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Machinery & Equipment Review



a look at what’s new with industry suppliers



Published August 17, 2005
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Albany International Engineered, Fabrics, Selestat, Cedex, France, is a provider of belts to the nonwovens industry. The company has also developed new machinery and aperturing structures for spunlace and airlaid applications. Other business sectors include high speed carding, drylaid, wetlaid, spunbond, melt blown, thermal bonding, patterning, drying and diaper machinery. Website: www.albint.com

The latest innovation from Asselin, Elbeuf sur Seine, France, is its modern needlepunching line, “ProDyn.” Deemed the future of batt forming, ProDyn effectively eliminates expensive irregularity and weight variances, which can result from the processes of carding and crosslapping and all the different bonding processes. ProDyn can work with nonwoven fabric weights ranging from 55-770 gpsm depending on the client. ProDyn lines can also work with a wide range of fibers, including polyester, polypropylene, polyamide, viscose and cotton—either in blends or in the pure form. The fabrics and processes determine production levels, which can be from 100 to 1100 kg/hr/m, depending on the application. Website: www.nsc.fr

Best Cutting Die, Skokie, IL, is a fully integrated design and manufacturing facility that supplies cutting dies and complete cutting modules to converting industries. Cutting applications include envelopes, diapers, sanitary napkins, labels and packaging products. The company features all in-house die manufacturing capabilities including vacuum heat-treating, coating, cryogenic freezing, CNC machining and state-of-the-art testing and inspection equipment. Website: www.bestcuttingdie.com

BHT Bicma, Mayen, Germany, specializes in building individual machines and upgrades for customers’ specific products. The machine design considers the requirements of each individual customer, such as operating comfort, safety, quick size change, reduced size parts and cost reduction. The company also has supplied several complete sanitary napkin lines, featuring Easypack trifolder/single-wrappers, to hygiene companies. Website: www.bicma.com

The Universal Thermo Bonding oven, featuring a double belt, developed by Bombi Meccanica, Barberino del Mugello, Italy, can treat virtually by any kind of fiber. The machine is ideal for use after airlaid or chute-feed web formation processes. Additionally, the machine’s belt distance adjusts to produce hard and thin or soft and thick materials. Bombi also offers an ultra wide line for new fibers to produce thermal bonded wadding, calendered felt or foam bonded felt. The company’s seven meter wide, high capacity, three-roll calender machine, for the geotextile and heavy felt industries, treats any kind of felt in one passage. This machine provides a final calibration of thickness, a smooth and compact surface, increased strength due to fiber bonding and a reduction of the “peeling” effect. Website: www.bombimeccanica.com

Calemard, Roche de Molière, France, has developed its Pegase spooling line, which reduces operating costs while increasing productivity for hygiene, personal care and industrial applications. The Spoolflex technology combines strip tension, contact pressure and winding patterns. Each spool has a capacity of 850x1200 mm operational direction and the line can run at 500 meters per minute. The machine offers several benefits including reduced downtime and number of splices, the elimination of changeovers, line speed increase as less rolls per shift are used and faster production. Website: www.calemard.com

A. Celli, Porcari, Italy, has expanded its production capabilities with the acquisition of a 10,000 square meter building in Tassignano, Italy. The new facility, which is equipped with numeric controlled tooling machinery and a testing department, began operation in early 2002. The company also opened a branch in Shanghai, China in June 2001. A. Celli develops airlaid winders, slitter-rewinders and laminators for the nonwovens industry. Website: www.acelli.it

Cera France, Villars, France, offers ultrasonic ear and tape applicators for diapers. The company’s latest innovations related to diapers combines a mechanical cutting system and the rotary ultrasonic technology to attach the ear to the diaper’s backsheet. Website: www.cerafrance.fr

