plications. With a “double action“ substrate for cleaning wipes,
Sandler gets to grips with stubborn dirt. The multi-layer nonwoven features a coarser side for efficient cleaning and a smooth
side for gentle polishing and grooming the cleaned surface.
All of these nonwoven substrates receive their particular properties from the special fiber blends used. Selected raw materials bring
about not only excellent functionality, but also enable a reduction
of the basis weights—for less raw material usage. Embossed motifs
for visual individualization of wipes are also more detailed.
Sandler’s range of nonwovens for disinfection wipes now encompasses an additional highlight: Colored product variants in
various pastel shades enable a visual differentiation of various
“Stretch your limits“—is the motto with Sandler’s collection
for elastic applications. Manufacturers are provided with an assembly kit of materials featuring different degrees of elongation
to choose the ideal nonwoven for their respective use. From“ba-sic stretch“ to“premium stretch plus“ it holds the right product
for everyone. These nonwovens support an optimum fit, thus increasing wearing comfort.
Comfort is also the watchword when it comes to innovations
for topsheets: A new design for these materials visually provides
a sense of lightness in daily hygiene: Subtle butterflies make this
product a veritable eye-catcher.
A new “canyon” structure for topsheet materials combines
visual differentiation and optimized functionality: This special
surface renders the topsheet bulkier and even softer; increases
stability, and simultaneously supports fluid handling.
Sandler’s new nonwovens for intake layers take this function
one step further. They quickly transport fluid away from the body
and efficiently distribute it onto the entire surface, for optimal
utilization of the core’s storage capacity. The nonwovens also
function as an interim storage layer, preventing rewet and protecting the skin. Sandler designs these nonwovens in line with
one’s product requirements: Softness and flexibility can be individually adjusted; embossing designs provide visual highlights.
TWE Offers Amphibia
TWE Group showcased its three-layer nonwoven material Amphibia at INDEX. This special structure significantly reduces the
size of the core in hygiene products in terms of both weight and
volume. This helps create, for example, much thinner baby diapers, incontinence articles and fem care products.
According to TWE, this patented technology has revolutionized the world of disposable products. Unlike most hygiene
products that feature a mix of pulp and superabsorbent materials
with an acquisition and distribution layer, Amphibia combines an
ADL with the absorbing all-in-one core. This results in improved
distribution as well as better performance of absorbing time and
distribution of the liquid.
Packaging Innovation from Amotek
At INDEX, Amotek presented a packaging machine that packages
various nonwoven products in film bags. The Amotek R 168 is
suitable for feminine hygiene products, diapers, cotton pads and
other products and can even be used for multipacks, depending
on the pack size.
The packages can be supplied with holes, reinforcements, han-
dle areas, zippers and other features. Different bag shapes can
also be managed. The machine produces on its own, the bags
from a folded film, and offers the option to produce bags from a
foil roll. The machine is easy to operate and can reach speeds up
to 50 packages per minute.
Also on display will be the Amotek IS81, which was developed
specifically for diaper packages. The servo-controlled system
works with a patented Sierem stacker. The diapers are taken from
the converters with an inline rate of up to 800 pieces per minute
and packaged at a rate of up to 55 film bags per minute. The system can also be enhanced through the addition of various modules. These include the ability to produce packages with small
counts or to load diapers manually into the packaging process.
Dow Launches New Meltblown fibers
The Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics business of The Dow
Chemical Company will present its brand new Aspun MB Meltblown Fiber Resins and Pouchug sensory packaging technology at INDEX. These technolgoies provide converters and brand
owners unparalleled choices for improved comfort and softness
in nonwoven applications.
Aspun MB Meltblown fiber resins address the difficult challenges of increasing softness and comfort while maintaining
strength, durability, and processing efficiency in fabrics such as
bico-SMS nonwovens. As a result, this new, patent-pending family of polyethylene (PE) resins produced using Insite Technology
from Dow is an ideal solution for nonwovens in hygiene, medical
and filtration products.
“The quest for softer, more cloth-like nonwoven materials is
a key driver in the ongoing development of health and hygiene
products that combine comfortable fit, outstanding performance,
and efficient processing,” comments Greg Bunker, senior global
marketing director. “With Aspun MB Meltblown Fiber Resins we
are offering customers and brand owners something really differ-
ent, an exclusive option for softer nonwovens.”
In nonwoven packaging applications, Pouchug sensory pack-
aging technology enables the replacement of the external layer of
a laminate with a soft, cloth-like nonwoven substrate to elevate
packaging to a new level. It was developed using Dow’s Pack Stu-
In other news, Dow has announced the addition of a new Hills
Inc. fiber line at the Pack Studios facility in Freeport, TX. By enabling close collaboration between converters, material science
professionals from Dow, and equipment specialists from Hills,
this state-of-the-art fiber line allows Dow customers to screen
new solutions and prove concept of work with a set of tools that
will help continue innovating fiber solutions for hygiene, filtration, and other nonwoven applications.n