When a vision becomes reality – BRUCKNER

 

CDL KNITS / TROPIC KNITS in Mauritius strike a new path in textile finishing

The TROPIC KNITS Group located in Mauritius is with 3.000 employees one of the biggest producers of high-quality fine knit garments in the Indian Ocean. Well-known international brands from Europe, U.S. and South Africa are among the company’s most important customers since many years.

Pic 1: Main entrance at TROPIC KNITS

The textile industry has changed very much particularly in the past years, not least caused by a changed consumer behavior: increased online shopping, shorter production lead-times, fast fashion cycles and quick turnaround for new collections coupled with high quality customer demands at the right price.
And, in addition to that, the focus has been on sustainable production meaning compliance to environmental standards and social compliance. These are the great challenges for TROPIC KNITS, the garment division of the Group. The company achieves this among other things thanks to their excellent targetoriented, customer focused and flexible team. CDL KNITS, a fully integrated knitting, dyeing and finishing plant is the Fabric Mill division of the TROPIC KNITS Group. There, they have the ability to control the complete production chain which allows rapid optimization of processes to improve fabric quality as per customer demand.
At Forest Side in Mauritius, CDL KNITS is producing every day approximately 17 tons of knitted fabric out of which 80% is assigned for TROPIC KNITS which converts them into garments. The rest is exported to South Africa in open-width fabric form.

Since quite a long time the operations and finishing team of CDL KNITS has been looking for leaner production processes that would lead to further savings in terms of resources and energy for the company.
During ITMA 2015 in Milan the first ideas were discussed with different textile machine manufacturers and very soon their thoughts became a mature and solid concept. CDL KNITS manufactures a variety of cotton fabric, cotton blends and viscose. The finishing line they operated at that time comprised a relaxation dryer, a stenter and a compactor. The intention was to replace these three finishing machines by only one line without compromises regarding quality. In the beginning this seemed to be rather unrealistic on a technical point of view.
The German textile machinery producer BRÜCKNER TEXTILE TECHNOLOGIES kept their ears open to the concept. An intense exchange of insights began, new ideas were discussed and several fabric trials were performed in the BRÜCKNER Technology Centre in Leonberg/Germany. Together, a completely new machine concept has been developed which CDL bought for their production site in Mauritius. Most important was the mutual trust which has developed during the phase of conceptual design between BRÜCKNER and CDL KNITS. The excellent assistance by the complete BRÜCKNER team, the technological advice and the positive results of the trials in Leonberg were in the end convincing and crucial for the purchase decision.
The new BRÜCKNER line for knitted fabric which will in future replace CDL’s three finishing machines is a special design: a relaxation dryer with pre-arranged stentering zone. Scroll rollers in the entry of the line provide for the spreading of the fabric and skew straightening rollers for the reduction of spirality.
After that the fabric is pinned on precisely directly behind a special selvedge spreading unit, so that the selvedge waste is later reduced to a minimum. A non-lub vertical transport chain, developed particularly for knitted fabric, transports the fabric through a ten-meter-long stentering zone. It is provided with a selvedge gumming unit, comprising several IR dryers and further hot air dryers for a complete drying of
the gummed selvedges. Depending on the process and the fabric quality it is possible to operate with up to 60% overfeed and a wet overstretching of 40% and more.

Pic 2: New BRÜCKNER line for knitted fabric at CDL KNITS, Mauritius

At the end of the stentering zone a selvedge cutting device is installed. With minimum tension the fabric is then fed on to a specially coated transport belt leading into the 4-zone relaxation dryer. The fabric is dried with an optimized air control concept and it is relaxed due to the tumble-like movement so that the residual shrinkage is reduced to a minimum. The individually adjustable air flow in the dryer and the wet spreading and shrinkage in the stentering zone allows to influence the quality features such as shrinkage, fabric width and fabric surface to the optimum. The curling of edges in the dryer is prevented by a systematic and selective arrangement of the circulating air. This new technology allows to save previously required expensive process steps.

