Thomas Wiederer, Sales Manager at BRÜCKNER (left) and Bruce Stalker, Engineering Manager at Eclipse.
Thomas Wiederer, Sales Manager at BRÜCKNER (left) and Bruce Stalker, Engineering Manager at Eclipse.

Eclipse, part of the Hunter Douglas group of companies in the UK and one of the largest window blind companies in the world, has decided to invest in a new, state-of-the art back-coating line for their works in Inchiannan near Glasgow in the UK.

The Eclipse management team has worked extensively with the German company BRÜCKNER to define requirements and customize the design of the machine to ensure that expectations were met in all regards.

Eclipse's essential requirements were best in class heat consistency across and throughout the dryer to avoid orange skin effect, minimal energy consumption in support of its sustainability initiatives and a fabric transport system that avoids chatter marks on the coating surface.

BRÜCKNER’s design team, in conjunction with Eclipse, developed a line concept that ensures maximum flexibility with very low cleaning requirements when changing from one product to another.

The 8 bay BRÜCKNER stenter with its horizontally returning, low lub and low maintenance high performance pin chain is directly gas fired. The unique BRÜCKNER design with its alternating heating source arrangement every 1.5 m ensures unmatched temperature evenness across the length and width of the fabric.

Thanks to these design features, the drying rate can be increased considerably and enables higher production speeds in comparison to other available stenter frames. The line has been put in operation middle of 2019.

Mr. Bruce Stalker, Engineering Manager at Eclipse who led the project explained: “Our customers expect the highest quality and widest selection of fabrics. The coating line configuration selected will enable Eclipse to offer our customers quality products manufactured on a highly configured and highly controlled solution.”

Regina Brückner, Owner and CEO of the German based BRÜCKNER Group, added, “We were once again able to contribute more than 70 years of experience to this project very well and are looking forward to future challenges.”