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In other words, “God created the solid body, the devil the surface” – this Bonmot by Wolfgang Pauli is more topical than ever. In our 25-year company’s history, however, we have always been able to supplement it: the customer places the high demands on the surface and FTS creates solutions with contract fluorination and plant engineering. “
This year, 25th Anniversary of Fluor Technik System GmbH has as its motto: “Different-, cross-, change-, new- and further-thinking for our customers”. We proudly present the milestones of our company’s history, which we regard as unique in the world as a result of the quality of our consulting services, our work in the field of mechanical engineering, contract fluorination.
With different thinking into self-employment: After six years of sales and project engineering for Corona- pre-treatment plants, Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Möller 1992 stepped into self- employment. For him, this was the best prerequisite for being different and finally free thinking. FTS has been the pioneer for the past 25 years when it comes to the development of fluorination plant construction and contract fluorination for the plastics industry. Already 1996, the company moved into its own premises, which have always been expanded. This also includes a technical laboratory and the modern administrative building. Today the company is a typical KMU with 20 employees, which is active world wide. With more than 70 projected plant installations, almost 400 new samples annually and more than 500 loyal regular customers in the contract fluorination, the company is wellknown on the world market.
Fluorination pre- treats even complex geometries and thermal sensitive 3D parts long- term stabel and homogeneously. So wettability at the surface is increased, adhesion properties are improved, as well as permeation and migration are reduced. By the construction of an inline system “old” was re-modified. Lengthmaterial can now be rendered hydrophilic long- term stable.
Cross-thinking with elastomers and silicone: From the pre- treatment of conventional plastics, the path through slidingfriction- reduction on all kindsof elastomeres and rubber leads to silicone with its unique features and its special position in a rapidly developing market. In the course of several researchprojects, the sensitive treatment of the “diva” silicone had to be mastered, since incorrect treatment leads to cracked, unsightly parts. However, if the silicone chemistry is considered and the material is correspondingly fluorinated, customers are rewarded with products which have reduced and reproducible slidingfriction, have markedly reduced tack and are thus less soiled and bondable while maintaining the positive mechanical and optical properties. This means that fluorinated silicone is an indispensable material with future for tomorrow’s medical technology. The most important approvals (medicine and food) were positively tested by FTS.
Refining with CFK: Surface fluorination, targeted interfacial functionary, highly defined boundary layer design by means of fluorine / oxygen or fluorine in the pure state finally extend the application of fluorination in the area of the textile materials. Those highly performed fibres are built- in to create materials which are used in  the areas of sophisticated textile architecture, textile-based vehicle- and aerospace technologies as well as in the areas of light machine construction, carbon- concrete or biomedical textiles.
Re-thinking: Is the level of fluorine-filled surface already at an end for FEP and PFA? It has been found that unstable end groups of PFA and FEP decompose during the molding process and lead to bubbleformations in the melt. To prevent this reaction, these polymers are exposed to a fluorinegas- mixture. This process is known as “post-fluorination”. The yet post- fluorinated fluoropolymers can now be regarded as completely fluorinated, have a higher thermal load-bearing capacity and no longer decompose during the melting process of the granules.
Further thinking: To date, fluorination has only been applied to plastics – today we are also thinking about metals. Fluorine is treated with most metals as a fluoride compoundd which, like chlorides, is water-soluble and can there fore be washed off. However, fluorine is not used as a fluorine compound on the metal surface, but is used as a catalyst in the high-techindustry.
The different-, cross-, new-, change- and further-thinking is continued daily. This process always requires goal-oriented research with profis. Together with scientists, universities and research institutes, we are looking forward to realize new innovative projects of our customers. The company chronology shows in which areas we already make significant contributions that already fulfil the requirements for functionality, cost-effectiveness and ecological sustainability of future innovations.
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Susanne Thaler and Stephanie Wegner from the Flock Association visited members in Italy and Switzerland this time.
First we were at SwissFlock AG in Emmenbrücke – Mr. Cerletti led us through the production and explained to us the production of Flock. On the second day we went to Aigle Macchine SRL in Borgaro Torinese, Italy. Here we had an appointment with Mr. Sadun, explaining the variety of flocking machines. On the third and last day of our trip we visited at Fratelli Casati s.n.c. and had a meeting with Mr. Casati and Mr. Riva. Lastly, we continued with Dimontonate Floccati S.P.A. where we met with Mr. Rosa.
Also this time the discussions were very productive and new ideas and possibilities for the association were developed. We have received very good suggestions for our future work.
Now it has to be further developed and implemented. We’ll keep you up to date!
Please remember our „get together“ in connection with the FAKUMA in Friedrichshafen.

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Susanne Thaler and Stephanie Wegner from the Flock Association visited members in the Stuttgart area.