Pic 3: View of the stentering zone in front of the relaxation dryer

BRÜCKNER’s Technical Director for Mechanical Design, who is an expert for the finishing of knitted fabric at the same time, wanted to assure himself that the recently developed concept is performing perfectly.
He visited CDL KNITS in Mauritius directly after commissioning of the new line. Together with the customer he made tests with different fabrics and determined the optimum process parameters for each fabric quality. The operators were directly involved and correspondingly trained.
After a short time CDL could start the production and the results speak for themselves. The fabric quality is better than expected and the residual shrinkage as well as the spirality are for all fabric types less than 5%. CDL is already now saving about 40% of electrical and thermal energy compared to their previous process. But the biggest saving is definitely the significant reduced process time. Where previously 90 hours were required, is today 20 hours to achieve the same productivity. This gives enormous benefits regarding the delivery time.

Pic 4: 4-zone relaxation dryer in the new line for knitted fabric of CDL KNITS

But there are some more aspects which made CDL KNITS invest in a BRÜCKNER line. The state-of-the-art lines of the German machinery producer are very robust and durable. Spare parts and support are available for all machines, even if they are 20 or 30 years old. In addition the machines are produced 100% in BRÜCKNER’s own plant in Tittmoning / Bavaria, in Germany and they are always tailor-made to the
customer’s needs. Furthermore BRÜCKNER attaches particular importance on an energy-efficient technology to save costs for their customers when operating the lines and to reduce simultaneously the consumption of resources.

The TROPIC KNITS Group is part of the FINE KNITS cluster of CIEL TEXTILES which is also located in Mauritius.
The complete Group has more than 20.000 employees with an annual turnover of about 300 million USD. Once a year CIEL TEXTILES hosts the CIEL Textile Chairman’s Manufacturing Excellence Award for its capital intensive companies. This is a good occasion to bring together the employees of the individual business units and to emphasize the team spirit and the solidarity of the whole team. Because
only together it is possible to master challenges. The Knitting Division of CDL KNITS won the award for Manufacturing Excellence twice in 2015 and 2016. This year, in September 2017, CDL won the World Class Innovation & Creativity Award. The installation of the new BRÜCKNER line at CDL KNITS and the corresponding benefits for the company played a small but nevertheless important role in winning the award.
The group and each individual business unit attach great importance on sustainability. This includes the saving of resources (water, oil, electricity, etc.), but also social responsibility with a vision for the future.
CDL KNITS came up with the initiative “Stairway to Hope”. The objective is to help underprivileged people in the community. Selvedge waste from production is provided to socially disadvantaged persons who knit these into rug mats which they sell and earn a living. The required equipment (for example wooden frames or needles) is made available by CDL KNITS who also supports the people in the sales of their products. The project is also known as “WASTE to GOLD”. Since last year, CDL KNITS is engaged on a yearly basis on a D-Day, also known as Love Day, with a community close to its production facility. This is an opportunity where all the employees of the company would gel with the people living in the community 

and organise different activities such as free medical check-ups, planting of trees, cleaning of the environment, awareness on drugs and diseases and also distribute food and school materials to the needy. In September 2017, CDL KNITS was also awarded the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Award among the capital intensive units of CIEL TEXTILES.

Verena Ruckh, Head of Marketing at BRÜCKNER, is really inspired. „A great commitment with many exciting social projects. During my stay at CDL and TROPIC KNITS in Mauritius I met so many highly motivated people from various cultures who always welcomed me with a smile. When I walked through the company I could feel the spirit of willing to move something forward together as a team. This is something
very special and it impressed me deeply. Keep it up!”
The Group now benefits from a state-of-the-art and durable BRÜCKNER line for knitted fabric which clearly saves thermal and electrical energy and streamlines their internal processes. Improved fabric quality and shorter lead-times are other benefits derived from the new finishing line. This allows TROPIC KNITS to offer in future the highest possible quality and to position itself as a very good alternative to suppliers from China and the Far East.

DOMOTEX – Business, Trends & lifestyle 12 – 15 January 2018

Brückner Textile Technologies

Exhibition stand        Hall 5, Stand B63

Brückner Textile Technologies GmbH & Co. KG

Benzstr. 8-10
71229 Leonberg
Germany

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Contact(s)

Mr. Dipl.-Ing. Arnim Jaeger

Sales Carpet Machinery

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Company profile

BRÜCKNER – Your competent partner in the finishing of floor coverings The BRÜCKNER group is a world-wide acting owner-run mechanical engineering company with more than 60 years of tradition and experience. We consider this tradition as obligation not to aim on the short term at profit maximization but to strive for long-term success and sustainable growth. BRÜCKNER supplies all kinds of finishing and coating lines from the raw product to the finished article. Depending on the type of carpet and the drying power required after washing, dyeing, printing, finishing, coating or laminating BRÜCKNER offers different dryer systems.

