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Published June 6, 2005
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Lucca, Italy-based A. Celli Nonwovens has introduced the Neck-in management system and Slitto-Motor. These are the results of a research and development program Celli started three years ago designed to generate innovation in the area of automation and operator-friendliness. Neck-in management is operator-friendly software meant to design reel size and can automatically manage fabric elasticity and shrinkage, while coordinating both knife positioning and cardboard core cutting.

Slitto motor is an A. Celli-patented, independently motorized counterknife holder that can drive counterknife blades without a shaft. In addition to allowing better cut control, this system drastically reduces blade replacement time that increases productivity records and line capacity. The company has also introduced the Wingformer, a system for airlaid web formation capable of guaranteeing productivity of more than 450 kg/m/h on an industrial scale. Additionally, A. Celli will be holding the third edition of its Winding School, a technology transfer and training workshop, in Ft. Lauderdale this November. Website: www.celli.com.

Photo courtesy of Ason Neumag

Ason Neumag Corporation, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a division of Neumag Zweigniederlassung der Saurer GmbH & Co., recently celebrated the opening of its state-of-the-art pilot facility, the Spunbond Solutions Center, in Neumüster, Germany. The patented AST process offers several unique core competencies, such as shrink-free PET, ultra-fine filaments, high-speed spinning and high production and fabric qualities. The 1.2-meter-wide pilot line, a smaller version of a full production facility, highlights all the components of the intellectual properties of the AST patents. In addition to core Ason Neumang technology, the line incorporates components from Küsters, Edelmann and other first-tier suppliers. A needle loom is currently being added to the line. Website: www.asonnuemag.com.

Green Bay-based Associated Machine Design has introduced the W-Flex series wipes production line. The line can produce continuously folded flat-pack style wet, dry or treated wipes. Various solutions and coating systems are available depending on the intended use of the product as well as a wide range of fluid viscosities. Individual wetting tube control can be accomplished using a patent pending valve and control system coupled with dedicated flow meters. The system can be equipped to read out and monitor critical machine process functions allowing for data collection and alarming. Website: www.associatedmachine.com.

Industrial weaver AstenJohnson, Charleston, SC, offers a full line of products for spunlace, spunbond, meltblown, airlaid and wetlaid processes. The company's latest offering for spunbond/SMS and glassmat production is the WebMaster F325, specifically designed for the rigors of high-speed nonwovens production. It provides exceptional hold down while delivering support and release properties. Also, the GlassMaster 200NP provides a balance of properties required for the production of high quality fiberglass-based mats. Website: www.astenjohnson.com.

Pistoia, Italy-based Automatex, has developed a needleloom system, the Automair. The system uses suction directly on the stripper and bedplate to reduce down time for cleaning. The looms are built for continuous production speeds of at least 1500 rpm with a 40 or 55 mm stroke. The patented, forged camshaft and oiling system are similar to those on an automobile. The absence of bearings and heavy construction drastically reduces maintenance and noise levels by 20-30%, eliminating the need for a sound room. Website: www.dawsontextile.com.

Rotary cutting and embossing dies and anvils producer Best Cutting Die, Skokie, IL, is known in the converting industry for its complete in-house vacuum heat-treating capabilities and services.

The company has recently introduced a second vacuum furnace that is two times the capacity of the largest furnace in its heat-treating department. The company has also introduced a new large-diameter capacity cylindrical grinder. In addition to a number of smaller ovens and the large capacity vacuum heating treating ovens, Best Cutting Die has large, state-of-the-art cryogenic chilling chambers with the capability of sub-zero treating to 300 degrees.

This procedure follows heat-treating and is used to stabilize the material to increase the life of the dies. Website: www.bestcuttingdie.com.

Boschert, Loerrach, Germany, offers a round/square seat geometry for its safety chucks called the VT-7 style. This new style separates the load of the roll from its torque, resulting in extended life for the roll shaft journal and for the seat of the safety chuck. The bar rides on the seat during operation because the load of the roll is on its round segment. This translates into a smoother, vibration-free run every time.

The chucks are easily retrofitted by simply removing the existing Boschert VT insert and installing the VT-7. Turnaround time for the change is less than five minutes.

Boschert has also introduced the fourth generation of positive locks for its safety chucks, the Type IV. It is also more robust than any other Boschert lock. This feature can be ordered on the new safety chucks and is not intended to retrofit existing ones. Website: www.boschertllc.com.

