A single polyester thread, for example, looks inconspicuous. Processed into a thigh-thick special weave, however, high-strength High Modulus/ High Tenacity fibers anchor floating oil platforms in the deepest waters. These kilometer-long “Mooring Ropes” withstand a breaking load of well over 1,000 tons and perform their task better than steel. For decades, Oerlikon Barmag has been offering special solutions for the production of so-called industrial yarns (IDY) that are tailored to customers worldwide. “We will once again be presenting numerous innovations at this trade fair to inspire our customers,” explains Dr.- Ing. Dipl.-Chem. Roy Dolmans, Technology Manager IDY and R&D Filament Processing.
STRONG AND LIGHT FABRICS MAKE YOU MOBILE
“The automotive industry is also interested in low costs when it comes to their use. A prime example of the economic production of technical textiles in the automotive sector is the manufacture of tire cord from HMLS (High Modulus Low Shrinkage) yarns. These precursors made of polyester are extremely tear-resistant, still highly elastic as well as temperature and dimensionally stable,” explains Dolmans.
The topic of traceability along the entire textile value chain plays also a major role, especially in the automotive industry. “Thanks to our production and process solutions for our customers and our own DIN ISO certifications, we at Oerlikon can guarantee traceability in the production process at any time,” continues Roy Dolmans.
HIGH-TECH MEMBRANES MADE FROM THE FIFTH BUILDING MATERIAL
Building materials of the future are also nonwovens. The nonwoven, textile fabrics can be equipped with a variety of properties on the basis of various manufacturing processes and combination techniques. They are temperature- and shock-resistant, breathable and at the same time resistant to mois-ture, mold and detachment, and are used for roofing, insulation, insulation and drainage throughout the construction sector.
Oerlikon Nonwoven offers the corresponding machine and system solutions. But not only there: In medicine, nonwovens are experiencing a real boom as an inexpensive material for surgical gowns or bandages, because they function as a liquid or bacterial barrier, but remain vapour-permeable and absorbent and do not stick together.
The range of applications extends from filtration, baby diapers, wipes and napkins to geotextiles and felt carpets. And here, too, Oerlikon Nonwoven is far ahead.
For the large variety of textile floor coverings, special textured continu- ous filament yarn made of poly-propylene or polyester is particularly suitable: Oerlikon Neumag stands for this as the expert
VERSATILE NONWOVENS AND SMART TEXTILES
Smart textiles can generate heat, light and electricity, measure temperature and vital functions, heal wounds and reduce pain, modernize industries and make cars and construction safer or more comfortable. The intelligent processing of such manmade fibers as raw materials is an important foundation for future textile innovations. Market leaders such as the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment and its brands Oerlikon Barmag, Oerlikon Neumag and Oerlikon Nonwoven stand for this.
Their innovative technologies from melt to yarn, fibers and nonwovens lay the foundation for many of the applications mentioned here – and for ever higher performance, efficiency and quality on the journey to tomorrow’s materials.