Chase Machine & Engineering, West Warwick, RI, has recently introduced the Opti-Pak 1000, which dramatically improves material handling and performance on high speed continuous converting processes. By eliminating twists, tangles and tension while distributing material evenly into boxes, the Opti-Pak 1000 yields increased productivity. Also available from Chase is the Opti-Splice 1000 & 2000 Series, which ultrasonically butt splices thermoplastic films and woven and nonwoven synthetic fabric to form a continuous run of fabric accommodating any width. Ultrasonic energy is used to butt splice (1000 Series) or butt splice and then iron (2000 Series) the material. Website: www.chasemachine.com

Christoph Burkhardt AG, Basel, Switzerland, has further developed the construction and production of tailor-made needle perforating units for special applications in nonwovens, such as three-dimensional perforation (through exclusive cooperation with Tredegar, Richmond, VA). These needle units can also be used for household nonwovens, such as wipes, with a very high productivity for in-line perforation. Website: www.burck hardt.com

SmartView, available from Cognex, Natick, MA, is a web inspection system used by manufacturers to inspect spunbonded, spunlaced, airlaid, thermal bonded, needlepunched, carded and laminated nonwovens. Since its introduction at the last IDEA show, held in Miami, FL in March 2001, the SmartView system has had tremendous acceptance worldwide. More than 300 million square meters of nonwoven material are reportedly inspected by a SmartView system daily. Website: www.cognex.com

Angoulême, Cedex, France-based Cofpa produces manufacturing belts for spunbonded, spunlaced, airlaid, wetlaid and melt blown applications. Options available on these belts include patterning, forming, transferring, spraying, drying, curing and bonding. Cofpa’s focus is the development, selection and production of belts with non-marking seams. Website: www.albint.com

New from Decoup+, Roche de Molière, France, is the “Splicing+,” a butt-to-butt splicing process. Splicing+ offers many advantages including precise bonding, which allows the nonwoven to keep its softness, color and high strength without burning. Designed to be integrated onto existing lines, Splicing+ is compact and available in different configurations for various production needs.

Delta S.p.a, Castelleone, CR, Italy, manufactures converting lines for panty liners, sanitary napkins, baby diapers, light incontinence products and adult diapers. Delta’s machines offer high efficiency at minimal power consumption, low maintenance and spare parts requirements, high savings of raw materials, considerable reduction of noise and faster size changeover, which allows for a complete group of machinery parts to be changed easily. Delta machines all feature a strong design structure with the machines’ glue tanks and electrical cabinets placed on top of the machines to save floor space.

Dienes Werke für Mashinenteile GmbH, Overath-Vilkerath, Germany, has recently presented a machine for grinding and polishing all kinds of circular knives, especially top and bottom knives or slitters and sheeters. The grinding machine is suitable for circular knives with an outer diameter as large as 355mm. Built on a structural steel frame, this high precision machine features a vibration-dampening cast iron base, a cast iron work head mounted on linear bearing ways, a variable speed of 1.5 HP, wheel drive speeds up to 1980 mpm, a rotary base mounted work head for manual positioning and a pendent mounted operator interface with keypad input and CRT display. Website: www.dienes.de

The Dilo System Group, Ederbach, Germany, operates two demonstration rooms within its textile research center with a floor space of more than 2000 square meters. Dilo not only invents and develops machinery but also nonwoven material in cooperation with its customer base. In addition to machine service, Dilo also provides technological and application know-how. Dilo’s Profi-line CV1 technology is a breakthrough for the improved evenness of crosslaid batts, which are either needled or consolidated with other technologies. Spinnbau, which is part of the Dilo group, is the leading specialist for carding equipment and carding lines. Spinnbau’s machinery range includes the Super Servo Card, Double Doffer System and the Random Card Hyperspeed HSP. Website: www.dilo.de

