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Nonwoven Fabrics

3M Nonwoven Fabrics possess an expansive adaptability that can be used in a variety of applications, most commonly in water and dairy filtration systems. The growing capabilities of our state-of-the-art factory allow us to customize nonwoven constructions to meet and adapt to customer specifications.

3M has been on the leading edge of nonwoven technology since first discovering a unique process for binding fibers together in the 1940s, with our products endlessly adapted by different manufacturers.

Since the days of our 3M™ Sasheen™ Decorative Ribbons, the nonwoven family tree has grown to include:

  • Adhesive
  • Paper
  • Abrasives
  • Solar
  • Printing
  • Insulations
  • Filtration
  • Medical supplies
  • Absorbents
  • Converter
  • Wipes

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Applications

Filtration

3M™ thermally-bonded nonwoven materials

3M™ thermally-bonded nonwoven materials are used as a core component in filtration systems for:

  • water
  • dairy
  • air
  • chemical

-Densification minimizes residual fibers.
-Fully customizable options

Electrical Insulation

Electrical Insulation

3M's nonwoven films have very low cross web and machine web variability, which is critical for consistent dielectric performance results.

  • Compatible with standard electrical-rade impregnating resins.
  • Strong and saturable material with ultrasonic splices invisible to most customers' processes and allow for uniformity of weight and thickness.
  • Customizable rolls can be used for application- focused alternatives to unique manufacturing challenges like carriers or separators.
  • Short lead times.

Composite Laminates

Composite Laminates

3M's consistent cross and machine film strength is key to the functionality of electrical applications.

  • Nonwoven laminates work well as electrical barriers.
  • Carriers/separators are applicable as release liners during processing.

Calendering and Laminating Services

Calendering and Laminating Services

3M is unique in offering the following services for stand-alone calendering and laminating with steel and felt calendering rolls, from 2,000 pli and 500 F up to 2m wide.

  • Multi-layer laminating: run as many as 5 layers to 1 layer output
  • Inline process and adaptability to customer requirements
  • Slitting services customizable to customers' roll lengths and widths
  • Can return and drop ship
  • In-house R&D and customer service
  • Short lead times.

Unique Benefits

The following properties make 3M nonwoven fabrics essential components in a wide array of industries:

Resilience and semi-permeability

Necessary as a core component in many filtration systems.

Superior strength and dielectric performance

Ideal as electrical insulators in machines of all sizes.

3M Nonwovens can be manufactured to be:

  • Soft
  • Elastic
  • Flame-retardant
  • Washable
  • Recyclable
  • Liquid absorbent or repellant
  • …and works as a bacterial barrier

Contact Us

To discuss your unique needs with one of our engineers, please call: 1-978-420-0001

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