Faserstoffindustrie

Qualitätskontrolle für eine Reihe von Faser- und Vliesstoffen

Neither woven nor knitted

For the years to come, the growth rates for nonwovens are projected to be in the healthy 5-7% range, according to Smithers Pira. Nonwovens are fabric-like material made from staple fiber (short) and long fibers (continuous long), bonded together by chemical, mechanical, heat or solvent treatment. Nonwovens are fabrics, such as felt, which are neither woven nor knitted. To further increase strength, some nonwoven materials are densified or reinforced by a backing. In recent years, nonwovens have become an alternative to polyurethane foam.

Hammer-IMS can measure at multiple positions in a single line

The M-Ray based measuring systems of Hammer-IMS can be easily placed at different sites in a nonwoven production line. The video below shows this for a dry-laid carded nonwoven line.

Web based manufacturing

Nonwovens are typically manufactured by putting small fibers together in the form of a web, and then binding them either:

  • Mechanically (e.g. interlocked using serrated needles so that inter-fiber friction results in a stronger fabric)
  • With an adhesive
  • Thermally (using binder in the form of powder, paste, or polymer melt)

The different manufacturing options introduce a range of nonwoven fabric types including: airlaid, drylaid, carded, hydro-entangled, melt-blown, needlepunched, spun-bond, spunlaced, wetlaid, etc.

Basis-weight measurement

To meet market-driven quality requirements for nonwoven materials, manufacturers perform basis-weight measurement. The M-Ray technology of Hammer-IMS is available as part of Marveloc 602 single-sensor products or integrated into Marveloc-CURTAIN or Marveloc 602-CUBE turnkey systems.

The Marveloc-CURTAIN solution measures material up to 30 centimeters thick, and uses one or more fixed or traveling sensors for maximum coverage in cross-machine direction. The Marveloc 602-CUBE is a compact solution for fixed-point inline measurement of a range of materials including nonwovens. The basis-weight measuring solution verifies material grammage (up to 1 gsm) uniformity to detect local anomalous regions with out-of-spec densities. The solutions of Hammer-IMS are fit to measure a wide range of nonwovens, including airlaid, drylaid, carded, hydro-entangled, melt-blown, needlepunched, spun-bond, spunlaced, wetlaid, etc.

Automotive, medical, industrial, construction, etc.

The application reach of nonwovens is immense: flame retardant nonwovens, personal hygiene materials and products, nonwovens for consumer and industrial wipes, nonwovens in specialist and consumer apparel, nonwoven textiles for residential and commercial interiors, the use of nonwovens as filtration materials; nonwoven textiles in automotive interiors.

Nonwovens can be broken down into two major sectors: disposable and durable. Some also consider nonwovens as a more ecological fabric since nonwovens can be recycled after use, given the proper treatment and facilities. This applies to fields and industries where disposable or single use products are important, such as hospitals, schools, nursing homes and luxury accommodations.

Shown at prominent industry exhibitions worldwide

Hammer-IMS proudly showcases its revolutionary measuring systems at main international events across the globe. With a notable presence at various renowned exhibitions (INTEX, Techtextil, ITMA, and more), our cutting-edge technology continues to captivate industry leaders and experts.

Hammer-IMS CEO Noël Deferm emphasizes, "Our commitment to innovation and excellence has led us to feature our advanced measuring system in multiple global fairs. This strategic approach stems from the increasing demand for precision measurement solutions in various sectors."

Meltblown processes for mouth mask filtration media benefit from a small sustainable C-shape basis-weight scanner.

Meltblown is an efficient and widely used process for manufacturing of many air filtration media. Especially HEPA base materials are typically produced in this way. More recently, it is shown that meltblown production lines can quickly be set-up to provide answers to the increasing world-wide demand for mouth masks. Hammer--IMS provides small C-shape basis-weight scanners to boost-up product quality within a single meltblown production batch, but also to guarantee repetitive quality over multiple batches.

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