Hanover, PA-based Elsner Engineering Works recently sold two new Model ZFV-1-20 wet wipe folding machines for personal and/or cosmetic wipes. The Model ZFV-1-20 is a more versatile and narrow version of the company’s wider, higher output Model ZFV-8-72 Wet Wipe Machine. The ZFV-1-20 offers single lane production of flat and cross-folded wet wipes. Optional cross folding is by-passed when straight- through flat wipes are desired. The ZFV-1-20 can also be directly connected to a flow wrap machine for single wipe packaging and features an optional stacking section to accumulate wipes for multiple count packages. Production rates are up to 200 wipes per minute or higher, limited only by packaging speed capability. A majority of the machine is comprised of stainless steel for wet operation. Website: www.elsnereng.com

The Plasma3 surface treater available from Enercon, Menomonee Falls, WI, can provide media performance, which is exceptional for both air and liquid filtration. When combined with new coating technology, Plasma3 is ideal for improving pigmentation and coating adhesion, and it works on both natural and synthetic fiber blends. Website: www.enercon.com

A supplier of machinery for stacking and packaging hygiene products, Fameccanica, Teatino, Italy, has introduced several new converting machines for the baby diaper, panty liner and packaging industries. The FA-X Superstar High Speed machine is a premium baby diaper converter with a full modularity chassis configuration with easy installation and start-up. The high speed feature has recently been increased from 600 to 700 pieces per minute. Also available from Fameccanica is the FA-X Superstar Training Pant machine that can run various elastic materials. In the packaging arena, the company’s First machine, which stands for Flexible-Innovative-Reliable-Stacker, is a premium series baby diaper stacker with a stacking speed of 800 diapers per minute and 80 stacks per minute and doesn’t require any tools for size changes. The packaging direction of this machine allows the diaper to spring out of the opening from the side of the folds, rather than the tails, making the grasping of the diaper easier. Website: www.fameccanica.com

The latest technologies from Fehrer AG, Linz, Austria, include the H1, Multi Motion Drive (MMD) and rib velour. Through H1 technology, superior web properties can be attained with oblique angled needle penetration. MMD technology involves a synchronized vertical and horizontal movement, which results in a virtual elliptical path. Additionally, Fehrer’s “Superlooper” machinery, which manufactures velour at speeds up to 3000 strokes per minute, can be equipped with a new type of multipurpose needle, that allows the production of ribbed velour. Website: www.fehrerag.com

The newly patented Spike technology by Formfiber Denmark ApS, Hasselager, Denmark, operates by leading the airflow/fibers through closely positioned spikes on a series of rotating cylinders. All fibers are then hit with a spike, securing a thorough defibration and optimal mixing before homogenous airlaid web distribution. The new Spike technology allows for airlaying of all kinds of natural and synthetic fibers, from two to 75mm, within all “traditional” and numerous airlaid applications, such as production waste of spunbond and cotton and recycled fibers.

Fleissner, Egelsbach, Germany, supplies turnkey spunlace installations for all types of bonded nonwovens and composites with impregnation and printing equipment for performance upgrading of nonwovens (in-line or off-line) as well as high performance through-air dryers. Fleissner is developing new processes based on spunlace technology, including the combination of spunlace and airlaid technologies as well as melt blown, reinforcing scrim and combinations of fabrics with nonwovens. Website: www.fleissner.de

GDM S.p.A., Offanengo, Italy, has recently introduced the BT 600 Pegasus, a new line for highly productive manufacturing of baby diapers based on independent axes transmission and optimized layout. The line guarantees the maximum profit for the end user with an efficiency greater than 90% and less than 2% waste. The innovative technology and process solutions guarantee total control of the material tensioning during the entire machine operation. The process is additionally part of a patented modular frame, which allows flexibility and fast upgrades. The modules on the machine are also capable of manufacturing training pants. Website: www.gdm-spa.com

