We apply our expertise in textiles, fibers, foams, films, coating, laminating, and surface treatments to develop custom engineered, high-performance flexible materials to help solve hard problems.
Shawmut makes materials that perform in some of the toughest applications in some of the world’s most demanding industries. Our applications experience across industries has taught us how to understand the performance challenges and design a material that will excel in the application.
From moldability, durability and controlled porosity, to viral barriers, flame protection, extreme wash durability and recyclability, Shawmut materials perform.
Shawmut Corporation is one of the leading providers of laminating solutions for technical fabrics in the U.S. We have more than a century of acquired industry knowledge and expertise and have incorporated advanced process technologies and revolutionary capabilities into our custom solutions for all markets.
Explore these advanced process technologies that shape our multi-composite products.
Shawmut produces laminates by bonding foam/fabric or foam/film by passing the foam over an open flame using our advanced burner technology. Exposure to the flame creates a thin layer of molten polymer on the foam surface that is brought into contact with the second layer under pressure to develop a bond between the two surfaces. Our proprietary tension and winding systems allow for lower material consumption and faster throughput.
We implement thermoplastic or reactive adhesives through direct printing of moving webs via anilox gravure roll, which is then combined under controlled conditions. Shawmut maintains a portfolio of applicator rolls with various discontinuous patterns to achieve a diverse range of adhesive laydowns and coverages that influence physical properties and performance. This lamination technology platform can process advanced materials utilizing a roll coating methodology, enabling the application of a continuous coating of adhesive or polymeric compounds.
Thermoplastic materials available in a wide range of available formats are applied on thermal lamination equipment, including oil heated drums with Teflon coated conveyor belts and Flatbed systems utilized to create adhesion between similar or dissimilar substrates.
Application of water-based laminate adhesives via direct gravure printing method incorporates a variety of options using patterned anilox rolls. In this process, excess adhesive on the applicator is metered off using a doctor blade. At the same time, one substrate is printed with glue under controlled conditions and then combined with a second layer in the “wet state.” The material composite is then dried and cured through heat and pressure through a series of heated rolls.