Dilo, a nonwovens machinery manufacturer, is preparing for the ITMA Asia + CITME exhibition next month, where it will show a variety of its new nonwovens technology.

As a major supplier to the industry, DiloSystems provides production lines for a wide range of nonwovens manufacturing processes using numerous staple fibre products.

DiloGroup, with DiloSpinnbau, DiloTemafa, DiloMachines and DiloSystems as the general contractor, offers a complete range of the machinery required to produce needled nonwovens and, together with partners, thermobonded and hydroentangled nonwovens for a range of applications including geotextiles, housing and roofing, automotive products, filtration, acoustics, artificial leather and medical or hygiene products.

“Looking back on a difficult year 2020, positive developments and a recovery in many industry sectors are now underway,” says Dilo. “DiloGroup lines can be supplied turnkey from the general contractor DiloSystems as a partner for a coordinated, professionally managed investment with a single responsibility to fulfill all needs technically and commercially. The complete staple fibre process equipment, starting at fibre preparation (DiloTemafa), continuing with webforming by carding (DiloSpinnbau), up to crosslapping and needling (DiloMachines) is built in-house by Dilo’s highly specialized departments. These complete line projects are developed in close contact with our customers and on the basis of textile technological research and studies carried out in our technical centre in Eberbach, Germany.”

Dilo also recently added water entanglement lines to its portfolio, a result of its cooperation with SICAM S.r.l., a well-known producer of high quality machinery for the nonwovens industry. As well as these latest spunlace lines, DiloGroup is also able to fulfill demands and requirements for products requiring improved tensile strength ratios with Dilo high-speed carding and layering technology.

Other technologies available include the the DI-LOUR, DI-LOOP and Hyperpunch-needling systems which have created new markets for the nonwovens industry and pushed needlepunch technology to be one of the most important and versatile entanglement processes. These new approaches from Dilo have been designed to ensure higher productivity and quality for the nonwovens sector.

Elsewhere, diloline 4.0 smart manufacturing is now available for use on every line. This system allows numerous information modules to be recalled via mobile apps and cloud data (mindSpheres), which allow the user to improve control of the machines and to generate production data to further secure the complex functions within the production system independently of personnel and shift. A key benefit here is that standstill times are decreased.

Dilo also offers 3D-Lofter technology which effectively works like a 3D printer. With the ‘ink’ consisting of fibres, the addition of adjustable amounts in a specific pattern on top of fibre mats or needled felts produces decorative features, precise reinforcement or improved fibre mat quality. Nearly all fibres including PES, carbon or natural fibres can be used with this system.

Dilo has also been making steady improvements in the classic needling process. The recently developed 8000X needle pattern has been designed to generate a new level of homogenous surface based on the even distribution of stitches. At the same time, this needleboard allows a high stitching density at high line speeds, due to the high number of needles. Related patterns such as the 6000X can be used in Hyperpunch needlelooms.

The Microneedling method, which was created as an alternative to water entanglement, will also be demonstrated at the ITMA Asia booth.

Here, optimized kinematics and maxed out stitch density generate intense but gentle needling at a high line speed. These fabrics can match water jet products regarding quality and productivity at a weight of 60 g/m² and more.

The key benefit is the low energy consumption, since there is no need for high pressure or water processing. This, according to Dilo, is a significant advantage for consumers seeking to address the challenges of reducing their carbon footprint.

DiloGroup will be at ITMA Asia on booth No. A09 in hall H7 from June 12 to 16, 2021.