Advanced bating technology from TFL

18 June 2005

Over the last 15-20 years, there have been significant changes in hide quality, preservation and customer requirements. Cattle are being raised faster and, as the animals reach maturity at an earlier age, the collagen structure is left with fewer crosslinks and is, therefore, more sensitive. Tanners are facing problems with looser grain and emptier flanks. However, as tanners work under high cost pressures, they need to expand the usable area of each hide. With this development in mind, TFL optimised their Oropon product range to provide the customer with a complete range for bating. Technically, the improvements have been achieved in two ways: Firstly through further optimisation of the pancreatic enzyme complex, which is now being used as a major component in Oropon bating products of the O series (OXX, OR, OO, ON2) and also in the well-known Oropon W. Improvements were also made via development of the new Oropon MM-range of bating products based on selective microbial proteases. These important advancements have been made without sacrificing the other well-known properties of Oropon bating agents such as good cleanliness, inner softness and improved tear strength. TFL's latest innovation in the Oropon range is Oropon WT for bating wet-blue as well as wet-white. TFL state that WT improves the yield by relaxing the hide without making it loose, thus increasing the area yield without negatively affecting the cutting yield. This results in a shorter nap for corrected grain and split suede. Furthermore, the new range of TFL Oropon bating agents offers the following advantages: it is adaptable for all types of hides and skins and it optimises the usable area of the hide. Oropon is available in low, medium and high activity concentrations for different batch sizes and leather types, and products are free of ammonium-salts. They have been specially formulated for bating in the acid pH range (pickled skins, wet-blues). Liquid products offer automatic dosing, high operational safety and consistency.

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