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Published March 16, 2011
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rnAplix
rnBooth 1250
rnAplix makes mechanical fasteners for baby diapers and adult incontinence products with plants in France, the U.S. and China. Aplix will exhibit its complete line of innovative fastening solutions at INDEX. These include medium or high stretch laminates, knit or nonwoven landing zones, coated or uncoated hooks and Y-bond hook tapes. The company’s new product innovations focus on important consumer preferences such as flexibility, softness, feel, stretch and value.
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rnAsahi Kasei
rnBooth 2169
rnAsahi Kasei Fibers Corporation is showing a variety of nonwovens with unique advanced technologies at INDEX. Eltas is a standard, high performance nonwoven made from 100% pure spunbond polyamide 6, polyester or polypropylene; Precise is a multifunctional nonwoven fabric with an ultrafine fiber layer providing high barrier performance for the applications of membrane substrates, filters, filter bags, medical and adhesive tapes; Smash is a heat press formable thermoplastic nonwoven fabric for the applications of food containers, air permeable containers for various agents, molded filters, plant post, home interiors and automotive materials. Other products include an en­viron­ment-responsive bag-type filter cloth for dust collectors, designed for energy-saving operations and long-life with achieving increased filtration area and improving dislodging action through its unique three-dimensional shape. Bemliese is the world’s only cellulosic continuous-filament nonwoven, which has ultralow lint generations, superior liquid absorbency, thermal stability, pick-up, purity and biodegradability.
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rnAndritz
rnBooth 2114
rnAt INDEX 2011, visitors will have the unique opportunity of participating in a full range of trials conducted in one of the most advanced technical centers dedicated to nonwovens. On April 13- 14, during the show, Andritz will run a shuttle bus from the Palexpo venue in Geneva to the Andritz Perfojet competence center in Montbonnot, France, where a team of process technologists will present all of the Andritz nonwoven technologies in detail. The technical center is equipped with the latest innovations available on the market for hydroentanglement, dewatering, impregnation, low add-on and drying technologies.
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rnFurthermore, experts from Küsters and Perfojet will present innovative and customized nonwoven process solutions and first-class services in web forming, bonding and finishing.
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rnWith the neXline spunlace, which includes the Jetlace hydroentanglement system, a dewatering unit, a through-air dryer and twin embossing calender, Andritz can provide a single-source solution with high productivity and very attractive energy efficiency to produce state-of-the-art spunlace fabrics.
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rnBHT Bicma
rnBooth 2381
rnAt INDEX 2011, BHT Bicma will focus on its latest developments including a new baby diaper machine generation running 1000 diapers/minute, flexible medium-speed baby diaper machines able to run classical products or products with T-shape or contoured ears, smart and compact design solutions for zero-waste diaper ear production and high density core (HDC) upgrades for adult diaper, baby diaper, inco and fem care machines. Bicma will also show upgrades for adult or baby diaper lines: rectangular or shaped ears, belts, in-line manufacturing of elasticated materials, in-line TXB and others as well as upgrades for light inco machines: foam elastic, ultrasonic fixation of acquisition layer.
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rnBuhler Aeroglide
rnBooth 2181
rnBuhler Aeroglide will promote through-air bonding and drying equipment for high loft and web applications requiring gentle through-flow processing and support throughout the heating processes. Single or multi-drum driers for applications requiring high line speeds, extended dwell times and in-line temperature profiling.
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rnWith more than 150 drum drier installations, Buhler Aeroglide is a world leader in providing thermal processing solutions.
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rnCalemard
rnBooth 2569
rnCalemard’s Pegase II line has been developed to slit and spool sensitive nonwovens. The targets for this new line include: producing jumbo rolls and guaranteeing no stress, no tension, no elongation and no twist on the nonwoven strips. This spooling technology has been engineered to respond to the ADL producers’ need to improve productivity, mainly for baby diaper production lines, by producing jumbo spools at high speeds (up to 600 m/min). These jumbo spools hold 12 to 30 km of ADL to give roughly 10 times running time of slit pancakes on a diaper line.
rnThis third generation of Pegase uses state-of-the art technical solutions: accurate web regulation tension, very precise web guiding and strip conveying, wide double shaft unwinder for up to 850 mm mother roll loading down time and various options for productivity improvements.
