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AstenJohnson’s installation technology puts safety first

May 28, 2018
By P&PC staff


May 28, 2018 – For today’s less experienced machine crews, changing a dryer fabric can be a major task, both from a safety and efficiency standpoint. A breakthrough in installation technology, with safety as the focus, has been developed by AstenJohnson.

Dryer fabric seam technology has advanced in the last five years, with laser-welded technology that provides several benefits over standard woven seams. From a safety standpoint, laser welded seams join faster, meaning less time in the dryer hood and less people to help install. Traditional woven seams have a weave back area, where the MD yarn that wraps the coil is woven back in to the body of the fabric. Laser-welded seams eliminate the need for a weave back, making them error-proof as far as installing backward, or in the wrong direction.

Lastly, laser-welded dryer fabric seams open the door for innovative weave patterns and materials that in the past have been impossible with a traditional woven seam.


AstenJohnson is a global manufacturer for the paper industry, supplying paper machine clothing, paper machine equipment, custom rebuild solutions, and advanced filtration fabrics to papermakers around the world.