. With the acquisition of Axiom, we  completed the first phase of our goal to build a second Kordsa in composite technologies. Today, we are the only worldwide qualified manufacturer of Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composites. I am both proud and excited for the days ahead. After the tires, wings, hulls and the interior of the aircrafts, Kordsa will also reinforce aircraft engines. “

Archroma To Introduce New Water-Based Ultra-Low Voc Coating Technology

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, has launched at the recent ITMA exhibition its new Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq, a water-based ultra-low VOC polyurethane (PU) polymer coating technology.

The innovation was developed in compliance with “The Archroma Way: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. The approach finds its origin in Archroma’s deep belief that it is possible to make the textile industry sustainable, economically and ecologically.

Coatings are used in the textile industry to achieve features such as waterproofness, flexibility, durability and UV resistance. With the growing demand for safer and more ecological products, water-based PU coatings are progressively prevailing as the preferred coating technology.

Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq have been developed to provide textile manufacturers with an additional water-based option that delivers high performance to the coated fabrics of demanding applications, such as indoor and outdoor textiles, nonwovens and papers.

Initially developed for the chemical bonding and coating for backpack and other industrial products, Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq also improve the mechanical properties of the treated material such as their tensile strength and scratch resistance.

The new products will be the core of Archroma’s Safe Seats system. The system, which combines Lurapret® N5392 & N5396 liq with Archroma’s halogen-free* Pekoflam® STC p flame retardant, allows to create a halogen-free* flame retardant coating system for synthetic leather upholstery.

Using Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq together with Archroma’s Nuva® N2155 & N4547 soil protection and release finishes, enables customers to achieve highest standards in water-repellence and waterproofness.

Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq can be applied by impregnation, coating (paste or foam), and spray, and are compliant with the ZDHC and bluesign® requirements.

“The new Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq coating polymers perfectly illustrate Archroma’s commitment to challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable”, says Thomas Seeger, Global Business Development Manager for Finishing, Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, at Archroma, whilst at the same time helping our customers to develop high performance textile articles and added value for their business. That is what The Archroma Way is about. Because it’s our nature!”

* Below limits of detection
Lurapret®, Nuva® and Pekoflam® are trademarks of Archroma registered in many countries.
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Solar Cells Embedded Clothes Can Charge Mobile Phone

Scientists from Nottingham Trent University have developed a technology to embed miniaturised solar cells into yarn that can then be knitted and woven into textiles. This can lead to clothing embedded with tiny solar cells the size of a flea which will allow wearers to generate electricity on the move and charge items like mobile phones and smartwatches.

The technology has been tested and proven to charge a mobile phone and a Fitbit. The cells are encapsulated in a resin which allows the textile fabric to be washed and worn like any other form of clothing. Measuring only three millimetres in length and 1.5 millimetres in width, the cells are almost invisible to the naked eye and cannot be felt by the wearer. For all intents and purposes, garments appear exactly the same as any other form of clothing despite having the capability to generate electricity. Project lead Professor Tilak Dias, of the School of Art and Design, said: “By embedding miniaturised solar cells into yarn we can create clothing and fabric that generate power in a sustainable way. The clothing would look and behave like any other textile, but within the fibres would be a network of miniaturised cells which are creating electricity. This could do away with the need to plug items into wall sockets and reduce the demand on the grid while cutting carbon emissions. The electrical power demand for smart e-textiles has always been its Achilles heel and this technology will allow people to use smart textiles while on the move,” Dias added.

Up to 200 miniaturised cells can generate 2.5-10 volts and up to 80 miliwatts in power. The university’s Advanced Textiles Research Group made a proof of concept textile of 5cm by 5cm size with 200 cells.

This proved powerful enough to charge a mobile phone and a Fitbit. Researchers say if 2,000 solar cells were incorporated into a textile it would generate enough power to charge a smart phone.

Researcher Achala Satharasinghe, who developed the prototype as part of his PhD at the university, said: “This is an exciting technology which could revolutionise the way we think about solar power, clothing and wearable technology. With the availability of miniaturised solar cells we can generate power in a range of new ways, by utilising things like clothing, fashion accessories, textiles and more. It will allow mobile devices to be charged in environmentally-friendly ways which are more convenient for consumers than ever before,” Satharasinghe said.

Oerlikon Presented Its Expanded Nonwovens Product Portfolio at the IDEA 2019

Oerlikon presented its complete nonwoven plant portfolio for the production of airlaid, meltblown, spunbond- ed and hybrid materials at this year’s IDEA in Miami from 25–28 March. The focus of its presentation was on solutions for hygiene, medical and other disposable nonwovens.

Visitors to this year’s IDEA can inform themselves on the wide range of products at Oerlikon’s exhibition stand.

Two strong partnerships for disposable nonwovens

While two years ago the Nonwoven business unit of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment focused almost exclusively on solutions for technical applications, the company has now expanded its product portfolio to include solutions for disposable nonwovens by establishing strong partnerships.

Oerlikon & Teknoweb Materials – two strong partners for the nonwoven industry

As early as spring 2017, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers’ Nonwoven busi- ness unit had entered into a strategic partnership with the Italian company Teknoweb Materials.

Teknoweb Materials is an established technology supplier in the field of wipes and other disposable nonwovens. With its LEVRA technology, the company has its own patented, particularly efficient manufacturing process for wipes. It also has extensive process know-how on the making and further processing of these nonwoven materials. The Nonwoven busi- ness unit of Oerlikon’s Manmade Fibers segment com- pletes this partnership with its well-established machine and plant solutions. Teknoweb Materials also were be represented at IDEA at the Oerlikon exhibition stand.

Cooperation with Shaoyang Textile Machinery

For spunmelt systems solutions for hygiene and medical applications, Oerlikon has been in cooperation with the Chinese machine and plant manufacturer Shaoyang Textile Machinery since Autumn of last year. The goal of these cooperation partners is to advance the international marketing of spunmelt plants outside of China. Oerlikon Manmade Fibers’ Nonwoven business unit contributes its plant engineering know-how and is responsible for product and process guarantees. Oerlikon also assumes the overall project responsibility as well as world-wide customer service outside of China.

Groz-Beckert Felting and Carding Specialists Joined at the IDEA Miami

Groz-Beckert presented the Felting and Carding product areas at IDEA from 26 to 28 March 2019.

Over 550 exhibitors, visitors and companies from 70 countries come together at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Felting product division of Groz-Beckert presented the innovative HyTec® P jet strip for the spunlace industry. With it, all mechanical properties improve such as scratch resistance, bending stiffness and service life thanks to its significantly higher hardness. The acrylic exhibit shows three different versions of the new HyTec® P jet strip.

Groz-Beckert will focused on special needle solutions: the EcoStar® and Gebecon® felting needle.

The special working part cross-section of the EcoStar® felting needle meets the highest demands for product surface quality in all applications. Compared with a standard felting needle, the EcoStar® felting needle achieves an energy saving of up to seven percent in the needling process.

With the Gebecon® felting needle, users also benefit from an improvedsurface quality of the end product. The patented working part design provides optimal bending resistance and results in improved needling parameters.

Enlarged scale models represent the special geometries and shapes of the Gebecon® and EcoStar® felting needles down to the last detail.A special highlight for visitors to the Groz-Beckert booth is the live demonstration on a lab-scale needling machine. This highlight the advantages of a Gebecon® felting needle compared with a standard conical felting needle via a penetration force measuring device.The Carding product area also represented at IDEA with its range of products and services. At the Groz-Beckert booth, the Carding product area presented its extensive range of services for the nonwoven industry, and visitors will have the opportunity to interact with Carding specialists.