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rnDilo Group
rnBooth 2010
rnDilo Group’s INDEX booth will include DiloTemafa, DiloSpinnbau and DiloMachines. All of these companies will provide information about the numeous applications for nonwovens and show various products made on Dilo machines. Application areas include floor coverings, automotive fabrics, geotextiles, filte media, synthetic leather and natural fiber felts.
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rnElsner Engineering
rnBooth 2300
rnElsner Engineering Works, Hanover, PA, will showcase its Model ENR-1000 Rewinder, which is designed specifically for the needs of the nonwovens industry and remains a top seller for the 77-year-old company, at INDEX. The Elsner Model ENR-1000 is designed for production speeds of 15 cycles per minute and 400 feet per minute with perforations of 600 feet per minute without perforations.The machine operates at a constant speed to eliminate tension problems sometimes caused by cyclic rewinding.Roll start, cut-off and discharge are all completed at full machine speed.
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rnOther available machine options include inline folding plows, inline slitting to produce up to six finished products per cycle (90 products per minute), hot melt glue closure, Elsner’s patented ‘tail finder’ option to assist the end user in locating the start of the roll and custom integration with downstream packaging equipment.
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rnThe latest innovation added to the machine is Elsner’s ‘Quick-Change’ perforator blade unit; this design makes a dramatic cut to changeover time. By developing a cartridge type assembly, blades can be pre-adjusted prior to final installation, optimizing machine productivity.
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rnFameccanica
rnBooth 2651
rnAt INDEX, Fameccanica will take the opportunity to present several new ideas and technologies in both machinery and process areas; the new features will enable Fameccanica equipment to reach the highest production speeds and outstanding process performances.As far as equipment, the company will introduce a baby diaper line and an adult incontinence line, both designed to: prioritize efficiency and waste levels aimed at the lowest unitary finished product cost, simplify the retrofitting of future upgrade kits with shot delivery time and reduce installation efforts.
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rnThe baby diapers machine model FA-X P10, features a production speed of 1000 pieces/minute or linear speed of 450 meters/minute, along with high efficiency and low scraps levels. The adult incontinence machine model FIX P5, features a production speed of 500 pieces/minute or 400 meters/minute, whichever comes first and can manufacture multi-piece products with either shaped or rectangular side-panels.
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rnFameccanica will also introduce the new “U”- Mill-house design, capable of producing ultra-thin pads with high SAP content; thanks to the most accurate pressing technology installed, the pad also maintains very high integrity and a very low weight variation.
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rnIn the machinery theme, we also include the new Paksis N-12 packaging unit which represents the last accomplishment of the Paksis Alliance between Fameccanica and Optima. This new machine, together with the D-7 and the A-6, completes the family of integrated counting-stacking-packing systems. The Paksis N-12 is specific for lady sanitary napkins, panty-liners and light-inco pads, flat or tri-folded, thin or thick. It can also accommodate an incoming pace from 1000 to 1600 products per minute and deliver from 90 to 120 bags per minute.
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rnFatra
rnBooth 2550
rnFatra is one of the biggest processors of plastics (PVC, PE, PP and PET) in Central Europe and holds a significant share in the plastics industry in the Czech Republic.The company’s hygiene division manufactures breathable films and laminates. At INDEX, Fatra will be exhibiting PE film Sontek F and breathable laminate Sontek L. Both materials are used as backsheets in the manufacture of disposable sanitary products—baby diapers, sanitary towels and incontinence pads. Embossing, printing up to eight colors, random and synchronized printing are available, as well as breathability adjustment according to customer’s requests.
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rnFiberVisions
rnBooth 2119
rnFiberVisions and ES Fibervisions will launch new fiber innovations to meet the challenge of accelerating change in nonwovens’ trends at INDEX. With a focus on their strong customized product development approach, the bicomponent fiber specialists will emphasize their increased efforts to be at the leading edge of innovative, eco-efficient solutions that support differentiation by nonwovens producers.
