ArmorTec – Smart Surface Technology™

AstenJohnson has developed the solution to improve cleaning shower efficiency. ArmorTec™, a yarn surface treatment applied using nano-chemistry, is designed for through air dryer and forming fabrics as part of our Smart Surface Technology™ family of products.

This protective coating has demonstrated its effectiveness to be both hydrophobic and oleo-phobic  which reduces the ability of water or oil based contaminants to stick to the fabric. Papermakers see a noticeable reduction in the build-up of fibers, stickies, and other contaminants on the papermaking surface of forming fabrics. The thickness of the coating is only several molecules and, therefore, does not measurably reduce the air permeability of the fabric.

Because the overall yarn surface is treated – even in the fabric’s interior where contaminants tend to lodge – the ArmorTec™ coating maintains its effectiveness over the fabric’s entire life.

Oleophobic Effectiveness

Oil on fabric without ArmorTec

Oil on fabric without ArmorTec

Oil on fabric with ArmorTec

Oil on fabric with ArmorTec

Hydrophobic Effectiveness

Water on fabric without ArmorTec

Water on fabric without ArmorTec

Water on fabric with ArmorTec

Water on fabric with ArmorTec

BENEFITS

  • Improved sheet profiles
  • Improved sheet smoothness
  • Reduced energy usage
  • Reduced cleaning time
  • Improved drainage
  • Reduced drive load
  • Reduced need for additional fabric treatment during machine run

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