By installing an infrared heating system from Heraeus Noblelight, Advanced Fabrics (SAAF) has significantly improved the throughput of coated, non-woven fabrics at its Saudi Arabian manufacturing plant to meet increased demands for its products. The system was designed, built and commissioned on-site following extensive trials at Heraeus’ Neston Application Centre.
Fast response medium wave infrared emitters heat up non-wovens in a quick and efficient way. Copyright Heraeus Noblelight 2011
Heraeus will present infrared heaters for coating, converting and finishing at ICE in Munich, from 8th to 10th November in hall B5 stand 981.
SAAF is a major international force in the medical and hygiene markets for spunbond and SMS nonwovens, produced on state-of-the-art plant. To achieve the specific properties required in medical operations, of being alcohol-repellent and anti-static, fabric manufacture involves the application of a chemical to 100% polypropylene SMS. SAAF’s objective was to increase the throughput of its’ line, whilst maintaining the high quality of application.
After contacting Heraeus, extensive tests were carried out at the company’s Applications Centre. Various combinations of infrared emitters, at various powers were trialled to ensure that sufficient heat for drying could be transferred to the fabric without affecting the polypropylene, which has a low softening and melt point. These tests were then supported with proving trials carried by Heraeus personnel on-site at the Saudi Arabian factory and the results confirmed the suitability of infrared for the application. As a result, the optimum system was installed.
Ian Disley, of SAAF, who was instrumental in selecting the infra-red option and took part in the initial trials, comments, “The Heraeus installation has achieved our target and proved eminently cost-effective.”
Energy Efficiency by Exact Matching
Infrared heating technology offers many possibilities for optimising energy usage in industrial processes:• High heat transfer capacity
For further information please contact:Technical:
Dr. Marie-Luise Bopp | Heraeus Noblelight GmbH
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