Patterson, NJ-based Glenro has introduced an infrared dryer with an SCR control system, which can help a foam processor boost productivity. The system combines infrared energy delivery with ambient air impingement to dry a water-based adhesive on foam webs up to 80 inches wide at 35 feet per minute. Glenro designed the new system to work with a customer’s existing tentor frame. The dryer features six Glenro Radplane Series 85 electric infrared heaters rated at 15.3 kW each. The infrared heaters are mounted above the product and deliver infrared energy onto the web. The dryer measures 8.25 feet in machine direction by 9.75 feet across machine direction by 5.5 feet in height. Website: www.glenro.com

The Teardrop Needle designed by Groz-Beckert, Albstadt Ebingen, Germany, is ideal for nonwoven filtration media with reinforced scrim that can only withstand a minimum amount of damage, creating a need for needling capacity without harming the fibers and yarn/filament structure. Felting needles with teardrop-shaped working part profiles, featuring non-destructive HL barbs, are an ideal choice for these purposes. Groz Beckert has developed a fine 40 gg teardrop to needle multifilament fabrics. The fluff produced on the back of the fabric is dense, and the needling process can determine physical characteristics, shrinkage, dimension stability as well as fiber loss and the pilling effect. Website: www.groz-beckert.com

Hanwei (Quanzhou) Machinery Manufacturing, Quanzhou, Fujian, China, offers machinery for feminine napkins, panty shields, baby diapers, wet tissue, underpads, nursing pads, adult diapers and other disposable incontinence products. Some of these new machines include the Model NK-200 machine, featuring a tri-folding unit system, a Model HDH-KB machine for panty shields and the Model HY-KB and Model HY-SLL-KB machines for sanitary napkins with wings. Website: www.han-wei.com

The most recent addition to Ibis International, Hoschton, GA, is the D-147 Pneumatic Distributor. This air and material separating device is similar to the company’s MS-4 line and is capable of the same workloads as the MS line. Ibis’ parts department can cross reference a manufacturer’s part number and can give back a competitive quotation, allowing a process to be back on-line again quickly. Website: www.ibis-usa.com

Bassano del Grappa, Italy-based Idrosistem’s latest waste water treatment system has recently been sold to Tenotex’s plant in Benejama, Alicante, Spain. The waste water treatment system includes a flotation unit, four sand filters, an active carbon filter and an ultraviolet irradiation unit. The group of machines is already producing strong results with 99% containment removal, to ensure improved fabric quality, according to executives. Website: www.idrosistem.com

The Delta 3000 D-Cam HS, a horizontal fin seal wrapper for packaging nonwovens, has recently been launched by Ilapak, Newtown, PA. This new high speed machine can be used to package wet wipes. The D-Cam’s sealing head can package travel wipes at speeds up to 250 packs per minute. The machine offers an increased speed range, and comes equipped with standard wet wipe options, such as die cutting, label applicators and laser printing. Ilapak has also recently had a 20% increase in its sales department, including an overall refocusing effort, as well as an entire new office in the midwest dedicated solely to the nonwovens business. Website: www.ilapakusa.com

Indemax, Franklin, NJ, has been offering adhesive system replacement parts to the nonwovens industry since 1978. The company supplies special hoses with different inside diameters, wattages and control devices needed for diaper and sanitary napkin manufacturing. Special hoses can be made up to 80 feet long with a four-inch interior diameter. Website: www.indemax.com

Hendersonville, TN-based ITW Dynatec has been busy promoting its Laminated Plate Technology (LPT), which includes the company’s Uniform Fiber Depositor (UFD), Random Fiber technology and the Omega technology. This integrated system can save up to 70% of the adhesive compared to more conventional methods, such as spiral spray and slot coating. The system uses the Omega nozzle to form a uniform adhesive pattern that only lays the adhesive along the strand. ITW Dynatec has also recently developed a UFD Omega nozzle technology for laminations or diaper construction applications. It is available in a variety of outputs and configurations with an adhesive cost savings up to 50%. Website: www.itwdynatec.com

