A fully automated Montex stenter has been installed by Knopf’s Sohn, a leading contract finisher of technical textiles, at its plant in Helmbrechts/Germany. The line benefits from 2 integrated Eco Booster modules to provide high energy savings. These compact, air-to-air heat exchangers, installed within the roof structure of the line, exploit energy from the exhaust gas to preheat up to 60% of the incoming fresh air entering the stenter.
The latest 10 chamber line at J.G. Knopf’s Sohn GmbH & Co. KG, Helmbrechts, with a working width of up to 2 m, was engineered to specific requirements in order to accelerate the company’s move to fully automatic control of its production, and high scaffolding was required for its installation.
The use of a single Eco Booster unit has been calculated to save up to 35% in energy costs, based on fixation processes. Fully automatic operation, set at the Monforts Qualitex control unit, ensures there is no additional burden on the machine operator. The line is powered by Exxotherm indirect heating, which practically eliminates the yellowing, and also with a Conticlean circulating air filter system for constant high drying capacity, thanks to the automatic cleaning of fluff from the filter system during production.
The latest Qualitex visualization software offers operators reliability and easy control with its full HD multi-touch monitor and slider function, dashboard function with individual adaptation to operating states and faster access to comprehensive recipe data management. With the Monformatic control system, the exact maintenance of the dwell time in combined treatment processes (drying and heat-setting) can be monitored.