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(c) Reifenhäuser
01.04.2022

Reifenhäuser Reicofil showed sustainable Nonwovens at IDEA 22

Nonwovens line specialist Reifenhäuser Reicofil presented its portfolio of high-performance and sustainable nonwovens under the slogan "Living Nonwovens" at IDEA 22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida from March 28 to 31, 2022.

In terms of sustainability, Reicofil offers various approaches to save fossil raw materials, such as the processing of bio-based raw materials as an ecological alternative - for diapers, for example. Here, the topsheet material, made of bulky, soft, and industrially compostable High Loft nonwovens, meets maximum hygiene requirements. For industrial applications, high-strength nonwovens can be processed even from up to 90% PET flakes from post-consumer waste.

Another highlight was the so-called BiCo technology. In this process, two different raw materials are combined in one fiber in the spunbond process, creating a bimetal effect and causing the fiber to crimp. This opens the door for manufacturers to completely new product properties that are unattainable with monofibers.

Nonwovens line specialist Reifenhäuser Reicofil presented its portfolio of high-performance and sustainable nonwovens under the slogan "Living Nonwovens" at IDEA 22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida from March 28 to 31, 2022.

In terms of sustainability, Reicofil offers various approaches to save fossil raw materials, such as the processing of bio-based raw materials as an ecological alternative - for diapers, for example. Here, the topsheet material, made of bulky, soft, and industrially compostable High Loft nonwovens, meets maximum hygiene requirements. For industrial applications, high-strength nonwovens can be processed even from up to 90% PET flakes from post-consumer waste.

Another highlight was the so-called BiCo technology. In this process, two different raw materials are combined in one fiber in the spunbond process, creating a bimetal effect and causing the fiber to crimp. This opens the door for manufacturers to completely new product properties that are unattainable with monofibers.

Nonwoven-film composites with low grammage
For the medical sector, Reicofil showcased its leading solutions for high-barrier medical protective clothing and - together with its sister business unit Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating - the pioneering Ultrathin Coating production process, which enables customers to produce film-nonwoven-composites more cost-effectively and thus competitively.

Smart digitization
With the c.Hub, the new data platform of the Reifenhäuser Group, Reicofil offers its customers a digitization solution that is tailored to the requirements of nonwovens production.

More information:
Reifenhäuser IDEA nonwovens digital
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Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik

Trützschler Nonwovens auf der IDEA (c) Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers GmbH
A Carded/Pulp (CP) line for biodegradable composite nonwovens from pulp and viscose fibers
21.02.2022

Trützschler Nonwovens at IDEA

IDEA, the North American nonwovens show, will take place in Miami from March 28th to 31st. Trützschler’s booth focuses on the needs of the American market. It's about local service, the efficient production of sustainable nonwovens and the digital support of production processes.

Tomorrow’s products are sustainable
In addition to the in-depth know-how, Trützschler Nonwovens has a broad portfolio of line concepts for the production of sustainable, biodegradable nonwovens. Cotton is an important raw material for American producers, which is why Trützschler is showing solutions for processing raw cotton, comber noils and blends of viscose and cotton. Another focus is on the Voith/Trützschler concepts for wet-laid, hydroentangled WLS and CP nonwovens. Nonwovens made from viscose fibers and NBSK pulp, the raw material for the paper industry, not only offer a good cost/performance ratio, but also a small CO2 footprint.

IDEA, the North American nonwovens show, will take place in Miami from March 28th to 31st. Trützschler’s booth focuses on the needs of the American market. It's about local service, the efficient production of sustainable nonwovens and the digital support of production processes.

Tomorrow’s products are sustainable
In addition to the in-depth know-how, Trützschler Nonwovens has a broad portfolio of line concepts for the production of sustainable, biodegradable nonwovens. Cotton is an important raw material for American producers, which is why Trützschler is showing solutions for processing raw cotton, comber noils and blends of viscose and cotton. Another focus is on the Voith/Trützschler concepts for wet-laid, hydroentangled WLS and CP nonwovens. Nonwovens made from viscose fibers and NBSK pulp, the raw material for the paper industry, not only offer a good cost/performance ratio, but also a small CO2 footprint.

Digital solutions optimize the production floor
In order to ensure lasting quality, Trützschler Nonwovens presents a modular, digital work environment that systematizes, digitizes and simplifies typical work processes. With the help of Industry 4.0 technologies, line, process and quality data relevant to a production lot can be stored, aggregated, visualized and analyzed with regard to process improvements.

Trützschler USA
With its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, and more than 100 employees, Trützschler USA is the first point of contact for all matters relating to American nonwovens producers. The company is able to equip and convert machines according to customer specifications (certified UL508A panel shop), carry out factory acceptance tests and a wide range of repairs in Charlotte.

