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Cygnet Tex-Web delivers industry-first low coat-weight blade over roller technology

News International-French

30 Jan 2013

JEC Europe 2013 - Coating and laminating engineering specialist Cygnet Tex-Web has unveiled a blade over roller machine designed to deliver exceptionally low coat weights of 10g/m².

The company has transformed traditional blade coating technology into a high-precision coating solution to create lightweight, high yield performance composites for a range of markets including medical, marine, aeronautics, automotive, work wear and household textiles.

“Blade coating technology is a proven concept in the coating market, but previously its applications were limited because traditional machines were only able to achieve coat weights of 80-100g/m²,” explains Mark Smith, Commercial Director of Cygnet Tex-Web.

“Our engineering team has revisited the origins of the technology and redeveloped it with a series of critical adjustments that have transformed it into an extremely viable solution that offers substantial, tangible benefits to a range of markets.”

Cygnet Tex-Web’s Web Blade Technology features a precision-ground steel roller and blade which are heated before being ground at the temperature of use to eliminate any inaccuracies. An innovative zoned heating system allows accurate temperature control across the width of the steel blade during use and ensures very fine layers of hot-melt coating can be applied to create products with good surface finish and weight uniformity.

Versatile tension controls on the unwind and coating head keep the textile tension constant and ensure accurate, uniform coating, while the angular rotation of the blade can be fine-tuned depending on the application, to deliver exactly the right amount of coating onto the substrate.

Applications include aeronautical and automotive products as well as medical plasters and bandages, boat and yacht sails, recyclable carpet backing, mattress ticking, vehicle airbags and flame-retardant work wear.

Cygnet Tex-Web will be exhibiting at JEC Europe 2013 in Paris, the 11-14 March at booth F9.