Textile Technology section
Herbold Meckesheim: boom in the recycling industry
The supplier of waste disposal and recycling technology Herbold Meckesheim GmbH, Meckesheim/Germany, is receiving extensive incoming orders for 2020 and 2021.
For Germany and France, this increased demand is based on the programs and subsidies of the EU as well as on regional decisions to catch up on obvious backlogs in plastics recycling. Even countries that have exported their waste so far are now converting. This also includes Germany, aside from Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. In addition, a self-sustaining recycling industry has emerged in the USA, Canada and Mexico. In China and Russia, on the other hand, the development of a modern waste management system has begun as well.
Waste and recycling technology is also benefiting from long-term technological trends: Herbold Meckesheim contributes to the development of larger chemical recycling plants in North America and Europe with process solutions that treat waste streams cost-effectively, with consistent quality and at high performance. For the production of higher quality equal to virgin recycled plastic, the company offers optimized washing processes that enable high percentages of recycled plastics to be used in new products. Compared to previous processes, odor reduction and low optical defects caused by foreign color or residual contamination have been achieved. In the recycling of PET and polyolefin bottles, it has again been possible to develop energy-efficient shredding and washing systems that produce high quality at low operating costs.
Oerlikon: new thrust pad contacting device for the Baltic crimper
Technological changes have been made to the Baltic crimper thrust pad contacting device from Oerlikon Neumag, a brand of the Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, have resulted in considerably reduced friction in the crimper rolls. This means less wear and fewer metal particles contaminating the crimped staple fibers.
Thrust pads close the gap between the crimper rolls on either side. Normally, these thrust pads are continually pressed – under high pressure – against the sides of the crimper rolls. Wear and metal debris on the thrust pads is the result of this constant contact. The metal debris can contaminate the fibers, something that is particularly undesirable in hygiene applications.
With the new system, the thrust pads are pressed against the rolls with less pressure and then fixed into place. This prevents fibers from being caught and the frictional force between the pressure disk thrust pad and the crimper roll is minimized. Pilot applications have demonstrated that metal debris from the pressure disks thrust pads is dramatically reduced, making them between 3-7 times more durable.
Texon: responsibility for sustainability and zero waste to newly appointed director
The supplier of high-performance material solutions Texon International Group Ltd., Hong Kong/China, has strengthened its commitment to becoming a zero waste organization by 2025 by raising responsibility for sustainability to director level. Boyd Mulder, who recently joined the Texon Management Team as Group Director for New Product Development & Innovation (NPDI), is now in charge of driving sustainability throughout the entire organization. In his new role, Mulder will have the task of seamlessly embedding sustainability throughout Texon’s value chain and its entire portfolio of material solutions.
Over the next 5 years, Texon will attempt to reduce its carbon footprint by 50%; cut the use of virgin materials by 50%; ensure that 90% of waste is recyclable or reusable; and reduce water usage and waste by 20%. To help deliver these goals, Mulder will lead the global execution of the company’s strategic roadmap for its product and marketing organization. As such, he will work across all Texon locations worldwide but will spend most of his time at the company’s manufacturing facility in Skelton/UK.
Previously, Mulder worked at electronics giant Philips NV, Amsterdam/Netherlands, in senior executive roles for global and regional businesses across 3 continents – before running his own business management consultancy in Hong Kong.
Oerlikon Neumag: optimized tangle unit for BCF yarns
Oerlikon Neumag, a brand of the Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, presents further developments to the RoTac³ tangle unit.
The tangent nozzle has been flow-optimized, so that the air pressure can be reduced by approx. 10% compared to the previous version with the same knot strength. Furthermore the nozzle bearings have been improved. The tangling unit saves up to 50% of the energy required for compressed air generation and at the same time leads to even more efficient BCF yarn tangling. As a result, either even higher speeds, or nozzle rings with a higher number of holes can be used, resulting in even more knots in the yarn.
