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Carbon infrared (CIR) emitters from Heraeus Noblelight are helping Polyflor of Manchester to improve the quality of its flooring products and to improve dimensional stability during the embossing of its range of heavy-duty homogenous floor coverings.


Infrared system

Polyflor is a manufacturer of commercial floor coverings. Its portfolio includes its heavy-duty homogenous range, which finds extensive application in schools, hospitals and commercial organisations.

The company decided to investigate its embossing process, which had previously used short-wave infrared units to soften the 2m-wide PVC web before it is embossed with decorative patterns.

However, short wave proved very colour-selective and geometric integrity was sometimes affected during heating. In an effort to solve this problem, Polyflor approached Heraeus, which then carried out extensive trials at its Neston Application Centre. These showed that medium-wave infrared would ensure better drying results during embossing and a carbon infrared system was subsequently installed at Polyflor.

Key application benefits

  • Polyflor’s Neil Holden said: ‘The new system has ensured that embossing no longer affects floor covering geometry. Moreover, we were very impressed with professionalism of Heraeus both in the investigations at its Applications Centre and in the way that the new system was installed with minimum interruption to the production process.’

Heraeus Noblelight’s carbon infrared emitters prove to be energy efficient at Polyflor

Carbon infrared (CIR) emitters from Heraeus Noblelight are helping Polyflor of Manchester to improve the quality of its flooring products and to improve dimensional stability during the embossing of its range of heavy-duty homogenous floor coverings.


Infrared system

Polyflor is a manufacturer of commercial floor coverings. Its portfolio includes its heavy-duty homogenous range, which finds extensive application in schools, hospitals and commercial organisations.

The company decided to investigate its embossing process, which had previously used short-wave infrared units to soften the 2m-wide PVC web before it is embossed with decorative patterns.

However, short wave proved very colour-selective and geometric integrity was sometimes affected during heating. In an effort to solve this problem, Polyflor approached Heraeus, which then carried out extensive trials at its Neston Application Centre. These showed that medium-wave infrared would ensure better drying results during embossing and a carbon infrared system was subsequently installed at Polyflor.

Key application benefits

  • Polyflor’s Neil Holden said: ‘The new system has ensured that embossing no longer affects floor covering geometry. Moreover, we were very impressed with professionalism of Heraeus both in the investigations at its Applications Centre and in the way that the new system was installed with minimum interruption to the production process.’

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