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a look at the latest offerings and news from suppliers in this busy sector



By Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff



Published August 13, 2008
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A.CELLI NONWOVENS

A.Celli Nonwovens is a world leader in the design and manufacture of winders, slitter-rewinders and unwinders. The company’s new area of interest is roll handling and packaging technology, where it offers new technology known as Slittopack, which integrates winding, slitting and packaging into a synergistic operational concept for nonwovens plants. Specially developed to be integrated with mainstream technologies such as Corematic core positioning and Slittomatic knife positioning systems, Slittopack’s main features are:

• Modular design to fit different layouts

• Flexible technology to fit different budgets

• Value-adding concept (high throughput production lines)

• Fully interfaced with upstream line

• Single user interface

• Order pulled operation

• Reduced manpower


ACCUSENTRY

AccuSentry is introducing line scan technology for the inspection of  products such as diapers, incontinence items, pants, panty liners and hygienic pads. Unlike the area scan camera, which captures the complete image of the product to be inspected, the line scan camera captures one very small slice of the product at a time and builds it into a complete product image. The advantage of the line scan camera is the ability to capture the image of the product through a very narrow viewing slot. This approach greatly limits the space requirement of the camera system. As high speed production lines are getting more compact, the space between the last component placement and the final packaging is getting more limited. The line scan camera provides the ability to inspect the product through a few millimeters of product viewing space. In addition, because the light is hitting all the small slices of the product at the same angle, the lighting uniformity of the product is greatly enhanced. This results in much more consistent inspection. The line scan camera also has the ability to provide very high resolution image. For example using a 2k line scan camera, the system delivers very detailed inspection through an image with 16 mega pixel size resolution.   


ACRISON INTERNATIONAL

SAP feeding specialist Acrison’s new flow splitter (shown here), is designed for separating SAP streams into smaller streams in the production of multi-layer absorbent hygiene products. Crucially, the splitter maintains the required split ratio even as the SAP rate is increased or decreased. It does this by incorporating technology from Acrison’s patented AirSAP device, which was developed to ensure a consistent spread of SAP across a desired width, for instance, in the production of sanitary napkins with an absorbent core using an airlaid web supplemented by a layer of SAP for extra absorbency.

    “We realized that some manufacturers were attempting to produce a multi-layer product by taking a single SAP feeder and then dividing the output stream into two separate streams,” explained Acrison segment manager, John Wheeldon. “Often, they were doing this using fairly crude splitter devices that could be adjusted to provide the necessary split ratio at a fixed rate, but they noticed that the split ratio varied wildly as the rate was increased or decreased. This caused particular problems at line ramp-up or during periods of low speed running e.g. during roll splicing. We realized there was nothing on the market to meet this requirement so we adapted our patented AirSap technology to produce a splitter which was able to maintain a consistent split ratio. The reaction of the market tells us the development of such a device was long overdue.”


Advanced Testing Instruments
Corporation

Advanced Testing Instruments Corporation (ATI) has unveiled GraviTest. Among the most advanced Water Vapor Permeability Tester (WVPT) or Moisture Vapor Testers (MVTR) available on today’s market, the GraviTest 6300 is manufactured by Gintronic AG of Switzerland and represented by ATI. In addition to the GraviTest 6300 ATI also offers the brand new Easy Perm WVPT. Easy Perm is designed to give quick reliable results on the production floor, thus eliminating the wait time commonly associated with WVPT testing.

        With GraviTest the determination of water vapor transmission rates of polymeric films and other sheet materials by gravimetric method becomes easy. GraviTest offers simple specimen preparation, user-friendly PC software and the complete automation of the measuring process. This, in combination with the accurate and robust balance, allows for high-precision gravimetric measurement of water vapor permeability in a minimum timeframe. Resealable specimen holders with an integrated seal make wax-sealing of the samples redundant. Assembling the samples into the six specimen holders takes a matter of minutes. The use of classic sample cups is possible as well.


AEROGLIDE

With an increasing number of nonwoven installations and expansions around the world,  particularly in Asia, Aeroglide Corporation has enhanced its position by expanding its office in Shanghai, China. This global presence was further strengthened in June 2008 when the company was acquired by The Buhler Group (see Nonwovens News, page 20). Headquartered in Switzerland, Buhler also has manufacturing, sales and service centers in China. The growing demand for qualified thermal bonding and drying equipment manufacturers, along with local customer service, was the main reason for this expansion.  