Curt G. Joa, Sheboygan Falls, WI, has added two new drive platforms to its converting equipment, the J4-MV and the J6. The J4-MV, designed for speeds up to 300 meters per minute, provides a performance value and technology bridge between the company’s existing J4-S Servo and J4-M Mechanical platforms. The J6 employs the latest in large-scale servo system technology along with the latest in process technology to provide a line capable of speeds up to 450 meters per minute. Website: www.joa.com

The new Eagle III Vision System, an inspection system for nonwovens manufacturers, has been developed by Lasor/Systronics, Norcross, GA. This system is personal computer-based and offers superior signal processing capability with an easy-to-operate interface and can be used by spunbond, spunlace, air carded or needlepunch manufacturers. In applications that require nonwovens uniformity, a Formation Analysis Module can be added to the basic system. This module provides a uniformity measurement of the material in “real time” while it is being produced. Lasor/ Systronics’ new Advanced Classification Software can be used on applications where differentiation of the defects is important. The company’s new Streak Detection Software Module can detect small, subtle streaks throughout nonwovens production. Website: www.lasorsystronics.com

Lemo Maschinenbau, Niederkassel Mondorf, Germany, has recently introduced its Autopack line, used for handling and packaging systems for bag-making machinery. More than 50 units are currently installed, and more have been ordered this year from customers on several continents. Autopack offers a higher level of hygiene, less physical stress and higher uniformity of production across all daily shifts. Website: info@lemo-maschinenbau.com

New from Mahlo GmbH, Donau, Germany, is the Quality Control System Qualiscan Type QMS-10A. The Qualiscan QMS-10A is an online quality control system, designed to monitor and control critical processing parameters, such as weight per unit area, moisture and thickness. The QMS-10A is modular and can accommodate up to four traverse assemblies with the ability to accommodate four types of sensors each. Additionally, the system can be used for spunbond, melt blown, thermal bonded, needlepunched, spunlaced, synthetic leather and nonwoven coating lines. Website: www.mahlo.com

Recently launched by Mocon, Minneapolis, MN, is the Permatran-W Model 101K, a water vapor permeation rate measurement system that allows for moisture barriers. This new test system is ideal for measuring water vapor in such materials as nonwovens, fabrics, textiles, breathable membranes, plastic films and paper. The Model 101K permits testing up to six samples simultaneously in a single system module. Website: www.mocon.com

Glass fiber and staple fiber blades, available from Mozart AG, Solingen, Germany, offer high reliability and excellent stability under load results from the use of high quality, special alloy strip steel and stringent process quality controls. The individual model series is precisely adapted to the special needs of chemical and glassfiber customers, by the use of optimized grinding angles and special coatings. Additionally, tight control of tolerances and polishing ensures the desired cutting quality is consistently achieved, even in large production runs. Website: www.mozartblades.com

Nordson Nonwovens Systems Group, Dawsonville, GA, has expanded its Equipment Services Program (ESP) for the convenient and cost-effective cleaning, refurbishing or rebuilding of Nordson adhesive application equipment. The ESP is designed for customers to ensure they receive original “factory quality” parts and Nordson expertise on all Nordson rebuilt equipment. Nordson’s rebuilt and exchanged products carry the same U.S. and international approvals as they did at their original purchase. Website: www.nordson.com

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Osprey, has recently launched its Quick Start machine, based on its patented Phoenix technology, which targets industries that require dry filtration. In addition to standard features, this design can apply an A/C frequency inverter on the direct drive main system fan. This allows the fan to react to the differential pressure signal to maintain a constant, negative pressure at the incoming duct of the filter. By placing an A/C inverter on the high speed drum drive, Quick Start has the ability to adjust the drum rotation speed to provide maximum media cleaning potential. For interior maintenance, Quick Start includes dual, large and quick action pneumatic doors with safety switches. Website: www.ospreyfilters.com

