The Rupp Report: Techtextil Previews (I)

In view of the forthcoming Techtextil 2015, to be held May 4-7, 2015, in Frankfurt The Rupp Report will highlight some previews about exhibits that arrive in the inbox.
Finishing – A Key Factor
Modern technical textiles are by far not an isolated business from the yarn or fabric producer, or the assembly of the fabrics. It is more an interdisciplinary case between all the involved partners. And here, finishing plays an important, if not the most important, role of all involved partners along the whole production chain. The right and appropriate finish provides the requested characteristics to any fabric, to which it is applied.
As mentioned often before, success in this challenging sector is before all ample discussions between all involved partners. In the last decade, many — mainly European — traditional producers of textile machinery realized that they can only survive if they also manufacture machinery for both sectors, traditional and for technical textiles and nonwovens. It is therefore not a surprise that the first preview that arrived is coming from a manufacturer that produces machinery for textile finishing, the Germany-based Thies Textile Machinery.
Dyeing Technical Textiles
Thies will highlight its latest range of machines for the treatment of technical textiles. Specialists will be present to offer expert advice on dyeing aspects of technical textiles. The company claims that the machines can process a wide variety of yarns, fibers, nonwovens and fabrics, suitable for various technical textile applications: for example aramid fibers, which are used for security wear and top-end, bullet-proof automobiles.
Yarn-Dyeing Machines
The newly developed dyeing machine “iCone” treats yarns, fibers, flock, cables, ropes and belts. The new technique enables dyeing in short liquors, resulting in even dyes and a required fastness. Due to the new energy-efficient (ee) functions, the iCone is said to be able to dye in an even more cost effective and environmentally friendly way.
Another field of application is the discontinuous bleaching of cellulose fibers for medical products as well as other fibers such as polyester, acrylics and polyamide. Thies adds that the product portfolio includes corresponding presses, centrifuges and dryers.
Thanks to the versatility of the iCone, the machine also can execute the following areas of application: the treatment of threads, dyeing and bleaching of yarns for the production of solar sails, tents, awnings and the finishing of flame-retardant yarns.
A jigger is mainly suitable to process fabrics at temperatures up to 143 ºC. The HT-Jigger is highly recommended for processing delicate fabrics to achieve a crease-free product. Thanks to an innovative fabric guide it is also possible to dye permeable and non-permeable fabrics. Thies claims that the jigger is for years a trendy dyeing system thanks to its flexibility and economical efficiency.
The Thies HT-Jigger is used for dyeing fabrics, nonwovens or space fabrics. The HT-Jigger is infinitely variable and the liquor ratio is said to be remarkably short. Key applications are the automotive sector with, for example, treatments of vehicle interiors or industrial sectors, which use filter materials.
For applications where water consumption is an important issue, along with other possible energy savings including steam, electricity plus chemicals and dyestuffs, Thies claims that the recently introduced “iMaster H₂0” dyeing machine has already proven success, for example, production lines for several automotive fabric producers. A further advantage is the short throughput times allowing the dyeing machine to facilitate higher production capacities.
The system features a transport winch inside the kier, allowing cotton, man-made fibers and their blends, including articles with a high elastane content, to be processed with significantly reduced elongation. The results are fabrics with an improved stability at the same time offering flexibility in the processing of a wide range of products.
The “soft-TRD S III” was designed for the versatile dyeing of wovens, knitwear and nonwovens. The third generation of soft-TRD machines are said to set new standards in the efficient use of materials and resources. The machine is able to handle crease and surface sensitive fabrics at production speeds of up to 600 meters per minute. The free material flow and tension less fabric transport zone should gives the fabric enough time for relaxation and even treatment of the entire fabric piece goods. The new design of the machine with its flowing material transport provides the finisher with increased flexibility in the processing of a wide range of fabrics and material weights.
Feed Systems
The Thies Multi Product Supply (MPS) chemical and dyestuff feed systems completes the product range of the German Textile machinery manufacturer.
The individual design and the ideal synchronization of the automatic MPS systems guarantee an accurate supply to the dyeing machines with chemicals, dyestuffs and textile auxiliaries.
Heat-Recovery System
Heat recovery systems are more than ever a necessity for modern equipment. This is also the case for Thies’ heat recovery systems. To recover energy out of hot industrial wastewater special tubular heat exchangers allow high efficiencies and low payback periods.
Thies Textilmaschinen is located in Hall 3, Booth F23
Invitation to participate
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March 10, 2015