    Since the Shanghai office expansion, Aeroglide has increased its ability to offer higher quality through-air conveyor driers and drum driers as an alternative to local suppliers. Applications include spray bond, hydroentangled and highloft webs requiring gentle or high speed through-flow processing and support throughout the heating processes.

    With more than 150 drum dryer installations since the 1970s, the National Drying division of Aeroglide has some of the highest evaporation rates in the industry, setting a new standard in efficient thermal bonding, heat setting and drying of all types of nonwovens and fibers.

    In addition to the Shanghai office, Aeroglide has offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Stamford, U.K.; and Philadelphia, PA—each reporting to corporate headquarters located in Raleigh, NC.


AMERICAN FLEXPACK

American FlexPack, a producer of single-use packaged products, has expanded its capacity to 22 production lines. “Fortunately, when we moved into our new location, we had planned for this growth,” said Michael Mackey, president. “Our expansion includes staffing and facilities to offer a greater lineup of EPA and FDA surface and skin contact products. Our OTC and medical products division is part of the expansion.”

    “We have experienced growth across our markets, with the personal care and cosmetic sectors being recent standouts,” said Colleen Smits, vice president. “Our expertise in manufacturing specialty products including healthcare and special niche applications has made us a national go-to supplier.” American FlexPack is a contract packager for many major brands. Quick turnaround to support brand rollouts is a key support service.

    Driving growth for many of hygiene products is convenience and consumer awareness of cleanliness for on-the-go and other situations. Also drawing increased attention is the confidence that each single-use package eliminates concerns associated with contamination of a multi-wipe container which is opened repeatedly.

    Located in Green Bay, WI, American FlexPack packages wipes, lotions, gels, powders and liquids.


ANDRITZ KÜSTERS

With neXdetect Andritz Küsters has developed a reliable measuring system detecting invisible chemicals application on nonwovens in the form of stripes during running production. The unique quality control system registered as a patent can be used either inline or offline and simplifies and improves the entire process of stripe applications.

    Until recently, the precise setting of the stripe application was a very elaborate process that was only possible by investing a lot of time, generating a considerable quantity of waste and under a high degree of process uncertainty. The neXdetect sensor on a traversing unit continuously recognizes the applied stripes on the dry web during the running production process. The neXdetect process is a capacitive measuring with an open capacitor.

    To facilitate stripe detection the neXdetect carries out a “yes/no recognition.” The pointedly placed sensor is calibrated on an area of the web that has add-on and an area that has no add-on. The typical data sets recorded here reveal distinctions between the basic material and the stripes added, even in cases of extreme low oil pick-up. It is imperative that from the many data recorded, which also contain information on material quality, material weight, residual agent levels, moisture, etc., precisely just those values be filtered out that are required for the “yes/no recognition.”


ASPEX

Founded in 1978, Aspex is a world leader in the design and manufacturer of automatic spinneret inspection systems. The New York-based company supplies its SpinTrak system for automatically inspecting spinnerets after cleaning in the spunbond/meltblown processes. SpinTrak floor standing models are widely accepted by nonwovens producers.

    “Until using the SpinTrak, in a complete cleaning and inspecting program, many customers never imagined how important proper inspection is to the function of their plant with respect to efficiency, cost of manufacturing, product loss, quality and process control,” commented Gerald Henrici. 

    The following ad­vantages are offered with this new technology:

• completely eliminates human subjectivity using a microscope or light by manual checking.  

• efficient for tracking product, raw material, different lines, and spinneret performance.

• increases the lifetime and performance of expensive spinnerets.

• management of the cleaning/inspection process is greatly improved and more efficient.   

• communication between the inspectors and production is greatly improved and time saved checking and rechecking. 

• startup time is reduced because dirty capillaries are taken care of before restarting again.  The system has the ability to inspect and blow air automatically into a suspect capillary.

• important statistics are reported about each inspection of the spinneret and each capillary. Historical comparisons can be made to identify repeated problems with the same capillaries.


BETA LASERMIKE

Beta LaserMike has introduced the new LaserSpeed 4100 Non-Contact encoder. The LS4100 gauge is perfect for nonwoven material measurement because it is non-contact, highly accurate and repeatable as well as permanently calibrated. The LaserSpeed will start saving the customer money as soon as it is installed.

    The LS4100 uses a proven technology called Laser Doppler Velocimetry to accurately measure the speed and length of any moving product or surface to an accuracy of +/- 0.05% or better. This accuracy combined with the benefits of no slippage, no marking of the product and permanent calibration makes the LaserSpeed 4100 the best tool for speed and length measurement.