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rnNew products addressing performance, manufacturing efficiency and ecology-related challenges include: shaped polypropylene (PP) staple fibers providing the ability to reduce fabric basic weights and deliver improved coverage, fine dtex PP fibers: for lower basis weight fabrics and materials with enhanced hand-feel and high brightness fibers with improved masking properties.
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rnOther innovations will include PP / PET (polypropylene / polyester) bico fibers: specifically developed for customers who use ultra-sonic welding to bond fabrics. The fibers avoid the use of chemical binders and provide bulkiness and resilience and biodegradable bico (BBC) fiber: an industrial compostable fiber that meets normal handling and processing requirements.
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rnGDM
rnBooth 1570
rnGDM’s new STAT technological platform is being offered to all producers who wish to consolidate and increase their production volumes through selling high service competitive products at low production costs. For baby products, this includes talking machines designed to produce traditional or winged products at speeds of 500 ppm while for the adult incontinence segment, there is a line for hospital pads or adult diapers at speeds of 200 ppm. Meanwhile in incontinence, the X3M AT machine at 450 m/min is able to make multi-piece diapers for adults with rigid and elastic panels.
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rnAlso at INDEX, GDM will also present its single culling process systems solution, which will enable waste reduction when changing raw materials of only one product and its new DISCovery platform based on an innovative rotating process which joins some distinctive elements of this new platform concept. The first machine based on this new platform will be made for the lady sector. It enables production capacities of up to 1500 ppm in fluff or airlaid configurations to make feminine products, panty liners and products for light incontinence.
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rnGeneral Nonwovens
rnBooth 2249
rnGeneral Nonwovens, a producer of polypropylene and polyester spunbond nonwovens ranging from 12-200 gsm and widths up to 3.3 meters for hygiene, automotive, filtration, agriculture and technical applications. General Nonwovens’ brands include the following: HyGen for hygiene and personal care products, FilterGen for filtration products:, TexGen for coated and laminated fabrics as well as home textiles, AutoGen for the automotive industry, AgriGen for agriculture and horticulture applications, IndiGen for industrial and technical textiles and MediGen for medical and surgical media.
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rnGeneral Nonwovens will promote nonwoven roll goods for automobile applications, technical textiles, carriers for extrusion coating, lamination and layers for composites at the INDEX 11 Show.
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rnHanwei Machinery Manufacturing Co.
rnBooth 2171
rnHanwei Machinery Manufacturing Co. will present several new machines at INDEX. These include a 1000 piece per minute lady napkin machine, a 600 piece per minute baby diaper machine and a 300 piece per minute adult diaper machine. Other innovation include a machine to make adult pull ups or baby training pants.
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rnInnovent
rnBooth 4041
rnInnovent is a provider of custom-built, core forming equipment for the manufacture of baby diaper, adult incontinence, underpad and feminine hygiene absorbent cores. The company’s unique core drums provide benefits that lead to cost savings, process stability and product improvements. With its core forming process knowledge and experience, Innovent can resolve core forming issues and can custom build the process that meets your core forming requirements. The company can rebuild your equipment for the manufacturing of highly profiled three-dimensional cores with high superabsorbent polymer loads or ultra thin cores with SAP target zone.
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rnIsra Vision
rnBooth 2427
rnA new generation of high-speed surface inspection systems from Isra Vision reliably detects problems with nonwoven materials at the highest production speeds. These allow the producer to quickly react to problems as they occur, before valuable material is wasted. In order to achieve the highest level of quality, nonwovens can be examined for all typical defects such as hard fibers, eye brows or contaminations which affect their appearance and function.
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rnFor high quality films for technical applications or optical films, even very small scratches can result in expensive claims because they can lead to failure of very expensive final products. Isra Vision has made it possible, with a revolutionary LED lighting technology, to detect securely even the smallest defects. This new multi-mode, advanced LED lighting technology enables optimum surface illumination, which results in best practice defect detection and classification: even less complex and more reliable than competitive systems.