Paper Machine Converting Company, Green Bay, WI, has announced the sale of its new PCMC Clipper series production line to Tufco Technologies, Green Bay, WI. Tufco will use the Clipper equipment to convert a variety of dry and wet wipes for household cleaning, personal care, baby care, industrial and medical markets. The Clipper link technology system allows the wipes system to cut changeover time by up to 75%. This versatile system produces wet or dry wipes in clips, which are linked together, allowing a changeover of 20-count rolls instead of 80-count rolls and run a large range of different wipes configurations and folds. Also available from PCMC is the Calypso I,II, IV Crossfolder Series, which eliminates the need for complex vacuum systems and runs a wide range of nonwovens and tissue materials. Website: www.pcmc.com

Quanzhou, China-based Quanzhou N.D.C. Spray Coating is devoted to researching, manufacturing and marketing hot melt applicators. The company’s main series includes Cute Power, Cute Tornado and Dragon Cyclone, with varied applicator types of spiral coating, non-contact and other relative control auto control systems. If requested, the applicator can be adapted to feminine napkins, panty liners, diapers and other compound materials.

Rieter Perfojet, Montbonnet, France, has recently sold a 3.5 meter Jetlace 3000 spunlace system along with a Perfodry 3000 dryer, to Shaoxing Hengsheng Textile Company, Shaoxing City, Zhengjiang Province, China. With this new investment, Shaoxing will be able to produce high quality spunlaced nonwovens in sizes ranging from 30 to 300 gpsm. Rieter Perfojet’s Jetlace 3000 offers alternative bonding, utilization of random Micro Perforated Cylinder (MPC) and positive pre-wetting and high pressure injectors. Perfodry 3000 is a compact dryer for spunlaced nonwovens lines with an integrated air system, economical construction and easy installation. Features of the Perfodry include energy efficiency, high strength toll construction, roll-out maintenance-easy design, compact airflow system and dual temperature zones. Website: www.icbtgroup.com

RML Raynworth Marketing, Lugano, Switzerland, has been involved in fully renovating converting lines for hygienic products for 20 years. The company’s construction technology is based on a reduced number of components and high reduction of maintenance and spare parts cost with high machine efficienc. Five of the company’s lines have been installed in areas such as North Africa, the Middle East and Central Africa. RML Raynworth executives predict that sales for next year look promising. Website: www.raynworth.com

Rufina, Italy-based Sanimac S.r.l. has developed its latest baby diaper line, the B-350 Series Performance. The company supplies and guarantees highly productive machinery that is easy to operate and maintain with low waste. Sanimac still offers its pre-sales consulting services, as well as continued engineering assistance, after the line has been installed. Website: www.sanimac.it

Rotary matched metal punching tools from Schober, Cincinnati, OH, provide extreme accuracy and longevity with speeds of more than 700 feet per minute. Schober’s modules and tools are used in nonwoven and film materials to provide moisture release and air flow. In addition, pulp and airlaid materials can be successfully processed. Punching can improve a material’s properties in many ways. A multitude of patterns provides a wide variation of hole sizes and densities. Waste can be removed through a vacuum duct and can then be recycled. Custom design and development make Schober’s punching tools ideal for retrofitting and upgrading existing machinery and for the integration into new equipment, according to company executives. Website: www.schoberusa.net

SML Maschinengesellschaft, Lenzing, Austria, has presented the first co-extrusion cast film line with an integrated SML monoaxial stretching unit and in-line nonwoven lamination unit for the production of breathable film compounds. These compounds are currently being used for the outer layer of baby diapers. The cast film line is 46 meters long, 14 meters wide and seven meters high and weighs approximately 180 tons. The line features a hot air drying unit, which ensures that remaining moisture is withdrawn out of the raw material before it is processed.

