Techtextil 2009: Exhibitor Spotlight

By Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff | June 10, 2009

nonwovens companies prepare for Frankfurt show this month

A. Celli Nonwovens S.p.A. is a world leading producer of customized winders and slitter-rewinders with the sale of over 400 winding machines to serve nonwovens production lines around the world for different fabrics (spunbond, SMS, meltblown, spunlace, air-through-bonded, airlaid, etc.) and applications (hygiene, medical and industrial). In addition to its vast array of winders, slitter-rewinders and unwind stands, A. Celli Nonwovens will be showcasing at Techtextil its customized roll handling and packaging systems and the Wing­former, the revolutionary airlaid forming technology successfully running at Dalian Ruigant Nonwovens Group.

Hall 3.0 Booth J55

Aeroglide Corporation offers single and multi-pass through-air driers/ coolers and suction drum driers in single or multi-drum configurations for nonwoven producers. The company provides service and technical support to customers around the world through its offices in Europe, China, Malaysia and the U.S.

Andritz Küsters
Hall 3.0 Booth A17

Andritz Küsters is underlining its worldwide reputation as a pioneer and expert for deflection-controlled roll systems by presenting a high precision doctor blade at Techtextil. The patented MycroCoat system makes coating or finishing of webs with a precision in the μ range (one thousandth of a millimeter) achievable. Like the well known S-Roll and HyCon Roll systems by Andritz Küsters, the fixed comma doctor blade MycroCoat has a deflection-control that facilitates an exactly defined precise nip against the optimally bedded counter roll. Con­tinu­ous measuring of thickness and grammage allows for automatic application control in a closed loop under running production. This way disturbance variables, such as changes in viscosity of the coating substance or rise in nip pressure at increasing speed, can be compensated immediately.

Dilo Group
Hall 3.0 Booth H31

The DiloGroup (DiloTemafa, Dilo­Spin­nbau,DiloMachines and Dilo­Systems) will inform visitors about installations for the production of needle felts and nonwovens technologies for technical applications in the automotive industry, for geotextiles, filters and insulation applications as well as composite material.

More than 160 complete production lines engineered and delivered by Dilo­Group are in operation worldwide. One main focus will be the new HyperLine consisting of VentoFeed, DeltaCard, HyperLayer and Hyper­punch needling technology. The new card feeding system VentoFeed is a universal card feeder characterized by continuous feeding even at high throughput speeds for short fine fibers as well as for longer and coarser fibers. The HyperLayer crosslapper achieves web infeed speeds of up to 200 m/min. Such infeed speeds, combined with highest layering precision to give straight web edges and precise overlapping, eliminate restrictions in crosslapper output and web quality.

New standards for high speed preneedling are set by the Hyperpunch technique using a DBF batt feeding system and EPMC technology. Increases in productivity together with high web uniformity are an important prerequisite of the new Hyperneedling technology for intense needling. The term intense needling means an extreme increase in needle and penetration density with a simultaneous reduction of the fiber transport per stroke. This results in excellent entanglement of individual fibers in the web, high resistance against abrasion forces and best surface quality without markings.

ES Fibervisions
Hall 4.1 Booth F19

ES Fibervisions will show Techtextil 2009 visitors how the high strength, ecological benefits and cost-reducing potential of its innovative binder fiber technology are helping composite and nonwovens manufacturers achieve a unique balance of performance and cost efficiency for a wide range of industrial and technical textiles. ES Fibervisions’ bicomponent fibers add strength and integrity to textile composites based on a wide range of materials, including renewable and reclaimed products. Combining a polyethylene (PE) sheath and a PP or PET core, the difference in melting points ensures that the fiber core remains intact during bonding, providing strength and durability to the composite matrix, while the sheath, with its low melt temperature, ensures an effective bond with the other materials.

Hall 4.1 Booth F19

FiberVisions, one of the world’s largest producers of polyolefin staple fibers, will demonstrate its commitment to helping the technical and industrial textile industries embrace the challenges of the future, as it highlights its unique binder fiber capabilities to Techtextil 2009 visitors. FiberVisions’ polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) fiber ranges cover all types of textile processing.

To address the composite market’s increasing interest in renewable materials, FiberVisions will present its on-going R&D for innovative fibers that bond with hemp, flax, jute, wood pulp, kenaf and a variety of recycled source materials. Through its activities,FiberVisions aims to support composite manufacturers’ use of natural ingredients while successfully achieving specific performance properties for a finished composite.

Johns Manville
Hall 3.1 Booth E79

Johns Manville will present new nonwoven products for filtration and building applications Techtextil. With a new “heavyweight“ variation of its SpunFil product, JM has extended its polyester spunbond range for filtration. The 260 gpsm filter media for industrial air filtration increases the stiffness, stability and filter efficiency significantly.

The filtration portfolio has also been enlarged with energy-efficient media for air pollution control and gas turbines. With StabilStrand, JM introduces to the market a brand new innovative nonwoven as a surface layer as well as an underlayer for engineered wood materials. StabilStrand represents a new product family composed of innovative glass fiber nonwovens and completely unique binder systems, e.g. b-stage melamine.

NDC Infrared
Hall 3.0 Booth D50

NDC has announced the availability of a novel non-nuclear sensor that can simultaneously measure both Basis weight and residual moisture of poly­propylene spunbond and SMS nonwoven fabrics. The Model NW710 sensor is designed to a performance standard that meets or exceeds the exacting requirements for the measurement of basis weight and trace moisture levels in spunbond nonwoven applications.

