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ITMA '91: a full house is expected in Hannover in September.

ITMA '91

A Full House Is Expected In Hannover In September

billed as the world's largest textile machinery show, ITMA '91 will include a significant nonwovens presence once again, as machinery and equipment suppliers target the show for a myriad of new product introductions

After some anxious moments due to an unstable worldwide economy and political situation, ITMA '91 will open its doors Sept. 24-Oct. 3 with 1350 exhibitors from 35 countries taking up 185,000 sq. meters in 20 halls at the huge Hannover, Germany Exhibition Grounds.

After the sharp decline in orders to the textile machinery industry was first felt last fall and the dramatic worsening of the political conditions due to the Gulf Crisis, there were concerns over the prospects for the 11th International Exhibition of Textile Machinery. But, according to the organizers of the show, "the event is once again proving its extraordinary robustness and immunity to crisis." The show organizers reported that not one of the leading textile machinery manufacturers that had registered to take part in ITMA '91 withdrew or significantly scaled down its involvement.

In scale, ITMA '91 will equal the European Machine Tool Exhibition EMO, which achieved the status as the world's largest exhibition of machinery when held in 1989 in Hannover.

The nonwovens participation in ITMA '91 will be led by the large European machinery suppliers, such as Fleissner, Dr. Ernst Fehrer, Oskar Dilo and a host of others. Also participating will be a range of smaller suppliers of component equipment for nonwovens, ranging from needle suppliers to computer control devices.

What follows are highlights of the participation of many of the nonwovens machinery and equipment suppliers in ITMA '91. More previews of the show will be included in the September ITMA '91 show issue of NONWOVENS INDUSTRY.

Specialized Equipment From Fleissner

Fleissner, Egelsbach, Germany, will exhibit both standard installations and, in particular, special machinery built to customer specifications for textile finishing installations for the nonwovens, carpet, wool processing and woven and knit goods industries. Also available will be complete processing lines and machinery for the man-made fiber production from spinning walls to fully automatic balers and high tech through-air dryers for all types of air permeable papers and tissues.

Fleissner's high tech through-air dryer for air-permeable papers, tissues and nonwovens has a completely new drum construction that allows it to achieve production speeds of up to 2200 meters a minute, water evaporation rates of up to 400 kg. sq. meter an hour and a temperature uniformity of +/- 1 C across the working width.

Fleissner's compact processing line for the production of polyester fibers from recovered bottles has already proved itself in the production of polypropylene fibers and produces 60 tons a day in a titer range 6.7 to 17 dtex from 100% ground and thoroughly purified recovered bottles.

Also being exhibited by Fleissner is its multi-purpose line for binder bonding and thermal bonding. The combination of foam impregnation, through-air drying technology and calibration in one line yields an optimum degree of flexibility.

Circle No. 155 on Reader Service Card.

News From Hergeth Hollingsworth

Hergeth Hollingsworth, Dulmen, Germany, will present its new developments in the field of nonwovens equipment and spinning preparation machines. Two complete lines will be shown--one nonwoven line and one cotton line.

During ITMA '91 a complete, fully automatic nonwovens line, handling the fibers from the bale to the finished product, will be on display.

The equipment has a short, efficient opening line. For fiber preparation, the microprocessor-controlled bale handling system "Optomix" III M will be featured. The novel, easy to handle control elements allow precise working from the bale laydown with an accuracy of 01. mm and three differing bale heights.

Smallest size tufts that are fed to the subsequent opening machine MTO/Sensure the highest efficiency rate of this particular system. A specifically designed roll arrangement of the "Micro-Tuft-Opener" cares for gentle fiber opening without any gripping points.

The further developed model MC/WL chute feed, designed for fibers of up to 250 mm length, is known for its uniform feeding method of the card. Also, variations of weight across the batt's width are reduced to a minimum by the profile-type control system.

A redesigned card, capable of running fibers from 0.5 to 25 dtex with staple length up to 150 mm, will produce nonwovens from such materials. Among its outstanding features are the shorter type breaker card system and the specifically designed carding elements.

At the end of the Hergeth Hollingsworth nonwovens line there is the newly-developed crosslapper. This lapper, equipped with storing carriage and profile computer, stands for uniform layers of web related to extremely low web weights combined with high speeds.

Circle No. 156 on Reader Service Card.

Tatham Focusing ITMA '91 Efforts On Its Nonwoven Cards

The focus of William Tatham, Rochdale, Lancs., U.K., will be on a new, 2.5 meter wide high production nonwoven card unit operating in conjunction with a Dr. Ernst Fehrer needleloom NL9S having a maximum working width of 2400 mm.

