At ITMA, Andritz Nonwoven will be showcasing neXecodry, the energy-efficient drying solution for the spunlace industry. The new technology allows nonwovens producers to achieve a significant reduction in energy consumption by their spunlace, Wetlace, and Airlace lines and production of high quality nonwoven fabrics with regard to high bulk and no pattern degradation. After several years of development and field tests, the new solution (available for the Andritz neXdry and Perfodry through-air dryers) has been launched on the market, receiving immediate positive feedback from Andritz customers, according to the company.
The company will also be showing off its high-performance Wetlace process for flushable, dispersible, and biodegradable wipes .Wipes produced using the Andritz Wetlace process exceed the EDANA/INDA flushability standards, which will be demonstrated with a flushability tester at ITMA. The original Andritz Wetlace process combines wetlaid and hydroentanglement technologies, proven for producing flushable wipes from 100% natural and/or renewable raw materials without chemical binders. In addition, Andritz has developed a new process to apply detailed artwork to flushable wipes. This unique patterning and aperture process allows wipes producers to differentiate their products clearly with an almost unlimited number of possible patterns. Its key components, the Andritz Perfojet patterning unit and injector, will be displayed as exhibits at ITMA 2015.
Also to be presented is its optimized needlepunch production with new high-speed crosslapper and Scada automation system .The company focuses on system solutions in needlepunching by steering the complete production process. The new high-speed dynamic crosslapper D.630 from Andritz Asselin-Thibeau enables an increase of needlepunch production line capacity. In combination with the ProDyn system, the D.630 is capable of reaching an infeed speed of up to 200 m/min. The IsoProDyn system helps to further improve the product quality for light fabrics.
Thanks to the Andritz Scada system, recipes can be reproduced quickly and operators receive the relevant production information in real time. It also provides a means of monitoring the production costs of every product reference, thus maximizing their yield contribution. The advantages of the ANDRITZ Scada system will be shown during ITMA.
Lastly, the company will display its calendaring technology. The calender experts from Andritz Küsters develop customized solutions for nonwovens and textiles. The teXcal trike 3-roll textile calender has been developed especially for the demands in modern technical textiles production. It is equipped with a heated steel roll and two individually adjustable system rolls in a triangular roll arrangement, thus allowing the fabric to be fed through the front nip, the rear nip, or both. Compared to the traditional 3-roll calender design with vertical roll configuration, the fabric loss at the seam passage is reduced to a minimum. On an annual production scale, this yields a substantial economic advantage. The optional teXmaster control system offers a broad spectrum of facilities for recording data, managing recipes, issuing alarm signals, conducting data analysis, and displaying trends. It also provides closed-loop operation for inline quality measurements on the product.