The wet end of a paper machine presents a number of maintenance challenges. A key part of the system are the foil blades on which the forming fabric rides.

The constant rubbing action results in wear of the blades necessitating resurfacing and eventually replacement.


Over recent years there has been an explosion of new materials. Some of the ultra high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylenes have proven to be good foil blades.

There have been some ceramics developed for similar applications which have offered extended life, but their expensive, fragile nature reduces their cost effectiveness.

We can now offer UHMW polyethylenes with ceramic fill. This hybrid material offers extended life with only a modest price increase. The material is much more flexible, hence easier to install and less likely to fracture.

So if your interested in reducing your maintenance cost on the wet end of your machine, give us a call.