    For operations where zero speed and reversing is required, the LS9000, with its integrated light modulating technology, provides the same accuracy and benefits as the LS4100. The LaserSpeed series of measurement gauges was designed to be drop-in replacements for any type of mechanical tachometers. The LaserSpeed gauges have proven to provide a typical return on investment of less than two months. Savings are achieved through increased accuracy, reduced scrap, less product give-away, reduction of charge backs from short rolls or lengths and reduced maintenance/calibration costs.
    

BICMA Hygiene Technologie

BICMA Hygiene Technologie GmbH, an expert in the market for nearly 15 years, is facing its busiest year in its history. The INDEX exhibition in April contributed to the high level of machines, rebuilts and upgrades that were ordered. The company’s order books are well filled for the coming months.

     BICMA is focusing on several complete light in­continence machines currently and has received positive feedback on its smart application concept for short-cut elastic foam, the high-density fluff cores with SAP only in the center layer and its pattern for liquid distribution and flexibility of calendered pads.

    Developments have been made for baby and adult diaper machines. For baby diapers, BICMA offers one of the smallest and most flexible technical concepts for the application of elasticated ears with zero waste. This feature allows for modern product appearance combined with considerable raw material cost reduction. The key advantage of BICMA’s concept is the minimum of space needed for integration of this technology into existing customer machines of any brand.

    For adult diapers, the classical anatomical shape is often replaced by concepts with nonwoven belts or elasticated “flex” belts. BICMA offers all necessary process units to upgrade existing machines to this modern product concept.

    The feminine care market shows some new highlights such as color printing on the airlaid acquisition layer. BICMA has units operating in the market based on flexographic printing technology. As usual, the customer needs to check the patent situation for the product concept. The technical solution is easy to operate and can be included in new or existing machines.


BIKOMA

German machinery supplier Bikoma AG Spezialmaschinen is highlighting its  newly developed nursing pad machine S-700. The system reaches a production speed of up to 500 pieces per minute, which, according to the company, makes it the quickest machine worldwide for nursing pad production. The new forming station with minimum product form­ing times of 800 milliseconds enables a stable and precise breast shape. The line is universal and offers the following product variations:

- fluff core with tissue layer

- fluff core with two tissue layers and SAP

- fluff core with airlaid layer and SAF

- airlaid only

- single or double silicone tape

- products with or without nipples

- individual wrapping

- two pads in one individual bag

     The above-mentioned options are available for different product sizes. The line includes a new camera control system with options to observe various parameters. The machine has been installed and the customer is starting production.


CALDIROLI

Caldiroli S.r.l. is one of the oldest producers of machinery and equipment for the hygiene market. The company began  almost 55 years ago producing complete lines for absorbent cotton pads for hospitals and later put into production one of the first machines for manufacturing cotton sanitary towels covered with a cotton net. Gradually, Caldiroli’s activity has increased by producing more up-to-date machines for the hygiene market such as panty shields, sanitary napkins, baby diapers, traditional adult incontinence diapers, adult pull-on diapers and under-pads.

    In principal Caldiroli’s machines are very versatile and, the company does its best to adapt its systems to utilize the new raw materials that are offered as alternatives in the market. While its machines were initially utilized by small and medium end users, today the company also produces high speed machines to complete its production range.

    Caldiroli S.r.l. has always done its best to guarantee satisfaction and affordable prices, and also offers continuous after-sales assistance to all its customers, and will continue to do so in the future.


CATBRIDGE MACHINERY

Catbridge Machinery recently delivered one of its Model 210 winders, a two-drum surface-type slitter rewinder of exceptional versatility. Designed for use on polypropylene spunbond, SMS and meltblown fabrics from 10 to 100 gpsm, this 90-inch wide machine can run a variety of jobs, streamlining operations. With its emphasis on custom engineered converting solutions, Catbridge can configure the Model 210 to a customer’s exact product range and preferences.

    This particular Model 210 incorporates a number of features tailored to specific customer needs. A shaftless floor pick-up unwind for 60-inch roll diameters provides load cell-based tension control. The unwind’s two 25 H.P. AC vector motors controlled in the PLC provide desired tension during acceleration, deceleration and build-down.

    Driven infeed rolls between the unwind and rewind and a highly responsive closed-loop tension control system supply constant tension during acceleration, deceleration and normal running conditions. A 90-degree splice table with thermal bonder controlling pressure, time and temperature allows splices to be made accurately and consistently with minimal waste and downtime.