Hofer Vliesstofftage 2017

32. Hofer Vliesstofftage – 8 and 9 November 2017

Together with Hof University Faculty of Engineering, the public vocational school of textiles and apparel Münchberg-Naila, as well as the Training and Development Center of the Bavarian Employers’ Associations (bfz) Hof, supported by the Saxon Institute of Textile Research e.V. Chemnitz, we carry out the 32th Hofer Vliesstofftage on 8 and 9 November 2017.

This year once again innovative developments concerning the industrial sector of non-woven fabric will be introduced by presentations from the fields of industry, operational practice and research. In addition to this functional information, we want to give participants the opportunity to establish new relationships and deepen existing contacts.

The events center Freiheitshalle in Hof offers versatile and modern facilities for the symposium of non-woven fabric. The ballroom of the Freiheitshalle offers a comfortable atmosphere with modern technology and equipment to participate in the meeting.

The foyer of the Freiheitshalle and the lower and upper foyer of the ballroom provide the premises for participating companies and institutions, to generously present themselves at the accompanying trade exhibition.

Last year more than 450 visitors was registered at the Vliesstofftage in Hof and also the trade exhibition with 79 presentation stands did attract much interest again.

We cordially invite you to attend the 32th Hofer Vliesstofftage.

Association of the Bavarian Industry for Textiles and Apparel
(VERBAND DER BAYERISCHEN TEXTIL- UND BEKLEIDUNGSINDUSTRIE E. V.)

http://www.hofer-vliesstofftage.de/index_engl.php

Klaus Lindner                       Xaver Aschenbrenner
Chief Executive Officer         Assistant Chief Executive Officer

VDMA: Regina Brückner New Chairperson of the German Textile Machinery Association

 

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Germany — November 2, 2017 — Regina Brückner, managing associate, Brückner Trockentechnik, is the new chairperson of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association. The businesswoman from Leonberg was elected at the members’ meeting of the Association in Berlin. The new executive board is completed with Verena Thies, Thies Textilmaschinen, and Fritz P. Mayer, Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik, who were elected as vice chairpersons.

After her election, Regina Brückner stated: “I am pleased to have Ms. Thies and Mr. Mayer by my side, the two chairpersons who complement each other very well. Mr. Mayer is an entrepreneurial personality with decades of experience which he is meanwhile bringing in as the president of CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers.  Ms. Thies assumed responsibility in the family company early on and has been working for the traditional company Thies in international textile machinery business since 2009.”

The new executive board for the legislative period until 2021 is composed of:

  • Regina Brückner, chairperson, Brückner Trockentechnik;
  • Verena Thies, vice chairperson, Thies;
  • Fritz P. Mayer, vice chairman, Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik;
  • Johann Phillip Dilo, Oskar Dilo Maschinenfabrik;
  • Peter D. Dornier, Lindauer Dornier;
  • Arno Gärtner, Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik;
  • Roland Hampel, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen;
  • Dr. Janpeter Horn, Herzog;
  • Markus Kleindorp, Memminger-Iro;
  • Martin Küppers, Saurer Schlafhorst;
  • Georg Stausberg, Oerlikon Textile;
  • Andreas Lukas, Andritz Küsters;
  • Benjamin Mayer, Mayer & Cie.;
  • Eric Schöller, Groz-Beckert; and
  • Heinrich Trützschler, Trützschler.

TRADITIONAL INDIAN TEXTILE COMPANY VERY SATISFIED WITH BRÜCKNER SANFORIZING RANGE

Morajee Textiles Ltd. a traditional Indian textile company and one of the leading players in the Indian textile industry is very satisfied with their BRÜCKNER Sanfor range.

Morajee Textiles Ltd. has been established as early as 1871 under the name of Morarjee Goculdas Spinning and Weaving Co. Ltd. and is one of the first five companies listed on the Indian stock exchange. After an unparalleled growth and extension Morarjee is now part of the Ashok Piramal Group, a diversified and leading business group in India. With more than 100 years of experience and modern integrated manufacturing facilities for 100% cotton premium Yarn Dyed Shirting and printed fashion fabric, Morarjee makes cutting edge fashion a reality and is today one of the leading players in the Indian textile industry.

