The new dimension of savings in functional textile and nonwoven finishing

WEKO, Weitmann & Konrad GmbH & Co. KG, has been the acknowledged partner for achieving specific properties and functions on a wide variety of materials for over 60 years.

Textiles and nonwovens can be optimally finished due to the application of liquid functional substances: Hydrophilic/hydrophobic or oleophilic/oleophobic finishers, softeners, avivages, flame retardants as well as antimicrobial agents, etc. provide the desired characteristics. The task is to give textiles and nonwovens individual and functional properties by fluid application that is gentle to the material and saves resources.

The WEKO-Fluid-Application-System (WFA) offers the right solution for sustainable textile and nonwoven finishing. This high-

tech system made in Germany applies functional liquids contact-free by fast rotating rotor discs which spray ultrafine micro-droplets to the material web. To prevent the undesirably escaping of aerosols and to achieve a working environment, the encapsulated WEKO-ProTec offers ultra-clean precision.

Contact-free application - gentle handling of textiles and nonwovens

With non-contact spray application the product web is handled with extreme care since the non-contact application does not apply any mechanical stress on the fabrics by squeezing between rollers. The high-quality textiles are not strained and costly post production is made unnecessary.

 

Chemicals, auxiliaries and energy – good for the environment

WEKO-Fluid-Application-Systems (WFA) only applies the amount of textile chemicals actually needed. The drastic reduction of chemical auxiliaries is especially important for a sustained production in textile and nonwoven finishing. Up to 70 % can be saved with the WFA systems, also because single-sided and surface application is possible, if necessary.

 

Cost reduction – Increased ROI by using WFA

With the padding procedure, by contrast, roughly 70 % of moisture is retained by the fabric even after squeezing. By comparison, the non-contact application system from WEKO has a reduced pick-up of approx. 15–25 %.

Consequently, the textile finishers require significantly less drying energy and energy savings up to 60 % are feasible. Alternatively, the reduced energy required during drying allows obvious increasing machine speeds, sometimes even up to 100 %.

 

Waste reduction cutting with WEKO Cut-it

Textiles, specially knitting fabrics, need to be cut at the selvedge to obtain a strait and regular side for a parallel roll and perfect doubling. Depending on the required processes, some fabrics need to be cut several times (two or three times).

To reduce this waste and on the other hand increase the material output, WEKO has developed his cutting system Cut-it 2.0. With special fabric guiding, decurling and stabilization solutions, the cut selvedge can be reduce up to 80% compared to common cutting systems.

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