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Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers GmbH

16.09.2021

Tufropes is partnering with Truetzschler Nonwovens and Voith for pentamerous technology

Indian Tufropes is partnering with Truetzschler Nonwovens and Voith to install its unique pentamerous technology. The company’s first nonwovens production line will be capable to produce 5 different eco-friendly, hydroentangled products.

Truetzschler Nonwovens and Voith are thrilled to be the technology partner for Tufropes’ (patent pending) unique nonwoven line based on pentamerous technology. The new installation relies heavily on Truetzschler/Voith core components for wet-laying, carding and hydroentangling. Proprietary refinements will allow Tufropes to produce any possible hydroentangled nonwoven material, including bio-degradable, natural fibre, eco-friendly high-performance nonwovens. Globally this would be a first industrial-scale pentamerous technology-based nonwoven project. Based in Gujarat, India, the line is expected to be commissioned next year.

Indian Tufropes is partnering with Truetzschler Nonwovens and Voith to install its unique pentamerous technology. The company’s first nonwovens production line will be capable to produce 5 different eco-friendly, hydroentangled products.

Truetzschler Nonwovens and Voith are thrilled to be the technology partner for Tufropes’ (patent pending) unique nonwoven line based on pentamerous technology. The new installation relies heavily on Truetzschler/Voith core components for wet-laying, carding and hydroentangling. Proprietary refinements will allow Tufropes to produce any possible hydroentangled nonwoven material, including bio-degradable, natural fibre, eco-friendly high-performance nonwovens. Globally this would be a first industrial-scale pentamerous technology-based nonwoven project. Based in Gujarat, India, the line is expected to be commissioned next year.

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Truetzschler Nonwovens & Man Made Fibers GmbH

ANDRITZ receives an additional order for a high-speed spunlace line from Zhejiang Kingsafe, China (c) ANDRITZ
High-speed TT card combined with the JetlaceEssentiel hydroentanglement unit in operation at Kingsafe
18.05.2021

New Order for ANDRITZ

  • ANDRITZ receives an additional order for a high-speed spunlace line from Zhejiang Kingsafe, China

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Zhejiang Kingsafe Hygiene Materials Technology Co., Ltd. in Hezhou, China, to supply a complete new neXline spunlace line. The line is scheduled for installation and start-up during the second quarter of 2022.

This high-capacity spunlace eXcelle line will process either 100% biodegradable fibers or blends of polyester and viscose. It is dedicated to the production of hygiene and medical fabrics. The final products will have fabric weights ranging from 30 to 100 gsm, and the annual production capacity will be up to 18,000 tons.

ANDRITZ will deliver a complete line, from web forming to drying, also integrating two high-speed TT cards, the well-known JetlaceEssentiel hydroentanglement unit and the neXdry through-air dryer equipped with a neXecodry S1 system for energy saving. This combination is becoming the market benchmark for the production of lightweight spunlace fabrics dedicated to the hygiene market.

  • ANDRITZ receives an additional order for a high-speed spunlace line from Zhejiang Kingsafe, China

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Zhejiang Kingsafe Hygiene Materials Technology Co., Ltd. in Hezhou, China, to supply a complete new neXline spunlace line. The line is scheduled for installation and start-up during the second quarter of 2022.

This high-capacity spunlace eXcelle line will process either 100% biodegradable fibers or blends of polyester and viscose. It is dedicated to the production of hygiene and medical fabrics. The final products will have fabric weights ranging from 30 to 100 gsm, and the annual production capacity will be up to 18,000 tons.

ANDRITZ will deliver a complete line, from web forming to drying, also integrating two high-speed TT cards, the well-known JetlaceEssentiel hydroentanglement unit and the neXdry through-air dryer equipped with a neXecodry S1 system for energy saving. This combination is becoming the market benchmark for the production of lightweight spunlace fabrics dedicated to the hygiene market.

“We are proud to operate ANDRITZ nonwoven lines, which are very reliable and efficient. It helps us a lot in producing top-of-the-range, nonwoven roll goods, thus enabling us to be recognized as a key player among nonwovens producers worldwide,” says Kingsafe’s president, Mr. Huarong Yan.

Zhejiang Kingsafe Hygiene Materials Technology Co., Ltd., founded in 1987, is one of the largest companies in China producing spunlace and spunbond nonwoven roll goods, with several spunlace lines already in operation. The final products are exported all over the world and used in many fields, such as the medical sector, health care, high-tech agriculture, and high-quality consumer and household products.