Oerlikon Neumag has equipped various new and old machines with the RoTac3 since its market launch in 2015. For the newer BCF S8, the RoTac³ is part of the standard scope of delivery. The tangle unit is optional for the single-end Sytec One system as well as for the 3-end S+ system.
Oerlikon: large manmade fibers orders in China
The Manmade Fibers Segment of the technology group Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, has received new large orders for manmade fibers production solutions from 3 man-made fibers manufacturers. All 3 companies are based in China and have been key customers of Oerlikon for many years. The orders are for Oerlikon Barmag’s world leading filament-spinning technology for the highly efficient production of polyester fibers. The 3 projects have a total value of more than CHF 600 million (€ 565 million). A very small proportion of these projects will be recognized in Oerlikon Group’s order intake in 2020, and the majority will be accounted for in 2021 and 2022. On-site delivery and installation of these systems is planned for the period from 2021 to early 2023.
The systems business in China remains largely unchanged despite the short-term interruption caused by the corona virus epidemic following the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Oerlikon: production of sustainable recycling yarns in India
The Indian yarn manufacturer Polygenta, Mumbai/India, is specialized on the manufacturing of recycled polyester FDY yarns. The yarn is produced using a combination of perPETual Global Technologies, London/England, patented chemical recycling technology and a direct spinning system equipped with the 32-end WINGS concept of the machine and system builder Oerlikon Barmag, Chemnitz/Germany, a subsidiary of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland.
The spinning plant was commissioned by Oerlikon Textile India in close collaboration with Oerlikon Barmag, with various FDY products currently being developed. The yarn produced caters to the requirements of premium-segment clients demanding high quality, cost effective sustainable solutions.
Lanxess: new head of High Performance Materials business unit
Frederique van Baarle will take over as head of the High Performance Materials business unit at specialty chemicals company Lanxess AG, Cologne/Germany, with effect from June 1, 2020 and succeeds Michael Zobel, who will take over as head of the Lanxess subsidiary Saltigo GmbH, Leverkusen/Germany, on June 1, 2020.
The business unit's portfolio mainly comprises high-performance plastics for the automotive and electronics industries. The Dutch native is currently heading the Global Procurement and Logistics group function.
Itema: new CEO
Effective March 2, 2020, Ugo Ghilardi, is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the provider of advanced weaving solutions, Itema SpA, Colzate/Italy.
Ghilardi has held positions in various companies in the mechanical and automation industries. He had a long career in DMG Mori AG, Bielefeld/Germany, a German-Japanese multinational company in the production and marketing of machine tools, where he held a variety of senior management positions, including Divisional Board Member Sales & Service EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Chief Operating Officer EMEA with direct responsibility of Sales & Service for all European markets and DMG Mori Europe CEO.
In his new position, Ghilardi will be dedicated to consolidating the Itema’s current position and acquiring new market shares, as well as developing the company’s industrial capacity.
Oerlikon: wiping robot commissioned in India
Following its installation at several major yarn manufacturers in China, the first wiping robot from the machine and system builder Oerlikon Barmag, Chemnitz/Germany, a subsidiary of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, has now been operating in India since the end of 2019.
An even, high-quality wiping process provides considerably reduced yarn break rates and higher full package rates.
Regular wiping (cleaning) of the spin packs is important for process stability and yarn quality. The wiping robot operates in a cross-line manner. In contrast to manual wiping, the cleaning quality remains constant around the clock, considerably reducing the impact of the wiping on both the spinning plant process stability and on the yarn data of the spun yarn. Also, production times can be increased between 2 cleaning cycles. Whereas repeated wiping is required after 48 hours in the case of manual wiping, utilizing the robot extends the interval between 2 wiping processes to up to 60 hours.
The considerable increase in the spinning process efficiency achieved by the wiping robot also has a positive impact on margins. To this end, one customer deploying the wiping robot was able to reduce its production costs for the same yarn by more than 3%.