Designed for slitting and edge sealing synthetic materials where narrow widths, down to the inch, are desired, Branson Ultrasonics has introduced the Model F-20 Ultrasonic Slitter which produces 20% higher amplitude for faster weld cycles. Ultrasonic slitting seals the slit edge with vibratory energy at rates ranging from 40 to 300 surface feet per minute. The sealed edge is tapered with no bead or bulk and eliminates the “dog bone” effect on rolled material.

A complete ultrasonic slitting setup includes a 2000 bca remote power supply, converter, carbide-faced horn, spring-on-air counted cutting anvil, booster and cable. Website: www.bransonultrasonics.com.

A producer of web guiding systems, BST International, Elmhurst, IL, has introduced two products for the control and guiding of moving webs. The ekr Pro Com 60 is a compact unit designed for simple integration and use over a wide range of printing, converting and OEM applications. The unit uses a unique new operator interface, which combines color-coded icons for simplicity and an LCD dot matrix display, with data in both numeric and graphic form. The ekr Pro Com controller is available in both stand-alone or panel-mount units, providing the flexibility for integration into OEM systems.

Also introduced is the ekr Pro System, a web or process management system capable of complying with automated applications such as web width measurement, splice control and tire manufacturing.

The system integrates the ekr Pro Com family of controllers, a new CCD Pro Sensor, Pro Logic module and a new ProTouch touch screen user interface. Website:
www.bst-international.com.

Chase Machine & Engineering, West Warwick, RI, recently celebrated its 50th year of web handling. Known for its design and manufacture of ultrasonic web handling machinery such as laminators and slitters, Chase continues to provide its customers with state-of-the-art solutions for their web handling challenges.

During the last several decades, Chase has been privileged to work with technological partners such as Branson, Dukane and Herrmann Ultrasonics. Website: www.chasemachine.com.

Chicago-based Chicago Cutting Die is now manufacturing a complete line of embossing and crimping tools for the nonwovens converting industry using premium tool steel in the manufacturing process. The rolls can be fully heat treated, surface heat treated or used with an ultrasonic sealing horn. Website: www.chicagocuttingdie.com

A machine supplier within the airlaid industry, Dan-Webforming, Aarhus, Denmark, is combining airlaid technology with other technologies to create new product applications. These combinations include carded-airlaid-carded (CAC), carded-airlaid (CA), spunbond-airlaid-spunbond (SAS) and airlaid-spunbond-airlaid (ASA) technologies.

Dan-Web’s forming technology can also be combined with a variety of other technologies such as spunlace and airlace, spunbond and meltblown, or similar forming technologies. Website: www.dan-web.com.

To address current production demands for the hygienic and diaper film markets, Davis-Standard, Pawcatuck, CT, has expanded its non-woven coatings capabilities to improve processor outputs and product quality while reducing waste.

Recent technology has enabled Davis-Standard to develop the industry’s most complete and technically advanced line of nonwoven machinery for the hygienic film market. Website: www.davis-standard.com.

Tension equipment manufacturer Dover Flexo Electronics, Rochester, NH, has introduced the WebHandler tm3 digital tension controller. The compact and simple WebHandler tm3 brings precise, automatic closed-loop web control to nonwovens converting machinery at a highly competitive price. Working with input from DFE tension transducers, the compact Webhandlertm3 controls output to a tensioning component such as a pneumatic brake, clutch or DC drive.

The controller maintains accurate, repeatable tension on nonwoven webs in any process zone. Website: www.dfe.com.

Franklin, MA-based Dynisco has introduced a wear-resistant coating for melt pressure transducer diaphragms called DyMax. DyMax has replaced Armoloy as the industry standard for melt pressure transducer coatings.

All Dynisco melt pressure transducer products with Armoloy coating will now come with DyMax.

This unique coating adds abrasion resistance without limiting sensor performance.

Dynisco has also introduced the newest SPX Series of smart pressure transmitters.

The SPX Series is designed for all extrusion and process pressure measurements, ranging from 25 to 30,000 psi.

The series is available in a variety of mounting configurations including the process industry standards: large remote diaphragm seal, threaded, small remote diaphragm seal and many other custom mounting configurations. Website: www.dynisco.com

Elsner Engineering Works, Hanover, PA, has introduced its Model ENR-760 and ENR-1000 Automatic Nonwoven Rewinders.

The ENR Series of automatic nonwoven wipes perforator rewinders offers converters the opportunity to unwind, perforate, slit and rewind a preset count of nonwoven sheets in a roll, automatically, in a single machine.

