Non-Woven Machines – An Innovative Sector Requiring Continuous Developments

Textile Nonwoven Automation - Main

Nonwoven machines are one of the most innovative areas of the textile sector. During recent years new fields of application, for example, geotextiles or filter media, have led to significant growth, but also require the constant further development of production and processing processes. Siemens’ automation portfolio provides machine manufacturers the necessary components to deal with these challenges.

With a precisely scaled modular kit, machine builders can combine exactly tailored system solutions for basic units such as mixers through to machines using complex movement profiles such as cross lappers. Automation solutions for the complete nonwoven line include integrated safety functionality, state-of-the-art communication via PROFINET, and arbitrary complex motion control.

Siemens is committed to helping you achieve superior performance and flexibility, easy and integrated engineering and worldwide product and application support.

Carding Machine

Textile Nonwoven Automation - Carding

Nonwoven formation is one of the most important process steps in making a finished nonwoven product. Therefore, the carding machine sets the foundation for the quality of the finished product. With the development of the high-speed carding machine and the design of an extra-wide carding machine (web widths greater than 5.5 yards), the worldwide trend is toward larger and more productive plants.

Solution Example

Siemens carding solutions offer a higher level of usability and flexibility through the consistent use of industrial standards. State-of-the-art machine communication provides excellent data management, data transfer and data and process image visualization.

Textile Nonwoven Automation - Carding

Siemens Products Used

A

SIMATIC HMI

B

SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC

C

PROFINET IRT Industrial Communication

D

SIMATIC ET 200SP Distributed IO

E

SIMOTION D Drive-Based Motion Controller
SINAMICS S120 Servo Drives

F

SIMOTICS S Servo Motors 
SIMOTICS M Main Induction Motors

Benefits

  • High synchronism accuracy

  • Motion of the individual units as a parameterizable function of the relationship synchronism of the entire system

  • Definition of the technological motion profile through parameterized scaling of the adaptive overall system


Cross Lapper

Textile Nonwoven Automation - Cross Lapper

Here the fibrous web is guided between the feeding and cover bands from the traversing upper carriage to the layering carriage, and is finally placed in a zigzag pattern on a take-off table that is positioned at 90 degrees to the machine axis.  Larger laying widths, faster material throughput and precise nonwoven laydown are the most important requirements for the automation of a cross lapper, The speed ratio of the feed and take-off tables determines the number of layers, and thus also the material thickness.

Features

  • Faster web speeds

  • More complex technological functions

  • Short changeover times

  • High positioning accuracy


Solution Example

Textile Nonwoven Automation - Cross Lapper

Siemens Products Used

A

SIMOTION P PC-Based Motion Control

B

PROFINET Industrial Communication

C

SINAMICS S120 Servo Drives with CU320-2 Control Unit

D

DRIVE CLiQ Motor-Drive Interface

E

Sensor Modules SMC20 / 30

F

SIMOTICS M Main Induction Motors

G

SIMOTICS S Servo Motors with External Absolute Encoders

Benefits

  • Precise and fast motion control

  • Correctly traversed speed profiles

  • Easy setting of new technological motion profiles

  • Faster web speeds

  • Technological functions also for more complex tasks

  • Short changeover times and high positioning accuracy


Needle Looms

Textile-Nonwoven-Needle-Loom

Applications for synthetic or natural fiber nonwoven materials are practically limitless and include floor coverings, shoe insoles, hygiene products, geotextiles and nonwovens for garden use.

More applications for needle looms are being discovered that require continuous improvements. Machine builders find the solutions they need at Siemens, including automation, motion control and drive technology.

Solution Example

Siemens needle loom solutions offer a high level of usability and flexibility through the consistent use of industrial standards. State-of-the-art machine communication provides excellent data management, data transfer and data and process image visualization.

Textile Nonwoven Automation - Needle Looms

Siemens Products Used

A

SIMATIC HMI

B

SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC

C

PROFINET IRT Industrial Communication

D

SIMATIC ET 200SP Distributed IO

E

SIMOTION D Drive-Based Motion Controller
SINAMICS S120 Servo Drives

F

SIMOTICS S Servo Motors 
SIMOTICS M Main Induction Motors

Benefits

  • Precise Cam Plate Functionality
    for needle bar Motion

  • Even Fibrous Web Distribution
    due to highly accurate synchronization

  • Faster Needle Loom Speeds
    resulting from faster control setting times


Winders

Textile Nonwoven Automation - Winders

High synchronism functionality, control quality and the free configurability are the basis for high speeds with large moved masses, high winding accuracy and flexible combinations of functionalities.

Solution Example

Standalone Winder – Converting in the SIMATIC Industrial Automation System with SINAMICS G120 Drives and SIMOTICS Motors
Center Winder Solution with SIMATIC. The winding machine realized with SINAMICS G120 und SIMATIC as central control unit is compatible with SIMATIC S7-300, S7-1200, S7-1500.

Textile Nonwoven Automation - Winder

Siemens Products Used

A

SIMATIC S7-1200 PLC

B

SIMATIC HMI

C

PROFINET Industrial Communication

D

SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC

E

SINAMICS G120 Vector Drives

F

SIMOTICS M Main Induction Motors

Benefits

  • Free Configurability
    of the winding system

  • Highly Accurate Winding
    through the use of a winding computer

  • Wear-Free Winding
    through accurate measurements, processing and controlling of relevant technological parameters


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