The new line is now the ninth spunlace line supplied by ANDRITZ and the third with high-speed TT cards, thus confirming the successful, long-term partnership between ANDRITZ and Zhejiang Kingsafe. The order also proves that the solution provided by ANDRITZ is recognized as the benchmark for production of premium spunlace roll goods and contains the perfect combination for wipes converting machines.

ANDRITZ Nonwoven bietet innovative Lösungen zur Optimierung des Ressourcenverbrauchs (c)ANDRITZ
Spunlace pilot line
28.04.2021

ANDRITZ Nonwoven offers innovative solutions for optimization of raw material consumption

International technology Group ANDRITZ has always been at the forefront in providing innovative and sustainable solutions for the global nonwovens industry. Optimization of resource management, especially reducing the consumption of raw materials and other substances used and also keeping resources in use for as long as possible, are decisive factors in enabling nonwovens producers to offer competitive and sustainable products.

As a world market leader for nonwovens production equipment and services, ANDRITZ offers a full range of products to meet these challenging demands.

International technology Group ANDRITZ has always been at the forefront in providing innovative and sustainable solutions for the global nonwovens industry. Optimization of resource management, especially reducing the consumption of raw materials and other substances used and also keeping resources in use for as long as possible, are decisive factors in enabling nonwovens producers to offer competitive and sustainable products.

As a world market leader for nonwovens production equipment and services, ANDRITZ offers a full range of products to meet these challenging demands.

Maximizing the evenness of the product across the entire production line is one of the key success factors. The weight profiling product range of ANDRITZ – consisting of ProDynTM and ProWidTM – has been extended by ProWinTM. This new development is the combination of the two existing systems ProDynTM and ProWidTM. It allows nonwovens producers to achieve optimum weight profiling at the crosslapper delivery and increase their process speed by up to 15% at the same time. ProWin combines the long-term process experience and in-depth knowledge ANDRITZ has on needlepunch lines with innovative software to synchronize action across the line. Guillaume Julien, Head of Needlepunch Sales at ANDRITZ Nonwoven, explains,

“We have developed a self-regulating, advanced technology to reduce fiber deposits at the edges of the web and eliminate the “smile” effect across its width. ProWin enables producers to optimize the CV ratio autonomously and precisely while also generating significant fiber savings of up to 10% and increasing production speed. Thus, it also provides a faster ROI.“

When it comes to the spunlace process, a better product quality can be obtained by ensuring that the different equipment units in the production line are consistent with one another. The TT card, the Jetlace hydroentanglement unit, and the neXdry through-air dryer are the perfect combination to obtain premium visual quality and characteristics in the web. For an equivalent amount of fibers, this set-up is designed to produce an even web with significant bulkiness and an excellent MD:CD ratio without impacting the production capacity.

Maximizing performance by minimizing the raw material input and the amount of waste produced is a real driver of cost optimization. This is why ANDRITZ has created and integrated a solution that allows nonwovens producers to retrieve the wasted edges of their spunlace fabric and re-use it as recycled fibers. As a result, roll-good producers can even obtain the same web characteristics as when using virgin fibers, and most importantly, the exact same quality.

ANDRITZ also offers – under the brand Metris – ANDRITZ digital solutions – a variety of several service apps for optimum customer benefit. The Metris Cost Management app is used to track raw material consumption. It is an advanced system aimed at monitoring fiber consumption and allowing in-depth diagnoses to investigate raw material losses and savings grouped by different process areas. Thanks to this Metris application, ANDRITZ customers are able to optimize their system’s consumption of raw materials.

All these innovations are available in ANDRITZ’s technical centers, where ANDRITZ process experts will be glad to welcome customers in order to discuss and define their product expectations.

(c) stfi
22.02.2021

vti: FFP2-Sicherheit „made in Saxony“ contra Billigpreise aus China

Sächsische Mittelständler kämpfen mit Innovation und Know-how im Bereich der FFP2-Masken gegen minderwertige Qualität aus Asien.

„Den Mittelständlern wurden von der Bundesregierung viele Millionen für die Entwicklung von textiler Schutzausrüstung in der Pandemie versprochen. Doch angekommen ist bei den Textilern in Sachsen bis jetzt nichts“, stellt Dr.-Ing. Jenz Otto, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Verbandes der Nord-Ostdeutschen Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie e.V. (vti), enttäuscht fest. Während die deutschen Bürger in den Apotheken nach wie vor Masken aus China mit teilweise fragwürdigen Kennzeichnungen auf die Gutscheine der Bundesregierung erhielten, würden für die Qualitätsmasken „made in Germany“ internationale Vertriebswege aufgebaut.

