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Uster in Frankfurt and Istanbul

Avoiding contamination in nonwovens for medical, hygienic and cosmetics applications.

6th June 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Uster, Switzerland


At the Techtextil and ITM shows taking place in June in Frankfurt and Istanbul respectively, Uster will present its quality assurance solutions for both nonwovens manufacturers and spinners.

Raw fibres from bales are opened and blended in the blowroom before carding and this early process stage can significantly influence the quality of the end-product in drylaid nonwovens. Installing an Uster fibre cleaner in the line ensures the highest level of control over contamination in the carded fleece – and consequently the end product.

The risk of contamination such as small pieces of plastic reaching the card is that they can be shredded into minute particles and then be incorporated into the material at web bonding. This kind of contamination is disastrous in a hygiene or cosmetic application which comes into contact with sensitive human skin.

With Uster’s Jossi Vision Shield N nonwovens producers can avoid the risk.

It uses imaging spectroscope technology to identify contamination in a fraction of a second, instantly removing it from the mass of good fibre material. Detection works across a much greater wavelength than conventional camera systems, so that contamination as small as a single hair and in the lightest colours is pinpointed.


Worldwide, 5,000 installations of Jossi Vision Shield fibre cleaning systems in spinning mills underline Uster’s success in ensuring contamination-free spun yarn.

The same expertise also works for bleached cotton. Producers of items for cosmetic, medical and baby care can meet the required zero-tolerance demand for any contamination fragments larger than 1mm.

For best results in contamination detection, Uster Jossi Vision Shield N is integrated right after the opener in the blowroom. At this stage in fibre preparation, detection is enhanced, since the fibre tufts are open, preventing any small contaminants being hidden inside them.

Once identified, the contaminations are automatically ejected by the system, preventing contamination of the web. Some waste here is inevitable, but Uster Jossi Vision Shield N controls this by continuously measuring the speed at which the fibre tufts pass through. It then uses precision valves to time each ejection perfectly, so that only the unwanted contaminant is removed, with an absolute minimum of ‘good’ fibre being lost.

Fitting every line

Uster Jossi Vision Shield N is the result of surveys, close collaboration with international nonwovens companies and countless hours of field tests. Installation is easy, since the fibre cleaner’s slim design fits perfectly into existing lines. The system readily copes with the pace of standard production environments – up to a capacity of 2,000 kg per hour.

Uster ensures that the system is seamlessly integrated into production lines, adapting the position of the fibre feed and the main components with the imaging spectroscopes, for optimum results.

The future-oriented graphical user interface gives a quick overview of running performance in real-time, on a large high-resolution touchscreen, showing the most relevant data at a glance.

User-friendly, quick and intuitive navigation makes data handling easy.

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