Morarjee counts all the premium international and domestic brands as its customers and supplies its products across the globe.

In 2015 the company bought a BRÜCKNER sanforizing range. The main components of the line are the rubber-belt compressive shrinking range, a felt calender and the cooling cylinders. The company’s Managing Director Mr. Rajendar Kumar Rewari confirms that this BRÜCKNER machine has been the right choice for their very light and thus particularly sensitive fabrics made of 100 % cotton, viscose or crepes for woman dresses and Men’s Shirting fabrics. The compressive shrinking line provides the fabric with a more stable structure, a silk-like shine, a smoother touch. In addition it reduces the residual shrinkage from -10 % to -3 %.

The machine works smoothly and is easy to manage. The control of tension and the software allow to treat very light fabrics without problem or marks. The production speed is between 60 and 70 m/min.  The production team is very satisfied with the machine and they recommend this machine for difficult and sensitive articles.

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Reunión entre Technologia Alemana y Textiles Mexicanos – MAHLO

 

PROGRAMA

Dia :  11/8/2017 

8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • Registration, coffee & tea 
9:30 am – 10:15 am
  • Brief welcome address from VDMA / Introduction of participating VDMA members
10:15 am – 10:45 am
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Nuevas tendencias en el Mercado de las maquinas circularesOrador

    Horst Maier
    Regional Sales Manager
    Mayer&Cie.GmbH+Co.KG

10:50 am – 11:20 am
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Minimizing the edge cuttings of knitted fabricsOrador

    Klaus Baumann
    Head of Sales Division Textile
    Erhardt+Leimer
    11:20 am – 11:40 am
  • Coffee break

11:40 am – 12:15 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Key to the future markets – Digitization in warp knitting & engineered fabrics and sustainability in sizing and indigo yarn dye process Señor Lutz Heinig, Sales Manager Technical Textiles, Karl Mayer North America

    Orador

    Nelson Da Cruz
    Area Sales Manager 
    KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH
12:20 pm – 12:50 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Cost-effective finishing of Denim eco-LineOrador

    Hans-Gerhard Wroblowski
    Sales Director SEA
    A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG
    12:50 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Lunch

    2:00 pm – 2:35 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Smart Factory – ¡La clave para el futuro! Orador

    Mr Peter Thys
    Sales Manager / Gerente de ventas
    Sedo Treepoint GmbH
    2:40 pm – 3:10 pm
  • La última tecnología en teñido por agotamiento de textiles

    Orador

    Ronald Schrell
    President Thies Corp. USA
    Thies GmbH & Co
     
  • 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Incrementar la rentabilidad en el proceso de teñido y acabado textilOrador

    Stefan Saam
    Sales Director
    SETEX Schermuly textile computer GmbH
    3:50 pm – 4:20 pm
  • Turn mercerising waste water into money

    Orador

    Dipl.-Ing. Karl Hesse
    Senior project engineer Caustic Recovery Plants (CRP)
    Körting Hannover AG
    4:20 pm – 4:40 pm
  • Coffee break

    4:40 pm – 5:15 pm

  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Latest sensors and controls for textile finishingOrador

    Dr. Ralf Pleva
    Managing Director
    PLEVA GmbH
    5:20 pm – 5:50 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Non-lubricated systems as lower maintenance execution for ARTOS and KRANTZ tentering machinesSeñor Peter Heier, Sales Manager, INTERSPARE

5:55 pm – 6:25 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Versatile Finishing Systems for unique Surface EffectsSeñor Holger Deglau, Sales Manager XETMA Vollenweider

    6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Interactive conference session

    VDMA will use an online tool to receive the feedback from the conference participants. Do not miss this interactive session about markets and trends.