Sächsische Textilunternehmen aus dem vti-Verbandsgebiet, die den Aufrufen der Regierung zur Produktion von Schutzausrüstung im Frühjahr 2020 mit Euphorie, viel Enthusiasmus, hohen Investitions- und Entwicklungskosten gefolgt sind und den Versprechungen vertraut haben, seien bei der Förderung leer ausgegangen.

Sächsische Mittelständler kämpfen mit Innovation und Know-how im Bereich der FFP2-Masken gegen minderwertige Qualität aus Asien.

„Den Mittelständlern wurden von der Bundesregierung viele Millionen für die Entwicklung von textiler Schutzausrüstung in der Pandemie versprochen. Doch angekommen ist bei den Textilern in Sachsen bis jetzt nichts“, stellt Dr.-Ing. Jenz Otto, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Verbandes der Nord-Ostdeutschen Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie e.V. (vti), enttäuscht fest. Während die deutschen Bürger in den Apotheken nach wie vor Masken aus China mit teilweise fragwürdigen Kennzeichnungen auf die Gutscheine der Bundesregierung erhielten, würden für die Qualitätsmasken „made in Germany“ internationale Vertriebswege aufgebaut.

Sächsische Textilunternehmen aus dem vti-Verbandsgebiet, die den Aufrufen der Regierung zur Produktion von Schutzausrüstung im Frühjahr 2020 mit Euphorie, viel Enthusiasmus, hohen Investitions- und Entwicklungskosten gefolgt sind und den Versprechungen vertraut haben, seien bei der Förderung leer ausgegangen.

Das weltweit agierende Unternehmen Norafin Industries (Germany) GmbH (Norafin) führt die Tradition der Textil- und Vliesstoffindustrie fort.
Als die Corona-Pandemie im Frühjahr 2020 in Deutschland ankam, entstand ein neuer Produktionszweig bei Norafin.

Der Vliesstoffspezialist Norafin fand sich mit dem Anlagenbauer XENON Automatisierungstechnik GmbH aus Dresden zusammen. Beide Unternehmen entwickelten eine High-Tech-Maskenproduktionsanlage, die zertifizierte FFP2-Masken vollautomatisiert, ohne manuelle Arbeitsschritte produziert. Ab Juni waren 20.000 Alltagsmasken „Nora LIGHT“ pro Woche mit der ersten Pilot-Anlage möglich. Mittlerweile ist bereits der Nachfolgetyp mit einer Kapazität von 250.000 Masken pro Woche in Betrieb.

Die zertifizierte FFP2 Maske „Nora F“ filtert mindestens 94 Prozent der Partikel und Aerosole größer als 0,6 μm. Damit minimiert sie für den Träger und sein Gegenüber das Corona-Infektionsrisiko im geforderten Standard.Die Maske besteht aus vier Schichten Spezialvliesstoff. Die Außenlage (100 Prozent PET) sorgt für Stabilität und eine erste Filterung von Staub, die doppelte Mittellage (100 Prozent Polypropylen) sichert die Filtration der Aerosole ab und die Innenlage (ebenfalls 100 Prozent PET) transportiert die Feuchtigkeit der Atemluft nach außen.

Diese Masken können auch in der industriellen Anwendung in rauen Arbeitsumgebungen für den sicheren Arbeitsschutz im Umgang mit Glasfasern, Metall, diversen Kunststoffen und Ölnebel sorgen.

Die nächste Innovationsstufe der „Nora F“ ist mit drei Schwerpunkten bereits fest geplant. Dabei stehen die Nachhaltigkeit mit recyclingfähigen und kompostierbaren Materialien, die antivirale und bakterielle Funktionalität sowie der Tragekomfort im Blickpunkt des Entwicklungsteams um Marc Jolly, Head of R&D und Johannes Loos, Business Unit Manager bei Norafin.

André Lang, Geschäftsführer von Norafin, und sein Team sind hochmotiviert an die Entwicklung und Herstellung der Masken gegangen, haben viele Zusatzschichten mit den XENON-Ingenieuren für die Maske „made in Saxony“ aufgebracht und jeweils hohe sechsstellige Summen investiert. Umso enttäuschter war das Team als der Ablehnungsbescheid für die Förderung der sächsischen Maskenproduktion vom Bundeswirtschaftsministerium einen Tag vor Weihnachten ankam.
Norafin geht daher jetzt auch eigene internationale Vertriebswege.

Dr.-Ing. Jenz Otto vom vti plant für die Unterstützung der Vertriebsaktivitäten der Unternehmen aus dem Verband auch in diesem Jahr wieder eine Präsentationsveranstaltung mit Anwendern textiler Gesundheits- und Schutzausrüstung am 28. September 2021 in Chemnitz.