The NW710 is ideal for measuring a variety of basis weights from eight gpsm spunbond to 90 gpsm SMS. In addition, the NW710 precisely measures residual moisture levels, making it a highly efficient and essential tool in maintaining product parameters at specification. As product quality and material usage are important aspects of the spunbond nonwoven process, the NW710 is invaluable in controlling the basis weight variation for optimal web formation and quality.

Oerlikon Neumag
Hall 3.0 Booth H27

From parts, key components, individual machines up to complete lines or even to turnkey installations, Oerli­kon Neumag provides the most comprehensive portfolio of products and services for the production of staple fibers and nonwovens. One focus will be the carding technology with a series of improvements on FOR preparation and carding, Fehrer needle punching and Autefa in crosslapping for applications like geotextiles, automotive, filtration or roofing. Besides the new modular card system, lines for the production of nanofiber nonwovens for acoustic applications, which are based on the cooperation with Elmarco, will be one of the highlights in the carding area.

The capability of Oerlikon Neu­mag’s spunlaid technology to produce nonwoven materials out of a wide variety of different polymers like PP, PA, PET or bicomponents, or the ability to produce microdenier filaments, offers a huge potential for a wide range of technical applications. Even the J&M meltblown technology has a solid worldwide reputation for filtration materials.

Besides Nonwovens, Oerlikon Neu­mag presents its traditional staple fiber business with production plants for industrial applications and nonwovens. Depending on the capacities and fiber charateristics, Oerlikon Neumag offers different configurations of one-step (continuous process) or two-step (discontinuous) lines. One of the strengths of Oerlikon Neumag is its long-lasting experience with the development of advanced staple fibers like self-crimp, hollow, bicomponent, spiral crimp or PP high tenacity fibers.

Rieter Perfojet
Hall 3.0 Booth B15

Rieter is a pioneer as a systems supplier and has already supplied several complete spunlace lines. Rieter guarantees the quality of all equipment and the characteristics of spunlace fabrics. Nonwovens producers now have a single interlocutor. By choosing Rieter, customers have the opportunity to concentrate their efforts on product and fabric development. Rieter's experience in the spunlace industry combined with its innovations have given birth to a new generation of project management.

Rieter's expertise in the spunlace and the spunbond industry has given birth to a new nonwovens process, called Spunjet. This technology entails the hydroentanglement of continuous filament inline, creating a new generation of nonwovens. Rieter is currently offering solutions for the production of spunlaid nonwoven webs of superior quality under the SPUNjet brand name. The high quality of water needles generated by Rieter injectors ensures high-grade bonding of continuous filament webs and overcomes all the drawbacks of thermal bonding using calenders. In fact, spunjet nonwoven fabrics demonstrate unique properties.

This new technology has been in­troduced as a response to nonwovens producers who are looking for new market opportunities for technical applications such as geotextiles, roofing and synthetic leather. SPUN­jet fabrics marry the strength of spunbond and the softness of spunlace. The Spunjet process offers additional fabric properties with regard to softness, drape, tensile strength and isotropic MD:CD ratio. Spunjet lines can operate at speeds of up to 700m/min.

Hall 3.1 Booth C29

With a multitude of possible combinations of raw materials, production, bonding and refining technologies, Sandler nonwovens have repeatedly proved their sustainability. These textile materials exceed the functional properties and environmental compatibility of conventional materials. Owing to the possibility of adapting the properties of the respective nonwoven to customer as well as application-specific demands, these textile materials continuously permeate as yet unexploited application areas and offer innovative alternatives to materials currently used.

At Techtextil, Sandler put its main focus on the automotive, filtration and construction markets. With the en­hanced material sawasorb exterior,Sandler AG presents a trend-setting product for applications in the engine compartment to the automotive industry. Meanwhile, for filtration Sandler will present an innovative new development at this year‘s Techtextil exhibition.

And, with its low thermal conductivity, Sandler’s sawatec heat insulation nonwoven sets standards in the growing market for construction applications. The 100% single-polymer, compact material is especially user-friendly and is suitable for the application in sound insulation as well as heat protection.

Apart from these highlights San­dler also presents a multifaceted material range for other market segments including hygiene, wipes and medical applications.

Trützschler Nonwovens Group
Hall 3.0 Booth B03

Fleissner and Erko-Trützschler will present the full capabilities of the Trützschler Nonwovens Group. Erko-Trützschler specializes in the production of machinery for fiber opening and blending, web formation and needlepunching, while Fleissner is the specialist for web bonding such as thermal bonding, binder bonding and hydroentanglement, finishing and drying of nonwovens. Two years after forming the Trützschler Nonwovens Group the results of the joined forces can be seen through new developments in the nonwovens sector.

The group’s first project within the group was to develop a new card for the requirements of hydroentangled products. The target was a high capacity of up to 400 kg/h/m with a good MD/CD ratio of 3:1 or better and a weight range of 20-100 gpsm, which competes with a three-doffer card.

Other capabilities of the group include thermal bonding ovens, components for chemical bonding processes and needlelooms. Most re­cently, Erko-Trützschler has ad­ded double board needlelooms and tandem machines to its product portfolio.