MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany — February 2015 — Leading Pakistani textile manufacturers have recently been provided with an exclusive insight into the latest dyeing technologies at the Technology Centre of A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG. At the company’s headquarters in Mönchengladbach, 14 Plant Managers and Technical Managing Directors of the world’s leading manufacturers informed themselves about new production processes and resource-efficient solutions.
The exchange of views and information among experts at the Technology Centre is very important to Monforts.
“The suggestions for refinements and product improvements are often initiated by our customers,” emphasises Chief Technologist Peter Tolksdorf. Pakistan is one of the most important individual markets in Asia for Monforts.
For decades this important market has been supplied with finishing and dyeing machines for the textile industry. “Quality awareness is also increasing in Pakistan,” says Wolfgang Poos, who is responsible for Monforts’ sales in Pakistan.
Everything that could further optimise production was gratefully accepted there. “And Monforts’ machines are world leaders when it comes to sustainable and energy-efficient solutions!”
The visitors were more than taken by the opportunities presented at the Technology Centre.
In an experiment on the dyeing machine, an environmentally-friendly dyeing procedure was performed with the support of the dye manufacturer DyStar according to the ‘Econtrol process’ jointly developed by Monforts and DyStar.
The Econtrol method already fixes the dye during the drying process by means of a controlled chamber climate with 25 volume percent of steam, so that the entire steaming process can be saved.
Only 20 grams of salt per litre of treatment liquor is now required (approximately 20 tonnes per year instead of the previous 500 tonnes).The energy-intensive operation of an additional damper is no longer needed.
In addition, the dyeing result is already available after two minutes, whereas in the conventional processes, for example the cold pad-batch method, 12 to 24 hours have to be scheduled.
This also saves energy.
Since the proportion of textiles with fibre mixtures such as polyester/cotton has considerably increased over recent years, a further specialised method has been developed on the basis of the Econtrol process to fulfil the specific requirements.
With the Econtrol T-CA method it is now possible to dye polyester and cotton together in one step at the same time.
This saves the reductive cleaning and the associated intermediate drying. In addition to time savings and the reduced use of chemicals, the energy consumption is also significantly reduced.
“Our customers were impressed,” says Monforts’ authorised signatory Klaus Heinrich when summarising the delegation’s visit. But Heinrichs did not need to do any persuading.
On the contrary: “Many of them reported that our machines have been used for years to their complete satisfaction in their production. That makes me proud”.
After the impressive demonstration, it is very likely that other machines will be added.
Posted March 10, 2015