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rnAnother highlight—ISRA’s inspection systems—are equipped with in-line calibration and validation tools both in software and hardware. These help and support quality audits and with that the certification and approval of the manufacturer as a quality-tested supplier. With the use of these tools on a regular basis, achieving and maintaining consistent detection and classification results are guaranteed.
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rnRewindManager is a technology that can be used to automate the removal of waste in the finishing department. The defects can be sorted out in the next production step. RewindManager interfaces with a synchronized database to allow the user to select which defects need to be removed. The challenge is then to take the roll with defects and to make sure that they are not shipped to a customer.
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rnKansan
rnBooth 2311
rnKansan will put the spotlight on two different types of machines: interfold wet wipe machine and a new design cross fold wet wipes machine. The new cross fold machine is equipped with automatic splice, edge control, and sensitive tension control systems. The machine operates with high productivity in fewer cycles.
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rnThe interfold model with the capacity of 600 cuts per minute stands out with the following features: automatic splice, edge control system, stainless steel construction, titanium coated blades, pneumatic tension control on main conveyor and sensor controlled automatic rejection system.
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rnKelheim Fibres
rnBooth 2314
rnKelheim Fibers will present an extended range of new products at INDEX.Among these new products is Poseidon, a specialty viscose fiber with ion exchange properties, which can filter destructive acids out of all kinds of liquids or provide a better taste in hot beverages when used as a water softener in tea or coffee pads when incorporated into special papers of nonwovens. Additionally, Poseidon’s sister fiber Deep-Dye does an outstanding job in filters.
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rnAdditionally, Kelheim will present extra absorbent viscose specialties that offer a number of benefits not only for the end product but also for further processing thanks to their different added functionalities, including high levels of dispersibility.
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rnLenzing Instruments
rnBooth 2304
rnLenzing Instruments will exhibit process and quality control systems for nonwovens. In the Nonwovens Orientation System NOS 200, the illuminated web is scanned by a CCD camera and the evaluation of the resulting images gives feedback and the MD:CD ratio, meaning the ratio of fibers in the machine versus cross direction of the web. Out of this ratio, correlations can be drawn to the strength of the web, enabling an online, non-destructive monitoring of the nonwovens strength. Meanwhile, the Nonwoven Inspection System NIS 200, detects aesthetical and physical defects of the nonwoven web in real time.
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rnMathec
rnBooth 1568
rnMathec will showcase nonwovens converting equipment for the hygiene, medical and personal protective equipment industries. Of particular note, the company will show a full ultrasonic leg gathering unit at its INDEX booth.
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rnMTS
rnBooth 2510
rnMTS is exhibiting new airlaid composites produced with its airlaid machinery, which can be rented for research and development and short commercial runs to create absorbent and composite nonwoven materials for new products. With more than 30 years of consulting and product design expertise, MTS provides complete resources for product development, including on-site laboratories featuring the complete line of advanced MTS Product Development and Testing Equipment for diapers, adult and feminine hygiene products and materials.MTS will hold Insight 2011 International Conference, the premier event for the nonwovens and absorbent products industries in Minneapolis, MN October 23-27, 2011.
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rnNGR
rnBooth 4083
rnNGR is a manufacturer of high-tech recycling machines to convert thermoplastic waste into high value raw materials. The modular configuration of the machines assures that there are no additional pre-cutting systems necessary, not even for materials difficult to process such as nonwovens, fibers, carpets or fabrics. The heart of this system is the patented One-Step technology, a cutter-feeder-extruder combination, which gently repelletizes nearly any thermoplastic polymer in any material form. NGR customers appreciate the high productivity and top quality of the recycled pellets. The output range of the machines, depending on execution and material to recycle is between 10 and 2000 kg/h.
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rnNorafin
rnBooth 2318
rnNorafin recently ventured into the processing of flax fibers and is offering innovative technical nonwovens made of flax to the composites industry and various technical markets. The flax nonwovens combine the natural characteristics of flax fibers - robustness, resistance to UV radiation, lower weight and a positive eco balance—with the beneficial texture of spunlace nonwoven materials. It is the smooth surface, as well the wood-like optical appearance that allows the application of flax nonwovens in various fields such as alternative energies, the construction industry or innovative interior designs.
