BRÜCKNER and the textile industry: 70
years of success through innovation
Interview: Verena Ruckh, Head of Advertising &
Marketing Department, Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co. KG.
BRÜCKNER is successful in the
textile industry for many decades.
What is your company’s focus?
For 70 years, we have been the worldwide partner for all
companies which are drying, coating and fin-ishing web-shaped
materials including clothing fabrics, nonwovens, carpet, glass
or coatings - the vari-ety of materials to be processed with our
machines has never been limited.
Today, it is no longer just a
question of machines, but rather of automation and control sys-tems.
What are your projects and achievements in this field?
Digitization and Industry 4.0 open up completely new
possibilities to increase productivity, reduce the consumption
of resources and improve quality. We have invested, developed
and implemented a lot in this area in recent years:
- Intelligent assistance systems monitor the machine
settings and provide the machine operator with information
on how to run the system even more productively and
consuming less resources.
- A newly developed simulation tool helps to optimize
- For the service, there is a new maintenance tool that
proactively gives the machine operator or maintenance
department service instructions. This helps to increase
system availability and thus productivity.
- The exchange of machine data with higher-level control
station or ERP systems is easily possible with OPC-UA and
allows to rationalize processes in the textile factory and
to monitor the quality.
Are there any other innovations
you will show in Barcelona?
BRÜCKNER has a great diversity in its experience and product
portfolio. This diversity and consulting competence have been
built up over many years of innovation. We are proud to present
on ITMA 2019 the results of our investments in the denim sector.
We offer integrated finishing systems for pigment dyeing,
synthetic resin finishing and coating: All components from the
entry area, padder, IR pre-dryer, minimum application unit,
coating unit, stenter, curing / hotflue, cooling, to the exit
area are available from BRÜCKNER.
Top-dyeing or finishing of both sides of the fabric is
usually carried out with the BRÜCKNER padder. One-sided
functionalization or dyeing is carried out with the minimum
application unit. The experts from BRÜCKNER answer any question
and are happy to explain the advantages of the respective
Particularly noteworthy is the economical finishing with
minimum application technology and another important component
in the finishing of denim fabrics is the proven BRÜCKNER Sanfor
line POWER-SHRINK, which will be presented at this trade fair.
The specialists at ITMA will be happy to provide fur-ther
Entry zone of the new VNE2 multi-layer stenter.
But BRÜCKNER can offer new concepts in the field of
continuous dyeing. The continuously improved POWER-INFRATHERM IR
pre-dryer has heating and cooling times of less than 5 seconds.
The stripe-free drying burner segments made of special metal
fibre and the large temperature control range ensure the
consistent and reproducible high fabric quality.
Our POWER-COLORTHERM Hotflue ensures uniform drying of the
fabric over the entire width of the chambers. Even with narrow
fabric webs on a wider machine, the dyeing results are optimal.
Due to the symmetrical design and the inverter-controlled fans,
the uniform air distribution through the upper and lower nozzles
makes a volume adjustment via mechanical flaps superfluous.
Optionally available are pa-tented, driven special spreading
rollers for crease-free operation with sensitive fabrics (stripe
satin / percale / weft-elastic fabric) as well as a highly
effective, fully automatic roller cleaning system.
The BRÜCKNER specialists in Barcelona are also available to
answer your questions in this area and will be pleased to advise
Are there any news in the field of stenters you will
show in Barcelona?
BRÜCKNER has something new to offer in the field of
multi-layer stenters which are mostly used where little space is
available. They are suitable for finishing woven or
dimensionally stable knitted fab-ric, nonwovens, needle felt,
technical textiles or for the wool industry.
With our new BRÜCKNER POWER-FRAME VNE multi-layer stenter,
only one machine operator is required, as the entry and the exit
are on the same machine side. This applies both to the version
with two and with six fabric passages.
Thus, the new VNE machine concept offers the highest possible
power density on a small floor space or a long air flow section
in a very confined space. The dryer is equipped with BRÜCKNER's
patented split-flow air circulation system and the alternating
arrangement in each half compartment additionally ensures
optimum and uniform air circulation and thermal treatment of the
Another advantage is the completely lubricant-free fabric
transport chain of the multi-layer stenter, be-cause in this
version there is absolutely no oil in the dryer interior.
What do you expect for your company from ITMA 2019 in
The ITMA is the highlight for us every four years. We are
glad to meet new customers and to see our true customers again.
We will exhibit many novelties and we are sure that our
customers will benefit from our research and the innovations we
made during the last years.
All our customers will benefit from our new production
facility in the South of Germany, in Bavaria com-prising 25,000
m² of production space and a spacious office wing. It allows us
to meet and exceed the high expectations of our customers in the
future. The possibility of handling components with a height of
up to 12 m and a width of up to 8.80 m is a great potential for
BRÜCKNER Sanfor line.
We are in a position to provide our customers with even
larger machines as before, and we will also be able to increase
our delivery volume and significantly shorten delivery times.
Our customers will benefit from the new modern CNC machine
tools, the additional welding robots and the highly automated
pow-der coating system.
We are looking forward to a great ITMA with many successful
meetings and encounters with customers from all over the globe.