Brückner @ ITMA 2023 : Smart production syste...
Brückner @ ITMA 2023

Smart production systems reduce carbon footprint

Electric heated oven (Source: Brückner)
Electric heated oven (Source: Brückner)

The next stenter generation Power-Frame SFP-4 will be shown by Brückner at the ITMA in Milan/Italy from June 8-14, 2023.The supplier of customized machinery and lines, will present innovative and trend-setting highlights for textile finishing and coating.
New features on the Power-Frame SFP-4 include new electric/hydrogen-powered heating systems, intelligent software solutions for optimizing formulas, systems for heat-recovery and exhaust air purification, innovative application systems for chemicals, and newly developed machine concepts.
The most important innovation of the dryer from Brückner Textile Technologies GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg/Germany, is the innovative heating systems. Driven by the energy crisis and the constant focus on energy-efficient solutions, new possibilities to combine different heating media like gas, steam, oil or electricity have been developed. In addition, the company also offers burners which can be operated with hydrogen in the future. These combination possibilities allow the textile finisher maximum flexibility in the choice of the energy carrier.
Furthermore, there are solutions for the purely electric heating of industrial ovens by means of heat pumps, which Brückner offers together with a partner. In the present situation and with a view to the future, these new types of heating offer decisive advantages: Green hydrogen and/or electricity reduce the dependence on fossil raw materials and contribute considerably to minimize the CO2 footprint.

Smart production systems
Digital products and services are another highlight. On request, new lines are equipped with various intelligent assistance systems that support the machine operator in finding the optimum machine setting for each process. A special innovation is the new simulation tool ExperTex: with the help of artificial intelligence, the desired production process of drying or heat-setting is simulated on the computer. Different scenarios can then be compared with each other: Throughput times, energy consumption, CO2 footprint and production costs. This innovative system offers customers considerable added value, as it allows accurate pre-calculation of orders, opens up productivity gains and/or energy savings, and permits "right-first-time production" by means of pre-optimized formulas. This tool and much more will be available to customers in the new myBrückner customer portal in the future. Important machine information, access to digital services, and a service system will be bundled there and can be accessed at any time.

The new generation of Eco-Heat heat-recovery and Eco-Air exhaust air purification systems features a new type of intelligent control. Both types of lines can also be retrofitted at any time to older lines from various manufacturers in order to realize the best possible energy savings and solve existing exhaust air problems. All exhaust air treatment systems can be tested in advance at customers' sites by means of laboratory systems to better assess utilization rate and efficiency.

At the ITMA stand, information will also be available about numerous further possibilities to save primary resources such as energy, water, chemicals and wastewater. Here, for example, the minimum application unit Eco-Coat should be mentioned, a new type of padder with minimum preparation quantity or residual liquor, and a further developed coating unit Opti-Coat 2in1, which combines the use of floating knife and knife-over-cylinder application in one system. With a high-precision coating cylinder and a perfectly ground coating knife, very good results can be achieved for paste and foam coatings. In addition, the special design of the unit ensures optimum accessibility for cleaning and maintenance purposes.

New finishing machines and upgrades
Another highlight is a completely new designed high-performance relaxation dryer Power-Dry which can be heated CO2-free by means of a high-temperature heat pump. In order to showcase the variety in the product portfolio and to illustrate technologies in a realistic and "tangible" way, many machine models will also be exhibited.

With regard to sustainability and resource conservation, Brückner’s After Sales team and the technology team offer numerous possibilities for modernization and technological enhancement on site. It is not always necessary to invest in a new line, often the potential of older machines can be exploited quickly and efficiently by modifications and also by technological consulting. Noticeable improvements in productivity and energy efficiency can be achieved without longer downtimes.

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