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rnNorafin’s carbonized or pre-oxidized nonwovens can be used in the composites industry wherever conductivity or antistatic properties are an important asset.
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rnThanks to the company’s in-house after-treatment line, Norafin has the ability to guarantee a perfect combination of nonwoven and performance enhancing finishes. Foulard application technology enables treatments such as flame retardant, hydrophobic or oleophobic finishes to be applied to the nonwoven. In combination, screen printing technology allows Norafin to apply surface patterning effects, dots and logos. Norafin aims to furnish its technical nonwovens with additional functions while offering a high level of flexibility.
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rnNDC
rnBooth 1411
rnFrom our GBS and beta sensors that measure online product weight to our infrared sensors that measure moisture, blend and other selective product components, NDC offers the most complete range of measurement solutions to the nonwovens industry.Our infrared range now includes the NW710 sensor, designed specifically to measure basis weights and residual moisture in spunbond nonwovens. Our systems, designed with unsurpassed reliability, have made NDC a favorite among operators and engineers alike. This comprehensive product range allows us to specify the optimum solution for your application, to provide superb performance in measurement and control for your existing and evolving needs.
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rnNordson
rnBooth 2161
rnNordson Corporation will demonstrate a wide range of adhesive application innovations at INDEX 2011.The new, patented Universal TruFlow Adhesive System flow-monitoring and control package, which expands Nordson’s family of variation management solutions, will be featured on an active machine at speeds demonstrating up to 1400 diapers per minute.Flow monitoring, using passively-driven gear metering, helps disposable hygiene product manufacturers minimize ramp-up time and variance in adhesive volume for fewer product rejects and less waste and downtime.
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rnNew adhesive applications, like Non-Contact Garment Attachment, will also be shown under real conditions with machine speeds of up to 2500 pads per minute.
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rnAn interactive booth section allows touch-and-feel of different production machine conditions demonstrating the capabilities of process monitoring as well as waste reduction by using the Universal TruFlow Adhesive System.
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rnThe technology is mounted on a new Adhesive System Test Stand that allows easy testing, repair and troubleshooting of the related adhesive system components.
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rnAlso on display will be the VersaDrum Bulk Melter, which allows owners of Nordson melters to add maintenance- and labor-saving automatic adhesive filling capabilities to their existing operations. Automatic filling maintains optimal hot melt adhesive temperature to reduce thermal stress and maintains adhesive levels to increase uptime and consistency while decreasing material waste to advance sustainability.In addition, the required investment for an adhesive system configuration can be reduced.
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rnNordson will also demonstrate well-established equipment, using the Universal Application Technologies that allow users to select from different processes for disposable hygiene production.A presentation identifies the recommended Nordson applicator, dispensing module and nozzle for each application and includes information about Nordson’s Test and Development Capabilities, such as high speed lab coater and analysis tools.
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rnNSC Nonwoven
rnBooth 2421
rnNSC nonwoven designs, builds and supplies turnkey nonwoven lines for needlepunching, spunlacing, thermal bonding, air-through bonding and chemical bonding. NSC nonwoven is a worldwide, major supplier of Excelle and Axcess cards, cross lappers, drafters, needlelooms, high speed Monomatic winders and slitters-rewinders.
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rnAt the INDEX show, NSC nonwoven is releasing its latest innovations: the T.T Excelle card and the ACS system. The T.T Excelle card technology is revolution in its performance and consistent reliability: it provides the ability to obtain MD/CD strength ratios under 3/1, even at high production speeds, such as 250 m/min. In addition, Bonding Index values are improved. This good news opens new market opportunities to the wipes and ADL industries but also to many more nonwoven industries for all kinds of applications.
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rnAvailable on new Asselin crosslappers, the ACS drastically boosts the whole nonwovens production line’s productivity, even with literally no draft (difference of speeds) between the card and crosslappers infeed speed.
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rnPantex
rnBooth 2041
rnPantex International will introduce several innovative products designed to meet the challenges of the market thanks to proprietary technologies, 20 years of expertise, a dedicated research and development team and multipurpose pilot line: new grades of the filmic cloth-like andnonwovens cotton dry series with super softness and comfort, unique designs while maintaining premium performance levels for acquisition, rewet and masking.