The card will incorporate a Volumetric Hopper with a "Microfeed" control system, Ambassador Series SX4 double doffer card and a new model high speed "Laymaster" cross-lapper equipped with "Microlap" system for precise, automatic control of lap formation. The machinery will be complemented by the latest in drive technology with the associated electronic controls housed, with the Fehrer equipment, in a centralized control cabinet and operator desk.

The new Laymaster crosslapper, designed to operate at speeds of up to 100 meters a minute, incorporates high speed production of precision laid nonwoven natural and synthetic fiber webs; absolute control of web plaiting from input to delivery onto bottom latice assembly; low mass cartridges driven by a variable speed drive system; anti-static aprons specially jointed to maintain a uniform apron thickness; apron tracking controlled by photo-electric cells and air cylinder operated guidance rollers with safety back-up system in case of excessive run-out of the aprons; rollers of lightweight polished steel and mounted in sealed-for-life bearings; and bottom lattice assembly fully adjustable in height that can be arranged for batt delivery at either side of the machine.

The complete nonwoven unit will be fully operational throughout ITMA '91 processing a synthetic fiber blend to produce needlepunched floorcoverings in a specific density range. The pre-blended fiber will be delivered automatically to a feed tower or silo system, located above the rear of the Tatham volumetric hoppers, from a blending system to be exhibited by Pneumatic Conveyors Ltd.

Circle No. 157 on Reader Service Card.

Machinery Program From Dilo

As a leading manufacturer of needle felting looms, Oskar Dilo, Eberbach, Germany, will show almost its complete machinery program as well as the latest textile fabric developments of the needle felting technology. In addition, a complete nonwoven needling installation will be exhibited, consisting of components for bale opening from Temafa, a Spinnbau card, an Autefa cross liner and a "Di-Loom" OD-II S 25 pre-needler. This pre-needler has an improved batt feeding system type "CBF-transfer" that further minimizes detrimental drafts when feeding the batt into the needling zone.

The needle looms at the booth will comprise looms for structuring in high speed versions of the "Di-Loop" DS for three-dimensional structuring and patterning flat needle felts, as well as the high speed version of the "Di-Lour" for structuring lightweight velours for automotive interior linings. A six meter wide double needle loom for the production of technical textiles will be exhibited as well.

Dilo will also have machines for the production of shoulder pads and a machine for circular needling. The latter is the "Rontex" 50, for producing seamless and endless tubular felts for filtration, roller coating or for fiber reinforced composites.

The company will also exhibit a needle inserting machine that inserts new needles into needle boards. This machine can insert up to 4000 needles an hour.

A special feature at the Dilo exhibit will be machine models built on a 1:10 scale that will represent the latest developments in large needle looms for the papermakers' felt industry. Among these models is also a "Beltex" plant for the production of longitudinally oriented papermakers' felts. A model of a finish needle loom with a total of eight needling zones will also be shown.

Circle No. 158 on Reader Service Card.

Lenzing Showing Testing Equipment

A range of testing instruments being offered to research institutes and related industries will be on display at ITMA '91 by Lenzing, Lenzing, Austria. Among the products to be featured:

*"Vibroskop:" A fiber testing instrument that determines the linear density of individual fibers according to the vibration method in line with a number of testing procedures.

*"Vibrodyn:" This determines the tensile force elongation behavior of individual fibers in either a conditioned or a wet state. This automatic instrument works with the constant rate of elongation in line with a host of standards.

*"Vibrotex:" An instrument for determining the crimping properties of individual fibers. It has been recently redesigned to include an integrated PC control and measuring electronic device, an integrated LCD screen and keyboard.

*"Lister:" An instrument for determining the liquid strikethrough time in line with EDANA guidelines.

*Film Thickness Measuring Device: This helps determine transverse thickness of synthetic films. These are used to control film plants at production level.

Circle No. 159 on Reader Service Card.

Ashton Rubber Conveyor Aprons

Ashton Rubber Industries, New Delhi, India, will be on hand at ITMA '91 with an array of aprons and tapes. For the nonwovens industry it will be presenting lattice conveyor aprons used in woollen spinning, nonwoven cotton and synthetic cotton machinery. This high quality product is sold as original equipment to many machine manufacturers and will be highlighted at the exhibition.

Circle No. 160 on Reader Service Card.

Range of Calendar Bowls From Bentley

David Bentley Ltd., Manchester, U.K., will be exhibiting its full range of calendar bowls, including a patented heat dissipation system. This is the first time that the problem of heat build-up within calender bowls has been tackled at its source, according to the company, by actually dissipating the heat rather than trying new filling materials.

