Thies GmbH & Co. KG, a provider of textile finishing and dyeing machines and accessories, exhibited at Techtextil North America in Raleigh, North Carolina, Aug 23-25 (Booth #1515). As a German machinery producer, family owned and operated since 1892, Thies presented innovations in chemical dispensing, energy savings, and the coloration of materials ranging from fibers to fabrics to 3D-printed parts. Theis offers machines designed to ensure quality, reduce manual labor, and conserve natural resources for fiber, yarn and fabric dyeing. The machines utilize soft-flow mechanics that help impart superior hand-feel and uniform appearance of the finished fabric. In the case of fabric dyeing, pathways are shortened and contoured to follow smooth profiles, minimizing surface abrasion and tension. Yarn dyeing machines incorporate gradual ramping of pressure within yarn packages for uniform bulk and texture during dyeing and drying. The result is high throughput speeds without sacrificing end-product aesthetics and quality.
Thies offers a suite of labor-conserving options that can be used in isolation or combination. Customized examples include automated dye weighing, dissolving, and distribution; hands-free dispensing of auxiliary chemicals to dye machines or blending tanks; and machine controls that seamlessly tailor production parameters according to the textile quality and lot size. Machines are optionally networked for ease of managing and monitoring production.
In addition to reducing water consumption, benefits of Theis machinery include reduced effluent, and up to 50% reduced TDS (total dissolved solids) in dye bath effluent compared to conventional systems dyeing cotton. By readjusting the used amount of electrolyte in the dyebath, it is also possible to achieve higher dye fixation rates and thus use less dyestuff.
Thies machines can, optionally, be heated electrically rather than with steam produced by burning fuels.