Web Exclusive | August 2017
Monforts Eco Applicator gains wider acceptance
One thing that is certain, is that energy prices are only going to continue to increase. Monforts Eco Applicator ‘bucks’ this trend for woven and knitted fabrics with retro fitting to existing finishing lines.
In many textile mills globally, the cost of running integrated manufacturing lines – especially those for fabric finishing that can involve numerous sequences of heating and subsequent drying – is now eclipsing the cost of paying people to operate them. As a consequence, any process that can be introduced to reduce energy costs is likely to find itself rapidly welcomed by the market.
This has certainly proved the case with the Monforts Eco Applicator, which has been highly successful since its introduction, both integrated into new finishing lines or retro-fitted to existing ones.
The Eco Applicator is a soft coating unit which eliminates the need for conventional wet-on-wet padders, instead employing trough and roller techniques to apply the required amount of liquid/coating to the fabric. The unit itself does not actually save the energy, but by applying only the precise amount of functional finish, ensures the subsequent drying time is shorter – in some cases dramatically so. While being widely market-proven on woven and denim fabrics, major knitting manufacturers are now also reaping the benefits the Eco Applicator provides.
Knitted fabrics must never be stretched and need to be treated in a relaxed state.
The Montex 8500 stenter with vertical or horizontal chain return incorporates a TwinAir nozzle system that ensures the relaxed fabric is kept at a suitable height in between the upper and lower nozzle system, allowing for the fabric’s ‘bowing’.