Finished rolls with tails glued closed and ready for automatic insertion into canisters are available with a single operator to monitor machine operation.

The ENR-760 produces up to four seven-inch-wide rolls per log at 15 logs per minute or 60 pieces per minute; the ENR-1000 produces up to six seven-inch-wide rolls per log at 15 logs per minute or 90 pieces per minute. Website: www.elsnereng.com.

Monomonee Falls, WI-based Enercon has introduced the Plasma3, a proprietary atmospheric glow discharge surface treatment system for functionalizing narrow and wide nonwoven webs. The Plasma3 system can modify the entire fiber network of webs with dual-sided treatment.

Uniformity of treatment is achieved and functionalization is precisely controlled to promote many hydrophilic surface properties. Process chemistry consumption costs are extremely low, reacting in the discharge area and yielding high and long-lasting surface energy to provide improved adhesion of dyes, inks, coatings and adhesives. Website: www.enercon.com.

Fab-Con Machinery Development Corporation, Port Washington, NY, produces final state finishing equipment for the knit and nonwoven textile segments.

The company’s most recent offerings have focused on the development of a reliable, highly productive mechanical systems for improving the softness of certain woven, printed knit and nonwoven fabrics.

Fab-ConDigital simplex and Fab-Con Digital S Series machines utilize mechanical means comprising of nips made up of a combination of rollers, breaker bars and metal shoes to impact an improvement in fabric surface hand attributes.

When compared to chemical means of achieving hand or softness improvement, a mechanical method has been proven to be highly cost advantageous in designated applications. Website: www.fab-con.com.

Fleissner opened a newly upgraded nonwovens technical center at its Egelsbach, Germany headquarters and provided a workshop for customers of the nonwovens industry under the motto “nonwovens speed-up.”

The workshop accomplished two things for the company. The first was to demonstrate its desire to lead dynamic development in the nonwovens market with its high-performance machinery; the second was to demonstrate that Fleissner's new line is available for hydrentanglement trials at speeds from 200 to 600 m/min. Website: www.fleissner.de.

F.O.R., a division of Fincarde based in Biella, Italy, has developed the Injection card specifically for the nonwovens industry.

This card features patented processes which have been developed to meet the demands of new fibers, higher production requirements and quality.

The Injection card has a double doffer on the breaker cylinder, and the injection technology on the finishers cylinder produces a superior quality web a higher production rate.

The technology can process micro denier, short fibers and delicate fibers without the limitation imposed by workers and strippers. Website: www.dawsontextile.com.

Manitowoc, WI-based Foster Needle has introduced the Conical Star needle. The new design mixes the efficient fiber-carrying capacity of the Star Blade with a stable conical blade shape.

The needle is best suited to produce technical, highly densified webs where needle breakage has been a problem. Website: www.fosterneedleusa.com.

Ideal for process-heating a wide range of air-permeable products, Glenro’s Through-Air Dryer supplies heated air to the interior of the dryer enclosure through a perforated plenum mounted above the product line. Heat transfer throughout the entire product is almost instant. Air drawn in through the suction plenum is returned to the burner chamber for reheating and re-use. The dryer has a small footprint, measuring only 6.5 feet long by seven feet by 4.5 feet deep excluding ductwork and heating apparatus. Website: www.glenro.com.

Ulatrasonic plastic bonding and welding systems producer Hermann Ultrasonics, Schaumburg, IL, has introduced the Microdialog touch CS operator interface to provide process control and easy operation.

An industrial 12-inch, full-color touch screen allows the user to enter process parameters, save weld recipes and visualize important process data as graphics. Fully digital ultrasonic generators Dynamic digital control CS provide peak power outputs of up to 4000 watts.

With the new bus interface, the generators can be integrated seamlessly into the microdialog touch CS control scheme, allow remote settings via the main machine PLC or external statistical process data login for quality assurance.

The actuator VE CS provides a rigid mounting of the ultrasonic weld horn, easy alignment and extremely precise positioning of the weld horn. Website: www.HermannUltrasonics.com.

Water treatment specialist, Idrosistem Energy, Bassano del Grappa, Italy, has introduced its latest sand filtration with flotation device combined in the same unit.

The system works using a recycling mechanism in which the water is saturated with air similar to the way it is in a flotation unit. The result is increased efficiency in the removal of any finishing products, including surface agents and oils. It is now possible for spunlace producers using cotton to treat wastewater directly in the sand filters without having to pre-treat the fiber in a flotation unit. Website: www.idrosistem.com.

