Laser cutting systems from eurolaser for processing high-tech fabrics
Use of eurolaser systems at FUGAFIL®saran
The development and manufacture of technical fabrics has been the speciality of FUGAFIL-saran GmbH in Raesfeld for more than 50 years.
From the original weaving mill, in which the first mail bags were made from synthetic yarn, continuous growth has seen the development of a fully fledged company with its own extrusion facility for onofilaments, highly modern technical equipment,
a production facility for the processing of fabrics, and its own laboratory for product development and quality assurance. The company has made a name for itself throughout the world with its high quality level and flexible, customised solutions.
In the extrusion facility, as well as single-filament round and flat threads, FUGAFIL manufactures the shrouded yarn KUGAFIL and also produces technical fabrics from single and multi-filament threads as well as from spun yarns for widely differing applications.
The high-tech product range includes filter and sieve fabrics, support and carrier fabrics, insect protection fabrics and greenhouse covers, bath fabrics, spacing fabrics and double fabrics.
All fabrics are supplied not only on the roll, but also according to customer specification in the form of pre-cut or stamped parts, and sewn or welded. Widely differing fabrics are shaped using the latest sowing, stamping, cutting and welding techniques. In this way, filter cloths are produced for filter presses, covers for drum filters, filter segments for horizontal and vertical disc filters, special filter strips, sieve bags and hoses, conveyor belts, silo inserts for bulk goods of all kinds, insoles for shoes of all kinds - there are virtually no limits to the sizes and designs. The repertoire extends from the smallest lint filters via acoustic covers for loudspeaker systems to the welding of several layers of different saran® fabrics, to name just a few examples. The wide range makes it clear that FUGAFIL seeks innovative as well as individual solutions together with the customer.
The new laser technology enables precise cutting contours to be produced as well as a clean preparation of cut patterns, including those that can no longer be produced manually. The computer-controlled pre-cut parts areof constant, reproducible cut quality with clean edge sealing to prevent fabric fraying. The cutting patterns and technical drawings provided by the customer are read into the system, and the eurolaser system accurately cuts along the contours based on this specification.
Various steps, such as the previously essential production of paper patterns on a 1:1 scale, can now be dispensed with. As can the laborious transferring of dimensions onto the fabric. Compared with the time required for manually manufactured cloths, production quantities can be tripled with the L-2500.
Rolf Brüggemann is impressed by laser material processing:
"For us, the laser provides the ideal interface between individual customer
requirements in the completion of parts both in small-batch production and in large
batches, and has therefore become a key machine in the production facility."