First we were at the Borchert + Moller GmbH in Haigerloch-Stetten and visited Mrs. and Mr. Teller. In the afternoon we went to Reutlingen to Erzi-Flock-Technik GmbH to meet with Mr. Zindel. On the second day we were at Maag Flockmaschinen GmbH and had an appointment with Mr. Crnic.

All talks were very productive and new ideas and possibilities for the association were developed. We have received very good suggestions for future processing.

Now it has to be further developed and implemented. We’ll keep you up to date!

In July we are again “on the road” this time to Switzerland and to Italy, in September Netherlands follows.

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International trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens

Techtextil is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens showing the full range of potential uses of textile technologies. Under the motto ‘Connecting the Future’, international exhibitors have present their textile innovations to trade visitors, from 9th to 12th May, 2017. Techtextil is held in parallel with Texprocess the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials.

The Flock Association of Europe exhibited together with the members: Koschaum GmbH, Fratelli Casati s.n.c. and Velutex Flock S. A. at the Techtextil 2017.

Around 47,500 visitors came to the trade fair with 1,789 exhibitors from 114 countries. They all came to the Frankfurt exhibition grounds to learn about the most innovative products in the field of technical textiles and the latest processing technologies.

The Techtextil 2017 was again a successful trade fair for the association and their members.

The Techtextil 2019 will take place from 14th – 17th May 2019 at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds.

Further information about the fair can be found here: www.techtextil.messefrankfurt.com

 

 

 

 

 

peoples choice 2017

We are very pleased to present this year’s Flock Award & People Choice Award winners!

During the 24th International Flock Symposium in March 2017, the Flock Award 2017 and the People Choice Award 2017 were awarded.

Both prizes have been awarded to the Technical University of Dresden:
Center for Translational Bone, Joint and Soft Tissue Research,
Institute of Textile Machinery and Textiles High Performance Materials Technology

With their resorbable flock scaffolds from a single-substance system for tissue engineering

won!
Congratulations to the Technical University of Dresden and their responsible staff.
Find out more about our Flock Award & People Choice Award Winner 2017 here:#

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For the 24th time, the international flocking industry met for the symposium.
Our symposium, which takes place every two years, was guest at the maritim hotel in Stuttgart for the first time.
Our varied program with experts from the flock industry, automotive industry and web marketing met with great enthusiasm among the participants. The 64 participants from Europe and Mexico used the breaks especially for “networking” and exchanged with manufacturers, customers and suppliers.
The main focus of this year’s lectures were flocking in automobiles and ships, multi-color 3-D flocking without masking, international FTA´s, tops and flops in the flocking industry, innovative flocking machines and web marketing for the flock industry. The lectures received a positive response from the participants.
The 2017 member meeting of the Flock Association of Europe took place during the symposium. A new orientation of the association was discussed here, the new board was elected and other important associations were appointed.
The excursion took us this year to the CHT R. Beitlich GmbH to Dusslingen, where all participants were able to participate in a very interesting performance. In the evening we went to a spectacular metivial meal at Hohen Neuffen Castle.

The Flock Symposia takes place every two years and provides for all who have a relationship with Flock.
We will announce the venue and date for the forthcoming 2017 Flock symposium.

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The stage designer Doris Margarete Schmidt, developed interesting flocked stage pieces for the master Movie of Lisa Sperling together with the application engineering of KIWO.

Lisa Sperling, a student at HfbK Hamburg, developed her first studio movie in which she devotes herself to narrative traditions in Bénin (West Africa) with the moment and its repetition or repeatability – with the contrast between film and theater.

The scene image is an abstract space that could be everywhere and dissolves the spatial boundaries.

This space reminds a little bit of a forest with unknown, furry fruits (these are the flocked stage parts). “I am interested in the moment in which one asks the question: What is it? What can that do?” Doris Margarete Schmidt explains.” For me this moment is equivalent to using the thing in my mind, which is already the meaning and purpose of such a sculpture. “

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From 2007 to 2014 Doris Margarete Schmidt studied stage space at the HfbK Hamburg and the ENSAD Paris. She designed scenes and costumes for projects by Tabea Martin, Cie Troisième Génération, Babett Grube, Ivna Zic, the production design of Lisa Sperlings Movie “répétition”(AT) and Wilfried Minks, Raimund Bauer and Ene-Liis Semper. In addition, she lends her voice and the film “Tell Me Mnemosyne” the voice.

For more information, please visit: www.dorismargareteschmidt.de

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Flock School 2017 at Kissel + Wolf GmbH in Wiesloch

This year’s Flock School took place from 24-25th of January 2017 at company Kissel + Wolf GmbH in Wiesloch.

12 motivated participants from seven countries took part and improved their knowledge about flock.

On the first day of the training course, the subject “all about Flock” was handeled in theory.

