Carpet shearing remains the essential final step in ensuring tuft uniformity in finished carpet rolls. As part of an ongoing investment program in advanced technology for carpet production, Phoenox Textiles Ltd., Huddersfield/UK, has recently installed a new 2 m wide shearing line supplied by Sellers.
Operating from 2 manufacturing sites, Phoenox manufactures an annual 1.7 million m of flooring in the UK. The 2 plants are equipped for tufting, backcoating, cloth printing and finishing along with automated cutting, sewing and packing. A family-owned business, the company develops original creative flooring design concepts for retail brands.
The latest line by Sellers Textiles Engineers Ltd., Huddersfield, at Phoenox benefits from the new Hybrid Shearing Cylinder. For many years, Sellers has offered 2 options in the construction of their shearing cylinders. The first ‘strap-on’ type incorporates spiral blades bolted to the cylinder body and the second, known as the ‘caulked-in’, includes spirals which are fixed very securely in a machined groove within the machine. The Hybrid Shearing Cylinder combines the benefits of both, resulting in an improved cut and finer finish, in addition to longer repeatable finishing and increased rigidity.
In addition to the shearing line, other recent investments for the UK operations have included 3 new advanced tufting machines and a high-speed Sellers backcoating line equipped to handle widths of up to 2 and coat at 6 m/min. Washable and dyeable foams and eco-friendly applications in different weights are applied for many product areas.
The company’s state-of-the-art Chromojet printing process line is meanwhile the only one of its kind in the UK, with its 256 jets making possible designs in up 8 colors per pattern. With sustainability very much at the forefront of the company’s approach, Phoenox recycles most of its paste and inks and uses organic options wherever possible, as well as recycled water.