The system works using a series of copper rods and discs inserted into the bowl face. Any heat is dissipated either down to the center shaft (water colled) or through the endplates. By this method up to 40% of the heat can be dissipated, thus helping to alleviate burning and enabling bowls to work at higher temperatures.

The system can be applied to existing bowls when they need refilling or new bowls can be made.

Circle No. 161 on Reader Service Card.

Machine Launch From Farmer Norton

Sir James Farmer Norton, Manchester, U.K., will be launching a new machine at ITMA '91--the VAS-200. This machine is an advanced vacuum application system and it is the result of three years' development by Farmer Norton in conjunction with NPD Corp., U.S. While impregnators, saturators and printers have been in use for many years, this is the first time these capabilities have been combined into one machine.

The VAS-200 offers the following advantages: complete penetration and saturation of substrate with liquid; uniform impregnation on all fabrics, including loom state or hydrophobic materials; variable high/low liquid pick up, adjustable up to 200%; extremely low liquid content, ensuring minimum waste at end of run; absence of tailing or variation during length of run; uniform or pattern application; compact design and low capital investment.

The impregnation capability enables dyeing of even loom state cotton fabrics and the latest microfiber polyester fabrics. Its ability to completely saturate a substrate has particular advantages in many other applications, including cold bleaching, mercerizing, resin finishing and flame retardant finishing. It is designed for use with nonwovens, textiles or paper and can operate in widths up to 120 meters a min.

Circle No. 167 on Reader Service Card.

New Needles From Foster Needle

Worldwide felting needle supplier Foster Needle, Manitowoc, WI, will be bringing a number of new and updated needle designs and needle board inserts to ITMA '91. The company's newest product will be a 40 gauge "Star Blade." Also new will be needles for synthetic leather. Information will also be provided on the Mor needle changing machine.

Circle No. 162 on Reader Service Card.

Carding Machines From Thibeau

A. Thibeau, Tourcoing Cedex, France, will be featuring its range of carding machines at the exhibition. The new CA6 carding machines provide high speed and high output production webs with mechanical strength particularly suited for the nonwovens industry. The carding machine is equipped with one or two doffers preceded by distributing rollers and followed by condensing rollers.

Among the capabilities of the CA6 carding machines: 400 kg/h/m with fibers of 17 dtex for needle felt carpets; longitudinal/transversal strength ratio within a range of 3:1 to 1.5:1 with thermal bonded fibers of 1.7 dtex; range of weight from 15-100 grams sq. meter with impregnated or thermal bonded fibers of 1.7 dtex; 180-200 kg/h/m in polypropylene 1.7 dtex for the production of nonwoven coverstock.

The new CA6 carding machines always utilize progressive carding, which enhances the blending and separation as well as maximum use of the carding zones to optimize material output. The inlet of the carding machine can take a "Servolap" or ACE II type regulation device. The carding machine can be loaded by a loading and weighing machine or continuous flow volumetric loading, for example, for the CFX type, or by feed hopper.

Circle No. 163 on Reader Service Card.

Arel Control/Zima Presenting New Process Controllers

Arel Control, Yavne, Israel, represented in the U.S. by Zima Corp., Spartanburg, SC, will present a new generation of process controllers integrated with IBM PC computers and computer networks. These controllers are part of the "System 300," a computer integrated dye house control system.

The ATC-304 Batch Dyeing Machine Controller is suitable for every type of dyeing machine at every level of sophistication, according to the company. It can act as a stand alone controller or be linked to the PC central computer for central operation of the dye house and for report generation.

Among the systems to be on display at ITMA '91: controllers for batch and continuous textile finishing machinery; automatic dispensing systems for liquids; automatic weighing stations for powders; production floor data collection systems; "Aramis," Arel Management Information Systems and electric and pneumatic interface panels.

Circle No. 164 on Reader Service Card.

Investkonsult Upgrades Compactor

Investkonsult, Lagan, Sweden, will be featuring its wadding compactor, a machine first exhibited at the last ITMA in Paris. It is designed to serve nonwovens producers who make fiberfill wadding rolls that need storage packing, as well as transport oriented packing. The machine has the advantage that it can be easily operated by one person. The installed power is only 1.5 KW. For this year's exhibition it is also offered with an automatic push-off piston that allows easier removal of the roll from the machine. The working capacity has also been increased to take rolls up to 1550 mm and compresses them down to as much as 900 MM, with a total length of 2500 MM. After compressing the fibers, a plastic cover is pulled on, which keeps the volume constant for storing and trucking without destroying the fibers or their resistance.

Circle No. 165 on Reader Service Card.
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Date:Aug 1, 1991
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