Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H. (Vienna) will run a high-efficiency circular loom producing tubular fabric for sack production at FEIPLASTIC, which will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from May 4 to 8. The polypropylene tapes woven on the machine will come directly from the production of a Starlinger customer in Brazil.
The FX 6.0 system that will be running on the show floor features greater than 90% production efficiency, a maximum weft insertion rate of 1200 ppm and a patented warp monitoring system on the creel. The circular loom is designed to produce lightweight fabric in the 50 to 120 g/m range and scores an IQ (or indicator of quality, which stands for the number of meters produced without warp breakage) of 1000 meters and more, ensuring high fabric quality. This factor, in addition to maximum ±4-mm tolerances, translate to less downtime and material consumption as well as a considerable reduction in downstream waste.
Specializing in circular weaving technology, the 180-year-old company also offers circular looms for heavy fabrics used in the production of big bags. Starlinger's eight-shuttle RX 8.0 loom achieves production speeds up to 800 ppm, which the company claims are the fastest on the market for this application. The system can process polypropylene tapes as well as high-strength polyester tapes. PET fabric made from these tapes is extremely durable and has exceptional dimensional stability because of its high creep resistance, says Starlinger. These properties make PET big bags suitable as containers for high-flow materials. The bags also withstand long periods of storage and will maintain their shape, even when exposed to harsh conditions. They are a cost-effective alternative to paperboard octabins, says Starlinger.
A leading supplier of equipment for woven plastic bag production and PET recycling, Starlinger operates production sites in Austria and China, and maintains branches in the United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa and Uzbekistan.