BASF has recently integrated a curtain coater, based on a “VOITH DF Coat slot dye” into its existing pilot facility in Ludwigshafen, Germany. This is now available to customers, as well as interested third parties, for application trials with coating colors for paper and board in both the graphic and packaging sectors.
Due to the non-contact application method, the curtain coater allows a particularly homogeneous and defect-free contour coating layer in comparison to other application methods. During the coating process, the base paper undergoes no mechanical stress, and as a result, runnability through the curtain coater is enhanced.
In addition to the newly installed curtain coater, BASF continues to offer all industry standard coating application methods on its state-of-the-art paper coating machine, including roll / blade, jet / blade, roll / varibar and film press. Coating colors can be produced on site.
All necessary preparation facilities are available, including options for dispersing pigments at variable shear and preparing starch solutions with both batch and jet cookers. A 12-roll supercalender enhances sheet smoothness and gloss development. The paper produced can be cut, packaged and shipped as required.