Heathcoat Fabrics partnered again with Brückner Textile Technologies and its sales partner Advanced Dyeing Solutions to install a Brückner finishing line for industrial textiles.
Brückner worked extensively with the local Heathcoat project team during several project reviews to develop a customized multipurpose finishing line, designed especially for the needs of Heathcoat fabrics. The requirements were the treatment of lightweight parachute fabric, but also heavy-duty conveyor belt carriers, as well as 3D warp knits and stretch-sensitive microfiber fabrics, where even a human skin contact could create picking issues.
Regina Brückner, CEO and owner of the Brückner Group, stated: “To meet the complex requirements of Heathcoat is not easy because of the great variety of technical textiles produced. Our line has to finish light as well as heavy articles, so the design, control and the whole line layout have to be flexible, functional and still easy to operate. Fortunately, the team at Heathcoat Fabrics is very innovative and open-minded, and together we worked hard to develop the right technology and handling. We are very happy that we could convince this customer, whom we appreciate very much, with the productivity of our line and of course with our technological know-how.”
The direct gas heated Brückner POWER-FRAME tenter with its unique staggered heating source arrangement every half zone provides best available temperature consistency across the length and the width of the tenter. The unit is equipped with a low-lub, horizontally returning combined pin/clip chain and several fabric paths, especially designed for the different fabrics being processed. Together with Heathcoat Fabrics technologists, the Brückner design team developed a very special delivery end of the tenter with different edge trimming and slitting possibilities. Depending on the kind of products, the fabrics can be batched on large diameter A-frames, wound on cardboard tubes or plaited into trolleys.
Due to the complexity of the fabrics, the tenter is equipped with the newest weft straightening and pick counting technology. The control system allows integration into the customers ERP system and enables easy and reproducible operation by using the latest bar code scanning and batch related quality reporting tools. Due to the increasing energy prices, it is mandatory that the machine is equipped with the state of the art Brückner heat-recovery technology.