The German textile finshing machine specialist A. Monforts Textilmaschinen offers new and advanced components for the treatment of technical textiles in finishing and coating processes. The Eco-Applicator, for example, offers significant energy savings for a wide range of technical textile applications.
A. Monforts Textilmaschinen has introduced its latest generation, Eco Applicator system for the application of liquors or functional chemicals and designed for a wide range of technical textiles applications: complying with the VDMA´s Blue Competence sustainability initiative.
The Eco-Applicator soft coating process offers significant energy savings with reduced liquor for a wide range of applications such as felt finishes, coated materials and medical textiles including nano coating, water repellancy, softeners, flame retardency and insect repellancy.
It has been designed to apply a liquor to one side of the fabric; to apply a liquor to both sides of the fabric; to apply different liquors to either side of the fabric; or to apply two different liquors consecutively to a single side of the fabric.
The system is also suitable for finishing narrow fabrics such as bands and ribbons. According to Monforts Head of Technical Textiles, Jürgen Hanel, the Eco Applicator has become even more multi functional and multipurpose with the lowest energy input for consecutive drying, due to its minimal liquor application.
Twin Therm system
Designed for special coating processes and, technical and non-wovens applications, a Twin Therm system allows different finishing temperatures in both the upper and lower nozzle systems of the Montex stenter. This is ideal for applications such as automobile carpets where different temperatures are required on both sides of the product.
Technical textiles are extremely diverse in their end-use applications and manufacturers can be called upon to quickly produce a succession of materials with widely differing properties ´ often within a single shift. These can range from carbon fabrics for today´s high-performance composites, to filter media which must perform in extreme temperatures. Then there are the heavy duty membranes which are employed in the collection and storage of methane in biogas plants, as well as materials equipped with sensors and electrical conductors which are now used as base liners in DSC solar cells.
These very different materials, however, have one thing in common ´ they all require expert finishing for maximum efficiency. In seeking to cater to the flexibility in processing technology demanded by such wide-ranging production, Monforts has developed the new Montex Allround, a modular, interchangeable coating system for technical textiles. The patented Montex Allround offers considerable benefits to manufacturers of coated technical textiles ´ and not least in respect of its flexibility.
The modular coating heads of the system can be quickly and easily changed by a specially-designed undercarriage from the side of the unit, allowing it to be adapted for different applications. There are modules for knife and slot die coating, in addition to those suitable for flexure, gravure and rotary-screen printing. Special modules for powder scattering and spraying are also available.
The unit can be enclosed with a special casing when the handling of fabrics treated with organic, or even toxic solvents is taking place.
The Montex Allround, which consists of a spreading unit and a pulling device along with the selected coating head, allows for the tension-free coating of the substrate along a greatly-reduced web path and a very short period of ´open´ coating prior to it entering the dryer; ensuring significantly less chance of contamination.
Integrated twin exhaust channel