The list of potential applications of technical textiles seems almost endless, and new and more demanding areas in which the use of textiles can lead to technical progress, weight reduction, cost savings, or other benefits are regularly being found.
In order to use these advantages, the textiles must meet stringent requirements, resist mechanical forces such as compression or shear, withstand environmental conditions, or meet strict medical hygiene requirements. In addition, the fibers, yarns, and even finished fabrics are often subjected to chemical and mechanical processes during or throughout the entire textile manufacturing process.
If the textile surface is a woven fabric, Stäubli AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, can play an important role in the design and quality of the end product, thanks to its core competencies in shedding (dobby and jacquard machines) and weaving preparation (drawing-in and warp-tying machines). The machinery described below represents a selection from Stäubli’s range for technical textiles.
The Magma T12 warp-tying solution technical yarns processes monofilaments, coarse multifilaments, PP tapes, bast fibers, coarse staple fibers and many other yarn types.
The LXL/LXXL jacquard machines for producing complex OPW (one-piece woven) airbags feature lifting motions that ensure precise shedding geometry and absolutely vibration-free movement even at high speeds. The optimally coordinated kinematics of all moving parts within the machine and the directly mounted components such as the drives enable routine weaving of very heavy fabrics. The shed opening is optimized and loads on the warp threads during weft insertion are reduced. The robust construction and uncompromising use of high-quality materials guarantee the reliability and longevity of every machine.
The TF20 weaving system for complex multi-layer fabrics allows the production of flat and spacer fabrics, complex and very thick and/or dense multi-layer fabrics, as well with material mix, and 3D textiles.
The specific weaving system Alpha 500 Leantec from the product line of Schönherr Carpet Systems enables the economical production of high-quality synthetic turf and greige woven carpets.