Sparta, NJ-based Indemax, Inc., has been producing direct replacement hot-melt glue machine parts for machines made by such companies as Nordson, Meltex and Graco since 1978. Indemax makes special hoses up to 80 feet long with inside diameters in excess of six inches, used to heat everything from polymers to lipstick. Hose to actual glue temperatures translate to optimum control and extended hose life. Indemax nozzles are sized to within .0005 inches of the intended diameter, and modules are drip-proof because they are shut off at the tip, incorporating double hydraulic seals. Website: www.indemax.com.

Independent Machine Co., Fairfield, NJ, has introduced its latest system for slitting and traverse winding nonwoven material. The system includes the insertion of a polyethylene liner at each winding position to protect the product as it is spooled or rewound and allow for each position to traverse or pancake wind. The new 10-inch-wide system features six Smartwinder 2000 modular cubes which operate inline with the unwind slitter section. The slitter includes a cantilevered unwind with programmable constant tension, auto edge guide, adjustable peel off roll, entry and “S” wrap pull rolls and the exclusive IMC interchangeable slitting assemblies for shear, score and razor slittings. Website: www.independentusa.com.

Isra Surface Vision, Norcross, GA, is a worldwide producer of surface inspection systems for nonwovens. Based on the Smash Web Processor, a new faster and advanced system is available. The system is a modular system that combines superior capability, speed and expandability at an affordable price. The open architecture allows the real time inspection information to be interfaced with PLCs, control systems and networks. The defects can be zoomed individually or displayed in a photo album format with cross web and down web location, size and type. Website: www.isravision.com.

Testing and equipment manufacturer James H. Heal, Halifax, U.K., has added a range of instruments to its offerings. Included are the xenon arc light and weather fastness tester, Appolo, and a advanced instrument facilitating the close control of sunlight, temperature and humidity. An addition to Heal's Martindale family is the Mini-Martindale, a single-head abrasion tester that can be used for a range of applications. The digital tear tester, Elmatear, now has improved jaws and can be connected to a PC for analysis of test results. TruBurst, Heal's intelligent bursting strength tester is now available as an advanced model that allows cyclic testing. Website: www.james-heal.co.uk.

Küsters has introduced the Krefelda calender innovation that helps cut both time and production costs.

The Twin Calender enables the changing of a pattern or an easy switch from embossing to bonding within minutes.

The Twin Calender can be equipped with all Küsters system rolls.

The standard program provides for material widths up to six meters and reach production speeds of up to 1000 m/min.

Temperatures of up to 275°C are also possible, as well as the infinitely variable line force up to 300 N/mm over the entire material width for ideal performance and ease of operation. Website: www.kusters.nl.

The Watt Fluid Applicator by Huron, OH-based Latanick Equipment, is an “economical process” that applies a measured amount of liquid accurately and evenly, moving at variable processing speeds on a manufacturing line. Fluid application has been applied up to a 96-inch width in the cross direction. It can be controlled from a thread speed exceeding 1500 feet/min. Website: www.plantfloor.com.

Rockford, IL-based Martin Automatic has introduced a splice unit for the production of disposable products. The new MSL splice unit will splice most substrates, including traditional nonwovens, airlaid nonwovens, films, tissues and laminated webs. The MSL can be provided as part of a separate unit for integration by the customer. The cantilevered splice unit was designed for easy operator access and thread-up. The flexibility of the MSL allows it to be mounted in any orientation, making it ideal for retrofitting to existing unwind equipment. Website: www.martinautomatic.com.

Carding machine, fiber preparation and blending line manufacturer Masias Maquinara, SA, has developed a new airlaying line that enables the user to feed a pad formed with virgin or recycled fibers directly to an oven or a needle punch machine. Masais installations include complete fiber preparation lines, air laying and pad forming units, ovens and cutting and rolling units. The airlaying line is currently available for trials in the Masias showroom. Website: www.masias.com.

Massen Machine Vision Systems, Lohnerhofstr, Germany, continues to solve the most demanding quality problems in industrial nonwovens production a new fast, automatic inspection system that ensures the esthetical quality of color-printed nonwovens. Website: www.massen.com.

Westerly, RI-based Maxson Automatic Machinery Company has introduced its Dual Position Roll Stand, that is able to handle two rolls. Each position can lift a roll up to 84 inches in diameter and up to 7000 pounds at speeds up to 3000 feet per minute. Hydraulically powered, each position loads a roll by lowering both arms and then moving each toward the roll. Sufficient clamping pressure is exited to drive the chucks into the core. Website: www.maxsonautomatic.com.