    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Conference Dinner

    Welcome Address
    Señor José Cohen Sitton, Presidente, Cámara Nacional de la Industria Textil, CANAINTEX

    8:30 am – 9:30 am
    9:30 am – 10:00 am
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      From Melt to Yarn, Fibers and Nonwovens / Innovation in BCF

      Orador

      Chip Hartzog
      President of Oerlikon Textile Inc.
      Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
      Michael Ruebenhagen
      Regional Sales Director
      Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
       
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      El mundo fascinante de tejido estrecho – productos y aplicaciones

      Orador

      Ing. Héctor Centeno
      Director General
      Jakob Muller Trading de Mexico S.A. de C.V.
       10:05 am – 10:35 am
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Testing solutions from Fibre to Fabric

      Orador

      Dr. Stefan Fliescher
      Assistant Managing Director
      Textechno Herbert Stein GmbH & Co. KG
       
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      YarnStar 3+ – no compromise between efficiency and quality for the production of coated yarn

      Señor Mario Kempka, Area Sales Manager, Georg Sahm

      Señor Tobias Schumacher, Director Alpha-Tex de México

       10:35 am – 10:55 am
    • Coffee break

       10:55 am – 11:30 am
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Process cutting and quality improvement in Rotorspinning

      Señor Gerhard Wienands, Sales Director Mexico, Trützschler

    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Técnica y tecnología más moderna para la producción de telas no tejidas y su aplicación

      Orador

      Axel Philipps
      Sales Manager
      Temafa GmbH
      11:35 am – 12:05 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      E³ – comprehensive answers to the questions of the spinning industry

      Señor Klaus Boltz, Sales Manager, Schlafhorst (Saurer)

      Orador

      Ing. Isidro Ortega Gutierrez
      Vendedor Sub Region Mexico
      Schlafhorst Zweigniederlassung der Saurer Germany GmbH & Co. KG
      Ing. Hugo Jorge Rios Ruiz
      Vendedor Sub Region Puebla
      Schlafhorst Zweigniederlassung der Saurer Germany GmbH & Co. KG
       
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Técnica y tecnología más moderna para la producción de telas no tejidas y su aplicación

      Orador

      Domenico Craviolo
      Sales Manager
      DILO Systems GmbH
       12:10 pm – 12:40 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Advanced Conditioning and heat setting of textiles

      Orador

      Claus Koch
      President and CEO
      Welker Vakuum GmbH
       
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Brückner – La tecnología smart alcanza al Internet of Things (IoT)

      Orador

       12:40 pm – 1:45 pm
    • Lunch

      1:45 pm – 2:20 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      El significado de la aplicación de parafina y del valor de fricción en la calidad del hilado

      Orador

      Michael Binder
      Technical Manager
      Reseda Binder KG
       
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Energy-efficient hydroentanglement

      Orador

      Alexander Stampfer
      Regional Sales Director
      Autefa Solutions Germany GmbH
       2:25 pm – 2:55 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Outstanding bearing technology for highest yarn quality at highest production speed and longest lifetime

      Orador

      Claudia Mueller
      Area Sales Manager
      Saurer Components GmbH Zweigniederlassung Hammelburg
       
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      On-line Measurement and Quality Control Technologies

      Orador

      Miguel Lessel
      Area Sales Manager Spain, Portugal, Latin America
      Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG
      2:55 pm – 3:15 pm
    • Coffee break
      3:15 pm – 3:50 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Solution for Increased Efficiency in Staple Fiber Twisting

      Orador

       
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Optimización del proceso de cardado en la producción de no tejidos

      Señor Richard Morell, Sales Manager Latin America, Carding Division, Groz-Beckert

      Orador

      Richard Morell
      Sales Manager Latin America Carding division
      Groz-Beckert KG
      3:55 pm – 4:25 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Automacion para Hilatura 

      Señor Javier Pena, NEUENHAUSER

       
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Innovative needlepunch line solutions for the automotive industry

      Orador

      Rami Amous
      Area Sales Manager
      ANDRITZ Asselin-Thibeau SAS
      4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Interactive conference session

      VDMA will use an online tool to receive the feedback from the conference participants. Do not miss this interactive session about markets and trends.

       
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Interactive conference session

      VDMA will use an online tool to receive the feedback from the conference participants. Do not miss this interactive session about markets and trends.

