NIRI has recently invested in a new Dan-Web airlaid machine capable of prototyping pilot scale samples. Airlaying refers to a family of dry-laid web formation processes used in the manufacture of disposable, single-use products and durable products. The general properties of airlaid fabrics are high isotropicity; high loft (if required); high porosity (95-99%); high absorbency and wicking rate; soft handle; adequate tensile strength; good resilience (compression recovery); and high thermal resistance.
These properties make airlaid nonwovens suitable materials for napkins, table cloths, nappies, feminine hygiene, incontinence products, insulation, wet and dry wipes for domestic and industrial applications, medical textiles (including disposable gowns, curtains, wound-care dressings, bed sheets), filtration media interlinings and shoe linings, wadding, medical and hygiene products, geotextiles and roofing felts, insulation felts, automotive components and filters. In combination with NIRI’s chemical, thermal, hydroentanglement and needlepunch bonding capability, we have the ideal pilot-scale facilities for prototyping all of the products listed above and more.