Miller Weldmaster Corp, Navarre, OH, has introduced a continuous filter tubing system. The Miller system is able to pull fabric off of rolls and pre-fold it into a desired tube diameter and then weld it into a tube. After the filter has welded the filter, it is pulled directly into a precise cut-to-length system. A programmed footage counter or optical sensor dictates the filter bag length.

The filter bag is then swept into any package or material handling system desired. The Miller System has line speeds up to 60 feet per minute with limited-to-no operator involvement. Miller Weldmaster also produces a complete line of fabric welding and handling equipment for the cured-in-place pipeline industry. Website: www.vinylwelders.com.

Lavale, MD-based National Jet Company, manufactures spinnerets and melt blown die tips for the nonwovens industry.

The company’s latest offering is the Najet Model micro-drilling machine, to be installed recently at its production facility in Lavale. The CNC drilling machine will help reduce manufacturing lead times and reduce the cost of spinnerets.

Additionally, the company has recently received its ISO 9001:2000 certification, which applies to National Jet’s micro-machining services, including the latest in micro-hole technology used in the textile industry. Website: www.najet.com.

Measurements and control products manufacturer NDC Infrared, Irwindale, CA, has introduced several products.These products have been designed for a variety of nonwovens and textile applications, from a simple carded line to needlepunched lines to SMS processes.

The Pro.Max Process/Product Management System features hardware and software solutions for managing up to three product scanners. The system is the first to combine a PC-based SCADA system with mission critical hardware. The Pro.Max overlays on top of NDC's traditional 6100 and 8000 scanning platforms and provides and added dimension of process management capability. Also introduced is the MiniTrak scanner design for webs up to eight meters wide. The cross-web beam is an 8-inch by 8-inch U-beam design, whose outer shell houses virtually all of the mechanical and electrical components. Also, the new FS710 NIR Guage is a high accuracy forward scatter gauge capable of measuring basis weight in nonwovens applications. Website: www.ndcinfrared.com.

Dawsonville, GA-based Nordson Corporation, has introduced a nonwovens system that provides disposable product manufacturers with new performance capabilities that improve production efficiency and reduce adhesive usage.

Universal Platform dispensing designs were expanded to include 22- and 25-millimeter-wide modules, Speed Slot applicators and Controlled Fiberization spray applicators.

New developments in Contour Coat equipment enhance hot melt adhesive pattern flexibility and production alternatives.

The expanded VersaBlue melter series gives manufacturers additional production flexibility and capability.

Additionally, Nordon’s Center of Excellence testing facility actively continues research and production trials for nonwovens manufacturers to accurately qualify substrate characteristics and costs.

It is the first pilot facility capable of producing mono and bi-component spunbond, meltblown and SMS composites at full production speeds.

System development for spinning and formation has resulted in the finest bi-compnent webs in the industry. Recent visits by Chinese delegations have most certainly contributed to additional machine sales in China, an important target market. Website: www.Nordson.com.

Osprey Corporation, Atlanta, is expanding its operations in Conyers, GA, to consolidate all of its systems product lines with its auxiliary plastics machinery manufacturing.

All of the administration, sales and engineering staff will remain at the Atlanta location. Osprey has also introduced several new products.

The patent pending Fluff and SAP Extraction System offers an increased output rate while reducing capital expense, energy consumption and valuable floor space.

The system’s new air balancing feature reduces housekeeping issues associated with other systems. Also, Osprey has expanded its MS line of air separators used in trim, cull and scrap collection applications.

The new expanded line includes arrangements for air volumes of 4000 to 40,000 cfm under normal operating conditions.

The new Profiler now offers real-time quality control for soft disposable producers with an easily installed sensor. The profiler will instantly and efficientsly detect products that are not in user specification while reducing production line waste. Website: www.ospreyfilters.com.

PBI-Dansensor, Glen Rock, NJ, offers the LYSSY Water Vapor Permeability Tester for quick and accurate assessment of moisture barrier properties and increased reproducibility. Unlike the traditional cup test method in which ambient moisture and temperature created constantly changing conditions and require longer test times, the LYSSY MVTR tester works within a sealed chamber that features a controlled humidity and temperature environment. LYSSY water vapor transmission testers are used to assess the quality of nonwovens, films, blister packaging, metallized foils, impermeable fabrics, PUR-coated fabrics for nursing and surgical and hygienic membranes.

