Santex presents ground-breaking stenter,
combines top performance with
Santex leads the way in the
finishing of knitted fabrics of cotton, blends and viscose. With
a combination of low energy use and top performance, its
specialized technology delivers the triple benefits of low
residual shrinkage, excellent surface lustre and soft handle.
Now, the Santex high-performance stenter is set for a return to
popularity – in a new version offering high-quality processing
and rapid payback on investment.
Several big-name fashion houses have depended on Santex
know-how since the company’s foundation in Switzerland in 1982.
The story began in response to the demands of householders, at a
time when tumble dryers were becoming essential equipment in the
Unfortunately, they soon found a problem: knitted items were
shrinking quite dramatically in the heat of the tumbling
process. That’s where Santex came in, with a solution to control
residual shrinkage during finishing of the knitgoods.
Santex has always stood by the traditional Swiss attributes
of innovation and precision, and its machinery ranges today
support that with specialized machines for finishing open-width
and tubular knitted fabrics. Added to that are energy-saving
options which benefit customers through sustainable production
and low CO2 values.
Typifying those values is the SANTAFRAME – a
stenter originally launched in the late 1990s, offering
unmatched performance and ground-breaking technology. Using a
novel air-flow technique, it conveyed the fabric on a cushion of
air, giving a softer handle and better shrinkage values.
Customers were immediately impressed with these, and other
advantages, in heat-setting and drying.
Despite the acclaim, SANTAFRAME eventually
struggled to compete in a market that was becoming increasingly
SANTAFRAME: back and better
Within the finishing community, there remained widespread
appreciation of the unique qualities of the original
SANTAFRAME. This sparked a passion in the developers to
create a new product, with all the most popular qualities of the
original, allied to the changing needs of modern customers.
Today, the new SANTAFRAME brings ingenious
solutions for heated air distribution and exhaust. Its heating
element is uniquely positioned, after the circulating air
turbine (on the pressure side), in a sealed chamber above the
fabric track. This arrangement avoids the risk of condensation
dropping onto the fabric. Improved loading of the circulating
and exhaust air with water results in less exhaust air than
conventional stenter frames.
Positioning the heating on the pressure side also
significantly increases evaporation – with unchanged energy
consumption – thanks to the higher air speed and the
Further highlights of the new SANTAFRAME include a built-in
exhaust ducting device, an emergency standstill system and the
choice of heating devices. Of course, the renowned AERO-SURF
Nozzle System is still a key element, promoting softest handle,
excellent shrinkage and even heat-setting.
Along with high performance and precision, SANTAFRAME now
gives unrivalled customer value and fast investment payback.
Savings in both time and cost start right away: installation is
much quicker, as each machine is pre-assembled, erected, wired
and tested in the Santex plant before delivery. Drying sections
are shipped as fully-mounted units and the PLC programming unit
is ready to go.
Leading group, global network
Santex is a core brand for textile finishing machines. It is
part of Santex Rimar Group, a leading player in global textile
machinery markets for weaving, textile finishing, technical
textiles and green technologies for water treatment and drying
Santex Rimar Group has a worldwide presence through network
of nearly 200 agents, as well as experienced local service teams
for all brands. Headquartered in Italy, the group maintains
subsidiaries in Switzerland, China and India.