As the bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey remains the central hub for the textile manufacturing industry, making the 2018 ITM textile machinery exhibition – which takes place from April 14-17 – a must-attend event for Monforts.
At stand 1207A in Hall 12 in Istanbul, the company will provide information on the latest developments for its advanced Montex stenters, which have already proved highly successful with Turkey’s leading textile manufacturers.
Integrated heat recovery and exhaust air cleaning systems are two of the latest innovations allowing manufacturers to maximize productivity and keep energy consumption down, by containing and recycling both process heat and exhaust fumes. These devices can now be integrated into the design of complete finishing lines without needing additional floor space.
Intuitive, fingertip control of all parameters is provided with the latest Qualitex 800 PLC-controlled visualization system and its accompanying 24-inch monitor system.
With Qualitex 800, all parameters for setting up a machine can be pre-selected to a comprehensive range of stored and well-proven recipes specific to the weight, construction and fibre content of the individual fabric being processed. The machine can then be set to ‘Monformatic Mode’ to allow it to operate automatically, based on maximized pre-set values in respect of parameters such as machine speed, fabric dwell time and the fixation temperature for specific finishing operations.
A series of checks and balances has been built in for both the machine and the operator, with actual performance constantly compared to the pre-set values and compensatory measures introduced either automatically or by simple manual intervention. All machine parameters are stored for further evaluation and the creation of historic trend charts and any potential problems are flagged up by instant alarms for later performance analysis.
In addition to Montex stenters, Qualitex 800 is now also available for Thermex hot flues and condensation units, as well as the Monfortex and Toptex compressive shrinking units for woven and knitted fabrics respectively.
A further development is the new Web-UI app, allowing remote visualization via smart phones and tablet devices.
Other industry-leading Monforts systems now finding rapid acceptance with manufacturers include the texCoat modular coating unit, offering an unprecedented range of coating options, and the Eco Applicator – an alternative to the traditional wet padder for significantly reducing energy and raw material costs.
The Eco Applicator has been highly successful since its introduction in 2011, both integrated into new finishing lines and retro-fitted to existing ones.
Reduced energy costs
In many of Turkey’s textile mills, the cost of running integrated manufacturing lines – especially those for fabric finishing that can involve numerous sequences of heating and subsequent drying – is now eclipsing the cost of paying people to operate them.
The ability of the Eco Applicator to significantly reduce energy costs is the key reason for its rapid acceptance on the market. The soft coating unit eliminates the need for a padder, instead employing trough and roller techniques to apply the required amount of liquid/coating to the fabric.
The unit itself does not actually save the energy, but by applying only the precise amount of functional finish, ensures the subsequent drying time is shorter – in some cases dramatically so. Full details of all of the latest Monforts developments will be provided at ITM by the team from Neotek – the authorized Monforts representative in Turkey.