A finishing line for technical textiles has been commissioned at Plusnet, part of the Master Plastics Group, Sandton/South Africa, a producer knitted synthetic fabrics for net materials made of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) and ropes as well as geotextile fabrics. The state-of-the-art Brückner heatsetting range has been installed in its production plant in Randfontein/South Africa to increase their production capacity further.
Products from Plusnet Geotex, Randfontein, are mainly used in decorative markets (shop fronts and shaded areas), recreational markets (privacy screens, wind breaks and ground sheets) and civil markets (site screens and car parks). Due to the fiber types used, the highest possible temperature accuracy along the length and across the width of the dryer was important. The fabric transport system had to absorb the high cross tensions occurring during the heatsetting process but assure at the same time a long lifetime and the lowest possible lubrication requirements. Entry and exit of the line had to be designed for very light and distortion-sensitive fabric.
The proven air circulation system and the smoothly running Star Force fabric transport chain from Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg/Germany, are ideal for this type of application, with reliability, temperature accuracy and high performance. Beside the technical features, Plusnet had very high expectations on the reduction of the energy consumption, too, as planned power cuts lasting several hours (the so-called "load shedding") are unfortunately common in South Africa.