    The low inertia top-riding roll is equipped with friction cylinders and down force controlled in the PLC to provide exceptional roll density control. Light-weight carbon-fiber idlers with load cells measure tension prior to winding. The tension set point is loaded into the system and controlled with tension  feedback. The above features allow this machine to perform at 2500 fpm at total web tension of seven pounds.


The CMM GrouP

For nonwovens industry companies seeking to destroy harmful pollutants present in process airstreams, Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers from The CMM Group can provide VOC/HAP destruction efficiencies up to 99+%.  

    Available with airflow capacities from 3000 to 100,000+ scfm, CMM’s Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers can provide thermal efficiencies up to 97% by incorporating a variety of modern, energy saving features including: structured cer­amic media, premium efficiency motors, variable speed fan controls, PLC machine controls, burners and/or burner controls that automatically adjust the air/fuel ration for optimum performance.

     To reduce operating costs even more, secondary add-on heat recovery systems designed to utilize the 250°-1500° heat energy normally vented out the stack can be incorporated into a new CMM RTO or retrofit into existing equipment. For further cost reductions, these systems can be designed to augment typical process heat requirements (air, oil, water, steam). If a facility has an existing RTO, recovered energy can be converted into building make-up air (heated or cooled) for additional bottom line savings.

    Backed by an experienced staff, The CMM Group provides turnkey design, installation and project management services for thermal and catalytic oxidizers, rotary concentrators, heat recovery systems, dust collectors, permanent total enclosures, custom ovens and dryers and production machinery.


Coreforming Technologies

Coreforming Technologies is dedicated to supplying customers with high quality drum-type coreforming equipment. With more than 30 years of combined experience in the field of absorbent cores, the company has been putting its patented technology to work for manufacturers of products ranging from diapers to feminine hygiene items, on all types of machinery from different OEMs.

    Whether a project encompasses reducing pad weight or fiber loss or increasing productivity, Coreforming Tech­nologies can manufacture forming screens, pockets, or complete drums and drum formers. It also has waterjet capabilities of up to 1.5 meters by 3.0 meters (5 feet by 10 feet).


CORMATEX

Italian machinery supplier Cormatex has recently designed the Lap Formair, which is a machine developed for the manufacturing of airlaid nonwovens based on a new aerodynamic fiber batt formation system. The revolutionary system gives the final product a fiber density that is even both longitudinally and across the whole machine width. The system is capable of processing any kind of material, both fibrous and non-fibrous, thus guaranteeing an even density down to 150 gpsm products. A complete airlaying pilot line has been installed in Cormatex’s Research Centre and is available for customers’ trials.


DIATEC

Diatec’s Automatic Quality Control system by line scan cameras is an inspection program created to inspect standard disposable products. Inspection area size and shape can be modified to inspect products of various sizes and with different configurations. The typical program is set up to inspect the leg cut-out areas (for remaining material), core position, core contamination, holes in the formed pad, closure tapes (absence/presence), elastic ears (front and back), frontal tapes as well as waist bands.

    A system operator sets the parameters (target and tolerances) for all product position measurements, and these values can be used to determine pass/fail inspection results. These parameter values and measurement results are displayed on the Operator Interfaces. Inspection results can also be used to activate I/O output elements to indicate pass/fail status so to eliminate defective product when desired. The new system has the possibility of inspecting the product using two different cameras integrating the controls and data received.

    Now, with the Diatec system customers can control the whole production of their converter with reduced space using the new line scan camera technology.


DIMATRA

A young and dynamic company, Dimatra has a wide portfolio of machines covering many converting processes for nonwovens, papers and plastic films. It currently  has 19 machines to offer. Six of them were designed last year. On average, this Mexican firm has designed a new machine every two months.  

    One of those new designs became reality last year and three of them are coming to life this year: the Manual Core Cutter for 10-ich cardboard tubes has already seen the light and the other two—the Slitter Rewinder for Small Rolls and the Wet Wipes Machine—are in development.

    The company’s compact wet wipes machine (240 wipes per minute) was designed and built for a local niche player. With that expertise acquired, Dimatra decided to design a higher productivity machine. This new design produces 800 to 4000 Z or C format flat wipes per minute with an automated stacker at a predetermined pieces count at a very convenient cost-benefit ratio. This machine will be tested imminently and delivered to the customer immediately afterwards. The company’s  goal is to increase the throughput up to 8000 wipes per minute.