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rnPantex has also started to embrace a sustainability program with special efforts to develop new products that meet increasing requests fo minimizing the environmental impact of the overall product life cycle.
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rnPhoenix Machinery
rnBooth 4142
rnPhoenix Machinery manufactures hygiene product machines and is specialized in the design, manufacturing and retro-fitting of various types of applicators, stretch ears, pad forming units, cut and place units for feminine napkin and baby and adult diaper machines in addition to complete pre-packaging lines (stacker-compactor). The company can manufacture customized units and upgrade the existing machine.
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rnA Siemens Solution Partner, Phoenix’s unique advantage lies in its experienced engineering skills at low cost using its advanced CNC machining capabilities. Our values: adaptability-quality-innovation.
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rnThe company will exhibit a stretch ears demo kit for baby diapers machine at its INDEX stand. Other hygiene machinery lines include the adult daipe line AD-250, the baby diaper line BD-04, the baby diaper line BD-06, the lady napkin ultra thin (LN-08UT), the lady napkin ultra thin (LN 05UT), the lady napkin ultra fluffy (LN-05F).
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rnSpecial Machines
rnBooth 4341
rnSpecial Machines (Disposables + Lamination) Srl is a new machinery provider manufacturing equipment for lamination machines for cloth-backsheet materials, roofing materials and house wrap material; disposable hygiene product machines and inline production equipment for elastic side panel materials in rolls or spools.
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rnAt INDEX, the company will exhibit a demonstration line for the production of an elastic side panel material using Lycra or similar elastic filaments. The in-house production of this material, or directly in line with any baby diaper machine, will secure a cost saving of approximately 80% if compared to the actual costs of a material with similar performances actually commercialized.
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rnThe company will also illustrate technology for upgrading any baby diaper machine with back and front side panels equipment as well astechnology for the application of nonwoven side panels to adult diapers.
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rnTechnical Absorbents
rnBooth 2450
rnUK-based Technical Absorbents, part of the Bluestar Fibres Company Limited, will be exhibiting the diverse range of applications for its Super Absorbent Fiber (SAF) technology at INDEX. Produced in a range of fiber absorbency grades, lengths and dtex and in filament and polymer solution form, SAF can be used within various markets and applications. These include food absorbent pads, diagnostic packaging, hygiene products, dental, medical applications such as wound care, performance apparel, coolant technology, cable yarns and tapes, geotextiles and filtration.
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rnAs a fibrous superabsorbent, SAF can be converted via the traditional nonwoven, textile and yarn manufacturing routes, offering ease of handling and superiority within final fabric distribution profiles and integrity, making it the superabsorbent of choice for many customers.
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rnTextechno
rnBooth 2304
rnTextechno Herbert Stein is an expert in quality control systems for fibers and yarns and will be at INDEX to introduce testing instruments for the textile industry.The unique technical features of Textechno’s instruments are playing an important role in the qualtity control of the textile industry. Innovative technology, outstanding quality of manufacture, high productivity and reliability in service are the key features of all Textechno products. The scope of supply includes fully-automatic testers for tensile strength, linear density, shrink, crimp, interlace, friction and fiber length.One of the main objectives of Textechno at INDEX 11 is to introduce the new Favimat + Airbot2, an automatic single-fiber testing system.
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rnUPM Raumacell
rnBooth 2261
rnUPM Raumacellmakes environmentally friendly, sustainable fluff pulp for airlaid nonwovens and other applications in the hygiene industry—sanitary napkins, baby diapers and adult incontinence items. At INDEX, the company will introduce new ecofriendly grades, which have already received a lot of attention from customers but have not yet been widely promoted.
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rnTredegar
rnBooth 1610
rnTredegar Film Products will present its AquiDry Plus film acquisition/distribution layer, its FlexFeel elastic laminate and Soft-Aire apertured film topsheet, which provide a high level of performance and comfort in hygiene items. Also, Flowertool, Tredegar’s software system providing the industry the ability to measure sustainability levels, will also be on display.