Speakers from the different fields of flock production (Andreas Fröhler / Flockdepot GmbH), adhesives (Holger Walter / Kissel + Wolf GmbH), flock machine manufacturer (Alberto Sadun / Aigle Macchine SRL) and flocking methods (Günther Rambow / PFT Flocktechnik GmH) forwarded extensive knowledge in interesting presentations.

In the evening the participants went out for dinner together and exchanged ideas.

There was lots of room for networking and getting to know each other.

On the second day the practical part took place, where the participants were able to flock themselves. Flocking of various materials was shown and tried. As a highlight, each participant was allowed to flock his / her own student certificate. It was a great experience!

After lunch, a very successful Flock School concluded with satisfied participants and speakers.

As I was a participant myself, it showed me once more how wide spread the topic “Flock” is and that this important, advanced training in the Association can give you very extensive knowledge for Flockintrested parties, new employees and customers.

Many thanks to the speakers and to Kissel + Wolf GmbH in Wiesloch for offering their locations.

If possible, the Flock School will take place annually.

Stephanie Wegner

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Electro-Static Object Flocking Of Decoys Using Multi-Color Without Masking

Decoys are used by hunters to attract game. For this the decoys should appear as real as possible.

Painted decoys reveal themselves by an unnatural sunlight reflection, while flocked decoys absorb sunlight equal to fur.

Since many game, e.g. the white-tailed deer, have very different fur colors, a flocking in several colors is necessary. By flocking without masking, a natural transition of the flock colors can be achieved.

Speaker: Mathias Reichenbacher / Global Flock

B2B Success Factors E-commerce and on-line marketing – you have to do that

Does it really need the Internet in the marketing of B2B companies? What is the significance of e-commerce and onlinemarketing in B2B sales? What marketing tools are the right ones to address company buyers? And what do you have to do as a B2B company on the Internet today in order to continue to successfully acquire customers?

To answer these questions, the e-commerce expert Thomas Hörner analyzes in his keynote, who nowadays are actually B2B buyers, how they behave and how the B2B purchasing process actually takes place in times of the Internet.

However, the lecture does not stand for pure analysis. On the contrary, these recommendations lead to nine very concrete recommendations on the activities of e-commerce and on-line marketing for B2B companies.

In this way, sound background knowledge on the developments of B2B e-commerce is combined with practical tips on an illuminating and surely leading day for your future business success.

Speaker: Thomas Hörner

Flocking in the automobile – examples in and out of practice

In order to correctly implement the customer requirements of a flocked component in an automobile, the flock and component requirements must be clearly defined at an early stage in the development phase.

Large error sources are that the flock was described in advance in the drawing, but not in the 3D data dimensionally considered.

Especially in the case of narrow installation space, function-relevant or kinematic components or small gaps in the vehicle, the measurement of flocking must be taken into account early in the installation and / or tolerance tests. This is the only way to avoid expensive adjustments and tool changes.

The presentation describes two current products of the company Dr. Haubitz GmbH & Co.KG how the information flow between the 3 actors automobile manufacturer – system supplier – flocking company is regulated.

Speaker: Bernhard Zinßer / Dr. Haubitz GmbH & Co. KG

“International FTAs: threat or opportunity for the European textile industry?

The presentation will present and develop arguments to defend both threat and opportunities angles. Large benefits that foreign textile companies profit at home which we consider unfair and better market access for EU exports abroad are only a couple of examples of opinions to argue for risks and positive prospects, respectively, of FTAs. The talk will refer to concrete examples not only on i) already FTAs in place such as the EU-Korea FTA one or ii) already finalized FTAs negotiations but not yet implemented FTAS such as the EU-Vietnam FTA but also on iii) ongoing FTAs negotiations, mainly the EU-US TTIP and the EU-MERCOSUR FTA. The presentation will conclude by suggesting what ideally a FTA has to contain to be considered satisfactory from CIRFS’ point of view.

Speaker: Frederic Van Houte / CIRFS

 

Innovative Coating/Flocking system for discontinuous sheets even if they have different thickness

The application foresees the use of a slot that is dosing an adhesive film without touching the substrate. This dosing technology is not innovative; coating slots are in the market since many years, but it is the combination between the slot technology with a device that is capable to move up and down the slot at a very precise layer with a relative precision positioning system. The coating position can vary in case there are supports divided in sheets with different thicknesses or when, an endless support has irregular thickness. Another important feature: the system is contact less, so that there is no blade, cylinder of other coating device in contact with the substrate. These characteristics open adhesive application in several supports that have critical behaviour then a coating device is touching their surface. There are several occasions in which interesting flocking processes are not leaving the sample phase just because of difficulties for achieving to a feasible (technically and economically) industrialization.

Before going through the technical characteristics of the slot and of the relative slot positioner, could be interesting to explore the field of this application system.

Speaker: Alberto Sadun / Aigle Macchine SRL