    Dimatra is now manufacturing equipment for a mid range Russian converter.


EBM Techniek

For more than 20 years, EBM Techniek has provided most major cotton pad producers with high capacity pad punching and bagging installations. These machines have the qualification of combining production uptime with excellent presentation of the pads in the bag. EBM Techniek offers two kinds of cotton pad punching In­stallations—the high capacity EBM HCI 700 and the EBM Flex 500, which has a virtually unlimited flexibility for shapes and dimensions of cotton pads. Besides cotton pad punching installations, the company supplies systems for blanket winding and unwinding, embossing machines and automatic case packers.
Edelmann Technology

In the last year, there have been many exciting developments at Edelmann Technology. First, the company ownership changed in July 2007. Jésus López Marin, new owner and CEO, took over Edelmann Maschinen and in order to emphasize the future direction of the company, the name was changed to Edelmann Technology GmbH. Little time was taken in developing and launching the latest in-line slitter winder. Edelmann has many years of experience with in line slitting and winding, having launched the first non-stop in line winder for the nonwovens industry in 1972. In addition to the new in line developments, Edelmann Technology has also developed a fully automatic “spacer” free core cutting and positioning system. This system allows a single off-line slitter/winder to work more efficiently; thus, negating the need for a second slitter/winder in high speed applications.

    Just after launching the new M640 in line slitter winder (shown here) at INDEX 2008, Edelmann Technology was awarded the prestigious INDUSTRIE PREIS 2008 for the design innovation found in the M640. Edelmann Technology was chosen over 600 other medium-sized firms to win in the mechanical engineering category.


ELSNER ENGINEERING WORKS

Elsner Engineering Works shipped its first Model GWR-760 high speed fully automatic wallcoverings rewinder with the Model OW-30-C shrink film roll overwrapper in  June. The new GWR-760 incorporates features of the company’s existing high speed rewinders used for lighter weight papers and films with new, heavy duty rotary cut-off knife and rolling head systems to better handle the heavy wall-covering products.

    Built for the standard sidewall widths of  20.5-inches and 27-feet (500 and 762 mm) and 33- foot (10 meter) long rolls at speeds up to 850 feet per minute (250 mpm), the machine can continually produce up to 25 rolls per minute with shrink film wrapping and automatic labeling. This speed capability more than doubles the previous offerings in the industry.

     Founded in 1934, Elsner Engineering Works designs and manufactures converting and packaging machinery. It will be celebrating its 75th anniversary as a family-owned and operated business in 2009.  Its line of more than 50 different machines is used to convert and package such products as disposable disinfectant baby nonwoven wipes, gift wrap paper, aluminum foil and wallpaper. Elsner currently services and supports more than 2400 machines worldwide with equipment in service in more than 50 countries.  In addition to its headquarters in Hanover, PA, Elsner also has a sales office in Bremen, Germany and offers field support from sites in Germany and China.
 

ENERCON INDUSTRIES

Recent Enercon lab trials revealed atmospheric plasma treatment (APT) eliminated pin-holing from a spunbonded polypropylene web application. Tests showed that Enercon’s Plasma3 system achieved 70 dynes/cm at a speed of 250 mpm producing a strong adhesion with water-based ink and coating. This application achieved ink adhesion without the presence of plasma processes gas.

    Textile companies with extensive knowledge of printing are using APT technology to produce a range of spunbonded and needlepunch material with added-value designs. Printing processes that have benefited from the integration of the APT process include direct pigment printing (flexo and solvent-based systems), rotary screen and digital ink-jet.

    Plasma3 improves nonwoven fibers’ surface properties without altering them; electron microscopy has shown that the surfaces of fibers after treatment are clean, uniform and consistent. These improvements increase adhesion, wettability, printability and dyeability as well reduce material shrinkage.    

    Enercon, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, WI, is a major manufacturer of equipment for the plastics and packaging industries. The company supplies custom built bare-roll, covered-roll and universal roll corona treating systems, atmospheric plasma treating systems, flame systems, 3D surface treaters and 3D plasma treaters for the plastics and rubber industries.


Erhardt + Leimer

Erhardt + Leimer (E+L) continues to lead the way in web process  control for nonwovens production with its latest innovation  in the guiding of moving webs, the ELSMART SW9430  Segmented Roll Guiding System.