3D constructions are opening up new design horizons

A new clothing collection made from warp-knitted spacer textiles, created by the designer, Maria Valdez

Warp-knitted spacer textiles were originally the domain of technical and semi-technical applications, but for a long time now, they have been making inroads into the clothing sector. Their exceptional characteristics are the reason why designers are increasingly turning to spacer textiles. With their three-dimensional construction,                                     

these voluminous textiles deliver excellent climatic comfort. Their draping characteristics mean that they can be used to produce puffball styles, as well as wide shapes, extravagant contours and rigid design details. Spacer textiles can tap into their extensive draping potential by using suitable making-up processes. In this case, the right type of edges and seams is crucial. In many cases, spacer textiles are being processed by ultrasonic welding technology to produce neat edges. With this process, which is based on a vibration principle, the textile is cut and neatened in a single step. This produces edges that are flat, which feel soft against the skin without scratching. The high wear comfort is the result of the process itself. With ultrasonic welding, the pile yarns are melted with the yarns in the cover faces so that they cannot protrude from the surface and scratch the skin. The same applies to the seams at the joining places. Cut and seal ultrasonic technology is used to join 3D textiles together; two layers of the textile are ultrasonically cut and a joining seam is formed at the same time. This is then covered with a band on a hot-air machine to produce a firm, flat, soft seam.

                            

The models shown here are examples of the designs that can be produced by combining ultrasonic welding technology with warp-knitted spacer textiles. The garments, with their extravagant styling, were created and produced by the designer, Maria Valdez, from the company, Nucleus, on behalf of KARL MAYER. This textile machinery manufacturer supplied the spacer textiles – a red and white patterned type produced on an RD 7/2-12 EN in a gauge of E 28 and a version patterned with a chessboard design produced on an RD 4 N EL in a gauge of E 32. The two fabrics are extremely soft, thin and light and made from 100% polyester. The construction has breathable knitted constructions on the two surfaces and an air-carrying spacer layer in-between, which enables the spacer textile to provide excellent climatic comfort.

http://www.karlmayer.com/en/

PIONEERS OF TEXTILE FINISHING – TINTEX IN PORTUGAL

The coating of knitted fabric opens new markets for a Portuguese textile company

Not far from the Portuguese / Spanish frontier, in Vila Nova de Cerveira is the domicile of the textile company TINTEX. Recently this company made an important step towards the future. The company owner and the technologists decided to tread new paths in the worldwide competition. Oriented towards the future Tintex sought the cooperation with the system supplier and stenter producer BRÜCKNER and together they worked out a unique solution to achieve completely new effects with knitted fabric. The test productions are taking place and TINTEX won already a prize with fabric produced on the new line.

The textile market on the Iberian Peninsula has become rather small in the last years. Therefore it is not amazing that TINTEX and BRÜCKNER attract the attention of the textile producers in both countries. TINTEX wants to keep up with future market developments and tries to get all available information about modern line design and new line know-how.

BRÜCKNER is recognized in the industry as world market leader in the finishing of extremely sensitive knitted fabric. And this BRUECKNER stenter offers undisputably unbeatable advantages particularly regarding the requirements to temperature uniformity in the treatment of synthetic fibre blends due to the counter principle and other constructive measures.

As innovative machine building company BRÜCKNER completes now these advantages with the possibility of coating and laminating this highly sensitive fabric. In BRÜCKNER’s Technology Center as well as on a BRÜCKNER line in the near Institute for Textile and Process Technology of the Technical University Stuttgart the customers can allow free play to their ideas and make tests.

Also TINTEX took this path and has been supported actively by BRÜCKNER. When discussing this step into the future, the companies could work out a new and revolutionary line concept.

The heart of the line is a stenter with the proven and patented BRÜCKNER „split-flow“ technology including the corresponding entry and exit components which are particularly designed for a low tension fabric transport and an extremely sensitive fabric surface.

In the entry and in the exit of the machine there are, however, two special features. The entry stand of the stenter integrates a newly developped special coating unit. It allows to apply stable and instable foams as well as pastes by means of a screen application unit. It takes only a few steps to change over to a knife-over-cylinder coating system.

In this process the upper draw roller is used as coating cylinder. This allows somewhat higher application weights for stable foam and pastes in case of more stable fabric.

The exit integrates a laminating/embossing calender offering also the possibility to provide with an electrical shortwave infra-red radiator a directly coated highly elastic knitted fabric with a shagreen by means of an embossing paper.

Currently the R&D department of Tintex develops very innovative coatings. In future Tintex wants to produce on the new BRÜCKNER line fabrics which could not be realized at all up to now or only by means of transfer coating.