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Oerlikon Textile Offers New Solutions For Carbon, Glass Fiber Production

Germany-based Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG business units Oerlikon Barmag, Oerlikon Saurer and Oerlikon Textile Components have developed new equipment targeted to processing of high-tech fibers such as carbon and glass. The new solutions will be presented to the composites industry next month at JEC Europe Composites Show & Conferences, which will take place March 12-14 in Paris.

For carbon fiber processing, Oerlikon Barmag reports its WinTrax two-yarn winding head enables cost-effective production of high-quality carbon fibers along with perfect package-building and equal running lengths. Packages up to 310 millimeters in diameter can be produced using the WinTrax-A 2cop model, thereby reducing tooling times and composite production costs.

Oerlikon Barmag also has developed a plug-and-play GM Control independent metering unit that can be controlled directly or retrofitted to an existing process control system. The GM pump is available for a variety of conveying capacities.

Oerlikon Saurer's Volkmann GT glass twister is an ergonomically designed modular ring twister that includes creel baskets and ring twisting spindles equipped with single motor drives, pneumatic brakes and supplementary central ring rail drive with servo motor. The twister can twist three-ply, hybrid and other plied yarn structures when a package creel and godet supply units are substituted for the creel baskets. Application areas include polyamide, polyester, aramid, Dyneema® and polyethylene/polypropylene, among other areas.

Oerlikon Textile Components will show its Accotex® aprons including the 964 FG3 glass fiber apron, developed for processing super-fine BC, C and D filaments, which measure 4, 4.5 and 5 micrometers, respectively.

February 26, 2013