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New Staple Fiber Plant for the Production of Carded Nonwovens

Oerlikon Neumag at the Index 2014

Neumünster, 11 March 2014 – At this year’s INDEX, the worldwide leading exhibition for nonwovens, from 8 to 11 April in Geneva, Switzerland, Oerlikon Neumag will be presenting plants and technologies for the production of high-quality nonwovens for hygiene and technical applications. For the first time, the new staple fiber plant Staple FORCE S 1000 will be introduced on stand 2314 in hall 2.

Staple FORCE S 1000 - compact and economical

The new, compact plant is specially laid out for the economical production of staple fibers in small lots up to 15 tons per day, as necessary for the production of carded nonwovens. The Staple FORCE not only impresses with its low initial investment and compact construction, but also the energy costs are significantly reduced by replacing steam and water baths through a dry drawing process. “The Staple FORCE S 1000 is directed at downstream integrators, who in future want to produce the fibers for their products in-house, enabling the nonwovens producer to produce and further develop his end products without disclosing know-how and without quality fluctuations“, explained Rainer Straub, Vice President Product Management Oerlikon Manmade Fibers.

Nonwoven: All technologies on board for market-specific developments

Oerlikon Neumag has a comprehensive portfolio of nonwoven technologies, from melt-spun spunbond (spunbond and meltblown) up to air-laid nonwovens (airlaid). Application areas are for example special technical uses such as filtration, roofing, geotextiles and automotive, as well as hygiene applications.

Nonwovens technology for a rapidly growing market Oerlikon Neumag offers the complete process from polymer chips up to roll goods for the production of substrate for bitumen roofing membranes, sarking membranes and also geotextiles. The one-step spunbond technology convinces with a combination of effectiveness and productivity, thus lowering production costs by up to 20%. More than 3 million tons of technical nonwovens were produced last year and the demand is still increasing, especially in emerging countries. Thinner, lighter, efficient materials, as produced with the spunbond technology, now specify the trend.

Meltblown technology stand-alone or as an upgrade solution

The Oerlikon Neumag meltblown technology enables the cost-efficient production of high-quality melt-blown and SMS (spunbond-meltblown-spunbond) products. Stand-alone mono and bico meltblown plants produce nonwovens for a variety of filtration, insulation and sorbent applications. The meltblown technology is applied for a multitude of medical and hygiene products as “Plug & Product” installations in already existing and in new external SXS plants. This solution enables a cost-efficient upgrading of new or existing spunbond plants and offers nonwoven producers access to markets with very high quality demands.

Airlaid: more homogeneity with thin nonwovens

The core of the Oerlikon Neumag airlaid technology, the forming head, sets standards for the produc-tion of extremely thin airlaid nonwovens. A high uniformity and homogeneous web formation,
today enable the production of high-quality, light airlaid nonwovens with economically attractive pro-duction speeds and plant throughputs.  With the new forming head, we can not only produce very light airlaid materials, but also combination nonwovens with full utilization of the plant capacity, at the same time saving raw material.

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