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embossing, the register guidance systemensures

synchronisation of the printed pattern with the crease in the centre of the napkin, at speeds of up to 400metres perminute (approximately 2,000 pieces perminute).

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Using the convertingmachine interfaface signals as point of refeference, the controlmodule influences the servomotors to

anish flexo technology provider TRESU Group has developed amulti-colour flexo printing unit fofor applying patterns to

Developed following a collaboration with global personal care brand owners, the printing unit applies patterns on the inside of the product, and perfoforms seamlessly alongside other converting processes on the napkin production line. Customised to the specifications of the

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production line, the printing unit comprises up to four water-based colours, a hot air dryer and, at the embossing point, a register guidance camera. It is capable of printing on nonwovenmaterials between 15 and 22gsm, especially pre-perfoforated PE polymers. The unit also offe ffo

ffers a compact ootprint and an operator-friendly design.

abric. TRESU’s customised printing integration systemenables the personal hygiene industry to achieve this, whilemaintaining a cost-controlled, flexible, single-pass operation.”

The integration unit includes TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply systemwith automatic cleaning, to

ensure accuracy ismaintained on-the-fly throughout the production run. Servo drives ensure automatically controlled, precise print speed and ink flow, so that operation without in- house flexo experience or handling is possible. Allan Sander, vice-president, TRESU Solutions, comments: “Consumers are increasingly seeking assurance about the quality of their products, and research has shown that there is stronger loyalty to napkin brands with recognisable printed designs such as icons or logos printed on the ffa

constantly fefeed the printing units andmaintain optimumviscosity, temperature and pressure. Sealed, pressure-controlled chambered docto r blade systems enable direct, fofoam-free transfefer of ink or coating to the anilox rollers, ensuring a consistently clean printed image.

The systemis optimised fofor fast job changes. A control systemstores and, in jobs, instantly recalls job reci

ink and calibration data is needed. At the

installation stage, the TRESU technical teamworks with the customer to build a unique database of recipe settings for each job, including, among others, impression settings, print levels, flow rate, air velocity, temperature an d register coordinates . The ability to seamlessly integrate the printing operation into the existing converting and assembly linemeans that customers can avoid the costs and lengthy lead times associated with outsourcing.

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customer's research and development division at every step fromthe concept stage, to customise themachine to suit production requirements and skills levels,”adds Sander.

“The projects have been a large success fofor the customers, with integration s of our high leve l printing technology into a large number of hygiene converting lines at locations in Europe, USA andMexico. FromTRESU’s perspective, we are proud to have developed the requested solution on time despite demands on safefety, process technology and a tight time frame.”


Setting newstandards for voluminous nonw R

eifenhäuser Reicofil spunbond nonwoven,meltblown and composite lines are some of the leading ideas in the production of hygiene,medical, technical, barrier and filtration nonwovens of the highest quality are designed andmanufactured according to changingmarket demands and individual customer wishes. At this year’s K Show, the Reifenhäuser subsidiary presents its newest developments for themarket: “Nonwovens are normally thin and smooth. Our High Loft Spunbond offers unique possibilities for themanufacture of thick, soft nonwovens that have the potential to unlock new areas of application for our customers,” commentsMichaelMaas, operations director research and development at Reicofil.

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The hottest topic in the hygienemarket today is a strong demand for bulky and soft nonwovens. It is an Asian-driven trend with influence on the European and USA diapermarkets; these soft touch applications play an increasingly important role, especially in top sheet and back sheet applications wheremid-segment product ranges are being gradually squeezed out of themarket by premiumproducts.

Maas adds: “In the future, our customers will have to offer soft nonwoven products all over the world. It is critical to their businesses to adopt developments early and to be innovative.We already started years ago to develop the technology basis for softer products. Today we are able to offer various solutions for different customer needs. ”


Voluminous nonwovens generally consist of self-f-crimping fibres.With Reicofil bico technology,

y, filaments of two different rawmaterials are

produced in a side-side structure and are subsequently bonded using hot air or a special embossing calendar.

as top and backsheet in premiumdiapers.

With its High Loft process, Reicofil offers a technology platformfor the production of especially bulky and soft nonwovens.

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pes, so no re-entry of the case of repeat

The process for 3D nonwoven production is subject to constant further development in the Reicofil Te

Technology Centre for the spunbond nonwovens. In Troisdorf,f, Reicofil developme

nt engineers have production of

three high-tech lines at their disposal to carry out research in close cooperation with customers, institutions and other partners.

The ‘Rethinking Packaging’ project ismore than promising: The Reicofil teamdeveloped solutions for packaging bulkmaterials with nonwovens. “We have developed nonwoven cement bag prototypes,” saysMaas. “They work perfectly.

bulk goods – there is a gigantic potential for nonwovens in the packaging industry.

are enormous opportunities for packaging with nonwovens. “Our current development will wipe away paper bags and woven PP bags due to its superior performance per weight and its unbeatable price.” www.

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y. Imagine transferring this solution to packaging all kinds of y.”With its cement bag prototypes Reicofil demonstrated that there

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