     Segmented Roll guiders with continuous slat segments provide reliable guiding by web center or edge because the web is supported on the roll over its full width. ELSMART systems with slat segments divided in the middle permit additional spreading of the web during guiding without forming longitudinal creases prior to processing. Subsequent spreading devices such as bow rollers are therefore unnecessary. Furthermore, crosswise elastic webs may be controlled to a pre-defined width by using one drive per side for the two-part slats.

    Even in the event of major corrections, the segmented roller guider ensures the uniform distribution of tension due to a uniform cylindrical roller surface and roller position.  Since the entire roller body may be rotated in the side fastening flange to adjust to the current position of web travel, this system may be mounted in practically any machine design. The extremely compact footprint of these ELSMART systems makes the segmented roller guider SWS 94 particularly suitable for use in a wide variety of machine types such as thermo-calenders, laminators and winding applications


EPS (Shanghai Expansion Light
Industry Machinery Co)

Airlaid specialist EPS (Shanghai Expansion Light Industry Machinery Co., Ltd.), based in Shanghai has produced a ZGJ2100 airlaid line for Fiberweb (China) Airlaid Company Limited. Fiberweb celebrated the official commercial launch of the line in June at its China-based Tianjin Teda factory. (For more information, see Nonwovens News, page 14.)

     Boasting an annual capacity of 10,000 tons, the highly flexible production line produces thermal bond, multi bond, latex bond and SAP nonwovens in 2100 mm widths with a 200-meter line speed. The line will target hygiene applications as well as specialty industrial uses and household products such as wipes and food packaging.

    According to the company, the new production line is the largest airlaid line to be designed, built, installed and commissioned in China by a Chinese supplier. The line is supported by state-of-the-art winding and slitting equipment.


FAMECCANICA.DATA

Fameccanica.Data SpA is committed to anticipating market requirements and distinguishes itself for reliable technology, straight innovation ability, customized solutions, on-time delivery and a vast range of services, contributing to the accomplishment of its clients’ business objectives.


Fameccanica Innovates To Deliver The Finest Cost-Effective Solutions Always
Innovation is necessary to ensure the growth of the business through the creation of competitive edges for the company and its customers. The timely understanding of their expectations, along with proven experience, create the fittest solutions to their requirements, such as the recently introduced laser cutting technology, that optimizes capital expenses and gets rid of downtime.


Fameccanica Develops Tech­nology To Make You Satisfied And Respect The World Around You
Fameccanica creates, designs, tests, installs and starts up complete automatic converting lines for hygienic absorbent disposable articles with the best professionals in the field. Femeccanica is driven by social involvement and the development of its people and is very sensitive to environmental issues. It was also with an eye to the environment that the BEST (Back Ears Sans Trim) technology was developed: each converter that installs a BEST system achieves an average waste reduction equal to 100 tons/year.


Fameccanica Became A Group To Get Closer to Its Customers In... Italy, China, Brazil and the U.S.

• Fameccanica.Data, the center of excellence for the manufacturing of high performance machines,  and development and design of all Fameccanica technological platforms, supplying the world market, particularly Europe, Middle East and North America

• Fameccanica Machinery Shanghai, center of excellence for the fabrication of “entry level” technological platforms based on Fameccanica.Data designs. Supplying mainly the China market and other emergent markets in Asia.

• Fameccanica do Brasil, being set up to supply the Latin American market with machines  based on  Fameccanica.Data  designs.

• Fameccanica North America, a commercial branch of Fameccanica.Data, serving the North America market to sell Fameccanica machines and provide, locally, spare parts and technical services.


FLEISSNER

Fleissner is a system supplier within the Trützschler nonwovens organization. While Fleissner supplies machinery for spunlacing, thermal bonding, chemical bonding and general finishing processes including impregnation and drying, sister company ERKO brings technically advanced equipment for fiber opening, blending, carding, airlaying and needlepunching processes to the table. The two companies form a team by complementing each others’ product portfolio.

    The Fleissner MiniJet (pictured here) was developed to serve both as laboratory line or as machine for beginners in the market. It is now standardized at machine widths of 1000 mm and 500 mm and commercially available at very attractive costs. The main features are operating pressures of up to 400 bar and speeds up to 55 m/min. It is built as a skid mounted system, hence minimizing installation costs at site. First orders are already being processed.

    The Fleissner High Speed Foam Foulard may revitalize the demand for resin bonded products, as it speeds up the process from 60-70 m/min to 200 m/min. This is achieved by the integration of a small hydroentangle