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Nonwovens Healthcare
Nonwoven fabrics are widely used in the medical sector. Their versatility means they offer benefits for surgical garments, dressings, wipes and packaging, combining breathability and softness with excellent barrier protection.

Most medical nonwoven products are single-use items. Nonwovens provide a cost-effective solution that delivers safety, strength and anti-microbial properties, while being environmentally friendly when the time comes to dispose of them.

Gowns, caps, masks, coats and scrub suits for surgical or laboratory use are increasingly made from nonwoven fabrics. Providing air permeability while protecting against airborne particles, nonwovens are ideal for disposable dressings and drug patches.

High performance is never more important than in the healthcare sector, and AMETEK Surface Vision delivers the most trusted inspection results in the nonwovens industry. Our high-precision defect detection systems help major nonwoven manufacturers across the world to improve product quality and maximize their yield.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential to a range of workplace applications, particularly Healthcare. Many of these PPE items are partly or wholly manufactured from nonwoven materials. Since nonwovens protect against airborne particles while providing air permeability, this quality must be safeguarded in order to produce effective PPE that is safe to use.
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  • Applications +

    • Nonwovens  Carded

      Carding is a mechanical dry-laying process where fibers are combed into a web by a carding machine, a rotating drum covered with fine wires or teeth, providing good tensile strength.

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    • Nonwovens Co-Form

      This process combines short wood-pulp fibers with fine meltblown fibers to create a homogenous, pillow-like sheet – the fiber ratio determines material properties. It is ideal for personal care and medical uses.

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    • Nonwovens Lamination

      Nonwoven materials can be laminated to enhance their properties and performance. This process can affect surface integrity, and so requires automated monitoring to reduce waste product.

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    • Nonwovens Meltblown

      Polymers with a low viscosity are extruded into a high-speed airstream upon leaving the spinneret. This results in scattering of the melt, which solidifies and then breaks up into a fibrous web.

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    • Nonwovens Needlepunch

      Suitable for most fiber types, this process uses needles that are pushed and pulled through the web to entangle the fibers. This allows webs of various properties to be needled together.

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    • Nonwovens Slitting

      A slitting machine, or slitter, is used to cut large rolls of nonwoven material into smaller rolls. This may affect the condition of the web, and so requires accurate monitoring.

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    • Nonwovens Spunbond and SMS
      Spunbond and SMS

      By melting polymer granules and extruding through spinnerets, continuous filaments can be produced which deposit onto a conveyor, forming a uniform web. This provides a less flexible material with greater strength.

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    • Nonwovens Spunlace / Hydroentangled
      Spunlace / Hydroentangled

      Hydroentanglement, also called spunlacing, uses fine, high-pressure water jets to make the fibers become physically entangled in a mechanical bonding process. It is sometimes combined with carding or wetform processes.

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    • Nonwovens Wetform

      A mixture of water and fibers is deposited onto a moving wire screen, then drained to form a web. Further drying, rolling and treating follows to create a wide range of materials.

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    • Nonwovens  Airlaid

      This is a versatile dry-laying process where short fibers are fed into an air stream, then sent to a moving belt or perforated drum, where they form a web.

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