PBI has alsor introduced has introduced the Total Gas Control Unit, which allows coffee packagers to manage the entire gas purging and monitoring process in a single unit.

A combination of on-line gas analysis, off-line spot test analysis, electronic flow control of the gas supply and optional electronic controlled gas mixing maintains uniformity in gas packaging, reduces operator dependent fault possibilities and reduces gas costs by avoiding wasteful overflushing. Website: pbi-dansensor.com.

Focusing on conveyor fabric cleaning problems, ProJet BV, Meerssen, Netherlands, offers the ProJet line of fabric cleaning products that focus 1200 to 5000 psig water pressure at a consumption rate of 0.25 gpm per cleaning nozzle.

With varying impingement angles, they penetrate and clean not only fabric surfaces but throughout the fabric.

The cleaning technology incorporates an existing fabric turning roll as a backing surface during the cleaning process to stabilize the fabric and block contamination flow.

As the high-pressure needle jets penetrate the fabric structure and open fabric pores, the backing roll reverses water mist and contamination flow into the cleaning hood to collect all contamination during cleaning and positively drains the contamination into a save-all catch pan. Website: www.pro-jet.nl.

Sensor Products, Inc., East Hanover, NJ, has introduced D-Nip, the first electronic, real-time nip profiling system. The system is a valuable process control tool for any web-based production environment as it reveals inaccurate roll alignment, roll skewing and crown deficiencies. These problems can result in unevenly processed, wrinkled or mottled products, compacted sheets, excessive sheet breaks and blackening during calendaring.

The D-Nip consists of a sensor element chain and a data collection unit that resides on the roll surface and journal. Website: www.sensorprod.com.

Pinhole detection specialist, Summit Engineering, Columbia, SC, has introduced the DC-3000 line of inspection equipment. The 3000 series offers many new features including dynamic edge guide tracking and programmable inspection lanes. Intelligent inspection lanes automatically move with the product to ensure accurately defined lanes. Standard roll mapping and a user-friendly product set-up screen simplifies product change. Roll map history is provided with every roll. Product records include defect and count size definitions that permit categorizing alarm conditions with each set-up. Basic units include 16 alarm points. Website: www.summitengineering.com.

Taber Industries, Buffalo, NY, has introduced the Rotary Platform Abraser for use in evaluating the wear resistance of nonwoven materials.

A recent in-depth study for a specific nonwoven application showed that the proper wheel selection and test procedure is critical to ensure repeatable and reproducable results. Website: www.taberindustries.com.

Testing equipment manufacturer Textest, Zurich, Switzerland, has introduced the FX 3000-III automatic hydrostatic head tester hydrotester. The Hydrotester III reduces observation time in a Hydrostatic Head Test to zero with an automatic drop detector.

This detector recognizes the penetrating drops and terminates the test after the first or third drop has appeared. This completely eliminates the need for an operator to watch the specimen and all drops are rated equally, eliminating all inter-operator variation. The instrument may also be used without the automatic drop detector. The result is displayed in any of three selectable units of measure. Different test heads with different test areas can easily be fitted to the instrument, and 11 pre-programmed pressure gradients and pressure programs make it possible to test in compliance with any known standard. Website: www.textest.ch.

Philadelphia-based Thwing-Albert Instrument Company has recently completed the necessary requirements to achieve ISO 9001:2000 certification. Among the testing instrument company's new offerings are the ATS-600 absorption test system.

The system utilizes a state-of-the-art optical sensor and syringe pump system to quickly measure liquid absorption rate and capacity critical to product performance of paper towel products, sanitary products and super absorbers.

Thwing-Albert has also introduced a line of PC-controlled universal materials tester, the EJA Vantage Series, suited for nonwovens testing.

Two low-profile frames are available providing capacities up to 1 kN or 5 kN or tension/compression force. Also developed on the EJA Vantage platform, Thwing-Albert’s burst tester is designed specifically for testing wet and dry materials that exhibit low strength characteristics. Website: www.thwingalbert.com.

A provider of machine vision inspection systems and products to the manufacturing and converting industries, Santa Rosa, CA-based Webview, Inc., has introduced Webview
3000-L.

This patented system upgrades any existing laser-based web inspection systems at an affordable price. When installed, the Webview 3000-L offers all the features found on Webview 3000 camera-based systems including two imaging channels, complete roll maps and more.

The Webview 3000-L uses an existing laser scanner and receiver, allowing installation with virtually no downtime required. Webview give its customers with laser scanners and receivers offering the latest technology and performance. Website: www.webinspection.com.