Dollfus & Muller manufactures dryer belts used after the textile flocking process. Dollfus & Muller's open mesh construction allows the air to go through the transport belt and the flocked fabric. The flocked fabric can for be used as luxurious packaging for perfumes for instance.
The process of flocking is fairly simple and easy. First, a suitable adhesive is applied to the surface to be flocked. The flock is then applied, penetrating the surface of the adhesive to create the desired velvet finish. The flocking process consists in depositing many small fiber's particles (called flock) onto a surface. It can also refer to the texture produced by the process, or to any material used primarily for its flocked surface. The flocking of an article can be performed to increase its value in terms of the tactile sensation, aesthetics, color and appearance.
Decorative flocking is accomplished by using one of four application methods: electrostatic, beater bar/gravity, spraying and transfers.
The electrostatic method is perhaps the most viable flocking method, especially for the printer doing more than an occasional flocking job.
Flocking material can also be sprayed using an air compressor, reservoir, and spray gun similar to spraying paint. The finished result is similar to a thin felt coating, as most of the fibres will be lying down in the adhesive. It is primarily used when large areas require flocking. It is an untidy process, because some of the flocking fibres become airborne.
Flocking is also applied by printing an adhesive onto a substrate, and then rapidly vibrating the substrate mechanically, while the flock fibres are dispensed all over the surface. DOLLFUS & MULLER can supply the conveyor belt for this technology.