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Essex innovates new method for treating fireproof fabrics
Jul '09
High-quality home textiles are not only expected to be decorative, but also to have to be hard-wearing and flameproof qualities. Textiles usually get flame-retardant by a coating with special chemicals or saline solutions.

Essex Flameproofing has increased the capacity of the drying process used in the production of fire retarding upholstery and curtains by threefold. Simultaneously, the energy consumption has been minimized to a considerable extent.

Fabrics of the upholstery or curtains are treated with flame-retardant chemicals to comply with British and foreign standards and flame retarding regulations. Spraying the back of the upholstery fabric with a latex flame retardant coating, and drying it makes the fabric fire proof.

In the earlier methods, this was achieved by heating the coated fabric with a long wav infrared system. The new process minimizes the time span involved in the earlier process, thus contributing to the increasing demand.

The process consists of an aluminum framework, which houses 21, 4.5kW emitters, arranged to be switched on and off in seven banks of three emitters. The system is ready to run within a minute of switch-on, and the coated upholstery fabric can be dried in a single pass whereas three passes were often required with the previous system.

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