Trantec and The Nonwoven Industry

Most nonwoven fabrics are created from the bonding of long fibres through a variety of treatment methods, including chemical, mechanical, heated, and solvent. Nonwoven fabrics are commonly used for the manufacture of disposable hygiene and food-grade products, for example, diapers and incontinence garments, surgical pads, wound dressings/bandages, feminine hygiene products such as tampons and menstrual pads, floor dusting cloths, filters, coffee/tea bags, and even artificial snow!

At Trantec we manufacture a range of materials handling equipment for the Nonwoven industry, specifically aimed at metering, feeding, and conveying separate fibres and Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP), which is a common material used for the manufacture of nonwoven fabrics across the globe. SAPs are small gel beads commonly created by the polymerisation of acrylic acid and sodium hydroxide. However, other materials can include polyacrylamide copolymers, polyvinyl alcohol copolymers, and cross-linked polyethylene oxide. One of the main reasons nonwoven fabrics have become increasingly popular is due to their properties, which cannot be imitated by most woven fabrics; properties which include flame retardancy, high strength levels, stretchability, sterility, washability, liquid repellence, and high absorbency, with some SAPs being able to absorb up to 300 times their own weight in liquid.

Although there are many processes involved within the nonwoven industry, Trantec’s Flexible Screw Conveyors and Metering Screw Feeders are designed to handle the raw SAP in the manufacturing process. When feeding SAP, accuracy is crucial for even delivery of SAP to cellulose/bicomponent fibres to deliver a high-quality product. This is where Trantec can assist; our feeders and conveyors offer gentle handling and accurate dosing of materials, whether you want to feed SAP into a coating system or to move the material from storage containers such as a  sack tip station, storage hopper or FIBC discharger to the next point of processing, we excel in this department. If you have a project in mind and would like a free quotation or have a queries call (0)1282 777 566 to speak with an engineer or email .