Sonobond Ultrasonics, West Chester, PA, offers ultrasonic technology that is especially useful for High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration requirements. Sonobond’s SureWeld 20kHz ultrasonic plunge welder is ideal for use in assembling cylindrical filters from HEPA pleated filter media. The SureWeld machine can bond and trim the edges of pleated filter media in one step, creating a 10-inch filter tube, which, after testing, still maintains the HEPA rating. Additionally, the welders feature rectangular support columns, which eliminate deflection, keeping the filter unit in perfect alignment during the assembly process. Website: www.sonobondultrasonic.com

SSP & Technology S.p.A, Garlasco, Italy, has made strategic alliances in the machinery manufacturing industry, including acquiring an interest in suppliers Laben and BMA. The company has also consolidated its joint venture with Mayen, Germany-based BHT Bicma, which manufactures production lines, with five units current under assembly and testing. SSP is also developing a new machine to produce an elastic baby pant and an adult product featuring an integral waistband as well as a machine to produce a winged adult diaper. SSP together with its partners BHT and Cera France, Villars, France, has developed a new Cut & Place Applicator for the application of the stretchable tape by using ultrasonic bonding instead of glue. Website: www.ssp.it

The External Element GX Air Shaft, an ultra light, low-cost shaft design, is now available from Camas, WA-based Tidland. Designed for light to medium duty applications, the GX shaft is available for three- and six-inch core sizes and can be built with various configurations to fit virtually any application. The GX shaft features a fail-safe, multicircuit air system that ensures a loss of air in one element will not affect the expansion and performance of the other elements. Website: www.tidland.com

The AirWeb machine from Thibeau, Turcoing, France, a NSC Nonwoven company, combines properties of carding and air laying to increase web widths without increasing fiber fineness. AirWeb is dedicated to products that require a high quantity of fibers and a machine direction/cross direction ratio below 1.5. The web range is 35<200 gpsm, mainly for 50<100 gpsm applications, such as medical, wipes and some hygiene applications. AirWeb can process all synthetic staple fibers from 10 to 50 millimeters, as well as cotton. The principle of AirWeb is based on the judicious control of air flux at a very high speed, which permits the optimization of the output and efficiently concentrates on a pre-determined fiber mass. Two versions are available for the NSC Nonwoven AirWeb. The AirWeb-C, which integrates the fiber separation and includes a chute feed, a Servo-X auto leveler and a CA11 powerful card. The second version is the AirWeb-T, designed with the Turbo unit, fed by carded web or webs. Website: www.nsc.fr

St. Paul, MN-based TSI has recently introduced the Model LS200 LasorSpeed Noncontact Length and Speed Measurement Gauge, an affordable and highly accurate alternative to tachometers or encoders. The LS200 provides accuracy better than plus or minus 0.1%. The LS200 is available in a number of models, which can be mounted four, 12 or 24 inches away from the material being measured. Advantages of the LS200 include no slippage between measured material and LS200, no marking or harming of measured material, the ability to measure any material, including soft materials, and no moving parts to wear out. The LS200 offers multiple outputs and a speed ranging from 1.3 to 11,000 feet per minute. Website: www.tsi.com

The Heracles machine from Winkler + Dunnebier, Neuwied, Germany, is a high speed, high performance machine used for adult incontinence and sanitary napkin production. The Heracles, which is 50 meters long and three stories high, is equipped to produce adult incontinence pads in three different sizes. Additionally, the machine’s hammer mills, the fluff de-vibration section, superabsorbent polymer loading station and core forming wheels incorporate a high level of construction know-how. Website: www.w-d.de

Eduard Küsters Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG, Krefeld, Germany, parent company of Zima Corporation, Spartanburg, SC, has acquired the Nonwoven and Textile Calender Division of KKA Kleinwefers Anlagen GmbH, Krefeld, Germany. The integration of Kleinwefer’s employees into the Küsters teams will ensure a smooth transition and continuity in all product and service areas. Küsters’ acquisition of Kleinwefers calender and roll systems will enable Zima/ Küsters to be a one-stop supplier for the textile and nonwovens industries with an even wider range of products—from conventional to high-tech. Website: www.zima@kuesters.com